Fossil Hunting in Dorset

Looking for something fun to do with the family? Why not go fossil hunting in Charmouth bay and find fascinating fossils that are famous around the world? The Charmouth fossils and Lyme Regis fossils can be found in museums and professional collections across the world but the best fossils are the ones you find yourself! With perseverance (and often a little luck) you may also find parts of fossil bone from marine reptiles! Take them home and show them off to family and friends!

Why visit Charmouth Beach?

If you want a day to remember, take a trip to Charmouth Beach to enjoy the views and hunt for fossils!

The best place to start your fossil hunt is to visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Entry is free and provides information on fossil hunting and the local coastal wildlife. They also run guided hunting walks throughout the year.

Charmouth beach is a wonderful place, but there are a few things you need to do to ensure you stay safe:

  • Never hammer at the cliffs
  • Never climb the cliffs or walk in mudflows
  • Do not sit under the base of the cliffs
  • Keep an eye on the tides
  • Dress appropriately for sun, cold or rain


Things to do near Dorset

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The Tunnel Tree Tops in Dorset

Looking for a fun, adrenaline-filled activity? Climb from the trees at the Tunnel Tree Tops high ropes trekking course designed for all the family comprising of 11 rope and wooden elements including 3 zip wires, all designed ...
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Luxury Woodland Retreat in Dorset

Escape, unwind and recharge in this stunning West Country Woodland Retreat. Choose between award-winning treehouses, handcrafted yurts, tipis and shepherds hut! Get ready to kick back and relax in the idyllic woodlands and why not treat ...
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Subtropical Gardens in Dorset

Come along to the Abbotsbury subtropical garden and see rare and exotic species from all over the world. This magnificent Victorian walled garden is set in 20 acres of woodland valley and is one of the ...
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The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon

Come down to Sidmouth to learn about the donkey sanctuary’s work and meet some of their adorable rescues. The donkey sanctuary is a beautiful organisation with centres all over the country. They aim to rescue as ...
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Glider Plane Tour of the Jurassic Coast

Experience some of the best scenery and coastlines in the South West with a glider experience tour around the Jurassic Coast. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will stay with you forever with ...
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Wing Walk in Honiton

Are you ready to do something incredibly exhilarating? Then go to Honiton and ride on the wings of a plane! Strapped in securely with safety rigging, you’ll get to experience what it’s like to fly 500 ...
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Segway Safari in Devon

Ever wanted to try a Segway? Hop on, in this truly unique tour of Exeter. On this Segway Safari you will be taken on various terrain, starting on flat roads to get to grips with these ...
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The Tutankhamum Exhibition Dorset

Calling all history lovers! Travel back in time to ancient Egypt at the Tutankhamun exhibition in Dorset. Here you can follow the infamous Tutankhamun’s treasures and story. You will see recreations of Tutankhamun’s tomb, treasures and ...
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The Dinosaur Museum in Dorset

Travel back in time to the prehistoric world of dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorset. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions, hear the sounds and even smell the breath of a T—Rex! Here at the ...
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Sand Sculpture Park in Dorset

Want to see some spectacular sand art? Sandworld sculpture park is the perfect place to take the whole family to enjoy some creative and unique art. Made entirely from sand and water by world-class sand artists, ...
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Weymouth Sea Life Adventure park

Looking for a fun, family-friendly activity? Dive into an underwater wonderland at Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park and meet the amazing creatures. Along the way, you’ll encounter some of the world’s most incredible animals, including huge sharks, ...
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The Bear Trail Devon

Are you ready to get muddy? The Bear trail is Devon’s muddiest family-friendly assault course, with over 30 obstacles on a 10-acre site and with unlimited mud! Climb over the bear nets, zip down the wire ...

What's on in Dorset

Alice In Wonderland

12 - 12 August, 2022
Open-Air theatre at its best! Alice, a young, curious girl, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland! There, she begins on an adventure she will never forget. Come along and meet some of the strangest and most peculiar characters, including the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the Wacky Mad Hatter and the foul-tempered Queen of Hearts! Filled with live music and puppetry, it's the perfect show for the whole family!

Fisherman's Friends: One and All

19 - 21 August, 2022
The buoys are back in town! Follow the true story of the Cornish folk music group Fisherman’s Friends and their next real-life adventure - performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival alongside the likes of superstars like Beyoncé in a charming British comedy that features winning turns from the likes of James Purefoy, Dave Johns and Maggie Steed.