Charmouth ~ Gateway to the Jurassic Coast

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Charmouth is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, an ancient coastline of dramatic cliffs, fossils and beautiful scenery. Ideal for a family holiday away from brash amusements and expensive visitor attractions - re-discover traditional holiday pastimes, enjoy the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and look for fossils as well.

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre fossil huntingVisit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. With free entry to the Centre, come and meet the Charmouth Dinosaur and explore the past and present of this incredible coastline.

The Centre is an independent educational charity and we provide a large and varied programme of events and activities which run all year round including Fossil Hunting Walks and Rockpool Rambles. We have over 6,000 children visit us each year on educational trips and we have over 25 years of experience of leading school sessions.

We are located on the first floor of the large building situated on the beach at Charmouth. The Centre is the perfect place to visit before heading out on to the beach to find fossils, with interactive computers, fossil touch table, fossil beach, Jurassic Theatre and a video microscope to examine your fossil finds. There is also information and displays on the geology, and coastal wildlife of the area, including a marine rockpool aquarium.

What can you find out about on the Heritage Coast website?

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A Date for your Diaries Fri 26th to Sun 28th September 2014

Love Charmouth Festival will be held on the foreshore and at venues around Charmouth

Guest Speakers to include ...
Geologist Prof Iain Stewart MBE
Palaeobiologist Dr David Martill

Friday 26th Sept. BBQ, bar and band by the beach, fireworks to finish
Saturday 27th Sept. Expert talks, fossil workshops and displays, Dorset food and dDrink, craft fair, stone balancing, cream teas, guided walks, children's activities and much more!
Sunday 28th Sept. Brunch at the beach, ten minute talks, children's activities, charcoal drawing, fossil walks, live music.

For further details and trade enquiries contact Ian Simpson via our contact form.