Welcome to Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Inside the CentreVisit 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.

Read more about the Centre here

Organised fossil hunting walksFossil Events

You can …

  • join us for a guided fossil walk and take home your own fossil from the Jurassic Coast
  • join the warden team at the Centre for a whole day or weekend of fossil hunting and activities for families and children
  • join us for an informative day of lectures and guided walks introducing the science of geology and palaeontology using Charmouth as a case study

Find out more about our fossil events

hermit crabMarine Events

You can …

  • come along to one of our Rock Pool Rambles
  • join us for one of our Plankton Trawls and discover the underwater world of Lyme Bay

Find out more about our marine events

Education and Schools

Our range of curriculum linked activities offers a hands on experience for all ages and abilities.

Find out more: Primary Schools | Secondary Schools



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We are open this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10.30am-4.30pm! This is the last chance to buy any unique and locally made Christmas gifts from our gift shop before we close for Christmas on Monday!

Our last fossil walk of 2017 is on Sunday 10am-12noon. You can book through our website or over the phone.
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Very sad to see several pink sea fans wrapped up in a bundle of plastic on Charmouth Beach.

The Pink Sea Fan is a coral and can be found off the coast of Lyme Regis. It is a nationally protected species due to its dwindling population and is a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, which aims to maintain the abundance and distribution of this coral. Sea fans are long-lived and slow growing and their numbers are strongly affected if they are removed or damaged by human activities.

Sea fans are actually colonies of anemone-like animals. Although it is called the Pink Sea Fan, the colour actually varies from white to sometimes an orange-pinky colour.

To help us reduce litter join us on a beach clean! Keep an eye out on our website calendar for our next beach clean event.
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