Things to do & places to go

Charmouth is a fantastic base for exploring the Jurassic Coast. From local activities within walking distance, to local houses, gardens and attractions, West Dorset has something for everyone.

Things to do in Charmouth

  • Lazing on the beach, beach games and of course swimming in the sea
  • Exploring the beautiful coast and countryside with the many local walks
  • Fossil hunting on the beach
  • Swimming and play areas at the holiday parks
  • Local events and activities
  • Visit Lyme Regis using the excellent local bus service
  • Walking to Lyme Regis at low tide

The beach provides relaxation, exercise and activities for all ages. Whether it be lazing in the sunshine in summer, or fossil collecting in winter, there is always something to do. See the beach page for more information about the beach or the fossil hunting page for information about the fossils. At low tide you can walk to Lyme Regis although be aware that some clambering over large rocks is required. As the tide comes in you can always return by bus or taxi.

There are a variety of walks in the local area. For a countryside walk why not follow the river to Whitchurch Canonicorum and return via Wooton Fitzpaine? For the more ambitious you can walk to the top of Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, and then down to the pubs in Seatown and Chideock.

Throughout the year there are events in Charmouth and the surrounding area. See below for more information.

Char Valley Health Club offers a range of facilities including a gym, pool sauna and steam room, exclusively for adults.

In the gym, the Matrix cardio machines use virtual active technology to help keep you focused while you workout. The sauna, steam room and exercise pool are situated on the ground floor along with the Char Valley Coffee House.

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electric bike hire at Monkton WyldHire a bike and cruise to the coast, picnic by the river, or explore the local villages, the choice is yours. 30 to 60 miles of power assisted cycling – it has to be tried to be believed!

For further details visit our helpful staff in reception, or see our website

Events in and around Charmouth in 2023

(p) = provisional
Date Event Venue
25th Feb Casino Evening The George
11th March Curry and Quiz The George
19th March Mothers Day Afternoon Tea   Bookings only The George
21st March Easter Bingo The George
29th April Live Music The George
Every day in May, June and July, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Wild flower meadows overlooking Charmouth open to the public. For more information please go to Hogchester Farm
Axminster Road
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6th May Party in The Park Charmouth Recreation Ground
27th May Charmouth Dragon River Festival. See From village to beach
28th May Live Music The George
3rd June Live Music The George
1st July Live Music The George
29th July Live Music The George
5th Aug Party in The Park Charmouth Recreation Ground
12th Aug Live Music The George
19th Aug Live Music The George
26th Aug Live Music The George
27th Aug Live Music The George
4th Nov Fireworks at The Beach
3rd Dec Pantomime – Cinderella Community Hall
31st Dec Fireworks at The Beach

Community Events

See our community events page for details of local community meetings, events, clubs and societies.

Don’t forget Charmouth Market – every Monday to the end of September!

For more information about future events in Charmouth organised by the local community, or to volunteer to help organise events, see the Charmouth Events Facebook page @Charmouthevents



Charmouth Library

The Library page has details of events at Charmouth Central

Things to do in Lyme Regis

The historic town of Lyme Regis is just two miles away. Famous as the setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and a favourite of Jane Austen, the town retains its charm and ambience. Throughout the year there are regular events and festivals providing entertainment for all ages. Places to visit in Lyme Regis include:

Places to visit

In addition to Charmouth and Lyme Regis there are a wide variety of places and attractions to visit in the area.