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.


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 2024

(p) = provisional
Date Event Venue
24th May Christmas Lights Bingo The Community Hall
27th May
Every Monday until September
Charmouth Open Air Market In a field off Green Pit Knapp at bottom end of the village.
Call 07956 694792 for information.
3rd August Party in The Park
with band Guilty Pleasures and Sound 2 Light disco
The Park
1st December Aladdin Pantomime The Community Hall
6th December Christmas Fayre

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.