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
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.
ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE AT MONKTON WYLD
Hire 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 www.monktonwyld.co.uk/ebikes
Events in and around Charmouth in 2023
|(p) = provisional|
|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 www.hogchestermeadows.com||Hogchester Farm
|6th May||Party in The Park||Charmouth Recreation Ground|
|27th May||Charmouth Dragon River Festival. See www.riverchar.org||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|
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
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:
- Lyme Regis Museum
- Dinosaur Museum
- The Town Mill
- Marine Aquarium
- Marine Theatre
- Fishing trips from the Cobb
- Lyme Regis Golf Club
- The Tunnel Target Sports Centre
- Lyme Rib Rides
- Fossil exploring on Monmouth Beach
Places to visit
In addition to Charmouth and Lyme Regis there are a wide variety of places and attractions to visit in the area.