• Fossil Hunting on Charmouth Beach

UPDATE 1st April

The Visitor Centre is currently closed to the public. Private Fossil Hunting Walks for up to 5 people are available to book via the Events Calendar booking system.

Plan for 17th May onwards

We hope to open the Visitor Centre again on 17th May. All available Private Walks can already be booked via the Events Calendar. We hope to offer Public Fossil Hunting Walks for max 20 people outdoors. These will be available to book via the Events Calendar once post-17th May restrictions are confirmed by the government.

The opening of the Centre and events are dependent on the governments roadmap and are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you are able to visit us in 2021.

Summer Fossil Hunting Walks and Events

Due to changing government restrictions, we will upload new walks to our booking system on a monthly basis, so please check the Events Calendar nearer the time.

Centre Opening during Covid-19

New safety measures will be in place across the Centre to keep everyone safe. We have completed all our Covid checks and have our ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate.

Entry to the Centre is FREE and no booking is required. We are reducing our visitor numbers, so a queuing system will be in place from the front entrance of the building. We are following the government guidelines with Test and Trace details. Sanitising stations are in place at the entrances and inside the Centre.

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.

Attenborough’s Sea Dragon

The incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’ is now on display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre for all to see and learn about this unique fossil. The ichthyosaur was discovered by local collector Chris Moore who has loaned the Sea Dragon to the Centre for a year. The Centre has free entry and is on the beach at Charmouth, one of the best and safest areas to collect fossils on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Fossil Events

fossil walksYou 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

Marine Events

hermit crabYou 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.

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