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

Attenborough’s Sea Dragon 

On display from 14 January 2018 to January 2019!

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.

Find out more 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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Thanks to all the nurdle hunters today! The Great Charmouth Nurdle Hunt has been a great success this morning, the final count will be announced in due course!

We will be sending the number of nurdles collected to the Great Nurdle Hunt www.nurdlehunt.org.uk/
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Don't forget it is the Charmouth Nurdle Hunt this Saturday 17 February! Meet 12 noon at the bottom of the Heritage Centre steps.

The hunt lasts one and a half hours, stay for as much or little as you like! All equipment provided, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used to make most of our plastic products. Their tiny size means they get spilled by industry and end up in our oceans, and are ingested by a wide range of marine wildlife.

Come and make Charmouth a safer place for wildlife!
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