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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Don't miss the chance to meet Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers who will be signing copies of their new book "A guide to fossil collecting on the West Dorset Coast".

They will be on hand to answer your questions and sign copies on Saturday 1st December 11am-1pm, at the Centre. Authors profits go to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Charity.
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There is just two weeks left to enter our Attenborough and the Sea Dragon competition!

We want you to draw what you think the sea dragon looked like complete with it's head! You might even like to draw the environment the sea dragon lived in or the big predator that bit it's poor head off.

You have until October 31st to send your entries into us and Chris Moore will be picking 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize!

Send entries to:

Alison Ferris (sea dragon competition)
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Lower Sea Lane
Charmouth, Dorset

Don't forget to write your name and contact details on the back!
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