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West Bay is a hub of activity during the summer months as boats bob about on the water or take keen fishermen off for a day at sea.

The award-winning play area on West Bay Road was developed and designed with input from young local people. The design is based on a wrecked ship and incorporates lots of locally made rope and nets, a perfect use for this still thriving industry.

West Bay was the setting for the highly acclaimed ITV drama series Broadchurch, which showed stunning images of the local harbour, beach and coastline.

A climb up East Cliff or a stroll along the Jurassic Pier offer breathtaking views of the coastline. And children will enjoy the thrill of dangling crab lines over the harbour wall in the hope of a good catch. The picturesque scene can be enjoyed while enjoying a drink and bite to eat at one of the local inns or tearooms, which offer the perfect opportunity to just sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

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Latest West Bay Features

16 Mar 2017
Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the Natural World Heritage Site and the only one of its kind in England, covers around 95 miles of stunningly beautiful coast and is rich in geological importance, which represents 185 million years of earth history. It displays not just superb Jurassic, but older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks too. This international recognition, which many agree is long-awaited and much deserved, places the coastline alongside some of the most famous and ... Read more...
15 Mar 2017
Where is Broadchurch Filmed? Hit ITV series Broadchurch is now back on our screens and West Bay in Dorset once again finds itself in the spotlight. On-screen drama is a given, but the dramatic cliffs, seascape and beautiful surroundings provide a wonderful drama of their own. An all-star cast including David Tennant and Olivia Colman return in series 3, and a dark new case needs solving. The iconic cliffs at West Bay are bound to feature heavily in Broadchurch, but ... Read more...
14 Mar 2017
Oh you do like to be beside the seaside – and while you’re here it seems many of you also like to take advantage of all the activities and sports on offer, especially those that involve getting your feet wet! A surprising number of the sailors and windsurfers you see out on the water are visitors who were introduced to their sport whilst holidaying here. Now they are hooked and regularly return to enjoy their chosen sport. Depending on how adventurous you want to ... Read more...

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