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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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16 Mar 2017
Whilst Dorset's Jurassic Coast is first and foremost one of the most significant Earth science sites in the world, it’s also rather beautiful. Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2001, the listed coastline extends for 95 miles, from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Orcombe Point in East Devon. The geology, which is exposed in the cliffs, is a near-continuous sequence of rocks that reveal 185-million years of the Earth’s history, through the ... 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
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