Things To Do in Axmouth
Step back over 200 million years to when dinosaurs roamed this Jurassic Coast. Hands on activities and fascinating exhibitions enable you to gen up on fossil facts, meet prehistoric sea creatures and follow in the footsteps of local fossil hunters.
Hop aboard Seaton’s unique heritage tramway and spot birdlife as you follow the Axe Estuary nature reserves all the way to the medieval market town of Colyton.
Head to the top floor of the Town Hall to see an exhibition of historic photos alongside fascinating memorabilia collected through the ages.
Enjoy live music, comedy, theatre productions and exhibitions at Seaton’s hub of art and culture.
If you’re looking for an easy-going adventure afloat, cast away from Seaton Bay on a stable sit-on-top kayak. Discover the nooks and crannies of this pre-historic coastline, stopping to picnic, swim and fossil hunt on deserted beaches. Located bang on the beach, Seaton Bay Watersports also offers stand-up paddleboarding kit and courses.
Seaton Labyrinth and Geological Timeline
Stroll from the seafront to Cliff Field Gardens and discover the 11 circuits of the labyrinth, which reveals the 185 million years of evolution. Alongside it the Geological Timeline tells the story of the beginning of the earth.
Perched on the hillside overlooking Lyme Bay, this stunning landscape flaunts a roof garden atop a ruined tower, a Moat Garden, Moon Garden, a one-mile miniature railway and a model railway exhibition.
Eat and Drink in Axmouth
The Shed Steakhouse
In a departure from the seafood-focused restaurant scattered along the Jurassic coast, this American-themed restaurant sources tender 28-day matured beef from West Country cattle reared according to rigorous animal welfare practices.
Grab a seafront table at this excellent café tucked at the far end of the promenade and boasting incredible views of the sheer white cliffs. As well as lip-smacking pastries, cakes and ice cream, there are also theme nights on Fridays and Saturdays (during summer) including Mediterranean and Middle Eastern feast.
A Mediterranean Cuisine with a heavy touch of local influence. With indoor and outdoor seating this cafe, bar and restaurant is perfect for all family types to enjoy.
Originally a 17th century Malt House, this welcoming location now serves up real ales and hearty, home-cooked food in the centre of Seaton.
The Wild Caper
A cosy eatery with great atmosphere, The Wild Caper serves Mediterranean style foods along with Vegetarian and Tapas dishes. Make a night of it and book in for the Friday night cocktail night
Get your meat on! Specialised in American style beer, burgers and Hot dogs this is a great family friendly place to enjoy a fun sit down meal.
Terrace Arts Café
Browse contemporary arts and dine on vegan and vegetarian food on the terrace overlooking the Jurassic Coast.
The Ship Inn, Axmouth
Once owned by Fanny Cradock’s son, and located in the ancient village of Axmouth, this traditional inn is the ideal venue to tuck into fresh fish from Lyme Bay, handpicked crab from Beer and veg plucked from nearby farms.
Beer Head Bistro, Beer
When the sun is shining there are few better places to take a seat than at this cliff-top bistro a short walk from Beer Head car park. With award-winning chefs at the helm, expect excellent food from breakfast through to dinner.
Taking its name from the building’s original use as a steam bakery, this relaxed family-run restaurant is a great place to tuck into succulent seafood alongside other local ingredients.
The River Cottage Canteen, Axminster
It’s only a 20-minute drive to the famous River Cottage Canteen run by local food hero Fearnley-Whittingstall. Here you can tuck into all manner of seasonal produce, from Lyme Bay plaice and Portland brown crab to rabbit ragu and Devon Rose veal burgers.
Wild Walks around Axmouth
Follow nearly 4km of easygoing trails through the marshland and wetlands alongside the River Axe. Go pond dipping, stop for a picnic and get up close to local wildlife from wading birds to wildfowl.
Seaton to Beer
Follow the coast path nearly 1.5 miles over the cliffs, enjoying stunning cliff top views before descending into the pretty village of Beer for a crab sandwich watching he fishing boats come and go.
The challenging, seven miles from Seaton to Lyme Regis takes you through the untamed wilderness of the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, created by a series of landslips and home to over 40 different species of bird.
Events and Festivals around Axmouth
The Lyme Lunge and the Grand Duck Race, 1st January 2020
The year kicks off with the famous duck race on the River Lym and an invigorating saltwater dip at Cobb Beach. If you don’t brave the swim just turn up to watch outrageously dressed participants take the plunge.
The Lyme Bay Beer Festival
Sample beers and ciders from the region’s microbreweries, feast on local food, take in the sea views and spin into spring on the dance floor at the Marine Theatre.
Lyme Regis Fossil festival, 4th May 2018
During this weekend of festivities celebrating the area’s prehistoric bounty, the whole family can enjoy fascinating talks and explore the past with a huge range of hands-on activities along the seafront.
Seaton Cycle Fest, 1st July 2018
Cyclists roll up to part in a platter of pedal events. There’s plenty for spectators, too, with a vintage cycle day, picnic and fayre.
Seaton Carnival, 4th August 2018
From the crowning of the Queen to the illuminated carnival procession, Seaton’s annual carnival throws a week-long celebration that kicks off on August Bank Holiday.
Colyford Michaelmas Goose Fair
Expect Morris dancers, the Mummer’s Play and a mock auction of geese alongside family games and attractions at this medieval village celebration.
Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim
Put on your festive fancy dress and head to nearby Charmouth beach for a festive dip. Don’t be late – the plunge takes place at 11am and most of the swimmers are out by a minute past.
Shop Till You Drop in Axmouth
Treat yourself to a beauty day at Totally Polished and look fabulous from head to toe!
Genesis Vintage Interiors
A gorgeous vintage interior and gift shop ranging from new, old, vintage and hand painted furniture along with stunning accessories and gifts.
Seaton Artisan Market
Get your hands on arts and crafts from local artists and makers at this artisan market that takes place on the first Saturday of each month in Windsor Gardens.
Fancy cooking a culinary masterpiece in your holiday cottage? Get your hands on the freshest seafood flipped straight off the local fishermen’s boats.