Things To Do
Diving & Snorkelling
Hive Beach is a popular shore diving site and the ideal place to come face-to-face with crabs, pipefish and cuttlefish.
Lyme Bay RIB charter
A boat trip is a great way to lap up the scenery of Lyme Bay and the Jurassic coast. If you fancy an adrenalin-fuelled sightseeing experience you can hop aboard a full throttle RIB ride for a ‘West Bay Blast’, or get a tow for a water-skiing or wakeboarding session.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Hire a rowing boat and paddle along the River Brit, pausing for a picnic on the riverbank. Dogs and families welcome, and you can paddle all the way to the Bridport Brewery for a pint pit stop.
Palmers Brewery, Bridport
Find out how the finest local ales are brewed on a tour around the historic Palmers Brewery in Bridport. As well as discovering the secrets of a brewery that’s been operating since 1794, you’ll also find out about the production of the famous ‘Golden Cap’ whisky.
Furleigh Estate Wine Tours
Fancy yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur? Take a tour of this 85-acre vineyard surrounded by woodland, learn about every step of the wine making process and taste a selection of the award-winning wines produced here.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury
It’s just 20 minutes’ drive to this tropical paradise that’s world famous for its camellia groves and magnolias. Local food and drink is also high on the agenda here, with the Colonial Restaurant serving local, seasonal ingredients and pop-up feasts with fine dining chef Nick Holt.
Eat And Drink
Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock
Serving seasonal seafood and local shellfish in a casual beachside setting on the Chesil Bank, this award-winning café is on every gastronome’s radar. As well as huge platters of seafood, you can tuck into freshly brewed coffee and a hunk of homemade cake while soaking up far-reaching views across Lyme Bay.
The Three Horseshoes
Welcoming dogs, kids and muddy walking boots, this cosy local is a warm and friendly place to kick back after a day in the Great Outdoors. Tuck into country fare made from seasonal, local produce, accompanied by regional ales and a wide selection of world wines.
The Anchor Inn
Hunker down in the refurbished Stable Bar for a pint, a bar snack and a range of games, or take a seat in one of the stylish dining areas to feast on fresh local seafood and locally reared meats.
Watch House Café, West Bay
A cosy and chic venue nudging the shingle beach, this chilled out café is little sister to the much-loved Hive Beach Café. Bag a seafront bench and soak up stunning views across the harbour to Thorncombe Beacon and Lyme Regis while tucking into a Lyme Bay crab sandwich or a bowl of Exe mussels.
Circular Beach and Cliffs Walk
You can take in much of Burton Bradstock’s eye-popping scenery on an easy one-mile circular walk over the cliffs from Hive Beach. Follow the coast path signs towards Freshwater and capture stunning views towards Golden Cap (the highest point on the south coast), crossing farmland to descend back into the village.
The Cogden Circular
This easy 2.2-mile route takes you through flower-strewn farmland and back along a striking section of the South West Coast Path, which traces some of the largest shingle ridge in the world.
Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury
It’s an undulating 7 miles along the South West Coast Path, but every calf-busting climb is worth it for the eye-popping views. However, if you want to take a flatter route it is possible to pad along Chesil Beach all the way from West Bexington.
Park up in one of the National Trust’s car parks at Langdon Hill or Stonebarrow Hill and you can conquer the south coast’s highest peak without taking on difficult sections of coast path, by. If you still can’t hack the steep climb, there’s 25 miles of easier footpaths circulating the estate.
Events And Festivals
The Lyme Lunge and the Grand Duck Race, 1st January
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.
Easter Bonnet Parade
Check out the Easter Bonnet Parade and Duck Race in Lyme Regis, and look out for Easter egg hunts and family events at Forde Abbey and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
Lyme Regis Fossil festival
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.
Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend
It doesn’t matter whether or not the sun shines on the May Bank Holiday weekend – this toe-tapping jazz festival marks one of the busiest weekends of the year in Lyme Regis.
Bridport Food Festival
Celebrate all things foodie at this delicious gathering of food and drink producers from the Bridport area. As well as cookery demos, a beer festival and a ‘make and take’ tent, there’s a taste trail and plenty of family entertainment.
Jurassic Fields Music Festival, Bridport – 13th & 14th July 2018
This family-friendly festival showcases the region’s best music, comedy, food and entertainment.
West Bay Regatta
Head to the Bridport Gig Rowing Club for an exciting weekend of gig rowing races to celebrate this historic sport handed down by 19th century oarsmen who rowed their boats out to incoming ships to compete for the job of piloting them into harbour.
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art
Since 1981 this annual festival has been bringing together an astonishing range of live music and art exhibitions to celebrate the region’s talent.
Bridport Literary Festival
Hangout with literati and enjoy talks, events and entertainment from the region’s finest wordsmiths.
Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim
Put on your festive fancy dress and head to 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 Til You Drop
While there’s not much by way of shopping in Burton Bradstock, it’s only 10 minutes’ drive to Bridport, where you’ll find the streets abuzz with stores and street markets. Market stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to clothes and bric-a-brac line the pavements every Wednesday and Saturday, the Bridport Food Market is a gourmet destination every day of the week, and the Farmers’ Market is held in the Arts Centre on the second Saturday of each month. Then there’s a vintage and antique market, Vinyl Saturdays, evening markets and artisan markets to look out for.