Author: Helen B
Sitting on the Devon side of the Jurassic coast is the tourist town of Seaton. If you’ve never been here before it’s worth a visit if you’re looking for a chilled out time. There’s not masses to do here but enough to fill a family day out. So when myself, my husband and our son came here we headed to one of the only cafes open for a traditional breakfast (granted it was Easter Sunday but there were quite a few people around enjoying the sunshine but many of the shops and eating places were closed). Trotters is a family run cafe, very close to the seafront which is open every day. It is very small inside and has the obligatory Only Fools & Horses memorabilia on the walls. Although the interior needs modernising and updating, what it lacks in decor it gains in value for money and surprisingly has 4 star rating on TripAdvisor. We left feeling full and ambled down to the beachfront.
Seaton has a very pebbly beach, similar to Brighton but has a beautiful bay with white cliffs on the western end. It seems to be a popular spot for sea fishing and kayaking. We ambled all the way to the harbour which was definitely the picturesque end of the town. After walking back, and enjoying an ice-cream on the way back, we headed through the town to the visitor centre.
Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre
Seaton Jurassic visitor centre is fairly centrally located. Next door is the construction of a new modern tramway terminus building which will bring visitors into the town via tram.
I spied the visitor centre from the car park we parked in across the road but made a mental note to visit before we left.
Depending upon the season, there is enough to do here to spend a few hours. There were special events here due to the Easter break and a timetable of events for children. Outside the building, there was a large crowd and a dinosaur wandering around! We discovered he was a 2 metre tall T-Rex called Ronnie who was happy to be petted by the children. Later we met Spike, the Spinosaurus.
The visitor centre is home to a museum full of interactive activities based on dinosaurs and fossils, including sailing in a steampunk style ship. We didn’t have time to visit the museum but you can buy tickets in advance on their website.
Entry is £10 for Adults and £6 for Children. Family bookings are a reduced price.
Also inside the centre is a roomy cafe, toilets and some of the activity tables. For small charge children could also take part in a Dino Workshop, learn about fossils, make dinosaur body bits, take part in an Easter dino egg hunt or make fizzy dippy eggs. Activities subject to change depending upon the season. Check www.seatonjurassic.org for tickets and details of what’s on when you visit.
If you have enough time, be sure to visit a free attraction in the Cliff Field Gardens overlooking the beach on the west side of the town to follow the Geological Timeline. A series of 21 plaques depict the formation of the Earth and evolution of life from the first organisms, through to dinosaurs and finally human beings. Follow the labyrinth on the grass or simply relax and enjoy the view of the sea.
This is part three of a three-part feature on Fossil hunting/dinosaurs on the Jurassic Coast. For more places to visit to find fossils please check out part 1 and part 2 as well – Kimmeridge Bay Dorset Fossil Hunting – Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and Charmouth Fossil Hunting | UK Fossil Collecting in Dorset.
Thank you for reading Helen B’s post. I hope that you will find it useful. Fossil collecting on the Jurassic Coast is most certainly on our family bucket list. Is it on yours? Have you ever found any fossils? Please comment below, we’d love to hear.
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