Coombe St, Lyme Regis DT7 3PY, UK
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
The Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is aimed at children from 5 to 85 with an interest in fossils and dinosaurs. It houses a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils and explains what they are, why they are there and what they mean.
The Map room introduces you to why Lyme Regis is so good for fossils and shows you where to go to find your own fossils.
6A Holyrood St, Chard TA20 2AH, UK
The Gallery Art Café & Bistro
Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington, Axminster EX13 7RA, UK
Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park
East Devon's hidden gem! A small and friendly zoo situated in the beautiful countryside of the Axe Valley.
You can get involved from feeding the free range birds to joining in with the daily talks about the various animals who live there. Expect to see zebras, antelopes, wallabies, flamingos, owls, otters, guinea pigs, meercats, lemurs, porcupines and plenty of creepy crawlies!
Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, UK
Lyme Regis Museum
The building has great idiosyncratic charm. Built in 1901, it was commissioned by Thomas Philpot, a relative of the Philpot sisters who had worked with Mary Anning. The architect was George Vialls, who also designed the Town Hall next door.
Following a chequered history, by 1991 the building was badly in need of repair. Largely thanks to a team of committed volunteers, a major refurbishment of the building and displays was carried out in the late 1990s.
The museum is packed with interesting and quirky displays. Our collections are unusually rich for a small museum and we have a lot of good stories to tell. Lyme’s lively local history is well represented by maritime and domestic objects, and illustrated by paintings, prints and photographs. The area is noted for its fossils, displayed in our geological galleries, and the town’s literary connections, from Jane Austen to John Fowles, are illustrated in the Writers Gallery
Morcombelake, Bridport DT6 6DY, UK
Artwave West opened in 2009. A regeneration of the former Ship Inn created a stylish open plan viewing space, the specialist museum lighting system and crisp uncluttered décor provide a superb place to enjoy looking at and contemplating artworks. The gallery has established itself as one of the principal independent contemporary art venues in the Southwest; visitors frequently describe the gallery as uplifting and inspiring.
The gallery carefully selects its artists, attracting professional practitioners with impressive national and international exhibiting profiles, as well as talent-spotting younger and lightly exhibited artists. Many ‘discoveries’ have gone on to receive prominent exhibition offers. A number of regular Artwave West artists are frequently selected for prestigious competitive exhibitions at venues such as The Mall Galleries and The Royal Academy, often winning well-regarded awards, many have had works shown in national museums and have held exhibitions in cultural capitals such as London, New York and Venice.
Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2TB
Ride an electric tram along 3 miles of unspoilt countryside through the beautiful Axe Valley.
You can start your journey at Seaton, the gateway to the Jurassic Coast or inland at Colyton, either way you will pass through two nature reserves next to the River Axe estuary where you are likely to see 30-50 different species of birds.
Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU
Forde Abbey & Gardens
Once described as "the most perfect monastery in England", Forde Abbey is a beacon of elegant antiquity, set within the exquisite countryside of Dorset. Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, the Abbey still embodies the serenity and philosophy of the order who lived, prayed and farmed there.
Absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the beautiful 30 acre country garden all year round and marvel at England's highest powered fountain.
There is also a tearoom, plant centre, gift shop and Eeles Pottery.
Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE. She dedicated her life to champion donkeys, and it is through her devotion that the Sanctuary grew to be the international charity it is today.
Renowned for their work with donkeys the world over, it is a little known fact that they also care for the largest collective group of mules (a donkey-horse hybrid) in England.
They are open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk. Admission and parking are free.