We are back from our amazing week visiting the Jurassic Coast which is a great place to go and explore, with its stunning beach’s and coastline. To the amazing little towns, villages and attractions there is something for everyone to enjoy.
We were based in a cottage in the picturesque village of Wotton Fitzpaine at the Dairy cottages on a working farm. The kids thought this was amazing especially tractor mad Izzy who would rush to the window every time she the roar of machinery. We even gained a holiday pet in the form of Harvey the Chocolate Labrador who would come and visit us every day especially around mealtimes it’s like he could smell the food.
It was a great location to be in as we had Lyme Regis in one direction and Bridport in the other. Other fantastic locations sandwiched in between. Here is my breakdown of all the great places we visited, were we loved eating out and the most gorgeous beaches and playground’s we found for lots of quality family time.
The Jurassic coast is covered in miles of wonderful beaches. I’m no beach bunny and will admit to hating beach days. However on this trip we had one of the most amazing beach days ever!! This was at the beach closest to our accommodation at Charmouth Beach. If you are wanting a beach day with something a little extra then Charmouth Beach is the place for you. As well as the gorgeous blue sea and usual sand. Charmouth Beach is surrounded by a cliff face covered in fossils. Our eldest had previously visited with his grandparents on another trip we had to the area and they spent the day just collecting rocks looking for prehistoric creatures. It gives another dimension to the day for children. Both Thomas and Izzy loved searching the coastline for fossils hoping they would have a great find.
It is both sandy and pebbled and the sea water was really lovely. Great for the kids as it was gradual not a steep drop off. The waves were amazing for their passion of bodyboarding.
We were also very lucky with the weather as our holiday was through the heatwave. It literally didn’t feel like you were on holiday in England more like on the Mediterranean.
Other fantastic beaches we visited during this visit were Lyme Regis and West Bay.
We ate at some fab places on this trip my top three would be:
River Cottage Kitchen and Deli situated in Axminster we headed here for a final breakfast before heading home. The food was absolutely delicious along with the restaurant staff been super helpful and accommodating. The breakfast menu something for all the family Edward devoured his jam and toast. Pricing was also really reasonable.
The second place I loved was also in Axminster this was Arts Cafe Bar suited in the old prison cells. We stumbled across this on arriving in Axminster on the search for lunch. We were not disappointed at all there was a fabulous selection of freshly made sandwiches, special’s and much more. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We went back later in the week too and sampled there delicious homemade cakes. Truly worth a visit!!
Finally I’m saving my absolute favourite till last. On our visit into Lyme Regis while looking for a place to grab lunch. We stumbled upon The Creperie situated on Broad Street. It’s one of the tiniest of places but with the most incredible menu and staff. The lady making the crepes and galettes couldn’t do enough for us. She provided the youngest member of our party with a mixture of fruit on the side of his plain crepe. As a child I used to travel around France nearly every summer and these were the best Galettes I’ve tasted outside of the French borders. I truly wish I lived closer to Lyme Regis to experience them everyday.
We had a fantastic time exploring and stumbled across some wonderful outdoor spaces for us all to enjoy. Seaton has the most amazing outdoor space next to the long stay car park. A wonderful playground with great green space for ball games and all the equipment was in fantastic condition all Jurassic Coast themed.
In Lyme Regis on our way back up to the car park we found a great park too. Again plenty for our 17 month old as well as our 11 year old. Which as parents of varied aged children is a absolute blessing so no one is feeling bored.
All our three loved our time at both these places.
Our trip down to Dorset and the Jurassic coast was an absolute blast with plenty to see and explore for all the family. It will definitely go down as one of my absolute favourite holidays as a family of five so far. We still have plenty more to experience on future trips down. We’ve only touched the surface.