About the Centre
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust on behalf of a partnership including Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, the Jurassic Coast Team, the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, with the continued help of local volunteers.
The car park will continue to be run by the Borough Council. Organisations helping to fund the project include the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Portland Gas Trust, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
To find out more about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Nature Reserve go to www.chesilbeach.org
Opening Times & Trips:
The Centre is run by friendly, knowledgeable, local volunteers and is open 7 days a week, from 10 am until 5 pm (Easter until end of September) and 10 am until 4 pm (Winter). Telephone 01305 206191
The Fleet Observer runs daily in the summer months, weather permitting, and is run by the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve. Find out more at their website www.thefleetobserver.co.uk
taste*café at Chesil Beach!
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre has a new café. Todd and Louise Moffat, owners of the popular taste*café/bistro in Trinity Street, Dorchester, have launched taste*café@chesilbeach at the visitor and wildlife centre. Read about the cafe here
Come and enjoy the wildlife, and visit our shop.
How to find us:
You can find us halfway along the causeway from Weymouth to Portland on the A354 (Portland Road). The Centre has a shop, wildlife events and activities, a bridge across the Fleet Lagoon to the Chesil Beach plus amazing views of the wildlife of this special place.
Whether it's discovering Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, or becoming a seashore detective, we have a range of learning opportunites that can be tailored to suit individual groups. Just download our opportunities leaflet and contact us to discuss your requirements.
Click on the events below for more information
2nd Sep 2014
A ‘short gentle’ walk around Chesil Bank & the Fleet Lagoon to discover its secrets.
6th Sep 2014
Join us to search for shark & ray eggcases along Chesil Beach.
11th Sep 2014
Join our guide to discover the secrets of Chesil Bank & the Fleet Lagoon.
25th Sep 2014
A talk by Anne Collier, author of 'The History of Weymouth and its Neighbours'.
9th Oct 2014
An hour with author Maureen Attwooll and she discusses her latest work, all about Dorset shipwrecks.
12th Oct 2014
Join your guide to discover the secrets of Chesil Bank & the Fleet Lagoon.
25th Oct 2014 - 2nd Nov 2014
Find out about garden birds, the best things to feed them & how to ready your garden for winter.
26th Oct 2014
Join us to learn about the birds that visit the Fleet during winter.
A guided walk looking at the gulls, wading birds & geese along Chesil Beach & the Fleet with expert Nick Tomlinson.
30th Nov 2014
Indulge in a mince pie & some mulled wine at the Chesil Beach Centre & ‘shop for wildlife’
Spirit of the Sea Photo Competition Results - Click to find out who won!
Sponsor a Plank
A new boardwalk has been constructed to give everybody, including wheelchair users, people with mobility problems and pushchairs access to the Chesil Beach. This is a major feature of the new centre and we would like to give you the chance to leave a lasting reminder of what Chesil Beach and its wildlife means to you or someone close to you.
For only £50 you can sponsor a plank and have a brass plaque bearing your message permanently installed on the boardwalk leaving a lasting contribution to this special place. If you would like to sponsor a plank please download an order form (below) or call Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 to request a hard copy of the form.
Sponsor a Plank Application Form (Word)
Sponsor a Plank Application form (PDF
All proceeds of the Chesil Centre Sponsor a Plank scheme will support the delivery of educational opportunities at the Chesil Beach
Tweets from Portland, Chesil & Weymouth