(Above) The Chesil Centre from the boardwalk © Sally Welbourn (Below)
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to announce the return of the popular Big Wild Chesil Event at the Chesil Beach Centre on Sunday 27th July from 10am 5pm.
There will be lots of entertainment, including local dancers and a live band, a barbeque serving up locally-sourced food throughout the day and lots of activities to discover the fascinating world of bugs, reptiles, crabs and anemones found across the area.
New features for this year’s event include a performance by a Portland-based children’s group - the Second Edition Majorettes, tips on how to get involved with the Wildlife On Your Doorstep scheme, and the Marine Giants Exhibition, as part of our national Marine Week celebrations.
This event is held a year after the Chesil Beach Centre was officially opened by Lord Seb Coe, as part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme. Visitors can enjoy the delicious treats from the Taste* café and take a walk around our shop, which is filled with interesting books, gifts and wildlife keep-sakes. The under-water lagoon camera will also be displayed, to discover what’s really happening beneath the waves!
"Big Wild Chesil is one of our biggest events of the year"
DWT Skills for the Future trainee, Megan Shersby, is organising the event. She said: “Big Wild Chesil is one of our biggest events of the year where we celebrate not only the wildlife but the history of Chesil Beach and the surrounding area. Last year we had over a thousand visitors to this event, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming both locals and visitors to enjoy food, drink, activities, and performances for all ages to enjoy.”
Find out more...
For more information about Big Wild Chesil Event, please contact Megan Shersby on 01305 206191 at , or visit our webpage.
The Chesil Beach Centre is located halfway along the A354 causeway to Portland, postcode DT4 9XE. For more information about the centre, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesil.
Notes to Editor
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The Centre is open from 10am to 5pm very day. For more information about the centre, visit our webpage.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who runs the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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