Everyone is invited to the open day of the newly rebuilt Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Saturday, July 21 from 12 noon 4.30 pm. The extension to the Centre has been funded by a range of organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Crown Estate.
There will be an afternoon of celebration with music, food and fun, including a host of free, family activities such as Under the Sea arts and crafts, getting up close to crabs at the Sea Life rock pool, a treasure hunt, carving with Learning Stone and a fossil dig.
There’ll be music from Weymouth-based Quangle Wangle Choir, Island Voices Community Choir from Portland and acapella group Bagatelle. Masterchef 2009 winner Mat Follas will be providing delicious food and people will also be able to go on boat trips to look at the wildlife of the Fleet lagoon.
Do come and join us on July 21 for some great music, wonderful food and lots and lots of fun
The expanded Centre will be run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Emily Brown, Discover Chesil Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This is a great chance to have a look around the new building, try out the new boardwalk across the Fleet to get onto Chesil beach, and to keep the family entertained for the afternoon, so do come and join us on July 21 for some great music, wonderful food and lots and lots of fun.”
The Centre’s temporary summer exhibition ‘A Celebration of Dorset’s Living Seas’ also opens on the day, running throughout the Olympic and Paralympic games until September 9. This marine exhibition celebrates the diverse coastline and marine life in Dorset as well as raising awareness of some of the issues that affect it. The exhibits will include marine-inspired work by local artists and school groups, local photography and conservation information. A permanent interpretation display will be installed during the winter.
The new Centre includes an education room, information hub and shop and a café run by Master Chef winner 2009 Mat Follas as well as a brand new boardwalk across the Fleet lagoon, built by 26 Engineer Regiment and kindly sponsored by the Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland.
Emily added: “Thank you to everybody who has supported this exciting project. You can still help us by sponsoring a plank on the boardwalk and we are looking for more volunteers at the Centre, so do please get involved!”
The celebrations are on Saturday, July 21 run from 12 noon to 4.30 pm and all are welcome.
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For more information, click here or contact Emily on or 07824 438975.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 07824 438975 or Brian Bleese on 01305 254620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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 will be 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 and will remain open during the Olympic & Paralympic events. 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.