Photos by Sally Welbourn
The newly opened Chesil Beach centre welcomed a record amount of visitors this Sunday for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wild About Chesil Event.
Over 1,500 people came to listen to music, enjoy the Taste* BBQ, try craft activities, and learn about wildlife in the area. Families of all ages visited the centre, which was officially opened by Lord Seb Coe only two weeks ago.
A happy and vibrant atmosphere
Centre Manager, Emily Brown said: “We loved the chance to show case the centre to visitors. We are really proud of the new facilities such as interpretation, webcams and the shop. Not only are we an information hub for Chesil’s fantastic wildlife, but we offer a place for people to feel welcome and part of conservation work in the local area. The atmosphere was happy and vibrant all day, and it was great to see the centre busy with local people and visitors from further afield too.”
Visitors made giant animal chalk stencils outside the centre, listened to local folk band ‘Arish Mel’ and watched Morris dancing whilst tucking into some delicious food from the Taste* cafe. Kids made badges, had the opportunity for an up-close encounter with starfish and crabs, and had a go at stone carving.
From sealife to pot plants
Megan Butler, age 7, had great fun colouring in a picture of her favourite sea animals for her badge and John and Emily Swindell, aged 7 and 9, made pot plants to take home and care for.
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, who assisted children with their activities, said: “I loved seeing kids engaging with nature in a fun and interesting way. All of them had stories to tell about their favourite animals, many of which could be found in Dorset!”
Fiona (@fiona612) on Twitter said: "@DorsetWildlife @VisitWeymouth @TasteChesil we have just spent
the afternoon at the centre with our 7 yr old son he loved it! Thank you!" She also said: "@TasteChesil @DorsetWildlife @VisitWeymouth Thanks as we were leaving heavens opened! But son didn't care he got to see more moths #happyboy"
More summer fun
If you missed out on this event and want to visit the Chesil Beach Centre, it’s open from 10am to 5pm every day. We have a fantastic programme of activities for the summer holidays too. For more information, please visit our events page at: www.dorsetwildlifetrust/events or www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilcentre
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.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.