Things to see & do

Country & Coast


Pinewood Retreat is the perfect location to discover everything the diverse Devon & Dorset counties have to offer. From World Heritage sites, National Parks and miles of unspoilt coastline through to bustling seaside towns, quaint fishing villages and active outdoor pursuits, the world’s adventures are yours.

Lyme Regis Seafront

Lyme’s unspoilt seafront, with sheltered southfacing beaches, provides a perfect environment in which children can play and adults can relax in the traditional deckchairs that still line the promenade in summer. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy fishing trips and watersports such as sailing and windsurfing.

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Lyme Regis Museum

No trip to Lyme Regis would be complete without fossil hunting, and the Lyme Regis Museum – built on the site of Mary Anning’s birthplace – runs regular fossil hunting walks. Join the museum’s expert geologists to discover your own Jurassic treasure – ammonites, belemnites and maybe even an ichthyosaur!

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The Cobb & Town

Lyme Regis’ famous Cobb wall, dating from the 13th century, provides protection from the harbour and has allowed the town to develop as an important port on the south coast. A walk along the Cobb is a must for any visitor, enabling you to walk in the footsteps of the characters in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Lyme Regis’ town itself is an attractive maze of narrow winding streets that are well worth exploring.

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The Tunnel, Shooting Range

The Target Sports Centre Ltd. opened in July 2010 in The Tunnel, a former road tunnel in Charmouth, Dorset to provide a range of shooting experiences.

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Fossil Collecting in Charmouth

The attractive seaside village of Charmouth lies in the heart of Jurassic Coast fossil hunting country. The large shingle beach and the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre on the seafront are a must-visit for those interested in fossils and local natural history. The Heritage Coast Centre runs regular fossil hunting walks which are extremely popular.

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Steam Train and Sea Cruise Adventure Including the Jurassic Coast from Poole

See the sights of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast by boat, then hop on a heritage steam strain to explore the countryside between Swanage and Norden. The 5-hour experience starts with a cruise from Pool Quay, taking in sights of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks, and, of course, the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.

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The Marine Theatre

The Marine is right on the seafront in beautiful Lyme Regis, part of a UNESCO world heritage site. The location—with wide views of the sea and Lyme bay—is very important to the Marine’s identity, which makes it appealing to both the public and performers.

While it’s called a theatre, the offering is broad: there’s a vibrant programme of entertainment including bands, films, comedians, plays, screenings, and community-led events.

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The Town Mill, Lyme Regis

This ancient watermill, set in the artisan quarter of Lyme Regis, was rescued from dereliction by local volunteers, through a ten-year restoration project. Today, the story of The Town Mill is recounted by volunteer millers and history guides, who mill stoneground wholemeal flour every day, and keep this special place open for everyone to enjoy.

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