Bridport is a vibrant and attractive Georgian town, famous for rope and net making. It is a “gateway’ to the Jurassic Coast – World Heritage Site, but is becoming better known for its lively arts scene and excellent local food.
Every Wednesday and Saturday Bridport holds a famous street Market with stalls selling curiosities, amazing artisan food and bric-a-brac. Belying its size, this small market town is able to boast independent, award-winning, butchers, bakers, greengrocers and a brewery! The abundance of pubs in the town is well supported with a wide variety of restaurants and a great cocktail bar!
The town boasts a leisure centre as well as a museum and an arts centre. Great for those wishing to stay in shape during their stay. There is also a restored Art Deco cinema which doubles up as a concert venue and theatre. The Tourist Information Centre (01308 424901) is located in the Town Hall.
The charming harbour of West Bay (recently made famous by the TV series Broadchurch) sits a mile and a half south of Bridport, between Eype and Burton Bradstock. With the stunning golden glow of the majestic sandstone cliffs and the shimmering radiance of Golden Cap, it is the Golden Gateway to the Jurassic Coast.
West Bay also marks the beginning of the 18-mile stretch of shingle known as Chesil Beach. The pebbles increase in size as the beach runs from West to East. Pea-sized shingle at West Bay and jacket potato size at Portland. It is said that a smuggler landing on the beach at night could tell where he had landed by the size of the stones under his feet! West Bay is a wonderful seaside location and great for families. Activities include crabbing on the pier, swimming, fishing, boat trips, golfing, river boating and coastal walking.
The Bridport area offers a huge variety of things to do. Here we have broken down the locale to incorporate the finer detail of what the area has to offer.
The huge variety of fantastic artisan food on offer will leave you spoilt for choice.
Mainly shingle beaches adorn this stretch of the coastline. Many on-the-water activities can be enjoyed here including kayaking, diving, snorkelling, sailing and surfing. Beach fishing is also popular with a wide variety of species available to be caught for your own barbecue fish supper.
There is never a dull moment in and around Bridport. From the famous Hat Festival to International Stars performing at The Electric Palace.
The Bridport Area is a great place to stay for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. Rivers such as the Asker, Brit and Bride meander through rolling farmland and traditional villages. On the higher ground, ancient footpaths and byways link you to Iron Age hill-forts – just the ticket for exploration and picnics.
Why not buy a Jurassic Coast Card which is new for 2018 and has some great deals for days out, food and drink and services along the Dorset Coast.
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