Bridport & West Bay
Bridport is a historic, vibrant market town with a strong community spirit. It is recognised as a Gateway Town for the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast, promoting high quality and variety of local food. Look out for the Farmers Market in the Arts Centre on the second Saturday of each month. Multi national and local shops stand side by side in the main streets.
A wide variety of retail, manufacturing and service businesses are located on the trading estates and around the town
With a strong artistic and literary community, the Bridport Prize is internationally acclaimed. Community organisations and voluntary groups play a key role in the life of the town as is evident from the wide range and number of events and activities that take place throughout the year.
The main streets of Bridport are amongst the widest in the west of England. There are over 1000 listed buildings of historical or architectural merit.
Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour in South West Dorset. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.
Lyme Regis boasts various activities, restaurants, pubs and accommodation, tours, the history and geology of the coastline, where to go fishing and diving, interesting places to visit.
Chard is a lovely market town in the county of Somerset, England, situated on the main A30 road close to the Devon border and 15 miles south west of Yeovil. In 1685 Chard was one of the towns in which Judge Jeffreys held some of the Bloody Assizes after the failure of the Monmouth Rebellion. Chard claims to be the birthplace of aviation, as it was here in 1848 that the Victorian aeronautical pioneer John Stringfellow (1799-1883) first demonstrated that engine-powered flight was possible.
Chard nestles in a corner of South Somerset between Dorset and Devon. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a wealth of lovely places to visit for all the family. From traditional home cooked pub lunches to delicious cream teas, there are many local gastronomic experiences to try. The surrounding area is renowned for apple orchards and cider. Hundreds of tonnes of apples are pressed every year by local producers.
The South Somerset Food Festival, held every October, promises a delicious programme of events, activities and tasting sessions to suit every appetite.
Beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, regency history and fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops.... it's all here in this lovely seaside town that nestles beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Spend the day in Sidmouth’s fabulous unique shops, sample the experience of fine dining, be it coffee, lunch or evening meal. Sidmouth’s friendly relaxed town welcomes you. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and is on the Jurassic Coast world heritage site and the South West coast path.
The A30 and A303 passes within a short distance to the town centre of Honiton making it a good stop off location to other areas with easy access to all surrounding towns and villages including Ottery St Mary, West Hill, Woodbury, Wolford Chapel, Dunkeswell, Stockland, Axminster, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth, Sidbury, Luppitt, Fishponds, Buckerell and more. boasting its own main line railway station, makes Honiton a very busy business centre and acts as a main shopping centre for this area of East Devon.
From early occupation by Bronze Age tribes, through Roman times to the present day, Colyton's fine river valley has provided a perfect place to settle. The shops are traditional, unique, and independently owned - this is no boring high street. Colyton itself has a wonderful level riverside walk in two directions. Spot heron, buzzard, egrets, mallards, and if you are really quick, a kingfisher.
With over 1,000 years of history, the unusual octagonal lantern tower of St. Andrew’s dates back to the 15th century. A church has stood on this site since Saxon times and restored cross of that period is within the building.
Axminster is a quiet market town situated on the River Axe. It is close to both coastal towns and rural areas. The town is well known for Axminster Carpets, invented by Thomas Whitty. Axminster continues to show the history of the carpets to the public. The town boasts various individual businesses and is continuing to grow. A mainline station includes services to London Waterloo and Exeter. An open street market is held every Thursday.
Seaton is a coastal town in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated within Lyme Bay. The estuary from the River Axe runs into the bay with the Harbour offering mooring for visiting and local boats. With the long shingle beach, Seaton has been a popular holiday resort for many years. Seaton Tramway runs between Seaton and Colyton taking in the Axe valley along the way.
The Seaton Marshes and wetlands offer a good feeding ground for birdlife throughout the year. Away from the coastline and interesting shops of the town, there are walking and cycle paths to explore throughout the Axe Valleys scenic countryside.