A Weekend Break in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages

Last weekend we were invited to stay at Harcombe House in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages. In a surprising twist of fate, not only was an old school friend of my husband there for a weekend break but we also discovered that it was the old boarding house of a former work colleague……..what a small world! Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the Dorset seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a… Continue Reading “A Weekend Break in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages”

A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast


We live in Dorset and our happy place is the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Poole, a distance of about 96 miles. Why the Jurassic coast is so special is that it spans 185 million years of geological history and coastal erosion has exposed an almost continuous sequence of rock formation covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. At different times, this area has been desert, shallow tropical… Continue Reading “A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast”

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset

Etches Collection

Living on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, my kids are keen fossil hunters and love nothing more than chipping away at rocks and stones in the hope that they will find some prehistoric treasure. One of the best locations to go fossil hunting is Kimmeridge Bay, where fossils occur commonly throughout the Kimmeridge Clay, in particular the shells of ammonites and bivalves which are easy to spot as you walk along the beach. We were invited to visit The Etches… Continue Reading “The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset”

Exploring Hive Beach and the Spring Tide Festival

Hive Beach

We adore heading off to local events in our home county of Dorset and one of our favourites is the Spring Tide Festival in Burton Bradstock.  Last year was a gloriously hot day and the kids had so much fun painting fossils, making butterfly cones and watching the Punch and Judy show, so when we arrived they were eager to get out the car to see what was on offer this year. The show gets more and more popular every… Continue Reading “Exploring Hive Beach and the Spring Tide Festival”

A Visit to West Bay

West Bay

I have been longing to visit West Bay ever since Broadchurch first came on air. We have visited its very close neighbour Burton Bradstock several times for their Spring Tide Festival, but never took the short stroll along the beach as we didn’t know how close by it was and we didn’t have a baby carrier and the shingle beach was too tough to navigate with a buggy. This year we made a pact that we would visit all the local… Continue Reading “A Visit to West Bay”