Did you watch Broadchurch? I loved it but I never really thought about where it was filmed. Then, last weekend we went to visit relatives in Bridport, Dorset and stayed a couple of nights.
On the first day my Brother-in-law took us to West Bay which is less than a mile away from his home and instantly I recognised it from Broadchurch. It was quite amusing seeing lots of people stop and take photos of ‘Wessex’ police station. Of course I had to sneak one in myself.
And here’s one I took of the Jurassic Coastline at West Bay.
The next day the kids went fossil hunting at nearby Charmouth Beach. The beach was too rocky for me so I had to be content with sitting on the promenade being calmed by the sea and enjoying the sunshine. It was a real strange day weather wise. When we arrived it was raining so hard we couldn’t get out of the car, but once the rain cloud passed we had lovely sunshine! A couple more dark clouds passed by but we didn’t have anymore rain.
If your kids like rock pools there is a great list of the best you can find in Devon and Dorset over on Flip Flops and Wellies.
After lunch we went to visit Lyme Regis, a seaside town I’d not visited before. It turned out to be a beautiful day and the kids quickly changed into their costumes and went paddling in the sea and were building sandcastle on the beach.
Once again I was stranded on the promenade but my longing to tip my toes in the sea got the better of me and it was so close I thought I could make it. I asked my hubby to hold me and I hobbled barefoot across the sand to the water and paddled. It was amazing! It was also very cold and sent my feet and legs into spasm so walking back was incredibly painful and I couldn’t get back up the step to the promenade and hubby had to ask a stranger to help lift me. It was so worth it though.
On the evening we had a lovely BBQ in our relatives back garden while the kids played on the trampoline. It was such a lovely weekend and our relatives were amazing hosts.
The next day we made our way home and decided to stop off at Weston-Super-Mare for lunch at a beach side cafe.
We love Bridport, Dorset so much we are planning on returning next year for a whole week.
If you would like some inspiration for travelling with the family, then why not check out Becky’s list of Travel Podcasts.
Time to dream.