Jurassic Coast Card – special offers, discounts and freebies for locals and visitors alike
Updated: Jun 7
I’m rather excited to have just received my sparkly new Jurassic Coast Card in the post, and I’ve just spent the last half an hour having a good browse of the website looking through all of the amazing places in the locality where I can now take advantage of a discount or a special offer.
Seeing as it's the first week of the school summer holidays I thought now would be a good time to write about it, as I know it's something I'll be making a lot of use of over the next few weeks, and I thought you might be interested in it too!
If you've not yet heard, the Jurassic Coast Card is a discount scheme aimed at locals and anyone visiting the West Dorset and East Devon area, giving members access to some amazing offers (and even some freebies) at a huge range of attractions, eateries, service providers, shops and even accommodation – and at only £24 for a year’s membership (currently on offer at £19 during July '19!) I can see that it would be easy to make the investment worthwhile.
Holiday makers can buy a Holiday Pass, valid for a whole month for only £10 – also a great option for locals wanting to make the most of our beautiful stretch of coast over the summer hols.
One thing that strikes me is the fantastic range of providers that have signed up to this ‘shop local’ sort of scheme – I’m happy to discover that some of my favourite places will now offer me a discount or a freebie (did someone say FREE DESSERT with a main meal at Highland’s End Holiday Park where we go to use the soft play and playground?! And FREE ICE CREAM with an adult’s meal at Newlands in Charmouth – perfect for our after-swim refuel.) But I’ve also discovered some other great places – many of which are ideal family activities for the summer break – that are now firmly on our ‘must visit’ list.
For instance, I didn’t know you could hire an electric bike from Monkton Wyld near Lyme Regis – that sounds like a great family day out for families with children aged 14+, and Dorset Water Park sounds like an absolute summer dream for my six-year-old with an outdoor adventure water course spread across two lakes near Corfe Castle.
Looking through the list of providers it’s actually a really useful guide for those looking for largely family-friendly things to do in the Lyme Bay area (along with some luxuries for grown-ups) with outlets stretching from Exmouth in the West to Poole to the East, and Bridport, Lyme Regis, and Charmouth areas in between.
There’s cafes, ice cream parlours, restaurants, major family attractions (good savings to be made from the higher ticket price attractions like Pecorama and Seaton Tramway, for example), shops selling giftware, jewellery, clothing and more; a good range of local accommodation from B&Bs to bell tents, and even personal training and exercise classes – all appealing offers for locals and visitors alike. (The discount card includes an offer for a free personal training taster session at the outstanding California Fitness in Axminster for example – that’s worth £20 alone!)
All of the providers and offers look great but here are some of my chosen highlights to give you a flavour of the kind of thing on offer:
Aroma Café, Lyme Regis – you know I love a café and this a great excuse to try out their big breakfast with 10% off. Great for families with tots as there’s a bijou little indoor play nook out the back
Jurassic Stand Up Paddleboard & Fitness - £5 off per person – that’s a great saving for a family wanting to have a go at this great ocean sport (Charmouth & Lyme
Lyme Bay Pizza, Lyme Regis – The
idea of pizza on the terrace overlooking the beach is a dream to me, 10% off the bill for up to 6 people
Station Kitchen, West Bay – I’ve been looking forward to eating in this quirky railway carriage restaurant for ages, Jurassic Coast Card discount is 10% off the bill for up to 5 people
The Tunnel Tree Tops high ropes activity centre, in between Charmouth and Axminster. 15% off online bookings for those who like to test their mettle at height
Rockburn indoor rock climbing centre, Bridport – exciting activity for adventurous kids (younger children must be supervised by a responsible adult who has completed an induction beforehand, worth noting) – 10% off
Devon Belles Bell Tents Hire – 10% tent hire. I stayed in a Devon Belles tent last year to give my daughter her first camping experience and it was SO GOOD. If you live locally you can hire a tent for a sleepover in your back garden or for a special event; likewise if you're visiting the area why not take the stress out of camping and have them put a tent up for you (they even furnish it!)
West Bay Canoes – 4 canoeing spaces for the price of 3 – guided canoe tours on the calm waterways around West Bay near Bridport, for ages four and up – firmly on our to do list for when Livvie is old enough.
With new deals and offers being added to the scheme on a weekly basis I can only see the Jurassic Coast Card membership getting even better and the annual membership, working out to be only £2 per month, is especially good value.
So, something well worth considering as we approach the long summer break – if you decide to buy a card let me know which of the deals you like best!