West Bay is a delightful coastal village in between Bridport and Eype on the Jurassic Coast. This historic fishing village has plenty to offer, making it the perfect place to visit with your family whilst staying at Newlands Holiday Park. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, perusing the small independent shops or exploring the coast on a sightseeing boat trip. Finish the day with a delicious bite to eat from one of the kiosks lining the harbour. There are also some lovely pubs, if you fancy sampling some local ale.
There are two lovely beaches to explore at West Bay - East Beach and West Beach. The beaches are seperated by the harbour and are idyllic in the height of summer or a bracing winters day. If you don't fancy a beach day, but want to admire their beauty, we recommend walking along the pier head to the seating area at the end. From here you'll have an excellent viewing point and can take some wondeful photos. On a sunny day the sandstone cliffs appear to glow!
East Beach is arguably the more famous of the two beaches with its golden cliff faces and immaculate shingle bay. East Beach is the perfect beach to enjoy a picnic whilst you watch the boats go out to sea. There are public toilets near East Beach, which can be located behind the Methodist Chapel. There is a lifeguard service here during the summer season for added peace of mind.
Please note: due to recent cliff fall, we do not recommend sitting or exploring directly beneath the cliffs.
West Beach is a small pebble beach to the right of the harbour, when looking out to sea. The water here is exceptionally clean, making it the perfect place for paddling or rockpooling. Children will love trying to spot crabs, fish and sometimes even seals along the shore! If you are planning to visit the western beach, you will find parking along the esplanade which allows for easy access to the seafront.
Things to do in West Bay
Lyme Bay Rib Charter
If you're in the mood for adventure, why not explore the Jurassic Coast on a sightseeing boat trip from West Bay. Lyme Bay Rib Charter offer a range of thrilling boat trips, allowing you to take in stunning views along the coast from the sea. The West Bay Blast is ideally suited to adrenaline junkies wanting to experience daring turns and high speeds. The Coastal Cruise is a more gentle affair for those looking to sit back and take in the scenery.
West Bay Canoes
Explore the River Brit under your own steam during a canoe trip with West Bay Canoes. Join a guided session and head up the river to Palmers Brewery, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way. The experienced instructor will help you perfect your paddling technique. This activity is great for families and those looking to try something new!
Children’s Play Park
There is a fantastic children’s play area near West Bay, which was built to reflect the Jurassic Coast and areas rope-making heritage. The playground includes many exciting features such as swings, slides, and a pyramid rope climbing frame.
There are a handful of quirky shops dotted around West Bay - perfect for buing gifts or souvenirs to commemorate your stay. We love perusing the works of local artists during a visit - it's hard not to bring everything home! There are also some lovely antique shops, where you might be able to puchase a piece of Dorset history. Most are located in the small shopping precinct next to the East Beach car park off of Station Road.