6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Devon Life today click here

Seaton Jurassic to open doors for first time

PUBLISHED: 11:59 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:59 21 March 2016

Jurassic is set to open doors

Jurassic is set to open doors

MattAustin

A £4million visitor attraction is set to open its doors to visitors for the first time this Easter

Seaton Jurassic Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic is based in the East Devon coastal resort of Seaton. It hopes to attract thousands of visitors to experience its unique telling of the story of life and particularly how it has evolved on the Jurassic Coast over the past 250 million years ago.

Mike Ruiter, Seaton Jurassic’s manager said:

‘We are very excited about the prospect of opening. Our staff and local volunteers can’t wait to greet the first visitors when we open our doors at 10am on Saturday 26th March. We think Seaton Jurassic offers a unique experience for visitors. They can certainly expect something very different to what already exists along the Jurassic Coast.’

In the past weeks trial sessions with invited guests have already proved Seaton Jurassic own take on local natural and geological history to be a hit with people of all ages.

Mike Ruiter said:

‘We’ve had people tell us they were amazed by our interactive exhibits, wowed by the detail of them and what we’ve managed to fit into the space available.’

Seaton Jurassic promises to take people on an adventure back across 250 million years to the beginnings of the Mesozoic period. It charts the struggles of local life to adapt and survive in changing and often hostile environments. Visitors are being promised ‘time travel’ and the prospect of coming face-to-face with the creatures and characters who have been part of the Jurassic Coast’s story.

But there’s a more tranquil side to Seaton Jurassic. Visitors can also expect a café with two huge palm trees at their centre along with a menu of good food and drink sourced using local suppliers. A shop and wildlife garden completes the experience.

Seaton Jurassic is marking its opening with a packed programme of entertainments and events. On Saturday 26th March there will be storytellers, face painters and more. Sunday 27th March sees a Jurassic-themed Easter Egg Hunt. While on Easter Monday 28th March a special expert-led guided walk will unlock the secrets held in the rocks of the local landscape. These events signal a spring and summer programme the full details of which people can see at www.seatonjurassic.org

Seaton Jurassic is owned by East Devon District Council. Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said that the centre - at the very heart of the world-renowned Jurassic Coast - marks another step in the regeneration of the town. He said:

‘Seaton Jurassic is a top attraction which will bring in thousands of visitors and, in turn, will boost the economy of Seaton and East Devon too.’

‘We’re very proud to be the main funder of such a unique project and we believe it will be a catalyst for the further regeneration of the town itself.’

The operator of Seaton Jurassic is Devon Wildlife Trust. The charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Harry Barton, said:

‘Seaton Jurassic is a project that has been more than a decade in the making. Seeing it for real, brand new, dramatic and sparkling in the spring sunshine, is an absolute thrill. And like all great treasures, the best bits are inside! I am just so grateful for all the support from the local community. I really hope they are as proud of the end result as I am.’

Seaton Jurassic will open its doors for the first time at 10am on Saturday 26th March. Entry costs £8 for adults and £5 for children, with family tickets priced at £18. The entry fee covers return visits for a year.

Seaton Jurassic can be found on the Underfleet, Seaton, EX12 2WD, next to the Seaton Tramway. It has a pay and display car park just 100 metres from its entrance and excellent public transport links with the X53 Jurassic Coast bus stopping at its door! Further details about making a visit to Seaton Jurassic can be found at www.seatonjurassic.org

Seaton Jurassic has received generous support from Devon County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Seaton Town Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and Jurassic Coast Trust.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Tue, 10:52

Buy a plot of land and build a house: Lee Manning and Mike Ellis have made taking on the project of a lifetime look easy. Words: Chrissy Harris | Photos: Matt Austin

Read more
Monday, May 14, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up and the Devon countryside beckons, LIZZIE JANE of the National Trust in the South West offers plenty of walk ideas for you to try. Whether you want a relaxed Sunday stroll or a more strenuous hike, here are 10 walks across Devon (and beyond) to help you escape the crowds and head off the beaten track

Read more
Friday, May 11, 2018

North Devon is one of the most spectacular parts of the county not just for its natural features but for its many incredible attractions. Here are 6 you should visit this summer

Read more
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Whether it be shingle or sandy, cliff-lined or surrounded by dunes, Devon’s beaches are some of the most wonderfully diverse you’ll find in the country. We’ve picked 16 you have to visit

Read more
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May is a great time to see bluebells slowly cover Devon’s landscape, providing a wash of colour to truly emphasise the start of spring. We pick seven top spots for bluebell walks in the county

Read more
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Whether you are a fan of shingle or golden sands, we have found some of Devon’s best beaches to visit...

Read more
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

On 1 April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps – the aviation element of the Army – became the Royal Air Force, which means that April 2018 sees the 100th Anniversary of the RAF. KEN DELVE looks at the RAF’s presence in the county over those 100 years

Read more
Friday, April 13, 2018

The new owners’ renovation is expected to last a year and is planning to provide guests with vastly different experiences to what is currently offer

Read more
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Every year local families vote for their favourite Devon family-friendly attraction as part of the Primary Times Reader Star Awards - here are 11 places they have chosen as some of their favourites

Read more
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sprinkled throughout Devon’s cities, towns and villages are some of the most picture-perfect roads and lanes you could ever wish to see. Those of you who are fortunate enough to live on one of these 11 streets will know exactly what we’re talking about

Read more
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

TONY JACKSON goes underground to find a centuries-old part of Devon’s past, the legacy of which still remains relevant to all of our lives today

Read more
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bike-friendly Exeter is a great place to explore on two wheels. Chrissy Harris talks to the cyclists helping to promote pedal power in the city

Read more
 
A+ South & South West
 
Great British Holidays advert link
 
Pure Weddings advert link
 
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Local Business Directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search