Things to see & do

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Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

Every Thursday in August, 11am-4pm

New for summer 2014: volleyball has arrived for the summer at Hive Beach. Great fun for competitive families, the net will be available to use every Thursday on a free for all basis.

Don't miss

  • A coastal walk with views of Europe's longest shingle bank
  • Watching the sun set over Lyme Bay from the beach or clifftops
  • The unspoilt and easily accessible beach
  • Great food and amazing views at the award-winning Hive Beach Café
  • A stroll around the pretty village, tucked away behind the beach
  • A friendly chat with our knowledgeable car park team
  • Tamarisk Farm Shop's delicious organic meat

Car free coast walks

Go car free this summer and enjoy a care free coast walk through National Trust countryside. Why not follow the South West Coast Path from Abbotsbury to West Bay? You can stop for lunch at the Hive Beach Cafe and use the X53 bus service to return to your start point.

Take a barefoot sunset stroll

Watch the sunset over the sea on a balmy evening walk at Hive Beach

Watch the sunset over the sea on a balmy evening walk at Hive Beach

Walking is always wonderful at Burton Bradstock but there's something very special about this time of year. The surrounding countryside is lush and green, the hedgerows are a tangle of wildflowers, and the Burton cliffs glow bright gold in the warm sunshine. Stride out along the the South West Coast Path to enjoy magnificent views along the Jurassic Coast, meander around the pretty village or make the most of longer days with an evening stroll on the beach.

Enjoy local produce

All that fresh sea air will give you an appetite - a great excuse to sample some of the scrumptious food available in the local area.

Treat yourself at the award-winning Hive Beach Café or visit the nearby farm shops (ideal for hamper supplies) for a true taste of West Dorset.


Seasonal wildlife

Wildlife to watch for in late July and early August:

Wildflowers: purple teasel flowers, hemp agrimony in the hedgerows and verges, yellow drifts of fleabane in the fields at Cogden.

Butterflies: sharp-eyed visitors might spot a rare Lulworth skipper at Burton Bradstock and the migrant species painted lady (pictured) and clouded yellow can be seen arriving on our shores.

Tick off 50 things in a year in West Dorset

Create some wild art - just one of the 50 things activities to enjoy

Create some wild art - just one of the 50 things activities to enjoy

Are you up for an outdoor adventure in 2014? This year we're aiming to really promote each different activity on the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list. We hope that by showing you the best places to do each 50 things activity in West Dorset, and holding some special 50 things events, families can have unforgettable experiences while exploring our special places.