An Exotic Experience

I’ve found yet another gem, folks. Today I had a meeting at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, so while I was there I thought I may as well have a look around. Wow. I haven’t been there for years, and then I was somewhat distracted by small children, so I’d forgotten just how exotic it really ┬áis….

Symondsbury Manor Yard

Anyone who has ever been anywhere near Bridport will instantly recognise the distinctive, tree-topped bump of Colmer’s Hill. Every time we drive past, I think “I haven’t walked up there since I was about 13 years old” – until today! Symondsbury, the nearest village to Colmer’s Hill, is an almost Disneyesque quintessential English village, with…

Cogden Beach

Judging by the car parks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth over the last few days, there is something very right about the West Dorset tourism industry at the moment. Apart from the woolly hats, new Christmas scarves and winter coats, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a summer bank holiday weekend, with car…

Ice Cream Dreams

It’s not dainty, it’s not subtle but I think it’s going to be a big hit with the generation who are too young to remember Al’s Diner in Happy Days – Creams is the new kid on the block in Dorchester’s Brewery Square. As we had a teacher training day today and needed to brave…

Nice Weather for Ducks

On a day when the rest of the U.K seemed to be sweltering in record-breaking temperatures, the Jurassic Coast was bombarded by thunderstorms, with lightning strikes all along the coast, and torrential rain coming across in waves. I decided to abandon outdoor plans and investigate a new kid on the block, Duck’s Farm Shop in…

Life Beyond Fish & Chips

Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love fish and chips, but that is partly the problem. There’s only so many times in one summer you can indulge without either your conscience or your waistline starting to nag. Luckily here in Lyme Regis we are spoilt for choice when it comes to other options….

The Watch House

You may have to run the gauntlet of David Tennant hunters, but I have another top lunch spot for you. I may be preaching to the converted here as it’s not exactly a hidden secret, but it was new to me – recently we went for a lovely lunch at The Watch House, in West…

Rousdon Village Bakery

Due to a boring list of Lyme Regis / Musbury based errands this morning, we broke the habit of a lifetime and did something we very rarely do – went out for breakfast. Handily close to Lyme Regis, just a couple of miles along the Sidmouth Road, is one of the best breakfasts you can…

Downhouse Farm

Today I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years; we walked up the coastal path from Eype to Down House Farm for coffee and cake. Lots of people have told me I must do this, and now I know why! We parked in the beach car park at Eype,…

Seaton Jurassic

I have always felt a bit sorry for Seaton. Sandwiched between quirky, trendy Lyme and the bigger, more sedate Sidmouth, Seaton has always felt (to me at least) like the poor relation. However, not any more. There seems to be a new optimism about the place, with the Artisan Market, several new cafes and shops,…