Fossil Hunting at Lyme Regis

Book Your Guided Fossil Walk



School Visits

  • Fantastic Fossil Hunting Walks

  • Birthplace of Mary Anning

  • Jurassic Coast and Fantastic Fossil Gallery

  • Fossil Handling Sessions

  • Rock Pool Walks

  • Online Fossil Talk and Virtual Tours


The sessions

Fossil Hunting Talk and Walk

Led by our Learning Officer Chris Andrew (PGCE), expert Scientist and Fossil Hunter, the session covers the geology of the Jurassic Coast, Mary Anning and the amazing creatures she discovered, followed by a beach fossil hunt.

Please can we offer a very big thank you to Chris Andrew for his wonderful illustrated talk and fossil beach tour on Thursday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and we all learnt a lot. Inspiring!” Exeter College 2021.

Fossil walk times vary due to the tides See the planned dates and times for walks to help plan your visit.

Duration 3 hrs

Numbers 60 children. (Larger groups – please contact us to find out more).

Cost £4.95 + VAT, per pupil (min £75 for groups less than 16), Staff & Supervising Adults FREE.

Mary Anning Talk & Walk

Visit the museum, the home of Mary Anning and key sites in the town. Pupils will learn about the remarkable life and discoveries of Mary Anning and the amazing geology of the Jurassic Coast. Find out about Ammonites, Ichthyosaurs, Plesiosaurs, how these creatures evolved and interacted, how fossils form, and why we find so many in the rocks and clay around Lyme Regis.

Led by Chris Andrew (PGCE), museum Learning Officer, scientist and fossil hunter the session includes, a museum visit and talk, with fossil handling session, and short walk to see key sites and the beaches where Mary Anning went fossil hunting.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Numbers: 60 children (maximum)

Cost: £4.95 + Vat per pupil, (min £75 for groups less than 16),  Staff and Supervising Adults FREE.

Rock Pool Walks

Your class will learn more about marine life and the amazing creatures that live in the rock pools of Broad Ledge. Lyme Regis is a special place for rock-pooling and Chris Andrew, an experienced biologist and guide, will meet your class at the museum and take you out on to the beach at low tide to explore the rock pools. Pupils will take part in a range of activities including; identifying and naming animals and plants, as well as gathering, recording and classifying data.

Please note, rockpooling activities are dependent on low tides, so start times and availability is limited.

I really wanted to thank you for your wonderful talk and walk and the enthusiasm you gave to the children who simply had the best day out possible. Thank you so much for arranging it all I have to say that it was the best trip I have taken a group on.” Jane Darkin – Yeoford Primary School

Duration 2 hrs

Numbers 32 Maximum

Cost £4.95 + Vat per pupil, (min £75 for groups less than 16),  Staff and Supervising Adults FREE.

Online Talk with Virtual Tour of the Geology Gallery

Can’t come to us? Let us come to you with our online Fossil Talk and tour of the Museum’s iconic Fossil Gallery. Sessions delivered by fossil expert Chris Andrew and cover Mary Anning and her key finds, how fossils form and the amazing geology of the Jurassic Coast.

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: £45.00 + vat

What teachers and children say:

“It was such a superb day led by such knowledgeable, enthusiastic, interesting and experienced staff.”

The children had an amazing day and loved it all.

Chris was able to pitch an incredible amount of information at just the right level for all the ages that we had with us (a wide spread with years 1-4) and were absolutely great with the children. They learnt so much about such a variety of things and we are so grateful for such a treat for the children when the last 16 months have been so hard. “ – Class teacher at North Cadbury Primary School

“That was awesome!” – student, Exeter College

Why choose us?

  • Great value £4.95 + vat per child and all accompanying Staff and supervising adults FREE
  • Well-organised and enriching learning experience, tailored to your needs & interest
  • Fossil walks on the beaches where Mary Anning hunted for fossils
  • Sessions led by Chris Andrew (PGCE), museum Learning Officer, scientist and fossil hunter and a team of inspirational guides – the Mary Anning experts!
  • A secure, purpose-built classroom with space for lunch and stunning view of Lyme Bay
  • New accessible facilities, toilets, lift to the first floor and gift shop
  • Safe, secure coach parking with toilet facilities at both Holmbush and Charmouth Rd car parks, a short walk to the museum and beaches
  • Reassurance – 2,000+ children visit each year and teachers give us great feedback
  • Help with co-ordinating and planning your visit

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