Fossil Hunting at Lyme Regis

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Looking for an inspirational school trip?

Lyme Regis MuseumWe can offer

  • Fossil Hunting Walks
  • Mary Anning & the Jurassic Coast
  • Rock Pooling Walks


What teachers and children say about us

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

The children had an amazing day and loved it all.

Chris (and Jim for the Mary Anning Tour) were 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

“The best trip I have taken a group on” – teacher, Yeoford Primary School

“That was awesome!” – student, Exeter College

The sessions and how to book

Fossil Hunting Walks

Join Chris Andrew (PGCE), museum Learning Officer, scientist and fossil hunter to explore the beaches around Lyme Regis where Mary Anning went fossil hunting. This session covers how fossils form and the geology of the Jurassic Coast, as well as Mary’s life and the amazing creatures she discovered. Pupils will also find fossils on the beach to take back to school.

Fossil walks are tide dependent, so start times vary. See the planned dates and times for walks to help plan your visit.

Duration 2 ½ hrs

Numbers 32 children. (Larger groups require extra guides – please contact us to find out more).

Cost £4.75 per pupil (min £75 for groups less than 18) Staff & Supervising Adults FREE

That was awesome! Cool! I loved the bit on the beach as I knew more than when I went before.Can we do it again?!” Exeter College students 2017.

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!” Staff Exeter College 2017.


Mary Anning, Fossils & the Jurassic Coast

In this museum based session and walk around 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 talk with fossil handling in our education room, a guided tour of our Geology Gallery and a visit to see the beaches where Mary Anning went fossil hunting and the church where Mary is buried.

In this session pupils will

Duration: 2 hrs

Numbers: 32 children maximum

Cost: £4.25 per pupil (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 days and start times are limited and can vary.

Duration 2 ½ hrs

Numbers 32 Maximum

Cost £4.75 per pupil (Staff and Supervising Adults FREE).

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 and hope that we can bring another group one day and have to say that personally it was the best trip I have taken a group on, ...”

Jane Darkin – Yeoford Primary School

Why choose us?

  • Great value £4.25 – £4.75 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

To make a booking or find out more please contact:

Bridget Houseago, Operations Manager
Tel: 01297 443370

Or download, complete and return the Group Enquiry Form:

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