Welcome to the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust Website
Seaton Jurassic is the new exciting visitor attraction for East Devon that will tell the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site.
The centre will be built on The Underfleet in the middle of Seaton, a two minute walk from the seafront and the town centre, adjacent to the new Tesco store and the Seaton Tramway terminus. It is also only a short walk to the Axe Estuary Wetlands. It will contribute to the regeneration of the town by attracting thousands more visitors.
Natural Seaton Festival: busiest, biggest and best ever
Hundreds enjoyed this year's biggest ever Natural Seaton Festival held for the first time in sight of Seaton Jurassic, the new visitor centre nearing completion and
set to open next year. With more stalls than ever and glorious sunshine the crowds flocked to Thury Harcourt Place to find out all about the natural world that surrounds Seaton.
Children and adults alike watched insects and animals being created from willow, enjoyed the falcon display from Devon Birds of Prey Centre and used their artistic talents to make badges with Devon Wildlife Trust. Others ventured further afield with a rockpool ramble down to Seaton Hole or a trip to the beautiful Goat Island at The Undercliffs.
Natural England, the RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust, East Devon District Council's Countryside team and Axe Valley Pedallers were amongst the stalls sharing information about the many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors that Seaton and its surrounding area offers. Others just enjoyed the sunshine with a cream tea, traditional ice cream or barbecue.
Natural Seaton Festival
will be held on
Saturday 16th July 2016
10am to 4pm
Thury Harcourt Place
Seaton Visitor Centre Trust
Since 2001, the community of Seaton (since 2007 in the form of the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust) has been working with the local authorities (East Devon District, Devon County and Seaton Town councils) and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team to develop a visitor centre for Seaton, to reap the benefits from the town's unique location as a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Axe Estuary Wetlands. Two years ago Devon Wildlife Trust was appointed as operator to the Centre and there are now plans in place for an interpretation centre that will provide an excellent quality visitor experience.
The project has secured over £3million of funding from our three local authorities; a first stage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £500,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund and £100,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation. Building work has started and the centre is now expected to open Spring 2016.
Although with the construction of Seaton Jurassic the Trust will have achieved one of its main aims we will continue to work with the Devon Wildlife Trust to support the centre and develop close links with the community. This Centre will be the heart of the community, and it has the community at its heart.