Charmouth Parish Council owns both buildings and land in and around Charmouth.
The Beach and Foreshore
Charmouth Parish Council owns a stretch of beach from the "Vine Yard" below the head of Evans Cliff to the East (at the present fall) to "Canary Ledges" in the West "Black Ven".
The Parish Council as owners of the Foreshore, grant permission to carry out fossil walks on and across it's beaches provided that the organisers of the walks apply for permission and abide by The Fossil Walks Code of Practice.
Dogs are permitted on Charmouth Beach during the winter, but there are restrictions during the summer for the benefit of both locals and visitors. Please see our dog policy for full details of dates and times.
A distinction of Charmouth is that the Parish owns its own foreshore with all the rights from low to high tide. The land and the buildings had been the property of the Pass estate of Wootton Fitzpaine and were purchased by the Parish Council in 1937. Other smaller parcels of land, including Evans Cliff, were given as gifts to the Council by Miss Gertrude Evans (owner of the house 'Hammonds Mead', later a hotel then demolished for the building of housing in new roads named Double Common and Hammonds Mead). The largest of the buildings on the property had been built in the 1850s for the manufacture of cement. The venture failed and the Old Cement Factory, as the building is still known, fell into disrepair. It has recently gained far greater prominence. The ground floor now houses a café and retail units, including a fossil shop with a wide selection of fossils from the adjacent cliffs.
The upper floor houses one of the foremost geological and paleontological interpretative centres in the Country, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. This exceptional resource has a permanent professional staff and has recently been extended to provide guidance and instruction for visitors and school parties in geology, fossiling and environmental studies. It is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Beach huts are available to hire on a seasonal basis or on a daily or weekly basis from May-September. Please see our beach hut prices and to book or for further information please use our contact form.
This is the "hub" of the Parish Council – located in the centre of the village with Parish Office open to the public between 9am and 10.30am Monday-Friday. The Conference Room is available for hire to groups and individuals. The room, which includes a fully equipped small kitchen, can accommodate up to 40 people in various styles (board room, lecture theatre, dining) for business meetings, social functions or family gatherings. For more information about hiring this comfortable facility, please use our contact form.
The Playing Fields
A large green open space in the heart of the village incorporating a children's playground, football pitch, junior goals, bowling green and pavilion. It is hoped to add a bike track shortly. There are plenty of picnic benches and open areas for the public to enjoy this "dog free" area.
Located at the western end of the village, this peaceful area includes a renovated chapel which is available for intimate funeral services. Please use our contact form to request more information.
Again sited at the western end of the village adjacent to the cemetery, this area is leased to Charmouth Allotment Association. Please contact their Secretary, Sarah Edwards, on 01297 560612 for more information and availability.