One young visitor enjoying Seaton Jurassic's time-ship. Credit: Matt Austin.

Positive feedback for East Devon's newest visitor attraction

More than 12,500 people have visited East Devon’s newest visitor attraction Seaton Jurassic since it opened six weeks ago.

The latest figures are well in excess of the projected visitor numbers for the £4 million centre, much to the delight of East Devon District Council (EDDC), who own the new building, and Seaton Jurassic operators, the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT).

Just over 12,650 people visited the unique interactive exhibits, with 634 people coming back to see it all again on a return visit. Seven schools are booked in to visit Seaton Jurassic this coming term and the attraction’s cafe is doing equally well selling – among other goodies – 2,546 cups of coffee since its doors opened.

Feedback has also been very positive to the centre where visitors are taken on an interactive journey back 250 million years to when life on the Jurassic Coast looked very different. 

Seaton Jurassic was visited by HRH The Princess Royal last month who unveiled a plaque to mark the opening. She said that the attraction was extraordinary and she hoped to be able to bring her grandchildren to see it one day.

Cllr Paul Diviani, Leader of the district council, which has invested £1.9m in to the Seaton project, said:

We’re receiving very good feedback from visitors to Seaton Jurassic and we are delighted that the attraction is as popular as we all thought it would be.

This is a unique regeneration project which has led to 23 new jobs, brought more visitors to Seaton and is boosting the economy of the town and its traders as well as the wider economy of East Devon as a whole.

The town is now reaping the benefits of its location at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.

Harry Barton, chief executive of Devon Wildlife Trust added:

Every time I visit the centre I feel this huge sense of pride in what the partnership has achieved with such wonderful support from the local community.  Seaton sits slap bang in one of the World’s most important landscapes, this incredible history book of life’s story. 

At Seaton Jurassic we’ve tried to open a few pages of that book.  And what this telling us is that – just as we had hoped - people are finding it difficult to put the book down!

As well as East Devon District Council investing in the project, other funding has come from Devon County Council, Seaton Town Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Devon Wildlife Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Blue Marine Foundation, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Trust and Seaton Visitor Centre Trust.

To find out more about Seaton Jurassic and plan your visit, go to www.seatonjurassic.org