Seaton Jurassic centre is the new exciting visitor attraction for East Devon that tells the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site.
Devon Wildlife Trust will manage the centre. The centre is being built on The Underfleet in the middle of Seaton, a two minute walk from the seafront, adjacent to the new Tesco store and the Seaton Tramway terminus.
It will contribute to the regeneration of the town by attracting thousands more visitors. The local community in Seaton is key to the success of Seaton Jurassic and local people are invited to become involved as volunteers and ambassadors of the centre and encouraged to contribute to the fundraising for a wildlife garden
through the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust.
The project has secured over £4 million of funding including more than £1.9 million from East Devon District. Other funders include Devon County Council, Seaton Town Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Devon Wildlife Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Blue Marine Foundation and Seaton Visitor Centre Trust.
Building work started in September 2014 and the centre opens on March 26, 2016.
Since 2001, the community of Seaton, through 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 the 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.
Seaton has fabulous natural assets on its doorstep. In terms of the Jurassic Coast, Seaton is the gateway for the wilderness of Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs Natural Nature Reserve, a unique landslide complex within the World Heritage Site.
In the other direction, the chalk cliffs of Beer are a spectacular landmark for the town and this striking white outcrop makes up an example of the third of the three key geological periods for which the World Heritage Site is famous (Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous), all of which can be easily accessed from Seaton, the only location along the Jurassic Coast where this is possible.
Seaton Jurassic tells the story of the Jurassic Coast, and the landscape, geology and geomorphology around Seaton. It's highly engaging and interactive, immersing the visitor with
its interpretation of the area's natural and marine heritage. It focuses on the unique aspects of this story, in particular the Undercliffs, the Axe Estuary, and the role of water in shaping this dynamic landscape. It also includes a cafe and a shop for visitors.
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