Seaton Jurassic: see pictures from East Devon’s new attraction

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 13 April 2016

Terry Potter of The TIC at Seaton Jurassic. Ref mha 11-16TI 7798. Picture: Terry Ife

Terry Potter of The TIC at Seaton Jurassic. Ref mha 11-16TI 7798. Picture: Terry Ife

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Seaton’s £4million Jurassic Coast visitor centre finally opened its doors to visitors at the weekend – the successful conclusion of a mammoth 10-year project.

Visitors packed the building to take a trip back 250 million years, with interactive displays telling the story of how life evolved along the World Heritage coast.

At the official opening of Seaton Jurassic on Thursday, Harry Barton, chief executive of the Devon Wildlife Trust, which will run the complex, said it was the most exciting project they had even been involved with. It was a visitor centre quite unlike anything they had ever seen.

Doug Hulyer, chairman of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership, said it was ‘an amazing venture’ - a learning centre which did something very different.

“This is a place of fantasy - it takes us back in time and does things that open the imagination for the young people who will come here to visit this place,” he said.

Mike Ruiter, Seaton Jurassic’s manager, said: “We’ve had people tell us they were amazed by our interactive exhibits, wowed by the detail of them and what we’ve managed to fit into the space available.”

Seaton Jurassic charts the struggles of local life to adapt and survive in changing and often hostile environments. Visitors take a journey back in time and come face-to-face with the creatures and characters who have been part of the Jurassic Coast’s story.

There is also a café, shop and wildlife garden.

Seaton Jurassic is owned by East Devon District Council, the chairman of which, Councillor Stuart Hughes, told guests at the opening ceremony that it was expected to give the local economy a huge boost, attracting many thousands of visitors.

Speaking ahead of the opening, East Devon District Council leader Paul Diviani said that the centre - at the very heart of the world-renowned Jurassic Coast - marked another step in the regeneration of the town.

He said: “Seaton Jurassic is a top attraction which will bring in thousands of visitors and, in turn, will boost the economy of Seaton and East Devon too.

“We’re very proud to be the main funder of such a unique project and we believe it will be a catalyst for the further regeneration of the town itself.”

Entry costs £8 for adults and £5 for children, with family tickets priced at £18. The entry fee covers return visits for a year.

Seaton Jurassic can be found on the Underfleet, Seaton, EX12 2WD, next to the Seaton Tramway. It has a pay and display car park just 100 metres from its entrance and excellent public transport links with the X53 Jurassic Coast bus stopping at its door. Further details about making a visit to Seaton Jurassic can be found at www.seatonjurassic.org

The centre has received generous support from Devon County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Seaton Town Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and Jurassic Coast Trust.

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