Horn Park Quarry Open Day – Sunday, 31st July

Horn Park Quarry is the UK’s smallest National Nature Reserve (NNR) and is recognised for its exceptional in-situ fossils, dating from the Jurassic of 170 million years ago, when this area was a warm tropical sea.  Horn Park Quarry Nature Reserve does not allow free public access and their last Open event was in 2019…

On Sunday, 31st July, from 10.00 – 15.45hrs you have the opportunity to visit this area.

Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on a 45-minute timeslot basis to help them manage the flow of people throughout the day. There is a 30-minute gap between booking slots to allow cars to enter and leave the limited on-site parking bays available.

The Open Day is a chance to explore the site, speak to on-hand experts and get involved with some of the activities happening on the day, pitched at a range of ages and levels of knowledge.
Children’s activities, magnifying glasses, displays of fossils and a portaloo are available, however no refreshments – so please bring your own!

Please click this link … HERE to book a timed slot.

Please note the following instructions:

  • All children must be supervised at all times.
  • The site has uneven and unstable ground in places and there are loose rocks and piles of rocks scattered. Take care especially not to trip on rocks or on uneven ground.
  • The edge of the quarry near the security fence has a sheer drop in places and rock layers near the fossil box have unstable edges. Be aware of this, stay well away from the edge of the quarry and take extra care when walking around the fossil box and uneven or ‘stepped’ rock layers.
  • There is a steep quarry face and grass bank at the back of the quarry – no-one is allowed to access this.
  • People should keep away from the security fence; it can have sharp edges and could trap little fingers.
  • No hammers please.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes; flip-flops or high heels are not suitable. The site can be slippery when the surface is wet; please bear this in mind at all times.

The reserve is managed by Natural England, in association with the Jurassic Coast Trust. A permanent exhibition of specimens from the site is at Beaminster Museum.


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