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Horn Park Quarry National Nature Reserve Open Day  Sunday 26th May 2024 10am to 4pm.


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. Located on Horn Park Business Park between Beaminster and Broadwindsor, you can walk on what was the sea-floor without getting your feet wet. 

Rarely open to the public, 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, for a range of ages and levels of knowledge.  Children’s activities, magnifying glasses, displays of fossils.

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked on a timeslot basis to help manage the flow of people throughout the day. Slots available are 10.00 – 12.00, 12.00 – 2.00 and 2.00 – 4.00. Visits take roughly an hour. Please visit Book HPQ Open Day to book a timed slot.

Once you’ve booked your timeslot on the website, you’ll receive a confirmation email with more details about how best to enjoy the day, including parking and safety information and what to bring with you.

Further information on the Beaminster Museum website, co-organisers along with Natural England and Jurassic Coast Trust.  Sorry, no hammers permitted. There are steps and rough surfaces.

D DAY 80th Anniversary Commemoration.

The Museum is supporting the D Day commemoration in Beaminster with an exhibition at the Town Hall on the afternoon and evening of June 6th. The focus will include those American Troops of the 16th Infantry of the 1st Division who were stationed in Beaminster. Below is a photo of many of the Anti-Tank Company outside the Red Lion in April 1945.

23 men who had been stationed in Beaminster were killed in the morning of June 6th on Omaha Beach, including 12 of the headquarters team who had been based at Parnham. George Taylors Executive Officer, Lt. Col. John Matthews, was killed the moment the ramp of his landing craft was lowered, and he was the most senior of the 1st Division killed on D Day. Three of the leaders based in Beaminster were awarded the DSC, of the five awarded that day to the 16th. George Taylor and Thomas O’Brien for their leadership on getting the men moving forward and off the beach, and Charles Tegtmeyer for his work under fire moving the wounded to shelter and organising medical care. Eight of his medical team were killed.

Next Portable Antiquities Scheme Open Day Saturday 15th June 11.00 – 15.00.

Ciorstaidh Heyward Trevarthen (Dorset Finds Liaison Officer for the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, ) will next be at the Museum in June as the next Finds Identification session at the museum.