All you need to plan your perfect holidays in Weymouth

The long stretch of golden sand and extremely safe bathing water make Weymouth a top holiday destination for all the family. Weymouth’s award-winning beach retains many of the traditions associated with the British seaside family holiday, including Punch and Judy, donkey rides, a merry go round and pedaloes. Deckchairs can also be hired from several places along the beach.

kite flying on holidays in Weymouth

Weymouth beach is also home to a more unusual attraction – sand sculptures. Fred Darrington started the Weymouth sand sculpture attraction just after the First World War in the early 1920s. When Fred finally retired in 1996, at the age of 86, his grandson Mark Anderson took over. Mark carries on what has become a family tradition, working in Weymouth during the English summer and then in various locations around the world out of season.

Throughout the year the beach is the setting for many events including the International Beach Kite Festival, firework displays, the Beach Motocross, the Beach Volleyball Championships and much, much more.

More than meets the eye

Many visitors to Weymouth are often surprised by what else the town has to offer apart from its fantastic beach. The historic harbour, restored Victorian fort, RSPB nature reserves, museums and other visitor attractions now mix harmoniously with the new town centre shopping complex, bowling alley, multiplex cinema and numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants. There is even a high-speed ferry service to the Channel Islands and St Malo for those who want a day trip experience to remember.

Weymouth’s top visitor attractions

It is easy to get around Weymouth on foot and all the attractions are within walking distance of the town centre. Many attractions are located along the Old Harbour and holidays in Weymouth offer plenty to interest the whole family.

harbourSharky’s is an all action children’s play zone with a soft play area, playzone, laser zone and slot car racing. Just off the harbourside is the Tudor House, although this does have fairly restricted opening hours.

The Nothe Fort and gardens are also close by and the fort is yet another top family attraction. Its numerous displays, the maze of tunnels, the restored guns, plus fantastic views from the ramparts provide a memorable visit.

Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve is located right in the centre of Weymouth, just a few minutes walk from the beach. The unique wildlife reserve is one of the most popular in England and many of the birds are rare or exotic visitors from overseas. On the eastern side of the town is the Lodmoor RSPB Nature Reserve and Country Park, with the Sea Life CentreSea Life TowerPirate Adventure GolfSandworld and many other indoor and outdoor attractions.

Sports, pastimes and leisure

Weymouth is the ideal venue to get active in most forms of sport but of course water-based sports are the most popular here. The waters of Weymouth and Portland are some of the best in the world for sailing, which is why the area was chosen to host all the sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Other popular watersports in Weymouth include kite surfing, diving, wind surfing, jet-skiing and fishing.

Around and about

Much of the countryside around Weymouth has been designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and, in December 2001, the coastline was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Dorset’s dramatic cliffs, quiet coves, shingle banks and sandy beaches merge into a patchwork of green fields and rolling hills to offer visitors an unrivalled variety of atmospheric scenery. What more could you want for your holidays in Weymouth?

Recently Added EventsView All

12 Sep

Bagwell Farm, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4EA

12/09/2015 To 12/09/2015


The Heroes Challenge 2015 is a full and half cross country marathon or walk in aid of Dorset charities such as:

Dorset Search and Rescue –
Stella Hayward Riding for the Disabled Association –
The Front skate park –
Westfield Arts College –

The event is limited to 100 participants.

It is cost neutral and is run exclusively by volunteers to ensure the maximum amount of money raised goes to the charities.

20 Jun

Weymouth sea front, Dorset

20/06/2015 To 21/06/2015


Weymouth and Portland will welcome armed forces’ veterans, residents and visitors to a week of military and veterans commemorations and celebrations.

The Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces & Veterans Celebrations will include a remembrance service, a seafront parade with over 1000 veterans and five marching bands, a beach assault and bridge building demonstration, historic military vehicle static display and convoy from Weymouth Esplanade to Castletown on Portland, militaria fair, Big Band Dance and Tea Dance.

Saturday 20 June 2015:
- Historic military vehicles display and convoy from 10am
- Beach assault at midday
- Militaria Fair in the Pavilion Ocean Room (entry fee applies)
- Fly past (timings to be confirmed)
- Big Band Dance in the Weymouth Pavilion

Sunday 21 June 2015
- Open air church service at the Weymouth Cenotaph on the Esplanade at 11am
- Veterans parade along the seafront
- Vehicle convoy and display
- Free afternoon of band performances on the Pavilion Forecourt

06 Mar

Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8ED

06/03/2015 To 06/03/2015

7:30 pm To 10:30 pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Weymouth, Dorset, UK

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen, be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Recently Added Listings

9 Smallmouth Close, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9XS

Awaiting grading

Portland Pebble has superb views overlooking Smallmouth Bay in Wyke Regis on the outskirts of Weymouth, and of the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

The sandy bay is just a few paces from our doorstep and is fantastic for swimming, boating, windsurfing and relaxing on the beach.

There is a public slipway nearby.

The bright twin or double rooms have en-suite bathrooms/showers and sea views.

We are D.V.A.S approved.

1 Lennox Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7HB

Kelston Guest House offers quality bed and breakfast, in a prime location less than 50 metres from Weymouth beach and a short stroll to the town centre, harbour, Sea Life Centre, RSPB reserves, South West Coastal Path, train station and many other tourist attractions.

All rooms come with Free WI-FI, Freeview LCD TV/DVD, hairdryer, radio clock alarm, mini fridge, adjustable central heating, own keys for 24 hour access, towels, toiletries, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. Family rooms can sleep 4 and we can provide cots, bottle steriliser, change mat and highchair. Parking permits are available free of charge (subject to availability). We have storage facilities for sporting equipment and bikes.

We offer freshly prepared and cooked Full English breakfast, using as much local produce as possible. We do cater for vegans, vegetarians and specialist diets.

Our guest house is a grade II Victorian property, lovingly restored, keeping many original features but giving a modern twist.

Cove Holiday Park, Pennsylvania Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1HU

5 Star

Cove Holiday Park is set in a unique Dorset coastal location, situated in the former grounds of Pennsylvania Castle. Offering 5 star accommodation and impressive sea views, Cove Park guarantees total relaxation from the moment you cross the causeway onto the Isle of Portland.

The Park has an on-site reception with tourist information and support, a small cafe/bar, and launderette. Our guests are here to relax and enjoy everything this wonderful area has to offer. We do not have a large clubhouse or children’s entertainment, as these are well-catered for in other parks. Our facilities are the stunning views, some peace and tranquillity, the Isle of Portland, and South Dorset.