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.

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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?

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Featured Listings

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

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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.

3 Newberry Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8LP

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Two self-contained holiday flats. Both flats are equipped with a fridge, electric cooker, microwave, electric heater, fan, hot/cold water, colour TV and DVD player. All bed linen is included free of charge. There is a £1 slot electricity meter.

1 Cove Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TS

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Cove Street Cottage in Weymouth is a Grade II listed cottage that is fully equipped for 6. It is located just yards from Weymouth’s Old Harbour and a few minutes walk from the beach.

Featured EventsView All

31 Oct

Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre, Radipole Lake, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7TZ

31/10/2014 To 31/10/2014

6:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Free Halloween Party at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre, Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve in Weymouth, Dorset.

Arrive in a spooky, wildlife-themed costume for an evening full of apple bobbing, scary music, games and more. You might also get to meet the Wicked Witch of Weymouth Wetlands.

There will be a prize for the best fancy dress.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Although the event is free, booking is essential. Call 01305 778313.

12 Dec

St Martin's Church, Main Street, Broadmayne, Dorset DT2 8EB

12/12/2014 To 12/12/2014

2:00 pm To 3:30 pm

Friday 12th December 2014 – Market – 2-3.30pm – St Martin’s Community Hall, Broadmayne, Dorset, UK (next to the Church)

Lots of Christmas items, cakes, preserves, raffle, crafts, plants, bric-a-brac, books, jigsaws, cards, local pork, sausages and eggs, local watercress, plants from a local nursery and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee.

All proceeds to St Martin’s Community Hall. For further information please contact Eleanor Piper on 01305 853765.

25 Oct

Weymouth BID office, 15 St Alban Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8PY

25/10/2014 To 31/10/2014


Why not take part in the Freaky Streets free half term family fun trail around Weymouth town centre?

Follow the clues to find 10 ‘Freaky Street’ characters and 10 Halloween related objects on the buildings around Weymouth town centre. The vinyl pictures blend in well with the background so you will need to keep your eyes peeled. After dark the pictures will emit an eerie glow!

From the morning of 25th October you will be able to download or pick up a ‘Freaky Hunt’ entry form to join in the search. Simply write down the name of the character or object at each location and return your answers to the Weymouth BID office in St Alban Street, Weymouth by 1pm on Friday 31st October to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize and other goodies.

Correct entries will be put into the witch’s cauldron and a draw will take place at 3.30pm in New Bond Street, Weymouth. Three winners will be chosen.