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?

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03 Apr

Weymouth, Dorset, UK DT4

03/04/2015 To 12/04/2015

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The 3rd Easter Weymouth Pirate Festival is being held in Weymouth, Dorset, UK from 3rd to 6th April 2015.

Scallywags FREE Pirate Trail
Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th April
The perfect activity for any young wannabe pirates! Follow the clues on a hunt around Weymouth town to find hidden posters of the Scallywag Gang.

Complete the trail by locating the Scallywags treasure chest. Return your trail form to be in with a chance of winning a prize in the trail draw.

Trail forms will be available for download from Saturday 4th (see weblink) or collected from the Weymouth BID town centre office at 15 St Alban Street, Weymouth from 10am. Return completed forms to the BID office by Monday 13th April.

Scallywags Best Pirate Hat Competition
Saturday 4th at 2pm
Get creative and see if you can impress Captain Jax Parrow to win a prize. Judging starts at 2pm prompt alongside Weymouth’s very own tall ship, the Pelican. Fancy dress is the order of the day but it’s the hats that will be judged.

Pirate Beach Battle
Saturday 4th at 2.30pm
A huge pirate versus Redcoat battle will take place on the beach near Weymouth Pavilion. A stand-off is likely so the pirate children may be called upon to assist! Black powder weaponry and cannons will fill the beach with smoke and gunpowder. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

Weymouth Garrison
Friday 3rd – Monday 6th
Weymouth Garrison are entertaining with lots of skirmishing, music and pirate escapades.

The Dolmen
Friday 3rd
The Dolmen play at the Golden Lion in Weymouth for a night of dressing up and music.

03 Apr

DT4 9QB

03/04/2015 To 03/04/2015

12:00 pm To 3:00 pm

Hearts on the Beach is a fun, family event on Castle Cove Beach organised by the Friends of Castle Cove Beach.

We plan to have an aerial photo of all the people on the beach standing in a heart shape at 1pm so please come wearing red clothes if you can. There will be an Easter Egg treasure hunt for kids, a raffle and a beach clean for those that want to help out. There will also be a chance to catch up with recent news on our campaign to re-open a path to the beach.

Castle Cove Beach is located between Weymouth and Portland overlooking Portland Harbour.

18 Apr

Weymouth Espanade, Dorset DT4

18/04/2015 To 18/04/2015

10:00 am To 12:00 pm

Weymouth Walkies 2015 is a 7k charity dog walk along Weymouth promenade to raise money for the Dogs Trust.

Starting opposite the Alexandra Gardens to the Oasis Cafe and back.

£5 to enter and all walkers and their dog(s) will receive a certificate and doggy goodie bag at the end.

To take part register at justgiving.com/weymouthwalkies or visit us on Facebook.

You can also pick up registration forms at Weymouth Information Points.

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.

6-7 Westerhall Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SZ

Join us at Westers Cellar Bar and Restaurant where you can be assured of a warm welcome, great food and a comfortable friendly atmosphere.

We are open lunch times and evenings where you can join us for drinks, coffees, bar snacks or dine in our A-La-Carte restaurant.

The menu at Westers is modern, taking influences from across the globe with a slight touch of Asian cuisine. The Sizzling dishes are a real show stopper, what could be better than a surf and turf cooked with strips of Rump steak and succulent Prawns, sweet tender and amazing, just one dish from our sizzling platter range. Our full A La Carte menu can be viewed on our web site.

Just looking for a snack, no problem choose from our bar snacks and light bite menu available lunchtime and evenings in our comfortable bar and lounge.

Check out our great meal deals, two for one menu Monday to Thursday evenings. Dine any evening at Westers from our full A-La-Carte menu and you will be entitled to a voucher giving you 50% of your next meal for two Monday to Thursday, this great offer entitles you to choose any dish from the A-La-Carte menu including specials.

For the kids we have a set menu with soft drinks and a dessert included.

At Westers we have a fully stocked bar with draught beers and lagers, guest ales in the summer and a great wine list, just looking for a coffee no problem choose from our great range of Espresso coffees.

We are located on Westerhall Road just a short walk from the sea front close to the Sea Life Centre.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Westers Cellar Bar and Restaurant.

49 St Thomas Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8AW

Rendezvous is a fantastic 3-floor venue situated on Weymouth harbour and it has something for everyone. During the day the team offers great service and fantastic food from a selection of menus so you can sit back, enjoy your meal and watch the world go by. Or maybe watch some sport on one of our many screens.

When the lights go down, the Rendezvous becomes Weymouth’s favourite party venue. Great cocktails and real ales are guaranteed; however, it’s the famous atmosphere that makes Rendezvous nightclub the only choice for a party crowd. It’s the perfect place to spend your evening.

Rendezvous Weymouth is a very popular venue for many private events from birthdays and hen/stag parties to wedding receptions and award ceremonies. With many years’ experience in the industry, ideal location and large capacity we can host most types of event.

Looking for something to do on your Bank Holiday weekend? Quayfest Music Festival is legendary in the local area, showcasing the best live music in town. And this is in addition to our regularly live music nights each week!