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.

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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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20 Dec

Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7AT

20/12/2015 To 20/12/2015

10:00 am To 12:00 pm

When: Sunday 20 December 2015
Where: Weymouth Pavilion
Entry Fee: £15.00 (Adult)

Chase the Pudding 2015 – Be a part of something truly special this festive season by signing up for our Chase the Pudding event on Sunday 20 December. Join us for this hilarious event by chasing our Christmas Pudding along the 5km beachfront route. The winner will receive a cash prize! Get together with family, friends or work colleagues, go Christmas crazy and know that with every penny you raise in sponsorship you will be going direct to our charity.

What time does it start? Registration on the day opens at 9.30am, the mass warm up is 10.45am and the race starts 11.00am.

How much is it to enter? Adults: £15.00 (includes Santa Suit & Christmas pudding!) £10.00 (without Santa Suit-to register without a Santa Suit please contact us for a registration form) Under 14s £5.00 (come along in fancy dress)

What’s the route? 5km route along Weymouth beach. The beach route is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs but please feel free to use the promenade. Dogs under tight control and on leads are welcome.

Do I have to raise sponsorship? Your entry fee purely goes towards the cost of running the event safely. To help us properly we ask you to raise sponsorship. We’re really proud of everyone that signs up to raise their heart beats at our events and we know your family, friends and colleagues will be proud of you too, so please give them the opportunity to show their support by sponsoring you.

Anything else I need to know? All Santa suits are one size and can be collected after registration from the Ocean Room, The Pavilion, The Esplanade, Weymouth or can be collected at the registration desk on the day. Ample parking is available at the back of the pavilion, however charges may apply. Registration Online registration is available until Wednesday 10th December. After this time registration will be available on the day.

Don’t forget to set up your online sponsorship page now by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1004934 Contact: Pam Govier on info@willmackanesstrust.org.uk

07 Feb

Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset

07/02/2016 To 07/02/2016

8:00 am To 3:00 pm

The Portland Coastal Marathon 2016 will be taking place from the iconic Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Sunday 7th February.

Along with the full distance event there will be a Half marathon and a 10k so all abilities can take part in this festival of running in a what is possibly the most stunning of coastal trail locations. This is a run of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views.

The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone which is linked to the mainland by the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach. Centuries of quarrying and military presence have altered the natural landscape, leaving visible records of the history of this important part of Dorset. The Isle’s white limestone has been used for construction since Roman times. Nature has reclaimed some of the disused quarries, which become a stunning mass of grasses and wildflowers in the spring and summer months. The run will take you clockwise around the South West Coastal Path for the first loop of the island, taking you past the recently built Osprey Quay around to Portland Castle, heading up Merchants Railway to the Verne – The impressive architecture of The Verne Citadel: now used as a prison, the citadel was designed by Captain W Crossman of the Royal Engineers and enclosed an area of 56 acres on the highest point of Portland. Work began in the mid 1800s and the Great Verne Ditch took 30 years to complete. The run continues along behind the back of the YOI and down Goat Hill. You will be running past one of the best places and most popular areas to climb in Dorset along the old disused railway line until you reach the back of Rufus Castle. The remains of the striking Rufus Castle, which is thought to have been built originally for the red-headed William II, who was nicknamed Rufus. Much of what remains dates from the 15th century. The views stretch out to the English Channel for miles to sea and you may get a welcome message from your phones provider welcoming you to France! Heading along from the Castle you will descend in to Church Ope Cove: this is the only beach on the eastern side of the island and is a peaceful, sheltered spot with soft sands, making it a good place for a picnic. The next prominent point will be Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill: especially dramatic on a rough day, the southernmost tip of the island fills you with an exhilarating feeling of space as you take in the spectacular views which extend to Start Point in Devon and ahead to Durlston Head in the east. On a clear day you can actually see more of the coast from here than from any other part of the entire South West Coast Path. The distinctive red and white striped Portland Bill Lighthouse is at the tip of the Island where the centre is open to visitors from Sunday to Friday between 11.00 and 17.00 from April to September, and it is also possible to climb the 153 steps to the top of the tower for some exceptional views. Heading back towards the Sailing Academy you will encounter breathtaking views from the top of West Cliff back along Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, which is the largest tidal lagoon in Britain and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extraordinarily rich variety of wildlife found here. The ‘Spirit of Portland’ sculpture which depicts a fisherman and quarryman to represent the two main industries of the Isle can be seen before descending down Lankridge Hill on the Southwest coastal path – towards the Cove Inn – one of the finest pubs in the land (We’re not biased in anyway!) The final section of the first loop will take you out along Hamm Beach before a 180 turn sending you back to the Sailing Academy. At this point you will cross the timing mat for your half way split and you will be sent on your way for loop 2. This loop will be run in an anticlockwise direction making you retrace your steps giving you the opposite views to what you may have seen on your first time around. With this naturally stunning location, Olympic facilities, brilliant course support and rewarding finishers mementos, you can enter any of the races and you will be guaranteed a stunning day out.

Early entry £35 from now until end of July 2015
Normal entry £40 from 1st August till end December
Late entry £45 from 1st January 2016

Please note – entries will close when we reach 500 or 24th January, which ever comes sooner. There will be NO entries on the day. This is a No Kit NO Race event, please read all of the information before entering, you will have random spot checks of your mandatory kit, if you are found not to have it you will be DQ’d – this is for your own and others safety and it really isn’t very much to carry.

All competitors will receive a high quality tech tee shirt, medal and full bragging rights at future events.

24 Apr

Portland, Dorset DT5 1BD

24/04/2016 To 24/04/2016

8:00 am To 12:00 pm

The Osprey Sprint Triathlon in April 2016 is a perfect event for newcomers to the sport of triathlon and a fantastic start to the 2016 season for the more experienced athlete.

The facilities at the Osprey Centre are perfect for a pool based triathlon with secure racking for the bikes, chip timing by FullOnSport, a beautiful and scenic bike ride and a fantastic flat off-road coastal run. The Legacy cafe will be open during the event for spectators and competitors alike. Please make sure you input your estimated swim time as accurately as possible when going through the online entry system as this will decide your swim group start time. This race will be chip timed so there will be NO wave starts. Each competitor will start 10 seconds after each other in one continual wave in the pool. The swim consists of 12 lengths of the pool, swimming up and down each length before moving on to the next lane.

Please make sure you are there in plenty of time to get yourself ready for your start time. All information will be emailed out to you, everything you need will be given to you at registration. Whether this is your first triathlon or you are a seasoned athlete this will definitely get your season off to a flying start. Each competitor will receive a race memento and you can also purchase a technical T-shirt with the Osprey logo on too when registering for the event for an additional £15, or a hoodie for £25, these will give you extra bragging rights at future events so make sure to add it to your entry before you checkout.

Cost
Early Bird Entries now to 31st December 2015 BTF MEMBERS – £30 UNATTACHED – £35
Normal Entries from 1st January 2016 to 21st March 2016 BTF MEMBERS – £33 UNATTACHED – £38
Late Entries “You’re Pushing It price”  after 21st March BTF MEMBERS – £40 UNATTACHED – £45

Distance
The Swim 300m Pool Swim – 12 lengths of the pool starting at individual times. Remember to bring your goggles, hats will be provided at poolside.
The Bike 17k Bike – An excellent ride around Portland Island visiting the Bill and back.
The Run 5k Run – Mainly off road along Hamm Beach to Ferry bridge and back. There will be one water stop on the run which will be halfway.

Recently Added Listings

11 Custom House Quay, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8BG

In a prime location overlooking Weymouth harbour, the clubhouse is a great asset to the Royal Dorset Yacht Club. It offers comfortable surroundings, a well-stocked bar and excellent menu. In addition to the clubhouse itself, there is an outside area with an air conditioned marquee and bar.

During the summer hours we are open for lunch and dinner every day (closed on Mondays) and the bar is open until late every night. Non-members are welcome to visit and check out the venue, food and drink, and visiting yachtsman are also most welcome.

The Royal Dorset Yacht Club is also a great venue for a variety of functions and is available to hire for members and non-members. We cater for weddings, birthday parties and corporate functions. Please feel free to talk to our clubhouse staff about hosting your function here.

North Quay, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8DW

We are delighted to announce that construction is underway on Harbour Lights Court, a Retirement Living development of 43 one and two bedroom retirement apartments on North Quay.

Harbour Lights Court has been tailored for Retirement Living and features a 24 hour emergency call system, a camera entrance system, slip resistant flooring in the kitchens and shower rooms and raised height electrical sockets to reduce bending. A dedicated House Manager ensures that complete peace of mind is guaranteed. The external maintenance, gardening and landscaping is also taken care of.

The seaside development will boast a terrace which will be accessible from the homeowners’ lounge, providing a perfect place to unwind and socialise with friends, family and neighbours. The homeowners’ lounge will feature comfortable sofas and will be a great space for watching sporting events on the television or for curling up with a good book.

The development has been designed to reflect the beautiful Georgian sea front. It is also situated in a prominent position overlooking Weymouth Marina and will be adjacent to the Asda superstore. The main shopping area and facilities offered by Weymouth High Street are situated approximately 400 metres away from the planned retirement apartments.

Key dates for your diary

The Show Complex will be open from the 12th of June, 2015 for those who wish to take a sneak peek of the development. Our Sales Office is open in the Old Town Hall, located on High West Street in Weymouth, just behind the development. If you are using a Sat Nav system please use the postcode DT4 8JH. Construction is also now underway and apartments are available to purchase off plan. We look forward to welcoming our first homeowners in the summer of 2015.

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.