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Coronation Street mural in Weymouth draws fans

Coronation Street mural in Weymouth draws fans

A Coronation Street mural in Weymouth’s Governor’s Lane car park is causing a bit of a stir amongst Corrie fans.

Created by artist Peter Sheridan, the mural depicts Corrie’s famous Rovers Return and Streetcars taxis, owned by Steve McDonald and his business partner Lloyd Mullaney in the soap.

Weymouth’s very own Streetcars were responsible for commissioning the wall art, which is now attracting Corrie fans who want to have their photo taken standing in front of it.

Three gardens in Weymouth & Portland among best in Britain

Three gardens in Weymouth & Portland among best in Britain

Weymouth and Portland in Dorset can now boast three of the very best gardens in Britain in 2014.

Easton Gardens on Portland and Sandsfoot Gardens and Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth have all won prestigious Green Flag awards.

The awards, which are given out by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the best parks, gardens and green spaces across the country.

All three gardens in Weymouth and Portland have great facilities. Easton Gardens has mature trees, a play area and toilets. Greenhill Gardens on Weymouth Seafront is surrounded by a putting green, bowling green, tennis courts, cafes and toilets. Sandsfoot Gardens has a café, toilets and the remains of a Tudor castle in its grounds.

New Portland Tourist Information Centre opens

New Portland Tourist Information Centre opens

A new Portland tourist information centre at The Heights Hotel on Portland, Dorset has officially been opened by South Dorset MP Richard Drax. The new visitor centre will have information about local attractions, details of events and shows, public transport information, gifts and souvenirs, as well as an on-site coffee shop and a free car park.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council closed the TIC at Portland Bill lighthouse last year as part of budget cuts and started looking for ways to provide tourist information in association with local businesses. The Council has provided a one-off financial contribution of almost £4500 to help create this new tourist information centre on Portland.

Weymouth restaurant to star in new BBC show

Weymouth restaurant to star in new BBC show

The Dining Room restaurant on St Mary Street in Weymouth, Dorset will feature in a new TV series on the BBC.

Presenter Janet Street Porter and chef Brian Turner visited the Weymouth restaurant whilst filming for the BBC’s A Taste of Britain, which showcases different dishes made from local ingredients around the UK.

The TV crew spent four hours filming at The Dining Room while chef Taher Jibet demonstrated how to make a sea bream ceviche with Dorset wasabi and sea bream crackling. A ceviche uses lime or citrus juices and salt to sear and ‘cook’ the flesh of the fish.

Weymouth Beach named one of the best in the country

Weymouth Beach named one of the best in the country

Weymouth Beach has once again be named one of the best beaches in the country. Weymouth Beach has kept its Seaside Award (formerly the Quality Coast Award) in recognition of its high standards of beach management, facilities, cleanliness and water quality.

The South West region boasts the most award-winning beaches in the country, with 49 named this year. In total, 19 beaches in the South West have Blue Flag status and 30 have earned the Seaside Award.

Weymouth fish and chip shop commended for its quality

Weymouth fish and chip shop commended for its quality

A Weymouth fish and chip shop has been commended for its excellent quality, making it one of the best in the UK.

Caviar Plaice in Southill has been awarded the Fish and Chip Quality Award by the National Federation of Fish Friers for good quality products and high standards of hygiene following an inspection.

Portland’s Jurassic Coast visitor attraction granted charitable status

Portland’s Jurassic Coast visitor attraction granted charitable status

An £85 million Jurassic Coast visitor attraction, which is to be created on Portland to rival the Eden Project, has been granted charitable status.

‘Jurassica’, which has the backing of Sir David Attenborough, will be a subterranean geological park in the former Yeolands quarry on the east side of the island showcasing world-class paleontological remains including dinosaurs, marine reptiles and plants. The attraction will be covered with a translucent ‘spider web’ roof.

Construction time for the project is estimated to be three to five years and, if funding can be secured, the project aims to be open by 2019.