Things to do inWeymouth
Visitor information for Weymouth in Dorset
With soft, golden sands and shallow waters, Weymouth’s beautiful beach is surely hard to beat! The traditional seaside donkey rides, sand modeller, roundabouts, pedal boats and Punch & Judy are all here and remain firm favourites with the generations of families that have made the town their annual holiday destination.
But whilst Weymouth can boast of having one of the finest beaches along the South Coast it also has a lot more to offer its visitors.
The Jurassic Skyline has a slowly revolving observation deck which carries up to 70 passengers at a time, lifting them skywards to give them a bird's eye view of the resort.
Family attractions include the Sea Life Adventure Park and Pirate Adventure Golf; Sandworld, home to amazing giant sand sculptures; and Sharky's where there are 3 all-weather attractions under one roof. Leisureranch offers a giant slide, go-karts and bumper 'bots'.
The town has a number of smaller, individual shops where the proprietors ensure that personal service and quality goods go hand in hand. They make all the difference to the shopping experience and are attracting a loyal customer base.
St Mary and St Thomas Streets are the two main streets that run parallel with each other and are linked to the Esplanade by several side streets.
From the intimate and romantic to family favourites, Weymouth is fortunate in having a wide selection of excellent restaurants. Fish is a local speciality, and with some of it delivered directly from the fishing fleet that operates from the harbour it couldn’t be fresher. Hand-dived scallops, and oysters grown at the nearby Fleet are further treats; look out for them on the specials boards of some of the top restaurants.
With pretty cottages, character pubs, excellent restaurants, boats bobbing on the water and a lifting road bridge, Weymouth Harbour is surely one of the most delightful waterside locations along the south coast.
Throughout the year there are plenty of comings and goings on the water, and the harbourside attractions and restaurants have a loyal, local following. But it’s in the summer months, when the town is buzzing with happy crowds of tourists that the harbour really comes into its own.
Early in the morning, keen anglers can be seen boarding the charter boats for a day at sea in the hope of catching a fine specimen of cod, bass, plaice or mackerel. Scenic boat trips allow visitors to see the Jurassic coastline from the water, while thrill seekers can opt for a fast and furious rib ride – a sure way to get the pulses racing!
But those wanting to keep their feet firmly on the ground will also find plenty to see and do around the harbour.
Up in the Nothe Gardens and sitting in a prominent position overlooking the entrance to the harbour is the Nothe Fort. Built in Victorian times as a form of defence against invasion, the fort is now a fascinating museum with more than 70 rooms to explore.
Weymouth has two RSPB reserves, one at Lodmoor and the other at Radipole Lake. The reserve at Radipole Lake has easy access, with firm paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, while family activities are organised by the staff at the Discovery Centre. Lodmoor is home to a large number of wading birds and great views of their activities can be seen from a strategically placed bird hide.
There’s indoor entertainment at the 9-screen cinema, at bingo clubs, leisure centres and children’s play centres.
You can’t fail to be impressed with the magnificent sweep of Chesil Beach: at around 17 miles long it stretches as far as the eye can see. Behind the beach is the Fleet Lagoon, the largest saline lagoon in the UK and rich in marine species. For more information about the beach and lagoon, stop off at the Chesil Beach Centre which has, amongst its many new features, has a cafe and a boardwalk that gives those with mobility problems access to the beach.
Events in Weymouth vary from the wacky 'Chase the Pudding' in December, the annual Weymouth Carnival in August, the fabulous Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival in July, a Guy Fawkes firework display in November, and a whole host of events in between.
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