SandWorld in Lodmoor is the perfect way to still get the experience of the beach even when it is raining cats and dogs.
The undercover attraction has an ever changing array of cleverly created sand sculptures that are really quite something to be seen. This year’s theme is Life on Earth to celebrate David Attenborough’s 90th birthday! You can walk amongst huge sand sculptures – it could be dinosaurs, African animals or favourite characters.
There is even a giant undercover sandpit where the whole family can have a go at making their own sand sculptures! So you can go to the beach if it’s raining, after all!
Weymouth Beach sand is amongst the best in the World for making sand models. For many years, visitors have marvelled at the amazing sand sculptures and thrown coins into the sand sculpture pit near Alexandra Gardens on the Esplanade. The pit is still operational today.
The Isle of Portland is only a short distance away from Weymouth and is home to infamous King Henry VIII’s Portland Castle. Let the kids run around the Castle’s grounds and learn facts from the Tudor age and of the King himself.
You can take a trip to the Isle of Portland, either on the bus, or drive. One of the most historic places in the area is Portland Castle, situated near Portland Port, on the water’s edge. There is even a small ferry which goes from Brewers Quay to Portland Castle and back all summer.
At Portland Castle you can explore the 450 year old building run by English Heritage, and one of Henry VIII’s finest. Explore the Tudor Kitchen, make your own Heraldic Glass Design, and try on the Gunner’s outfits and armoury which makes for a great photo opportunity. Then enjoy the Contemporary Heritage Garden while you take tea in the Captain’s Tearoom.
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Weymouth’s main theatre is Weymouth Pavilion. With an extensive programme throughout the year, including famous names such as The Real Thing or Joan Armatrading it’s the ideal summer holiday theatre.
But wait……there’s more……Weymouth Pavilion provides school holiday time matinees such as Pirates of the Pavilion, Musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; legendary bands Bad Manners, operetta, plays, comedy nights, heavy rock bands – you name it! Or, if you fancy something a little different, why not get your skates on and have a go at rollerblading?!
With online booking, you can get your tickets on your mobile phone!
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In an ideal central location, in Millennium Square, right near Debenhams, is the modern and exciting Cineworld cinema complex.
With no less than nine screens showing all the latest international blockbusters, there are always plenty of films to suit everyone’s taste. There are usually several showings of each film daily so timing won’t be a problem. Popcorn and other lipsmackin cinema type snacks are on sale in the foyer, to add to the whole cinema experience.
Charges apply.MORE ABOUT Cineworld Cinema
Who doesn’t enjoy a game of bowling… especially when it gets you inside on a rainy day? Just around the corner from Cineworld, you will find Weymouth’s ten-pin bowling alley MFA Bowling.
Here is everything you need for a rainy afternoon with family or friends of any age. Bowling shoes are provided and there is a café selling delicious snacks to keep you going. MFA Bowling is open during the evenings too, so it’s a great place for an evening’s entertainment with a difference. Parties catered for. Go on – have a go – you might be a strike expert! Such fun!
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Stuart Wiltshire Glass
Just opposite MFA Bowling is Weymouth’s Glass Blowing Centre, Stuart Wiltshire Glass.
Here, you can buy beautiful, unique gifts, or perhaps make your own gifts – the kids love doing their own hand or feet impressions, which Stuart makes into a unique and beautiful keepsake, or you could have a go at making something more elaborate at a glass blowing class! Parties can be arranged.
Whether you are spectating or having a go yourself, the art of glass making is truly magical.
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The Tudor House
In the early 17th Century, Weymouth’s Old Harbour was a bustling thriving port. Most of Hope Square and the surrounding area was, in fact, under water.
In Trinity Street, just off Hope Square, stands a fine example of a Tudor Merchant’s House. This would have stood near the edge of the water so the merchant could keep a close eye on his merchandise as it was loaded on and off ships on the edge of the old quay. Members of Weymouth’s Civic Society will give you a conducted tour of The Tudor House, which has been restored to excellent historical accuracy. Just pop in and ask for a tour – you will be glad you did!
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In a prominent position, overlooking Weymouth Bay, Nothe Fort is an excellent example of a Napoleonic Fort.
It was built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, and is one of the best preserved forts of its kind. Visit Nothe Fort as a museum and follow the winding, haunted passageways, be amazed at the gundecks and ramparts, and many other exhibits and information.
There is a small café, selling drinks and snacks for that welcome sit-down at the end of your tour. Nothe forte has several Special Family Days during the summer, and other special occasions, for example Victorian family days and Royal Birthday street parties. The ramparts and walled open-air parade area have made the Nothe Fort the venue of some of the most spectacular evening shows that Weymouth has seen. Rain or shine, Nothe Fort always holds a fascination for all ages!
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Weymouth Swimming Pool
Well established and recently refurbished, Weymouth Swimming Pool AND Fitness Centre is perhaps one of its best-kept secrets (head towards the back of Asda and look for signposts – sshh!).
With state-of-the-art Precor gym equipment, two swimming pools and an exercise studio, Weymouth Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre has everything you and the family need for a very wet, very fun day! Open seven days a week.
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Osprey Leisure Centre
Whilst providing the deepest pool for miles around the centre also boasts a large indoor sports hall, 2 squash courts and three fitness suites as well as a comprehensive programme of holiday activities for children, a friendly café and free parking.MORE ABOUT Osprey Leisure Centre
Bowleaze Fantasy Fun Park
Fantasy Island has a wide range of rides including many classics such as spinning tea pot, big wheel, helter skelter, bumper cars, flying elephants, and much more. Outdoor and undercover rides can be found here, great way to spend a windy or cold day.MORE ABOUT Bowleaze Fantasy Fun Park
Sea Life Centre
Find a world of wonder at Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park, with thousands of sea creatures, penguins, sharks, snakes, spiders, large insects, fascinating fish, crocodiles YES, CROCODILES and much, much more!
Step inside the aquariums and see fish from exotic lands swim by your very eyes. Try to find Nemo and say hello to the turtles who are originally from Florida!
Walk the Ocean Tunnel with sharks swimming overhead or touch a starfish in the interactive rockpool experience. Look out for special theme days, such as the annual Hallowe’en Face Your Fears where you can come face to face with really scary spiders and insects, or choose what new features you think Sealife Centres worldwide should adopt, in the Ideas Zone. A perfect day out for all the family!
Charges apply.MORE ABOUT Sea Life Centre
The Fun Factory
Take a drive to The Fun Factory and you’ll find loads of activities to entertain the kids! They have a huge indoor Softplay area with crawl tubes, ball pits, firing cannons, a four lane Cresta slide, perfect for toddlers.
For older kids and adults they have a fantastic laserzone on the first floor. It’s available for pay and play bookings and parties so if the weather takes a turn for the worse you can head here at short notice. Each game is a high energy 15 minute session with maximum fun guaranteed!
There is a large free car park at The Fun Factory as well, so no problem parking!
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Jolly Ollie's at the New Vic
Got to leave the beach quickly because of the weather? Then head straight for The New Vic on Weymouth Esplanade, where kids can enjoy themselves for a small charge in the supervised, two-storey adventure play area, Jolly Ollie’s, while you enjoy a drink and a meal in the bar.
A children’s menu is available, if you are able to tear them away from the play area!MORE ABOUT Jolly Ollie's at the New Vic
HIRE A BEACH HUT
Weather warmish but showery? Why not hire a beach hut at the Greenhill end of Weymouth’s Blue Flag Beach? This area is pebbly and less crowded than the town end, and offers wonderful views of Weymouth Bay.
Contact Sam Jones on 07767 738929 for more information. Such fun to run out and swim in the rain!
Go Scuba Diving
Why not get even wetter? The Old Harbour Dive Centre runs introductory days, including ‘Bubblemaker’ courses (8 yrs +) and Discover Scuba courses (10 yrs+). All equipment is provided (bring swimming trunks/costume) and courses take place in a pool, with PADI instructors. These courses can be accredited to an Open Water PADI certificate at a later date. That will keep those bored looks at bay!MORE ABOUT Go Scuba Diving
Pub Lunches in Weymouth
Several of the pubs in Weymouth cater for families, with children’s menus and drinks. Some even have colouring-in equipment and high chairs! The William Henry (J D Wetherspoon) is only two minutes from Weymouth Beach, near the King’s Statue. Or if it comes on to rain while you are crabbing on the Old Harbour, The Old Rooms provides highchairs and colouring-in, FREE to customers.MORE ABOUT Pub Lunches in Weymouth
What can be more fun than a café treat?
Weymouth has many cafes who serve Dorset Cream Teas or gorgeous home-made cake, so make a rainy day into a special treat! In Roger’s Coffee Shop, you can watch the Town Bridge go up, while enjoying beautiful home-made cake.
From Debenhams Café, you have a wonderful view of Weymouth Marina. Most cafes in Weymouth have children’s menus and some provide high chairs, bottle-warming facilities and even baby-changing areas.MORE ABOUT Cream Teas
What better way to while away a raining half-hour than letting the kids loose on books in the library? Kids love books. When they realise they can read as many books as they want, FREE, that will be it – you won’t be able to tear them away!
Ask about activities such as colouring-in sessions and story-reading, which Weymouth Library often runs. See Weymouth Library Calendar of Events here.MORE ABOUT Weymouth Library