There are so many things to do and see in Weymouth. Its mild climate and coastline provide ideal habitats for animals, birds and marine life.
Drive over the rolling Dorset hills and you will often see wild deer, rabbits and pheasants in the fields. Walk along the Jurassic Coast cliffs and you’ll see puffins, peregrines and guillemots. Take a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast and you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of cliff-dwelling bird colonies. And over in Portland and the South Dorset Ridgeway if you look closely you’ll be rewarded with glimpses of indigenous butterflies such as the Adonis Blue.
Weymouth has no less than two nature reserves – Radipole Lake (reeded and close to the town centre) and Lodmoor Country Park, both home to many species of wildfowl, lapwings, and even otters! The RSPB provides information and family hands-on experiences often with free admission. Or you can just go bird watching whenever you like – all free.
For a truly enchanting family day out, nothing can beat a trip to Abbotsbury Swannery. Established by Bendictine monks during the ninth century, the Swannery is the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans. You can gently walk among them and in spring even watch the cygnets hatching!
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Weymouth, look no further than rock pooling! At Newton’s cove (two minutes from Hope Square) kids and big kids can hunt for kelp seaweed, crabs and molluscs. You can then walk along the paths of the beautiful Nothe Gardens where grey squirrels come up to you for food (plain monkey-nuts in their shells are best).
Children can spend many happy hours ‘crabbing’ on Weymouth Harbour while parents enjoy lazing around in the sunshine sunshine. Crabbing kits are sold at several outlets and harbourside pubs will tempt you with their family menus.
Weymouth’s most obvious wildlife is its seagull population. The large gulls will steal your fish ‘n’ chips or steak, but the small terns tend to be less cheeky! Also in Weymouth Harbour, look out for ducks and moorhens.
Naturally, Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are teaming with marine life, such as mackerel and bass, crabs and lobster so there’s plenty to see. Also watch out for man o’ war jellyfish and Randy the Dolphin who has often been sighted in Weymouth Harbour and off Chesil Beach.