As the cold and dark days of winter begin to give way to lighter mornings and a little less rain, what better time to start dreaming of the not-too-distant summer ahead.
The get-away dream for many involves the fantasy of warm sandy toes, lazy beach naps, and a shore that stretches for miles. Why not book your staycation in a beautiful historical town, with an award winning beach, a stunning quaint harbour, and plentiful activities for adults and children alike? Lots of FREE things to do too!
Trip Advisors best UK beach 2017 calls Weymouth its home, a bustling tourist destination in the county of Dorset. Weymouth beach spans a distance of 3 miles, beginning just minutes from the town centre, changing from soft sand to smooth pebbles so that you can have the best of both worlds. Shadowed along its duration, The Esplanade provides a breath taking view whilst you amble from the Pavilion to Bowleaze Cove.
On the way to the Cove end you will happen upon Lodmoor Country Park which boasts the Sea Life Centre, a mini-golf course, Rio Grande model railway, a green gym, Lodmoor Country Pub, and a Premier Inn, all opposite the beach. You can continue along the pebbles to the unmissable Riveria Hotel and you will find water sports, jet skis, as well as eateries that make the most of the area they are in by providing delicious food and a fantastic view. The town centre end of the beach provides traditional rides and entertainment such as puppet show “Punch and Judy”, Swing Boats, and Pedelos, as well as adorable beach huts that sell all the sea-side expected refreshments and more.
On a cool summer’s day, take a walk into the town where you will find the usual haunts as well as many interesting independent stores. Visit St Alban Street, a walkway with delightful shops with all kinds of objects on offer. Traditional Dorset fudge, stick of rock, maybe a painting of Weymouth? All can be found on this cobbled lane.
If you fancy a bite you can always grab a portion of seaside chips and sit along the harbour side, a popular pew for this activity. Across the water you can see the south side of the town, leading to Brewers Quay. With plenty of shops to wander into and restaurants to eat at, it is worth the stroll across the mechanical bridge, or even head over in the Nothe Fort row boat! This quirky way of transport will take you to the bottom of the Nothe Fort, a great day out for the family, filled with military history and surrounded by beautiful gardens. From the tip of the Nothe, you can see Portland, a small island attached only to Weymouth by a bridge, which features stunning coastline, great water sports around Chesil Beach, and its famous lighthouse.
There are a myriad of colourful and inviting B&B’s, public houses and hotels to choose from in Weymouth, from many of which you can sit on a balcony and take in the sights, or walk a few steps and be paddling in the sea in no time. You will also find plenty of caravan and camping parks for the outdoorsman in you. Littlesea Holiday Park, Weymouth Bay and Chesil Beach, all offer static and normal caravans, and their sites come complete with entertainment, food, and clubs for the little ones. They even have their own beaches!
So if you are thinking of where to go for your family holiday, for a weekend getaway, even for a fly by visit, the golden Jurassic Coast of Weymouth has all of the above and more. There truly is something for everyone. We love our beautiful town because We Are Weymouth.