Dorset has become quite the celebrity recently. Here are 10 reasons to stay in Weymouth, visit Dorset and see these locations for yourselves.
1. Broadchurch Series 2 has had its finale but it’s still not over – why not see the REAL Broadchurch for yourself?
West Bay, the filming location of Broadchurch, is only a 30 minute drive away from Weymouth. With views of the Fleet, Lyme Bay and Golden Cap, the drive along the coast road towards Bridport is strikingly beautiful and has scenery that is not to be missed. Sit on THAT bench where DI Hardy and DS Miller are sat with the iconic orange cliffs in the background and spot DI Hardy’s blue hut by the river. Fancy a night out? Weymouth was the go-to destination for DC Miller and Claire Ripley’s night on the tiles, and with Weymouth’s array of clubs and bars it’s no wonder they chose it. #Broadchurchfever!
2. Weymouth has been awarded by TripAdvisor with the 8th Best Beach in Europe and 2nd Best Beach in Britain
Last month saw Weymouth’s beautiful beach in the news. With its “Clean beaches and pleasant charming harbourside resort”, TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards chose Weymouth Beach as the second best in Britain and 8th in the whole of Europe beating beaches in France, Italy and Spain.
3. Lights, camera, action! Dorset hits the big screen
Released on 1st May 2015, Far from the Madding Crowd stars Carey Mulligan, Michael Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen. The film uses the same locations that inspired nineteenth century novelist Thomas Hardy, and locations are across Dorset in Sherborne, Mapperton and Beaminster. Watch the film’s trailer below:
4. Chesil Beach
Part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Chesil Beach is a beautiful place to visit. The area has UNESCO site status due to the unique geology of the stretch of coastline from Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in Dorset to Exmouth in Devon. 180 million years of history is preserved in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs. Chesil Beach also has a starring role in the 2007 novella ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Booker-Prize winning writer Ian McEwan.
5. Lyme Regis
For more fossil fun, drive from Weymouth to the Lyme Regis. Budding Mary Annings can hunt fossils for themselves, and discover the area’s place in the history of evolution and paleontology at the Lyme Regis Museum.
Jurassica is set for Portland which is only a very short drive from Weymouth. This amazing new project has Sir David Attenborough as its patron and is set to have a subterranean visitor centre which will have interactive displays as well as moving and swimming animatronic dinosaurs. Find out more at Jurassica.org
7. Olympic Legacy
Weymouth and Portland hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events. Walk around the Nothe and see where some of the sailing took place in Weymouth Bay. Visit the National Sailing Academy, sit in its café and look out into Portland Harbour at the beautiful vista. Then travel to the top of Portland to see the Olympic Rings made from the famous Portland Stone with an incredible view of Weymouth and Chesil.
8. Delicious Local Food Produce
With its rolling hills, lush grass and great soil, Dorset has the prime ingredients for making delicious produce. Try some Dorset Blue Vinny cheese, fresh locally grown vegetables or the famous Dorset Knobs.
9. Memo Project
Portland is home to the Memo Project, Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory, which is a collaboration of artists and scientists dedicated to raising a global beacon for biodiversity.
10. Gruesome Black Plague. Gerbils or the Black Rat?!
Weymouth is where the first known case of the Black Death in England is recorded. A seaman who had contracted the disease slept in one of the buildings on the North side of the Harbour before he moved on to Dorchester. But was it transmitted by the famous Black Rat or is it an Asian Gerbil? Find out more on BBC News