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A Year as Britain’s Best Beach

Weymouth Beach was named as Britain’s Best Beach 2017 by Trip Advisor UK and was the only UK beach to feature in the Top Ten of Europe. We take a look back at what the meeting of sand and sea had to offer in our sunny town in 2017.


Along the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline can be found Weymouth Beach; a three mile long stretch of glistening sand turning to pebbles married to a terracotta Esplanade. No matter if you are young or old, there is always a choice for fun in the sun in Weymouth Bay, whether that be donkey rides and ice cream faces, or deckchair naps and sun creamed noses.

The season started with a spring in its step when the Weymouth Half Marathon and Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun Run took place on Weymouth Sea Front in March.

In May, Weymouth was a part of the BIG Dorset Outdoor Weekend. There were two days of outdoor events and 26 activities to try across the Dorset area, with Weymouth Beach and Bay playing host to Weymouth Sailing Club and Jurassic Jet-Ski Tours.

A staple figure of the town and a central point of the esplanade, The Jubilee clock, served as many a meeting place in 2017. The Transports of Yesteryear Car Display showed off their beautiful vintage motors throughout the year, the first of their events taking place in May, and then another in June.

Weymouth In Summer - Beach volleyball - July 2016 - Picture: Graham Hunt Photography

The Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations took place from 17th – 23rd June, a time honoured tradition to respect those who have served our country. Weymouth holds a place in history, as seen in the feature length film Dunkirk, for sending boats to those trapped on the beaches during World War II. The sea front and esplanade come alive with those decked out in their official uniforms and historic vehicles. The service men and women hone their skills on Weymouth Beach, demonstrating to a crowd of thousands.

July 2017 saw the return of sportsmen and women for the Weymouth Beach Rugby Festival and RAF Careers Weymouth Beach Volley Ball Classic, and in August Weymouth Carnival performed its annual parade along the Esplanade.

Only the toughest took part in Ironman 70.3 in September. 2600 athletes swam 1.2 miles in Weymouth Bay followed by a bike ride of 56 miles and a run of 13.1 miles, ending at Weymouth Pavilion.

At the end of 2017, we had the free Guy Fawkes Celebration with firework display in November and the fantastically fun Chase the Pudding Christmas pudding race in December; a joyous event for the wintery time of year, involving a 5km Santa dash!