Weymouth Beach is famous for its safe shallow sea and soft sand. If you wanted to design a better family friendly seaside beach – you couldn’t. The sandy beach stretches from the Pavilion to the Pier Bandstand. It is very gently shelving and offers safe swimming. Beyond the Pier Bandstand, the beach becomes pebbly and it is at this end of the beach that floating rafts are put out during the summer for competent swimmers to swim out to.
The Beach has a Blue Flag Award – an international recognition of high quality water, safety and facilities.
The Georgian beach is located in the heart of the UNESCO Jurassic Coast and has been a popular UK holiday destination for generations, putting Weymouth on the map as one of the top UK seaside resorts. For more information about the beach, please see our access statement.
Weymouth Beach Events
Weymouth Beach is the epicentre of the town.
The Beach is proud to host several sporting events including the Weymouth Half Marathon in March and the RAF Classic Beach Volleyball Championships in July. Weymouth is also the UK venue for the World Tour Biathle where the bay and beach are ideal for this arduous race. During the summer months, you can often enjoy live entertainment and fireworks displays in the evenings.
Activities on Weymouth Beach
The much loved West Hill Donkeys have thrilled generations of children, precariously balanced, but feeling very special, as they trot up and down the beach during the summer months. The Weymouth Beach Punch & Judy can still be heard arguing in their shrill voices as you walk along the Esplanade on a summer’s day. Children of all ages enjoy the sausages, the crocodile and the policeman, as they have for hundreds of years.
For the thrill-seekers, you can hire watersports kit to go out and enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding and more. If you are looking to sit back and enjoy the sun, you can hire deckchairs, windbreaks – or pedalos!
The Esplanade is a wide walkway that stretches along the Beach. The Esplanade is home to multiple seaside guest houses and hotels as well as beach shops, seafood restaurants and ice cream parlours.
A pleasant walk to the north will take you past Jubilee Clock Tower and towards Greenhill Gardens, where the sand turns to shingle at the end of the beach. From here you are able to walk to Preston, past the Sea Life Centre. Most people walk along the sea wall, and some prefer to relax on the relatively quiet shingle.
In the other direction from the beach, stands Weymouth Pavilion and the popular Alexandra Gardens family funfair, with rides and arcade games for children to enjoy.
RNLI Lifeguards patrol the Beach from May to the end of September. The lifeguards provide advice, first aid and keep beach users safe when necessary. Please heed any signs and always swim between the flags.
The Weymouth Beach Office is open to the public between May and September.
The office is open 7 days a week and is located in a building on the beach side of the Esplanade near the Kings Statue. The Beach Office can rent out deckchairs, windbreaks and beach wheelchairs to visitors.
Phone: 01303 239832
Dogs on Weymouth Beach
Generally, dogs are permitted all year round within restricted areas. No dogs are allowed on the marked main beach from Good Friday – 31st October. Dogs are allowed from Greenhill Gryne to Overcombe and Bowleaze Cove all year round. There is also a dog exercise area near Weymouth Pavilion. For more information regarding Dogs on Weymouth beach, please click here.
For more information regarding beach etiquette for specific activities, please see the links below: