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Local attractions and activities

You’ll find plenty to do in Weymouth within walking distance of The Lantana including the beautiful beach, the historic harbour, not one, but two RSPB reserves, the South West Coast Path, Nothe Fort, Tudor House, Sandworld, SeaLife and the spectacular Jurassic Skyline. We've listed a selection of ongoing activities here.

Many special events take place throughout the year, which are well worth planning your visit around. These range from Weymouth Carnival to the award-winning Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival in July and Beach MotoCross. For more ideas and to search for special events, visit the WeAreWeymouth website.

Further afield, Dorset offers even more choice. Start exploring Dorset here.

Weymouth beach

The beach is superb and consists of sand which sweeps around the bay changing to shingle along the extended Esplanade. In the summer, all the usual facilities are on hand: donkeys, Punch & Judy, swing boats, trampolines, volleyball court and Weymouth’s famous sand modeller. Weymouth has one of the safest - and cleanest - beaches in the country and is regularly in the top ten recommended beaches lists. The fine, soft sand is perfect for building sandcastles and the shallow bay ideal for paddling or swimming. Behind the beach Weymouth's Esplanade boasts a wide choice of cafés and restaurants, bars, ice creams sellers and shops to buy buckets, spades and sunhats.

Dogs are allowed anywhere on the beach during the winter until Easter; in the spring and summer seasons specially marked dog-exercising areas are available.

crabbing

Crabbing is one of the favourite family pasttimes in Weymouth, either in rock pools (as shown here) or dangling nets and lines from the harbour walls. Don't worry if you don't have the right kit, several shops around the town sell buckets, lines and bait.

As one would expect of a coastal resort, water sports feature prominently in the list of activities. The sailing facilities in particular rank amongst the best in the world. So much so that in 2012 Weymouth and Portland played host to the sailing events of The London 2012 Olympic Games! With excellent wind conditions all year round the waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are a Mecca for windsurfers, kite surfers and recreational dingy sailors.

Operating from Weymouth Old Harbour is a fleet of charter boats catering for the needs of divers who come to the area to explore the wrecks lying around the coast. Weymouth is also one of the top angling venues in the country offering all types of fishing, from the child’s rod dangled from the pier to deep sea fishing trips which can be booked from one of the charter boats in the harbour. You’ll find these boats have very experienced crews with lots of local knowledge and will take you to all the best locations for a very productive day.

Jurassic Skyline view

Located in Weymouth on the edge of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jurassic Skyline offers unrivalled views of this breathtaking natural phenomenon. With floor to ceiling windows, the viewing capsule slowly rotates a full 360 degrees offering uninterrupted panoramic views up to 26km away including Portland, Lulworth and beyond!

Find out more here.

SandWorld in Weymouth, Dorset, is the UK's only all-weather Sand Sculpture Festival. It is a hidden treasure set within the grounds of Lodmoor Country Park. It is home to awe inspiring sculptures made entirely from Weymouth sand and water, some the size of a double decker bus. Find out more information here, including opening dates (Sandworld closes for winter and reopens at Easter).

sealife penguins

Weymouth SeaLife is popular indoor and outdoor attraction with events, talks, an aquarium, animal feeding and more (some parts are closed during the winter). It even has its own train to transport you along Weymouth's Esplanade to the Jurassic Skyline. Click here for more information.

Nothe Fort

Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved Forts of its kind. The advances in technology that affected the Fort are explained through many displays, exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the ramparts, gun decks and maze of underground passageways. Nothe Fort have frequent special events throughout the year, including outdoor plays and concerts, activities for children and families, an annual Victorian Day, special exhibitions and more. Check out their website here. After your visit, take a stroll around the peaceful Nothe Gardens.

Weymouth Harbour

Just behind the Lantana is the picturesque and historic Weymouth Harbour. Every day sees fishing boats bringing their daily catch home, some of which will be sold in the harbourside fishmonger, some to the many local restaurants around the harbour and in the town and some much further afield. The harbour and adjacent marina is home to dozens of sailing boats, gigs and trips to Portland and around the bay are available in the high season.

Crabbing is a popular pastime with the low harbour walls giving easy access to the water and a seat to sit on. Local bars and ice cream parlours help to quench thirst and there are several fish and chip shops offering this favourite, British menu; eat in or takeaway.

The bascule-type Weymouth Town Bridge links the two districts of Weymouth on the south side and what used to be known as Melcombe Regis. The bridge opens during the day every two hours on the even hour and the opening and closing is a popular attraction.

Lorton Meadows

Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve & Conservation Centre. Dorset Wildlife Trust's Lorton Meadows are a collection of unimproved fields enclosed by thick hedgerows and small copses nestling in the Lorton Valley, just a stone's throw from the residential areas of Littlemoor, Upwey and Weymouth. As well as colourful, and some quite rare, wildflowers the reserve is particularly good for birds of hedgerow, scrub and grassland, and provides excellent foraging and flight lines for bats. Discover more about Lorton Meadows and other DWT centres here.

RSPB Radipole

RSPB Radipole Lake. A nature reserve in central Weymouth sounds unlikely, but once you are on the footpath amongst the reeds and lagoons you could be far away in the countryside. RSPB Radipole, is situated right next to one of the main car parks. It's a great place to come, whether you are new to wildlife watching or an old hand. Find out more here.

RSPB Lodmoor. Between Weymouth and Preston, is RSPB Lodmoor. The large reedbed, open water, saltmarsh, wet grassland and bushes attract many different birds and the autumn migration can be spectacular, with hundreds of swallows, martins and wagtails, as well as lots of wading birds. Find out more here.

Weymouth Choral Society performs three to four concerts a year in the town – usually with guest singers and musicians – and sing at other events, too, such as carol singing at local hospitals. See here for their next event.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra visits Weymouth Pavilion twice a year with a New Year concert in January and a Proms-style concert in the summer. Check the Pavilion website for further information.

WOW, Weymouth's own youth music theatre also perform at the Pavilion several times a year. Check the Pavilion website for further information.

WOS, or Weymouth Operatic Society, stage two shows a year, and past productions have included Anything Goes, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. See their website for further information.

Around town you will find live music in many of the pubs and clubs from folk to karaoke to tribute bands.

Weymouth offers two chamber music concert series:

For out-of-season visitors, the Weymouth Sunday Concerts series runs monthly from October to March at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon at 3pm (unless otherwise specified). For more information visit their website.

Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts run from December to June and are usually held at 1pm in St Mary's Church in the centre of Weymouth. See their website for more information.

Weymouth Pavilion

Just five minutes' walk from the Lantana, the community-run Weymouth Pavilion offers a wide range of entertainment and events from pantomimes to plays, concerts to comedy and exhibitions to eating in the Piano Bar. Find out more here.

Tudor House interior

Tudor House is one of Weymouth’s treasured Tudor buildings and thought to have been a merchant’s property. It originally fronted an inlet from the main harbour, allowing ships to be moored alongside. Its original use came to an end with the filling in of the inlet in the late 18th century. The house is open from May to October, Tuesday to Friday from 1pm. Click here for further information.

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