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July 27th, 2020 | By: Matthew Williams
If you are looking for a traditional day at the seaside that’s a bit off the tourist path, then Weymouth is a fantastic choice. The town is a pretty Georgian gem on the Dorset coast with a fine golden sand beach, some handsome architecture and plenty of fun things to do. You can find some unforgettable fish and chips alongside quaint cafes and upmarket restaurants, as well as a host of fantastic independent shops and seafront accommodation. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our list of the top things to do in Weymouth and start planning your trip!
Great fun for couples, families and groups of friends, Weymouth’s Escape Dungeons offer a variety of different challenges to test your deduction skills. You have two themed rooms to choose from. The first is the Prison Break room. Here you are part of a gang of convicted criminals and have an hour to escape your cell before your execution slot. Can you save your skin? The second room present you with a more difficult challenge. In the Defuse the Bomb room you are a spy in training and need to defuse a bomb to hone your skills. Will you succeed or will the pressure be too much? The games unique location in former old cellar rooms give them a fantastic atmosphere that really adds to the experience. You have an hour to escape the room and if you get stuck you can always ask for a hint!
This naval fort provides a fascinating insight into coastal defence across the centuries and visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Dorset coast from its ramparts. You can find out all about the history of the building and the men who were based there through a series of interactive exhibits and tours. The fort was built in the 1860s to defend Portland Harbour, which became a major naval base and saw use in the world wars and even as a nuclear shelter during the Cold War. Today you can explore the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the fort, take in the fabulous views with a picnic on the ramparts, enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe and maybe even spot some of its infamous ghosts! There are also live re-enactments of Victorian military parades with artillery drills on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, but make sure to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
Sea Life is a fun packed family day out with an array of sea creatures to observe, regular events and play areas. The park is home to the world’s smallest penguins, Fairy Penguins from Australia, rescued seas turtles, adorable otters, sharks, seals, rays and much more. There are regular feeding events and informative displays and plenty of interactive exhibits to learn more about life at sea. If that wasn’t enough, there is a large Galleon play area in the Caribbean Cove calling all little swashbucklers looking to re-enact their pirate fantasy! Climb to the lookout deck and see the rays, jellyfish and turtles swimming in the cove below. There is always something to see and do at SEA LIFE, no matter your age.
This award-winning beach has been Blue Flag rated for the past 20 years and is one of the cleanest and best managed in the UK. You can spend the day on its golden sands building sandcastles, relaxing in a deckchair, taking a donkey ride or even experience a traditional Punch and Judy show! It is a great beach for a dip in the sea with clean waters and plenty of activities, such as pedalos and bodyboarding and you can observe regular professional sporting competitions. The beach is backed by an impressive Georgian seafront, a legacy of the resort being a favourite destination for King George III and the town centre is just a short walk away.
Weymouth’s historic harbour area is a wonderful place for a wander with many different fishing boats and pleasure yachts going by, interesting architecture and regular fun events. This once thriving harbour still has its fair share of sea traffic but is now also home to a variety of fantastic bistros and restaurants serving locally sourced food with a memorable view. If you time it right, you could watch the sunset from your table! The harbour is also home to antique emporiums, craft shops and characterful bars. The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is usually held here every July and if you check the calendar you will see a host of popular events planned in this evocative environment.
Plan your trip to Weymouth for a fun and memorable trip on Dorset’s gorgeous coastline.Back to overview
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