Weymouth is a traditional seaside town located within easy reach of our Dorset Holiday Park. It is well worth a visit during your stay at South Lytchett Manor, particularly if you’re fond of lazy beach days, beautiful scenery and independent restaurants.
The town itself is steeped in history, with a rich maritime heritage. It played an integral role in the Second World War and is a popular destination year round.
Weymouth’s golden sandy beach is one of the towns biggest attractions. The beach is over 3 miles in length and is well suited to families, thanks to its shallow waters and sheltered position. There is a life guard service throughout the warmer months and a section of the beach is dog friendly throughout the year. For younger members of the family, who require more in the way of entertainment, there are a number of attractions along the Georgian esplanade. These include a traditional Punch and Judy show, amusements arcade, funfair, donkey rides as well as water sports equipment to hire.
The historic harbour is the ideal place to while away an afternoon and enjoy the fresh sea air. Take a seat outside one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants and watch the yachts pass under the famed lifting bridge. Dangle your legs over the harbour wall and savour some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever taste, whilst watching the fishing vessels return from sea and land their days catch.
If you fancy getting out on the water during your trip, there are plenty of boat trips on offer. Charter fishing trips leave daily as well as coastline cruises and adrenaline fuelled rib rides. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on solid ground, but still want to get in the seaside spirit, the harbour is the perfect place to try your hand at fishing or drop a crab line.
If you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll follow the old harbour past the Lifeboat Station to the Stone Pier. Here you can climb the stairs of the viewing platform and enjoy commanding views across Weymouth Bay. In the distance you will see the stunning cliffs that make up the Jurassic Coastline in one direction and the Isle of Portland in the other.
Just a short walk from the harbour, you will find the Nothe Gardens. Take some time to explore this hidden gem by walking the easy trails that surround the headland. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the picturesque views over Portland harbour and there is also access to a secluded beach, Newtons Cove, which is a favourite with locals and great for a spot of rock pooling.
The Nothe gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic and there’s plenty for children to do. Let them run around to their hearts content on the open green, play in the park or discover the bug hotel, which is home to plenty of creepy crawlies!
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You can also access the Nothe Fort from the gardens, which is a must visit during your time in the area. The 19th century fort is managed by a team of dedicated volunteers and showcases gun decks, ramparts and underground passageways. There’s a trail for little ones to follow and a number of interesting exhibits, brought to life with audio and visual sound effects.
Seasonal Events and Attractions
Throughout the year Weymouth plays host to a number of well attended events. One of our favourites is the Dorset Seafood Festival, which sees some of best chefs in the industry descend on the town. During the event you can watch a range of demonstrations, attend fascinating fish themed talks and best of all – sample a range of locally caught seafood dishes. Other events include, the Ironman, Beach Motorcross, Carnival and a range of live music events and food festivals.
If you like to party, Weymouth’s New Years Eve celebrations are considered amongst the best in Europe
Weymouth’s other attractions include: