This is a guest post from Dawn Rondeau of We Are Weymouth
Weymouth is a small seaside town on the Dorset coast that has always been popular with holiday makers. But, like other tourist destinations, it has struggled during the recent pandemic. It is with this in mind that We Are Weymouth is doing everything within its power not just to encourage visitors from near and far back to the town, but also to celebrate everything that Weymouth has to offer.
Why Visit Weymouth?
Weymouth has so much to offer tourists from near and far, with a long heritage, pubs and restaurants, and a packed calendar of events. It is an ideal location for a family holiday: one of the sunniest places in the UK, with a Blue Flag Award Winning Beach. There are accommodation options for all types of visitor, from caravans and self-catering to romantic getaways and centre of town rooms.
Weymouth is home to a rich and varied business community from long-established family run businesses, to new and vibrant start-ups, to well-known chains. There are food stockists that offer the very best from local Dorset producers, and local eateries that take delivery straight from the boat. Lockdown has also seen local businesses diversify and create new offerings such as takeaway cocktails or mail order cakes. This drive, determination and innovation is what makes a town like Weymouth so special!
Weymouth has played a part in historical events from the Black Death to the D-Day Landings, and this rich history draws visitors from near and far. And 2021 is a big year for the town, as it has been 450 years since a parliament ruling created the union of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis to form the Weymouth we know and love today.
The town is hosting events throughout the year to celebrate this anniversary, and We Are Weymouth is proud to have unveiled heritage trail paving slabs commemorating some of Weymouth’s historic locations. These heritage slabs (designed by Ned Heywood with artwork and text supplied by Weymouth Museum) take you past key buildings in the town’s history, including the Tudor House and the Old Town Hall.
Unique Local Hospitality
Hospitality is part of the life blood of Weymouth. From the seafront to the harbourside, Hope Square to Chalbury Corner, you can’t deny the fact that the town is a hub for unique Dorset food and drink. Weymouth has an array of eateries from fine dining to fish and chips, with a real focus on locally sourced produce – boat to plate.
After a year in lockdown, it’s time to get back out and let someone else do the cooking (and washing up!). With recent changes made along the harbour, we hope that the warmer weather will see more of us sitting outside our favourite pubs, bars, and restaurants – enjoying the sunshine and a cool glass of something!
A Programme Of Events
Weymouth has always been famous for its events, from the folk festival and the acclaimed Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival, to quayside music, motocross, and more. Although recent restrictions have meant huge changes to the events calendar, we are excited to announce that there are still some events taking place in the town, with Covid safety measures at the forefront of organisation.
This year, to celebrate the union of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, Weymouth is hosting the Melwey Games at the Nothe fort. This includes a gig boat race where teams representing the two former boroughs will battle it out in a tug of war. And there will be other challenges for all to participate in.
The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival returns after a break in 2020. This year’s event will take place on the peninsula near the harbour with ticketed morning and afternoon sessions. The event will continue to offer the same mixture of top chefs, seafood producers, educational activities and sparkling wine, but with a Covid secure set up.
The weekend of 24th September sees Inside Out Dorset, an international outdoor arts festival. This will include a visual spectacle by puppet company Dundu and drumming ensemble Worldbeaters. The drummers and puppets will be lit up against the evening sky to create a magical show suitable for the whole family.
Other events include the Weymouth Beach Sports festival and Halloween and Christmas celebrations, as well as regular music gigs in pubs and on the streets throughout the town.
Family Holidays In Weymouth
There’s nothing better than sitting with the sun on your face whilst sipping a glass of wine by the harbour, and if you’re here with the kids we have activities galore. There are donkeys on the beach and a SEA LIFE Marine Centre. There are also castles and trails, not to mention watersports and boat cruises.
Don’t forget to enjoy a wander through the streets and pick up a holiday memento or two from our wonderful independent shops. And, once the sun sets, it’s time to take in the vibrant nightlife of Weymouth. There are live music venues throughout the town, a relaxed Mediterranean vibe in Hope Square, and late-night bars on the seafront.