I spent the weekend in my home town of Weymouth to celebrate my birthday. In spite of the slightly disappointing weather, I had an absolutely fantastic time showing Sam some of my favourite places in the town. I’ve posted about Weymouth before, but there’s a lot to do there so I wanted to share another post with you all celebrating the lovely seaside town where I grew up. So here’s my list of five of my favourite things to do in Weymouth, Dorset.
Well, obviously! The beach in Weymouth is absolutely gorgeous – golden sands, a beautiful bay, and some great traditional tourist attractions like Punch and Judy, pedalos, and ice cream stalls. Head up to the Greenhill end of the beach where the locals go to escape the crowds of tourists, and you can climb (and go crabbing) on the big pile of rocks that acts as a wave breaker, or swim out to the raft which is moored out in the bay and practice diving.
This fort next to the harbour was built in 1872 and played an important role in WWII. It’s now been renovated and converted into a museum, with loads of WWII memorabilia including some big guns and cannons along the ramparts. Voted one of the spookiest locations in the UK, my sister and I were absolutely terrified of the fort when we were kids (something we still haven’t fully grown out of!): with its dark, narrow passageways underground and stories of the Whistling Gunner – the ghost of a gunman that died in the war – it’s definitely a pretty scary place. However, the exhibits are really interesting and its great to see the role my town played in the war. The highlight of the museum for kids (and competitive adults) are the toy mice hidden throughout the exhibits to be counted to win a certificate. Also, a big shout out has to go to the lovely team of over 70 volunteers who keep this museum going!
Lodmore Country Park
This was one of our favourite places to while away the summer when me and my siblings were kids, and it’s still a gorgeous park with play areas, a nature reserve and some beautiful walks. In the centre of the park is a mini steam train which I’ve always loved, and there’s also a small funfair with the Cresta Run bumpy slide (where I spent whole days as a kid) and go-karts. There’s also the Weymouth Sealife Centre and Pirate Adventure Crazy Golf, so there’s no shortage of things to do in this awesome park.
Once a year at the height of summer, Weymouth celebrates with a traditional seaside town carnival. The procession of floats, marching bands, majorettes and costumed marchers – not to mention the all important carnival queen – collects small change to raise money for charity. One year my friends and I even took part in the parade, and had great fun in fancy dress rattling our collection buckets! Other highlights include a display by the Red Arrows, a funfair and fireworks over the bay at nighttime.
Enjoy the spectacular views over Weymouth Bay towards Portland from the top of the hill, before heading down to the beach at Bowleaze Cove. We used to spend hours trying to build a dam across the mouth of the River Jordan, which feeds into the sea across the beach, and hunting for fossils between the cove and Redcliffe Point. This part of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is particularly famous for fossils of mollusks and reptiles, and is in constant supply since the cliffs are actively eroding.
In spite of what I may say to my friends and family, I love my home town and it really is worth a visit. There are more famous beach towns in England, but Weymouth is beautiful and full of lovely things to do – so if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!