Weymouth:gearing up for THAT sailing event

Weymouth is gearing itself up for the Olympics in 2012 which will no doubt raise it's profile considerably, yet it has been a popular destination for travellers since the 19th century.

weymouth beach

Getting Here

The town is well served by public transport.The main line up to London Waterloo terminates here and it is just a short walk to the beach and the town centre. South West Trains operate this service

By bus use the X53 route operated by The First Group This service runs from Poole all the way to Exeter in Devon .The journey time from Poole is about 1 hour 15 minutes.

By car take the A354 from Dorchester or the A353 to Poole

What to do

The main attraction wold have to be the beach which is three miles long and unlike the other Jurassic Coast beaches is very sandy.Usually voted one of the top ten beaches in the country it is clean and safe with lifeguard protection during the summer.

To take in the beach the best place to start would be the Jubilee Clock where the Esplanade meets King Street and walk south towards theKing George III statue.You will pass the Tourist information Centre as you go.

The alternative is to hop on the Land Train which head north and will take you to Lodmoor Country Park a 350 acre site overlooking Weymouth Bay.

The Park includes; Sealife Park, Leisure Ranch, Mini Golf, & Miniature Railway, and an RSPB nature reserve.

Lodmoor Country Park offers ample parking with easy access to all attractions and facilities. All car parks operate on a pay and display basis.

The main shopping street are around St Alban & St Mary Streets and for a bite to eat I would recommend the Olive Grove Cafe at 21 St Albans Street,does an excellent spicy bean wrap and good coffees.

olive tree cafe weymouth

For health food go to Helen's Famous Wholefoods at 61 St Marys Street where you pick breakfast cereals so much better than the supermarket stuff.

helens wholefoods weymouth

Down at the River Wey is where you will find all manner of boat trips on offer fishing and diving too.Down here is where you can get the Condor Ferries to France and the Channel Islands

Cross the town bridge and turn left down Trinity Street and you come to the Brewers Quay a shopping centre which also houses the Weymouth Museum up on the first floor.Not much to it but it is free.Good if you want a history of the town.

Update November 2011: Brewer's Quay now closed pending "redevelopment" and scheduled to reopen in late 2012.However I would suspect this would depend on the level of pre lets as any developer would not get the finance to develop without the certainty of rental income once the refurbishment was complete.

Watch this space for updates.

History

The town's history goes back to to the 12th century but it was when the trade in Portland stone got going that it really took off.Then George III made it his holiday destination on 14 occasions between 1789 and 1805.The town thus became the tourist destination that it still is today.

A statue of the King can be seen on the Esplanade.

The town was in the front line during World War Two and was bombed by German planes.Over 500,000 troops embarked from Weymouth to fight at the Battle of Normandy.

If you walk along Nothe Parade you will come to Nothe Fort on the south side of the river mouth. Built between 1860 and 1872,it was used a military base during WWII,and has now become a museum full of WWII memorabilia,cannons and guns.

Access is between May and September plus the October half term week.A family ticket costs £11.

Events for 2012

Olympic Games: 27 July − 12 August 2012.

All events will take place from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

For all your questions about the Games check out this page at the RYA website here.

If you want a bit of peace and quiet after the buzz of the town centre I came across this multi faith peace park.

peace park in weymouth

You can find it on Barrack Road next to the Nothe Tavern not that far from the Nothe Fort.As you can see includes a labyrinth for all of you into walking meditations.

Moving On

The Olympic sailing event takes place at Portland Harbour in 2012,and whilst you are down there check out Chesil Beach and Portland Island

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