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Things to do in Weymouth, Dorset

Weymouth Carnival © Ross Harrison
Weymouth Carnival © Ross Harrison

Weymouth is a diverse and popular resort set in the heart of the UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It's bounded by Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach to the west, and Weymouth Bay to the south and east.

The perfect arc of Weymouth Bay, with its golden sand and calm blue waters compliment this bustling medieval town and harbour perfectly. It gives the resort a naturally peaceful and picturesque atmosphere. With some of weymouth's best features just a short walk from the shopping centre and the main attractions, visitors are never too far from a secluded alternative to the bustle of the crowds.

Just to the south of Weymouth lies the impressive Portland Harbour, which, along with Weymouth Bay, makes up some of the best sailing waters in Northern Europe. Fittingly, Weymouth is set to host sailing events in the 2012 Olympic Games.

The area has many different beaches. From the main sands next to the town which runaround the bay to Bowleaze Cove - a prime water sports location - and west to the 18-mile long Chesil Beach. There are many wrecks here to entertain the most demanding of divers.

To the south is the rugged and beautiful Isle of Portland which is a paradise for walkers, climbers, anglers, naturalists and geologists. To the north, dotted amongst the rolling green hills of the South Dorset Downs, are many picturesque and charming villages. These include Sutton Poyntz, Abbotsbury, Cerne Abbas, Lulworth and Osmington Mills.

Weymouth has remained a fantastic and lively place since the days of King George III, who regularly was entertained in his idyllic ‘First Resort'. With the excitement of the Olympic Games to look forward to, the town has an exciting and fruitful future. This delightfully diverse town would be a perfect part of any visitor's holiday to the inspirational county of Dorset.

Description by Ross Harrison

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