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17th-18th September, Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt
In May 2013 local businesses voted in favour of creating the Weymouth Business Improvement District (BID). Like other BIDs located around the UK, it is a business-led initiative supported by Government legislation that enables the local businesses to raise funding to improve the trading environment.
There are over two hundred events held throughout the year in the borough, including firework festivals, dragon boat racing, beach volleyball, handball and motocross, and the annual carnival in mid-August, which attracts around 70,000 people each year. Weymouth is the only port in the world to have hosted the start of The Tall Ships' Races three times—in 1983, 1987 and 1994; the 1994 race attracting 300,000 spectators.
Weymouth /ˈweɪməθ/ is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is 11 kilometres (7 mi) south of Dorchester and 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Isle of Portland. The town's population is 52,323 (2011). The town is the third largest settlement in Dorset after the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole.
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The architect Sir Christopher Wren was the Member of Parliament for Weymouth in 1702, and controlled nearby Portland's quarries from 1675 to 1717. When he designed St Paul's Cathedral, Wren had it built out of Portland Stone, the famous stone of Portland's quarries. Sir James Thornhill was born in the White Hart public house in Melcombe Regis and became the town's MP in 1722. Thornhill became an artist, and coincidentally decorated the interior of St Paul's Cathedral.
Weymouth Cricket Club is sponsored by local business and runs in partnership with nearby schools.
Weymouth & Portland, host venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, is a popular seaside holiday resort.
Do you enjoy live music? If you do you’ve come to the right place. The live music scene in Weymouth is one of the finest on the south coast with sounds to suit all tastes just about every night in one of the areas pubs or clubs. We’re putting together a section here that gives you a look at what’s on offer so why not check out the Local Music Scene now and see what takes your fancy.
Weymouth's fine Georgian seafront is an impressive backdrop to the long arc of fine, golden sand. The views from the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon taking in the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. Weymouth's beautiful safe, sandy beaches, rich heritage and spectacular coastline make it a firm favourite holiday destination.
Weymouth's wide and shallow sandy beach is used for swimming and sunbathing during the tourist season, and for beach sport events throughout the year, including beach motocross, the International handball championships and the beach volleyball classic. The international kite festival, held in May each year on Weymouth Beach, attracts around 40,000 spectators to the esplanade from around the world.
In contrast, waves crash against the rocks along the dramatic coastline of the 'Isle' of Portland. This is an explorers Island with curiosities of history and folklore just waiting to be discovered.
Weymouth and Portland have been twinned with the town of Holzwickede in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany since 1986, and the French town of Louviers, in the department of Eure in Normandy, since 1959.
The novelist John Cowper Powys's novel Weymouth Sands (1934) is set in Weymouth, where he "was more at home than anywhere else in the world". Powys's paternal grandmother lived in Weymouth and the family lived in nearby Dorchester from 1880 to 1885.
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The A354 road bridge connects Weymouth to Portland, which together form the borough of Weymouth and Portland. The history of the borough stretches back to the 12th century; including involvement in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the development of Georgian architecture, and preparations for World War II.
The bustling working harbour surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture.
Dorset South was the most marginal Labour seat in the 2001 general election, won by 153 votes. Jim Knight was expecting to have a difficult 2005 election, yet he won with a margin of 1,812 votes—this was in contrast to other areas, where Labour suffered a decline in popularity. This was helped by a high-profile anti-Conservative campaign by musician Billy Bragg. The seat was gained from Labour by Drax for the Conservatives at the 2010 General Election.
The novelist Gerald Basil Edwards spent the last years of his life in Weymouth. In nearby Upwey he met the art student Edward Chaney, who encouraged him to complete The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.
The town’s mix of beautiful safe beaches, rich heritage and convenient access to Dorset’s world famous Jurassic Coast makes the resort a firm favourite holiday destination, whilst the nearby Isle of Portland gives visitors the opportunity to step into a unique natural environment, discover millions of years of history and enjoy a host of outdoor activities.
Take a look through our accommodation sections. We have plenty of Hotels , Bed and Breakfasts, fun Holiday Parks and luxurious Holiday Cottages and Apartments in Weymouth and Portland waiting to hear from you. Try giving them a call direct at this time of year it’s the best way to get a good rate.
Are located adjacent to the beach front on the Pavillon end.
Weymouth, Portland and the Purbeck district are in the South Dorset parliamentary constituency, created in 1885. The constituency elects one Member of Parliament; currently Richard Drax (Conservative).
Weymouth accommodation offers everything from traditional seaside bed and breakfasts through to luxury boutique hotels and everything in between.
A gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth offers the perfect base for exploring the beautiful county of Dorset, one of the UK's most picturesque counties. Weymouth hosted the sailing in the 2012 UK Olympic Games.
For European Parliament elections, South Dorset, the rest of South West England, and Gibraltar form the South West England constituency.
The world class Olympic Sailing venue from the London 2012 Olympics Sailing Events.
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Joseph Drew wrote a historical novel The Poisoned Cup "a quaint tale of old Weymouth and Sandsfoot Castle" (1876), The Rival Queens, an account of the life of Mary Queen of Scots (1880), and several other popular works on religion, history and science.
A mesmerising art installation as part of the Inside Out Dorset Festival and b-side festival 2016.
An unusual feature of the railways in Weymouth was that until 1987 main-line trains ran though the streets and along the Weymouth Harbour Tramway to the Quay station at the eastern end of the harbour, to connect with ferries to mainland Europe. Due to declining business, goods traffic ceased in 1972, but passenger services continued until they ceased in 1987 from lack of use.
There’s plenty of things to do in Weymouth Dorset. A beautiful sandy beach, picturesque harbour, sailing, fishing, diving, walking, nature reserves, fossil hunting, shopping, eating and drinking, all in one place.
Has lot of activities and great shopping including Weymouth's 'Brewers Quay'!
The beach front is a golden sanded safe swimming area for all age groups.
The Chesil Education Partnership pyramid area operates in south Dorset, and includes three infant schools, two junior schools, fourteen primary schools, four secondary schools and two special schools. 77.5% of Weymouth Town residents over 16 have qualifications, which is slightly below the Dorset average of 78.7%; about 20% of adult residents have higher qualifications (Level 4 +), which is lower than the Dorset average of 27%.
Westcountry Television and Meridian Broadcasting are the local ITV television franchises. Westcountry is received from the Stockland Hill transmitter or from one of its three relay transmitters in the town (Wyke Regis, Bincombe Hill and Preston). Meridian is received from the Rowridge transmitter. The local newspaper is the Dorset Echo. Weymouth was used as location to film The Boat That Rocked, alongside nearby Portland Harbour, and Channel 4's Hugh's Fish Fight.