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Weymouth Beach is a gently curving arc of sand in Weymouth Bay, beside the town Weymouth in Dorset, England. The beach is a popular destination for sea bathing, and was frequented by King George III during times of illness. The king named Weymouth his 'first resort' and made bathing fashionable there. Weymouth Beach is very wide and gently sloping, with golden sand and shallow waters normally with small waves. In addition to bathing, the expansive beach is used for beach motocross and volleyball — the International Volleyball Championships regularly use Weymouth Beach as a venue for the sport.

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      11.07.2012 08:45
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      Weymouth beach.

      ~ About Weymouth Beach ~
      Weymouth beach is a short from the main town centre and has a long stretch of fine golden sand. The promenade which connects to the seafront has over three miles of level ground which provides access to the beach, town centre, historic harbour and Lodmoor Country Park. Weymouth has excellent beach management and has been recognised as one of the top 10 UK beach destinations. The beach is well known for its high standards of cleanliness, safety, information, facilities, water quality and environmental management. The views from Weymouth beach are beautiful with views of the Jurassic coastline and this can be seen when standing on any point on the beach. The local council provides seafront management services which include the daily beach management and supervision for over 3 miles of beach and Promenade together with a first aid post and lot children centre which ensures visitors safety and comfort. Lifeguard services are operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Beach Rescue between May and September with additional cover provided by the Weymouth Canoe Lifeguards during the season. The beach of course if the main attraction, how-ever other things on or along the beach includes Deckchair & Sun bed Hire and well as wind-breaker hire. There are plenty of toilets with disabled and baby change facilities, as well as cafes, beach kiosks and a traditional Punch & Judy show. There are several ramps to get onto the beach itself as well as sets of steps which are located very so often along the beach. Throughout the year they also host several major events including the International Beach Kite Festival, Fireworks, Tag Rugby, Handball, International Volleyball and more.

      ~ Visiting Weymouth Beach ~
      Me and some of the family were on holiday in Weymouth a few weeks ago and luckily the weather was warm enough to go on the beach for a few days. The beach is about a 5/10 minute walk from the main town. As we walked to the beach we passed through side streets with some beautiful shops down, which were all decorated with flags and beach accessories such as dinghy's and beach games. We always tend to pick roughly the same spot when we go to the beach as this area is more convenient for us and is close to everything. The first thing I noticed about the beach was all the different things on and along the promenade of the beach itself. As I took my shoes off, my feet sank a little into the lovely warm sand and it felt lovely in between my toes. Whenever we went to the beach the tide was always out which meant there is a lot more space on the beach. We tend to move quite a way in order for my sister's boyfriend and his son to dig in the better slightly wetter sand to build better sandcastles. On the end of the beach which is located near the main harbour you are allowed to take dogs to the beach in this area. This is clearly marked with signs. There are a few stones here and there on the beach which may have been washed up whilst the tide goes in and out but you can always avoid stepping on these. My nephew loves looking for shells along the beach and we often find some nice one's on here and even found a small hermit crab too which we put back into the water. My sister and her boyfriend decided they wanted to go out on a Pedalo which cost £4.00 for about 30mins. These are kept on the beach and you simply go and pay for your pedalo and they will set one up and set you off in it. You can't go out too far for obvious reasons and the buoys which you can see on the water show you how far you can go. The beach gets some fantastic sun on it, so you do need to be sure you apply plenty of sun-cream as I often find when there is a slight breeze, that the wind tends to burn my skin a little. It may be useful to buy or hire a wind-breaker as when the wind blows it does blow sand everywhere and can often go in your ryes if you haven't got sunglasses on. You can eat on the beach as there are kiosks and bins for rubbish, how-ever be warned that as soon as you start eating you will be expected to have a visit from at least 5-7 seagulls. A good top is never to leave food where they can see it otherwise they'll pinch it. Along the beach there are drinking water taps, which are handy to keep you hydrated and this is great for also washing off sandy feet too.

      In terms of other things to do on the beach apart from build sandcastles and sunbathe there are a small range of rides which includes Racing Snails which go round a small track and under a tunnel. You can also ride a merry go-round or ride the donkeys on the beach. There are also trampolines as well crazy golf and a traditional Punch & Jody show. All of these rides you do have to pay for, how-ever they only cost approximately £1.50 per person. These rides of course are more aimed at children. There are some kiosks along the beach which sell a range of different snacks and refreshments. Me and my boyfriend loved the Blue Bubblegum ice-cream which they sold in one of these. They also sell beach accessories such as buckets, sun cream, inflatable rings and boats and sun-hats. There are about 3 different sets of toilets available along the promenade which is always very clean and tidy. There are open from early morning until late in the evening. There are local buses to and from the promenade and there is a land train which also goes here along the promenade. The main train station is about a 5 minute walk from the main beach.

      ~ Overall Opinion ~
      Weymouth beach is the best beach in the UK that I have visited. The golden sand along the whole of the beach make is spectacular and it feels as though I am abroad. As the beach has plenty of kiosks and other facilities, this makes it perfect for families and younger children as there are things to keep everyone entertained. There are also amusements near the beach so adults can easily go and entertain themselves in here. The beach is always kept so clean and tidy and I have never seen any litter or other rubbish on the beach. I always see plenty of Lifeguards and beach attendants walking along the beach and promenade, so if you have any questions or problems there is always someone around to speak to. At the weekends, the beach does get very busy so it's best to get down here early to get a space. I how-ever never went to the beach at the weekend and went during the week only so it wasn't as busy during this time. I highly recommend a visit to Weymouth beach, and I know I will be visiting again.



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        10.03.2010 00:00
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        Highly recommend Weymouth as a town for a short break, and the beach is one of the main reasons.

        Weymouth Beach is the jewel in the crown of this lovely tourist town. The beach is wide and stretches from the Pavilion at one end to Bowleaze Cove at the other end. The Pavilion end is sandy and this turns to shingle the further down you walk.

        The sea water is clear and clean, and the water is very safe for paddling and bathing - there are no sand bars or sudden drop away places, it is fairly shallow for quite a long way and slopes out to sea very gently.

        There is a traditional Punch and Judy show (which personally I have always hated!), donkey rides, trampolines, swing boats and pedaloes for hire, many people also bring balls and Frisbees down to the beach for a chuck about, though in the height of summer this can be a bit more difficult as the beach does get very packed.

        The beach is also used for other events throughout the year such as the kite festival, Motocross and beach volleyball, and there are regular firework displays throughout the summer, on Carnival day and on November 5th.

        The beach was made famous by King George III who regularly visited Weymouth and claimed that the sea water had medicinal properties. A man on a white horse was carved into the chalk of the hills overlooking the beach (actually at Osmington) to commemorate him, though there was some scandal as the horse was rendered facing away from Weymouth!

        Overall a super beach which proves that we don't have to go abroad for the beaches - if only our weather was predictable!

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          10.08.2009 15:19
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          Great place to spend a day or two.

          Weymouth is a very quaint old tourist town situated in the south west of England in which I have lived most of my life. It's a town that relies heavily upon its tourism trade for employment which is usually very good in the summer months due to its long stretch of main beach with many little private beaches dotted in and around the outskirts of the town as well as its healthy reputation as a holidaying resort. Having spent six months lucky enough to go travelling around Australia I was privy to some of the finest beaches in the world including the very famous Bondi beach and I can honestly say with hand on heart that Weymouth beach looks very much the same except without the exceptional heat perhaps.

          The beach itself is extremely large running the length of the town, with its beautiful golden sands and sparkling waters it really is a haven for chilling out, taking in the fresh sea air and watching the world and its sea gulls fly by.

          The beach is ideal for for pensioners who want to drink tea, visit the Greenhill gardens or perhaps par take in the bowlling activities just off the beach in the Greenhill area. The beach is also a great place for adults to chill and teens to show off their stuff. It is also a fantastic place to take the children not just for paddling or building sand castles but also for all the beach activities it has to a to offer, ranging from donkey rides, fun fair rides, punch and judy shows throughout the day and paddelo hire during the summer months. There is also a sand sculpturer that displays his amasing works of art all year round that adds some extra sparkle to the beach for all the family to see.

          There are a number of little beach shops on route up and down the beach selling anything from buckets and spades to candy floss. Beach huts for hire if you're looking for a little privacy or some extra shade. An events calendar each year which provides detail on events and entertainment such as volley ball matches, kite festivals, motorcycle rallies, fire work displays and much more along the beach itself. During August there is also a carnival by the beach and a fantastic Red Arrows display guaranteed to make your kids go wow.

          If you're thinking to yourself that sounds great but all that sand in my bag will drive me mad then you're fortunate enough to be at a beach that caters with both sand sections as well as a stony section that leads up to the "pier band stand "which contains a lovely Chinese restaurant for evening meals, a mini shop for ice creams and other essentials during the day as well as a games arcade to keep the kids happy.

          All in all Weymouth beach is a lovely place to spend a hot summers day with the only grumble that it does get very over crowded in the height of the summer months plus there are times you really need to hold on to your sandwich to stop the sea gulls from stealing it. Its a great day out and the beach is always free.

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            19.06.2009 17:11
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            a great beach for families, couples and teens

            Weymouth has been my home all my life but having spent the last 4 years away at University this has enabled me to have the advantageous perspectives of both visitor and local.

            Weymouth is a great seaside town with a pretty decent selection of shops (apart from mens clothing grr!), some very nice restaurants and a nightlife that can often rival bigger cities such as Bournemouth. The beach is the largest jewel in the crown of Weymouth and, without it, King George the Third wouldn't have visited it all those years ago and injected a huge industry of tourism into the town. The Weymouth I know and love today would be completely different if it didn't have its tourism business. In the summer it is a vibrant town with a great mixture of youth and maturity, elegance and modernism but in the dead end cold winter months it can be aptly described as a ghost town. As I mentioned before, I am a local and I, like everyone else I know, have moaned about the tourists in some shape or form but deep down we all know (or those of us who arent ignorant know) that we need them to survive as one of Dorset's and the South's most busiest towns.

            Anyway...back to the beach, walking along it the other day and watching my feet brushing through the sand it made me notice, or rather remember, how white and soft the sand is and how clear the water is. So many beaches in the southwest are let down by this (i.e. Minehead!) and I'm sure it's the reason why so many of us are tempted by the greek islands, cyprus etc - because of the white sands, clear waters (and of course the greater chance of sun) but those people fail to realise that Britain does have its fair share of beautiful beaches. Cornwall especially, Woolecombe (Devon), Tenby (Wales)...the list goes on, I'm talking about Weymouth and it is consistently, year after year, winning awards and being ranked along side all those beaches. There are different ways to measure how good a beach is; surf? activities? family friendly?..etc. Weymouth doesn't tick all those boxes but for natural beauty it has to be one of the top in Britain. I will try and cover these topics and more in this review...


            ---Activities---
            Weymouth beach is the host of many attractions; from motorcross racing, international volleyball tournaments frequenting there and there's always the annual kite festival at the end of May (not to mention Carnival in August). As well as that Weymouth Beach has permanent fixtures throughout the summer such as the famous Punch and Judy shows which is free to watch (donations welcomed), the pedalows which are pretty reasonable in price and they do let you go quite far out which is great to get a view of the beach and there's also some amazing sand sculptures towards the end by the Pavilion (usually based on current affairs - I remember an amazing Minas Tirith when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was released). Kayaks, Canoes and deckchairs are also available for rental and exist in around 2 different places on the beach and are usually quite visible (i.e. a pile of them!). The list continues... trampolines, donkey rides, a small funfair all for kids all exist on this busy yet spacious summer beach!

            In the winter, like most beaches, there isn't alot to do but if you have a dog or five it is a great place to walk them and let them go wild, if you don't mind them walking sand in and becoming a little damp, that is! Also, whilst walking it's always amusing to see the few brave (stupid) people indulging in some daring swimming.


            ---For the family---

            As mentioned earlier there are plenty of things to distract the kids with apart from the usual building sandcastles and swimming in the sea. All are reasonably priced and it is something to bribe them with if they behave.

            Obviously Alcohol is illegal on the beach (some nice bars being near by however) but you're free to bring sandwiches, cakes etc. If you don't feel like the hastle and prefer a treat there's always the numerous beach huts that run all up the beach up to the pier. These sell Fish and chips, Burgers, Hot dogs, ice creams and other snacks (a personal favourite is candy floss!). The smell of these run up the beach and is hard to resist for kids and adults! These too are reasonably priced because of the surrounding competition of the town but obviously if you have a large family it won't be cheap!

            As for saftey there are plenty of lifeguards on the beach walking around and in visible red shirts with walkie talkies. As a regular on the beach for many years II have never seen any trouble and in general the council are very concerned with the safety to protect their own reputation. Further up the beach on the pebbly bit there are many rafts which mainly locals use but the council removed these a few years back because of safety concerns even though there were no incidents recorded on them. However this year they are expected to return! :)


            ---Disadvantages---

            For me, one of the disadvantages is the appearance of the old pier bandstand halfway up the beach past the Jubilee Clock (Victorian era - very pretty). It was a pier until 1985 when the seaward end bandstand had became too costly to maintain. It was subsequently demolished by two schoolgirls who, in the May of 1986, had won a national competition to 'press the button'. What is left today is quite run down and the occupation of it changes quite often. At present it is a Chinese restaurant upstairs and an ice cream shop / mini arcade downstairs. The restaurant provides average foos despite amazing views, the exterior needs some work on it and I've always been of the opinion that such a great location should be complimented with a great attraction / restaurant there. Alas no... for the time being at least.

            If you are a keen surfer, don't expect any joy on the beach of Weymouth, although the winds can come directly from as far as Spain it is a little closed. However if you like sailing and surfing you can pop down the road to Portland (5 miles down) and you can use the facilities that the Olympics will be using in 2012 for sailing, surf etc, one of the best places in Europe, if you surf and sail you'll already of heard of it...


            ---Surrounding the beach---

            All up the esplanade road are countless bed and bedbreakfasts and a few hotels (most notably the Royal Hotel, Gloucester Lodge...) which are handy if you are travelling down and want to be located nearby everything. Despite the great number of them, they can get fully booked quite quickly so it is worth booking ahead. At the end of the beach, separating it from the harbour is the esplanade curling round to the Pavilion, unfortunately this is often the subject of a much need renovation but it is still used to host pantamines, charity bashes and other shows in the evening. One day the council will stop arguing with the nostalgic locals and replace it with something that is both pleasing to the eye and useful to the public.

            As mentioned earlier, about halfway up the beach is the Jubilee Clock, first put there in the Victorian era in honour of Queen Victoria. This is very pretty and one of the icons that Weymouth can be portrayed by, further up from this are some war memorials which are kept in very good condition. Occasionally there is a simulation ride that is parked by the beach and esplanade before the clock whcih I've only been on once but is mainly for kids. This is a bit pricey at around £5 for a 5-10minute 'ride', it is an option i guess....

            If you prefer shopping when on holiday or you want a break from the beach there are also the shops a couple of streets back from the beach. These are worth a look with shops such as New Look, Debenhams, WH Smiths, Monsoon, Burtons, Next, The Works, Tesco, Boots...etc etc


            ---In conclusion---

            A wonderful beach and something every local is proud of. Sure the winter months are less than desirable for any location in Weymouth but aren't they all? Plus with the sun, sea and nightlife in the summer, it more than makes up for it and can make for a great weekend away for teenagers, families or couples. Some locals get bored of it but after having been away at Plymouth for four years with no beach you soon become very aware of its greatness and you fully appreciate how special it really is.

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              24.10.2008 13:35
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              A golden beach that is one of the most popular ones around.

              Weymouth itself is a nice holiday resort,but the beach is what makes weymouth so special.

              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.The international kite festival, held in May each year on Weymouth Beach, attracts thousands of people from around the world.

              Weymouth is situated in south west Dorset.And the arch shaped beach is a wonderful relaxing place.The sands are always nice and clean and soft.Attractions on this beach near the peir consist of a show with punch and Judy,an old time favourite even with children now.Donkey rides are available and the famous sand modeller still amazes the crowds with his original creations.Swingboats, trampolines, carousels and a helter skelter add to the colourful scene. And snacks, ice creams are also available on the beach. Buckets and spades can be bought from the beach kiosks.

              when you get tired of soaking up the sun you could hire a pedalo and get out on the water, or have a go at a game of vollyball.

              The sea itself is so refreshing after a run around on the beach,to relax and enjoy the scenery. The beach is quite big,so it is a lovely walk from one end to another.

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              20.10.2008 18:40

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              lovely place for hoilday

              hi weymouth beach is a great family day out we got here all the time love it great takeaways great arcades donkey rides lovely fish n chips haha we love to go off a night time walk along the beach its soo lovely also on the beach they have rides for the kids .
              there is also loads off great shops for shopping and a great big
              pavilion which has lots of great stars there doing there acts there is also a fair few pubs for the adults it has a train station and big stores on the outskirts such as currys matlan comet weymouth is a great holiday place to they have caravan sites also camping sites just up the road from weymouth is portland and seaton they to are great also every thursday in weymouth they have a lovely big market day loads of bargins get yaself down there for a great time ..

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              When in Weymouth, visit the beach!

              After spending a few idyllic days in Weymouth, I realised how special the beach is. I’m not a sun worshipper, preferring to spend my holidays actually doing something rather than lying on a towel with sand getting in all… well, everywhere. Weymouth Beach caters for everyone; beach bums who want a game of Frisbee, kids wanting to build sandcastles, more active beachgoers.

              The beach is fantastic for those long morning walks; one end is made up of large pebbles but the further you walk, it’ll gradually turn from pebbles to gravel and finally to a beautifully textured sand. It’s definitely interesting, and for such a short distance it makes me wonder how the sea manages to keep dropping the pebbles in the right spot while keeping the sand undisturbed!

              I actually prefer the pebbly section of the beach; I’m not one for lying in the sun all day and while the sand feels glorious on my feet after a dip, I’d much rather walk on the pebbles and check out the rock pools. The pools left when the tide has gone out varies from day to day, but roughly halfway up the main pebble beach is a pile of massive rocks. Just behind these rocks is where you’ll usually find the deepest and most interesting rock pools – I saw some tiny fish, loads of crabs and a couple of baby eels but a lad who obviously lived in the area said sometimes the pools are so deep there are lobsters crawling around in them!

              The beach will gradually get busier with more structured entertainment as you walk closer to the sand section. Here you can hire a deckchair for £1.60 a day, or use one of the free beach huts when the heat gets too much for you. There’s plenty of room for lying your towel down and relaxing for an hour and a big craze of this beach is those mini beach tents which you kind of sit your bum in and lean forward through the opening. Very odd.

              One of the very last few Punch & Judy shows is here at Weymouth Beach. It’s been a popular attraction here for many years; shows run three times a day and they’re absolutely brilliant. You’re asked to leave a donation of 80p for watching the show, and it’s worth this (and more) just to hear ‘That’s the way to do it’ in Mr Punch’s fantastic voice! The Punch & Judy booth is located close to an ice cream kiosk, which is excellent positioning as standing in the summer sun watching a puppet show is hard work sometimes so an ice cream or can of pop is definitely called for.

              For the kids’ there’s a decent size funfair on the beach featuring mini bungee-style jumps, a row of large trampolines, on-the-beach tuition in a range of sports including volleyball and general exercises – a mini carousel and small play area for very young children make this one of the most family friendly beaches I’ve ever visited. The donkey rides are excellent; for £1 your little darling can go off on a gorgeous little donkey and walk to the sea and back up to the edge of the beach (along a dedicated ‘donkey track’) not once, but three times! Cracking value for money, on a recent weekend in Wales I paid £1.50 for what was literally a two minute ride along a grotty section of the beach.

              Also try to visit the sand sculptures which are located on the sandy section of the beach. These are amazingly detailed models of Spongebob Square Pants and Pirates of the Caribbean characters, made out of Weymouth sand and lightly painted to both set the sand and give the statues a more realistic colour. Mark Anderson is the present Weymouth sculptor, and he took on this position from his granddad who was the original Weymouth sand master.

              The tide isn’t too much to worry about; Weymouth is located in a type of massive bay and doesn’t exactly lie in open sea. Oh yes, the sea I was paddling in was definitely the sea but it’s a tamer version. I always find the sea at Weymouth Beach to be very calm and clear, with the only indication of an approaching tidal turn being slightly bumpy waves as they hit the beach. The tide does come in, but not all the way to edge of the narrow beach and even at night there’s still a large expanse of beach which hasn’t been covered with water. I love walking on the beach just as the tide is going out because the water leaves behind some beautiful shells and pebbles, not to mention starfish and the occasional turtle!

              You can buy food to eat on the beach from one of several ice cream kiosks, or pop across the road and buy a delicious crab salad baguette to take back over with you. A guy walks along the beach sometimes selling cockles and crayfish tails out of a basket, but he wasn’t there this time around – which was a shame as his tiger prawns are the freshest I’ve ever tasted!

              Dogs are welcome on certain sections of the beach, but remember it gets very hot when you’re sitting in the sun near the water so don’t forget to take a flask of water and a bowl for your pooch to cool down after chasing a ball along the sand for hours. Also, you much clean up after your dog – (smelly) bins are provided for you to put your dogs mess but there really isn’t much shade so think twice before bringing Rex on a day out to the beach with you.

              Within walking distance of the beach is the main Weymouth beach front shopping area, specialising in anything and everything the average tourist would want to buy from I ‘heart’ Weymouth magnets to wetsuits. Also a multitude of pubs, newsagents and fish & chip shops are close enough for you to run across from your spot on the sand without it feeling like you’re walking to another country.

              The M5 motorway will take you practically all the way to Weymouth; simply get off at Junction 26 and follow first the signs for Weymouth itself and then the beach or harbour signs which are clearly placed from all directions. If you live in a main city then its worth enquiring about coach trips to Weymouth, all of which allow a couple of hours in your planned day to sit and relax on the beach.

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