Things To Do Near Weymouth Bay

things to do near Weymouth Bay

Are you looking for days out and things to do near Weymouth Bay Holiday Park? 

Located in a sheltered bay on the spectacular Jurassic Coast, there are lots of fantastic Haven activities and entertainment on the Dorset coast; there’s a variety of fabulous Haven facilities and plenty of fun things to do to keep your family entertained. 

And if you want to explore some of the local areas and attractions, there are many exciting places to visit and things to do near Weymouth Bay.

Beach walks at Haven Bay
Beach walks at Weymouth Bay – Photo Credit Haven

JURASSIC SAFARI

This fascinating, fun, guided tour with Jurassic Safari is highly recommended for all ages.

Discover hidden gems in the heart of the Dorset countryside, take in the stunning scenery and learn about foraging, biodiversity, and local wildlife from a knowledgeable, entertaining guide less than 3 miles from Weymouth Bay.

  • Passionate, enthusiastic guide
  • Terrific value for money
  • Wildlife: baby deer, sheep, badgers, birds
  • Foraging: taste the berries, leaves and nettles
  • Refreshments
  • Suitable for all ages

WEYMOUTH HARBOUR

Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth Harbour

Tranquil, lovely 17th century Weymouth harbour takes in the old fishing harbour, the Marina, and the peaceful walk from Westham Bridge to Lodmoor.

As well as scenic views across the bay, there are lots to see and do, including fishing boats, quaint cottages, and the Brewery area with its restaurants, pubs, and cafes. 

  • Historic harbour
  • Rowing boat ferry
  • Spectacular views
  • Lots of places to eat and drink

XTREME FALCONRY AT DORSET FALCONRY PARK

Less than 5 miles from Weymouth Bay, Dorset Falconry Park is home to over 100 birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, vultures, eagles, and owls.

There are free flying shows, the opportunity for first-hand encounters with the beautiful birds, including Robin the Vulture, and to learn about conservation, an unforgettable day out for everyone. 

  • Knowledgeable, enthusiastic handlers
  • Free flying displays
  • Butterfly garden, conservation in action
  • Café, cream teas
  • Welcoming, family run park

CHESIL BEACH

Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach

There are magnificent, panoramic views as far as Torquay from unique Chesil Beach, near Portland.

One of the longest barrier beaches, the 18-mile beach is 5000 years old and is formed from a long, curved strip of 80 billion pebbles.

Chesil beach is popular for fishing, fossil hunting and wildlife spotting, home to basking sharks, seals, and jellyfish. You can take a paddle and swim near the shore.

  • Historic beach
  • Breath taking views
  • Fossil hunting
  • Marine wildlife
  • Swimming, fishing, 
  • Café with exhibitions

WEYMOUTH SEALIFE ADVENTURE PARK

At Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park there are 13 different zones to take you on a magical marine adventure above and below the sea on a fascinating family day out.

Set on the seafront less than 3 miles from Weymouth Bay, you’ll meet a fantastic variety of sea creatures, rays, sharks, seahorses, otters, endangered sea turtles, and the entertaining Humbolt penguins.

There are 7 acres of underwater tunnels, rock pools, and a shipwreck to explore, and you can help the trainers feed the sharks. 

  • Pool and splash zone
  • Caribbean Cove children’s play area
  • Sharks and penguins’ feeding time
  • Learning and marine life stories: learn about the seahorse, the plight of the turtles
  • Five cafes, hot and cold food
  • Gift shop

DORSET SUNFLOWER TRAIL

An uplifting, relaxing walk through 20 acres of beautiful sunflowers leaves everyone smiling on this fun, outdoor family activity. The trail is located on Maiden Farm and passes below Maiden Castle, about 4 miles from Weymouth Bay.

Half of The Sunflower Trail profits are donated to the Special Baby Care Unit at Dorset County Hospital.

An entertaining quiz and the candle-making workshop make this an unforgettable visit during the summer holiday.

  • Delightful Dorset location
  • Candle making workshop
  • Café, ice cream, refreshments
  • Gift shop

SANDSFOOT GARDENS

These immaculate gardens are an idyllic, colourful haven if you want some peace and quiet, time out to relax and reflect, a picnic or a gentle stroll in nature.

The gardens are beautifully landscaped with beautiful views across the harbour, the castle and Portland.

Sandsfoot Gardens are about 4 miles from Weymouth Bay and a mile from Weymouth town centre. There are lily ponds with a bridge and benches and an Italianate terrace.

  • Walking, cycling, dog walks
  • Beautiful views
  • Tranquil environment
  • Café, refreshments
  • Dogs welcome

DORCHESTER GHOST WALK

Dorchester Ghost Walk is a fun, informative walk where you can discover historic Dorchester’s darker secrets. Ghosts of Roman soldiers and the always cold room where prisoners from the Monmouth rebellion awaited execution are among the fascinating stories.

Excellent value for money, packed with fun facts, the route includes Dorchester prison and the Roman townhouse, and there’s no need to book. Just download the programme and turn up at the Kings Arms in the High Street.

NOTHE FORT

Historic Nothe Fort is Weymouth’s top heritage attraction with fabulous views along the Jurassic Coast. You can explore the maze of tunnels underneath the fort by torchlight and discover how they were used during World War 2.

There’s a fascinating, interactive museum with exhibits which depict a soldier’s life in the fort, anti-vessel guns, and the changing use of the fort over time.

  • Local history, wartime defence
  • Informative, friendly volunteers
  • Follow the arrows on a range of trails
  • Lifts for pushchairs and people with reduced mobility
  • Café, range of snacks

THE BONES MUSEUM

Dorchester’s Animal Osteology museum is a fascinating, fun educational exhibition of animal skeletons and skulls dating back to the sabre tooth tiger. 

This is a quirky activity, full of surprises, for families with older children and everyone interested in history. 

You’re given a bones quiz on your clipboard at the entrance and a bones pen to keep you guessing while you explore. There’s a gift shop, and your ticket includes a drink and cake.

  • History, education, fun  
  • Quiz
  • Café, cake, and refreshments
  • Gift shop

SANDWORLD SAND AND SCULPTURE PARK

Less than 2 miles down the road from Weymouth Bay, Sandworld is a fantastic attraction in all weathers. Located in Lodmoor Country Park, there is a variety of awe-inspiring works by some of the world’s top sand sculptors.

This is the only Sand Sculpture festival in the UK; it is an excellent, entertaining attraction for all ages with daily workshops, all weather sandpits, and quizzes.  

  • Creative, daily workshops
  • Under 5s sandpit
  • Under 4s free entry
  • Café, refreshments
  • Gift shop
  • Wheelchair friendly

OSMINGTON ROMAN WALK

Half a mile from Weymouth Bay, the scenic Osmington Roman walk travels back through Dorset history, taking in the foundations of a Roman villa and temple and a 13th century thatched smuggler’s inn.

Children love the chalk horse carved into the hillside. Osmington Manor dates back to the Domesday Book in 1086. This is a gentle walk of fewer than 5 miles through the heart of historic rural Dorset.

FANTASY ISLAND FUN PARK

There’s all the fun of the fair at Fantasy Island, with an enormous range of rides, including the classic helter skelter, bumper cars, flying elephants, spinning teapot and a big wheel.

There are traditional slot machines, video games, penny arcade and much more at surprisingly low prices, just half a mile from Weymouth Bay.  

  • Variety of rides and fairground activities
  • Soft play area
  • A range of value for money discounts
  • Fish and chips, candy floss and ice-cream

RSPB WEYMOUTH WETLANDS AT RADIPOLE LAKE NATURE RESERVE

Radipole Lake
Radipole Lake

Tucked away in the heart of Weymouth, Radipole Lake is home to a stunning array of wildlife, including kingfishers, water voles and otters.

This is an unlikely urban location, about 2 miles from Weymouth Bay, where you can discover a haven for wildlife as you stroll through the reedbeds and the lagoons on the 83-hectare reserve.  

  • Family events during the school holidays, weekends
  • Self-guided exploring and activities: pond dipping
  • Wildlife explorer backpacks from the Discovery Centre

MAIDEN CASTLE

This is a delightful, gentle walk around the ramparts of England’s best preserved Iron Age Hill Fort, with several paths and information boards about the castle’s history around the site.

One of the largest hill forts, home to the Ancient Britons, Maiden Castle is located high above the surrounding countryside, with panoramic views across the Dorset countryside and carpets of flowers along the way in the spring. Entry is free.

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