The Weymouth Pavilion and Royal Manor Theatre on Portland have a range of shows all year round. In Weymouth town centre there’s a multi-screen cinema and 10 pin bowling and many of the bars and clubs have themed nights or host live music.
If it rains, you can direct visitors to a range of attractions and indoor play spaces, such as Sharkys on the harbourside, The Fun Factory at the Granby, The Lodmoor Inn and Fantasy Island at Bowleaze Cove. Other wet weather attractions are the Sea Life Adventure Park, Jurassic Skyline, Sandworld, Nothe Fort and Portland Castle.
Fresh fish and locally sourced produce is particularly important in Weymouth – do you have a favourite place to eat that you could recommend? The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is a key event on the calendar which celebrates the area’s link to the sea and which attracts visitors to the town.
Weymouth is particularly interesting for its pieces of public art. Some are part of the Olympic legacy and some are much older – but visitors may ask what they are and why they are there and so it is good to be prepared with the answer!
Most draw on the qualities and history of Weymouth and Portland and many are made from the highly prized Portland stone – for example ‘Jurassic Stones’, near the Jurassic roundabout in Littlemoor (many visitors see this on the way in to the town). There is the Spirit of Portland statue which celebrates Portland’s people, life and traditions; the Georgian ‘Kings Statue’ in Weymouth Town Centre and Torpedasaur, which remembers the torpedo-making industry that once employed many Weymouth residents.
There are also seven unique stone ‘way points’ that punctuate the 20 km ‘Legacy Trail’ which follows the route of the old Portland railway line along the Rodwell Trail to the Isle of Portland and Portland Bill. More details can be found here.