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10May 2018

On 1st May, we visited Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre near Weymouth (well, if feels closer to Weymouth than Wareham which is the official address!) The weather started sunny but changed during the day. However, despite the usual perception that the primates “go to ground” in wet or cold weather, we still saw many species […]

22Apr 2018

One of the best things about Aaran Guesthouse is that any events happen right on our doorstep – like the Navy Training Ships posted recently in the Harbour immediately behind us, or this Vintage Car Rally in the Pavilion Forecourt right in front of us. Later in the year, there are numerous Beach and Sea […]

21Apr 2018

TS Puncher is a Navy riverine and harbour patrol vessel and is a training ship of the University of London, Royal Navy Unit. She is of the Archer Class, 20.8m long, beam 5.8m, draught 1.8m, 5 Navy Officers and usually 10 Cadets. She appeared in the 2012 Olympics. TS Jack Petchey is a regular sight […]

18Apr 2018

The AGM of the Weymouth Hoteliers, Guesthouses and Leaseholders Association was held today at The Berkeley Hotel on the Esplanade (Excellent venue, thanks Joe!). There were several guest speakers, first up being Ed Warr, the recently appointed Town Centre Manager for Weymouth. He outlined a number of areas currently being worked on, with the overall […]

05Apr 2018

  The tall ship TS Royalist came back to Weymouth again today. She had sailed around the South Coast, calling into several ports, for a few weeks – most recently Swanage and Poole.She was built very recently (2015), call sign – 2HZW6, IMO number – 9717369, MMSI number – 235107983. TS Royalist has gross weight […]

14Mar 2018

Corfe Castle lies just 30 minutes drive from Weymouth, heading past Wareham onto the Isle of Purbeck. There are plenty of places to visit along the way, including Ringstead Beach, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum at Wool, the “lost village” of Tyneham, Kimmeridge Bay and the oil wells, the steam railway to Swanage, Roman […]

12Mar 2018

Seeker has popped into Weymouth Harbour twice in recent weeks. Just like Vigilant, she is a Law Enforcement vessel, operating in areas of fisheries protection, drugs smuggling interdiction and immigration control. Seeker is 42.8m by 6.8m, 238 tonnes, call sign ZQNL2, IMO # 9234795, MMSI # 235082000, maximum speed 18.7 knots, draught 2.5m, laid down […]

01Jan 2018

Just a few quick snaps from our friends and family during the evening. For more fantastic costumes, you need to come and visit Weymouth next New Years Eve. The event is one of Europe’s biggest, with thousands of dressed-up revellers staggering – er – moving from pub to pub around the town, many/most of which […]

25Dec 2017

This year, there were 5 races, with several hundred contestants and 1000;s of spectators, battling a moderate wind and light rain but with reasonably mild temperatures, in the Harbour Swim to benefit the Lions Club. Races started at 11:00am and it was standing room only as the throngs of watchers strived to catch a glimpse […]

17Dec 2017

This year, again we saw about 300 Santa’s trying to chase the Pudding along Weymouth Beach to raise funds for the Lions Club. Over 500 people watched as the Santa’s set off to follow the Pudding and assorted Elf and Fairy Queens in probably the most colourful Winter event on the South Coast. Soon after, […]

21Nov 2017

(Copied from Weymouth BID newsletter) –  Weymouth’s BIG Christmas: Lighting Up Celebration Information Monday November 20, 2017 (copied from personal email) BIG Christmas Lighting Up Celebration – Friday 1st December Celebrate the beginning of Christmas at Weymouth’s BIG Christmas Lighting-up Celebration on Friday 1st December and make the most of Christmas in Weymouth with FREE […]

22Oct 2017

  Weymouth and Portland Lions Club is again presenting this year’s Beach Motocross Event, managed by the Purbeck Motocross Organisation. The beach motocross is free to attend although donations are welcome and programmes are on sale at £2. Every year, over 300 racers take part and £1,000’s are raised for charities. Despite some overcast weather, […]

13Oct 2017

Last night, Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce planned a trip aboard the training ships, Jack Petchey and Royalist, in Weymouth Harbour. A little further along the Harbourside, but unfortunately away from public areas where a better photograph may have been obtainable, was the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos. Just to finish off the stroll […]

05Oct 2017

On a rare day off (first since April) we thought we would investigate a couple of local Cafes we have not visited previously – the first being at Sandsfoot Castle. The ruins of the Castle are reached from the Gardens via a short path and bridge, down a shallow grassy slope and afford magnificent views […]

02Oct 2017

It’s a bit indulgent but we couldn’t help posting this lovely review we received last weekend, because it includes a number of useful tips and guidance for travellers to Weymouth. Just to think – we are currently 77th in Weymouth on Trip Advisor – makes you want to stay at one of the top ten […]

12Sep 2017

TS Royalist has just returned to Weymouth Harbour after a spell between Portsmouth, Gosport and Cowes. On arrival, sails were furled and preparations made for a short stay in Harbour. She moored up next to the Queen Galadriel – belonging to the Cirdan Sailing Trust, she is also a training ship, built in 1937 in […]

02Sep 2017

              We welcome a number of angling parties during the year and several groups are regulars from nearly a decade ago. Dab Hands is one such group of enthusiastic fishermen, hailing from Bolton and surrounds. They are always cheerful and look forward to evenings in Weymouth’s welcoming hostelries almost […]

02Sep 2017

(Taken from the www.oytsouth.org website) Prolific’s length on the waterline is 23.4 metres, length on deck 26 metres and with bowsprit 30 metres. Her draught is 3.2 metres. She has the potential for up to 26 berths but the intention is to take 12 young people on each voyage. There will be extra sea staff and space […]

28Aug 2017

Yesterday saw the return of Dragon Boat races to Weymouth Beach. Organised by the Rotsry Club, these events have raised over £36,000 for various charities in the last few years. The event was won by the “Hawaii Five Ducks” team with other awards for “Spirit of the Dragon” and best fancy dress, among others. Like […]

25Aug 2017

Remember the Iron Man 70.3 Triathlon last year (images below) – well it’s back here on 17th September. There will be some unavoidable traffic disruptions, so we would advise visitors to use the large Park-and-Ride service just outside town or to travel by rail/ bus. The Pavilion car park (ca 450 spaces) will be closed […]

16Aug 2017

This year, we have numerous events and attractions, including the Red Arrows (16th), Food Village (just behind Aaran Guesthouse), Live Music on the Beach (just 100 yards away) and many stalls and Billy Danter’s Fair – both at the Pavilion and, with the Oxygene and Sky-rocket rides at the Jubilee Clock. The beach has been […]

10Jul 2017

This year’s Pommery Seafood Festival in Weymouth was sizzling hot – not just the food but also the glorious sunny weather. Now in it’s 10th year, there were 90 stalls and display podia, including celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, book signing by Jeremy Paxman, seafood of all descriptions, specialist cider from the “Flagon Wagon”, tours on […]

20Jun 2017

This year saw another great day for the Veterans Day Parade – temperatures in the 70’s (Fahrenheit) and not a cloud in the sky. Leading the parade were veterans celebrating the 50th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops from Aden. There were five marching bans, over 2,000 participants, many thousands of cheering spectators and a […]

10Jun 2017

Recent weeks have seen the launch of a popular campaign – #DontFeedTheLocals – here in Weymouth. The campaign is aimed at reducing the menace and nuisance caused by gulls, snatching food and spreading disease. On the May Bank Holiday weekend, actors dressed as giant seagulls patrolled the Esplanade, bringing attention to the campaign and advising […]

25May 2017

TS Royalist returned to Weymouth today, 25th May 2017. The cadets quickly set to furling the sails and cleaning, which we managed to photograph (during our coffee break). The Royalist was last here back in April, departing on the 4th. We have also had the Pelican of London (a regular visitor), TS Roald Amundsen, PV […]

15May 2017

The NAO Victoria has been visiting Weymouth Harbour for the first time ever. She has been moored up about 50 yards down the Harbour from Aaran Guesthouse, with daily tours for the public, from 4th till 12th May. Yesterday (15th), there was a session of Sea Shanties on board, which rang out around the Harbour, […]

26Apr 2017

Just a short drive from Weymouth lies Lulworth Cove, an amazing display of nature’s power to change and shape our landscape. The coast road takes you to Winfrith, where you turn right into the little village, where a tiny stream runs alongside the road and out into glorious rolling countryside and quiet roads, bordered by […]