Weymouth Pavilion Theatre programme

Bonfire Night fireworks on Weymouth Beach – 2018

Bonfire Night Fireworks in Weymouth Bay

Bonfire Night fireworks have been a continuing tradition in Weymouth for many years. The bonfire was lit at 7:20pm. Aamazingly, next morning the remains were collected by Weymouth Council for reuse (as far as possible). The fireworks started at 7:45pm. The small pilot boat was the centre of about 15 minutes of fiery and sparkly mayhem as the fireworks lit up the clear night sky.

About 10,000 people watched the display with many also enjoying the chips and drinks available from several stalls along the Esplanade. Many others watched from sea-facing rooms in their guesthouses. We filmed a few short clips from our front doorstep – overlooking the whole Bay and all the pyrotechnics. The massive bonfire itself was just 100 yards away along the Beach.

As in previous years, the event was free . It is just one of the host of great events to be seen from any of the lovely little sea front hotels and guesthouses on Weymouth’s Esplanade. (See https://www.whgla.org.uk for Guesthouse details)

Beach Motocross, Weymouth, Sunday 28th October 2018

Beach Motocross – Weymouth – 28th October 2018

Lions Club Beach Motocross

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Riders passing the Sandworld display area

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Junior riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

The view from our rooms –

Weymouth Lions Club organised the annual Beach Motocross race on 28th October this year. The weather was a little cold and windy so we elected to view the race from our guest room 1, above the crowds lining the Esplanade.

Several thousand spectators braved the chill to watch a record 364 competitors take part in races for Seniors, Experts, Intermediate and Junior riders. There were countless thrills and spills. Many fallen riders jumped back on thier machines only to fall of at the next jump. It was mayhem but out of the chaos great skills emerged and some well-deserved winners thrilled the watching crowds. (For results and more detailed information – see http://www.amca.uk.com/motocross/motocross-reports-results/2428-2018-amca-weymouth-beach-moto-cross?mylaps=type,run,runid,5160932 .

The event raised £1800 for Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and an estimated 20,000 visitors watched the races – FREE ! We would also like to add our congratulations to regular Weymouth commentator, Paul Hardy, on his well-deserved retirement.

(For previous years, check out our earlier post – https://www.aaranhouse.co.uk/beach-motocross/

Wareham Quayside

Wareham Quayside – a short drive from Weymouth

Wareham Quayside is a delightful area, just North of the town. There are several pubs and restaurants clustering alongside the Quay and around a small square. We sampled drinks and food from The Old Granary – an imposing large pub right on the water’s edge. There is also an Italian restaurant, two other pubs and a souvenir shop. In Summer, one can take a steamboat ride from the Bridge out to the Estuary. Magical! In Winter, the Old Granary provides fleecy blankets for guests sitting outside, in the square.

A day out in Purbeck

A day out in Purbeck

Purbeck offers the visitor many sights and places of interest to visit. On the way from Weymouth, one drives near Moreton Tea Rooms, past Monkey World and the Tank Museum. We stopped off at Lulworth Cove (though we were not energetic enough to make the climb up to see Durdle Door). (We used some older photos here for this post)

When you reach Wareham, you should really stop and enjoy the interesting shops in the High Street. Or the Roman Walls or the picturesque Quayside and its large, fine Pub. On some days, the lost village of Tyneham may be open (not the day we travelled, sadly). The village was evacuated on the orders of the Army during WW2. It remains an eerie and somewhat spooky testament to the upheavals of wartime. Tyneham is off a right turn from the main road leaving Wareham for Corfe Castle.

At Corfe Village, one can only marvel at the huge and imposing castle ruins. The Castle has been standing guard for many centuries over the locality. Head into the small and “cosy” Village Square for a choice of Pub (The Greyhound) or cafes to fortify you for the walk up to the ruins. (Entrance fee at the National Trust shop and Tourist Centre). Across the road to Swanage lies the Railway Station, with regular Summer trains from Norden to Swanage. These often run magnificent Steam engines through the tight and twisty scenery of Purbeck.

 

Studland and Swanage

The Studland road from Corfe twists and climbs gradually to give a panoramic view towards Studland Bay, overlooking Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Bournemouth. Turnings take you to Kimmeridge, with its “nodding donkey” oil wells and the nature reserve at Arne, with its splendid variety of birdlife. Other openings tkae you to beaches along the lower headland and eventually to the Ferry across to Sandbanks and Poole Harbour (toll road and Ferry fee applies). We turned South to Swanage instead.

Swanage is a small seaside resort, nestling by white chalky cliffs and with a narrow sand and shingle beach. The town is compact but absolutely buzzing with numerous quaint and fascinating shops, selling curios of all kinds. I guarantee, anyone could spend all day (and all the wallet) “grazing” among these little emporia. There is also a fine fish and chips shop and a doughnut stand in the tiny seafront Town Square, to relax and soak in the relaxing atmosphere. (But please don’t feed the seagulls – they are VERY friendly already!)

Moreton Tea Rooms – Perfect for a real Dorset cream tea

Moreton Tea Rooms

Dorset cream tea. Those words conjure up an image of a quaint little village, deep in the peace of the Countryside. Perhaps there is a little stream with a footbridge. Maybe also a church with a slightly overgrown graveyard. Throw in the grave of Lawrence of Arabia and you have Moreton Village and the Tea Rooms.

An easy drive out of Weymouth, through Warmwell to Crossways and along a leafy lane to Moreton, brings you to the Old School. Here lies the Moreton Tea Rooms and the gateway to Dorset cream tea heaven. When we visited, to celebrate an 80th Birthday and a Wedding Anniversary, it was a hot September afternoon. Wasps droned lazily among the flower beds but were kept occupied by wasp lures, thoughtfully hung around the gardens to minimise any vespine nuisance.

Inside the tea rooms, it is easy to imagine the Old School in its heyday but equally hard to imagine just how good the cream tea treat is that awaits visitors. We pre-ordered a range of sandwiches (4 different tastes in our group!) and were not disappointed. We enjoyed a feast of delights, starting with crispy sausage rolls and cheese-straws on the top deck. The middle tier comprised smoked salmon with cream cheese, ham and a variety of delicate triangles to tempt the palate. Finally, a selection of cakes to assuage our culinary lusts – vanilla and ginger scones, mini-chocolate cakes, flapjacks, brownies and Vicoria Sandwiches – all dainty and delicious.

The service was excellent – the food even better and the price – probably best of all. The whole was incredibly good value and well below standard touristy prices. Definitely worth a trip for anyone – although it is advisable to book a table beforehand, at least in high season.

Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth – 23rd September 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth was on 23rd September this year. The morning was pretty unpromising, with squally rain and strong winds. However, the weather brightened up as the day progressed. The male pro race was delayed till 7:20am, Femnale Pro till 7:22am and the bulk race started at 7:30am. Over 1,300 competitors took part. Below are some images from previous years.

Around 11:20, the overall winner, Elliott Smales, came past The Roundhouse Hotel next door and onto the Pavilion forecourt, to take first place. The winning time was just over 4 hours 3 minutes – not a record due to the prevailing conditions. Indie Lee from Winchester won the ladies Pro race in 4 hours 24 minutes.

Iron Man 2017 behind Aaran House

Iron Man 2017 behind Aaran House

The race starts at Preston Beach, with a 2km swim (only 0.9km this year). Then comes the bike ride around local villages, with a shorter but steeper course this year. Finally, there is the road race over 3 laps around Weymouth.

Iron Man 3rd place 2016

Iron Man 3rd place 2016

Iron Man legs like lead

Iron Man legs like lead

Waterfest Weymouth – looking back at 2014 to 2016

Weymouth Waterfest – filmed by Aaran House and donated to WHGLA.org.uk

Waterfest Weymouth – held in 2014, 2015 and 2016

Waterfest Weymouth took place in September, for 3 years, running from 2014 to 2016. Weymouth Bid sponsored the event, which included tall ships, gig racing and numerous demonstrations. There were exhibits of seaman crafts as well as rope and knots and how to identify them. Captain Jack Sparrow wandered about, chatting to visitors. Small yachts tacked back and forth across the Harbour. Gracing the waters were a number of historic vessels. These included Tall Ship Le Marite, the 1921 LT472 fishing smack Excelsior from Lowestoft, Sir Francis Chichester’s Gypsy Moth IV and TS Jack Petchey, among others.

gig rowing

gig rowing

Highlights of the event included “water-boarding”, but not like the CIA version. Here, water jets from a Jet-ski powered a hover board, propelling the rider 20 feet into the air in aerial acrobatics. There were also food and memento stalls dotted along the Harbour side.