The beach in Weymouth is about 2.5 miles long and is beautifully golden and sandy at the Southern end, where Aaran House is. It was formed by longshore drift, because of the gentle swirling currents in the Bay. In the 60-70’s, the local authority added extra sand to the main area and some stones along Preston Beach for stability. The golden stretch of sand is Weymouth’s main tourism asset and also protects against flooding.
“Beach” in Weymouth means sunbathing, swimming and numerous annual events. There are dozens of great events annually, right in front of Aaran Guesthouse. Events range from Civil War and D-Day enactments to International Beach Volleyball and Motocross. Then there are fun events, such as Carnival Day, torchlight procession and the Santa Fun Run.
Santa Fun Run
There are several traditional attractions, including Donkey Rides, Helter-Skelter and ice-cream outlets. Until 2018, Weymouth had one of only 3 Punch and Judy plays anywhere in the World. After about 150 years of continuous shows, it seems likely our Punch and Judy may not return in 2019.
Helter Skelter on Weymouth Beach
The Helter-Skelter has been a feature on Weymouth Esplanade for 100 years and the Donkey Rides have been here since the 1800’s.
Anyone who has ever “crunched” along the Esplanade in early Spring will realise there is plenty of marine life in the Bay. Gulls and crows/rooks regularly leave captured shellfish on the pavement. Lacking the powerful beaks of larger gulls, crows have developed a method to break into these tough little meals. They can be seen dropping shelled creatures from a height before leaving tens of thousands of “shelly” corpses for people to walk upon.
These sands derive from tidal (reverse-)flow and wave action scouring the seabed in the Bay. Adding to this are sediments from the River Wey and Jordan. These sediments “washed up” against the harder outcrop at Nothe and formed the original strand. Extensions to the Harbour piers reinforced this sedimentation process. This broadened the beach near the current position of the Theatre.
This year, the annual Chase the Pudding event (Santa Christmas Run) took place on the 15th of December. It followed the usual route from the Pavilion to the Bandstand Pier and back, along the Beach. However, in a novel departure, there was a Mrs Pudding to run alongside Mr Pudding, as the Santa hordes gave chase. Many spectators viewed the proceedings from the Esplanade.
The Santa Christmas Run Charity this year was the Will Mackanness Trust, in aid of watersports provision for local youngsters. We believe there was a record entry this year, with over 300 Santas, Elves, Reindeer and Fairies chasing the Puddings. As usual, the winner becomes next year’s pudding> We are now looking forward to the annual Christmas Day Swim in Weymouth Harbour. Further ahead, there is the Beach Volleyball Classic in somewhat warmer weather, among other events almost every week.
There was music all day and hundreds of spectators were seated at the grandstand, constructed on the Beach. Local sponsors were Domvs (estate agents). Thousands of people watched (free) as the centre court and outside games continued. Weymouth is probably the best place to see this premier UK sporting competition, with added advantages of plenty of delghtful smal guesthouses and, equally important, great pubs and restaurants, immediately nearby.
Cornish Pilot Gig racing has become a popular sport recently. Gig racing clubs have sprung up all over Dorset and the South West since around 2000. On Saturday, we saw 19 Gig boats from towns along the Jurassic Coast taking part in demonstration races, with casual and team competitors of all ages. The boats launched from the Beach, with most spectators viewing from the Esplanade.
In addition to the gig races, there were numerous other events taking place around Weymouth. These included separate live music venues at the Town Bridge and across the Harbour in Hope Square. There were numerous stalls along the Harbourside on the South Bank as well as Celebration of the US Memorial Day on the Esplanade. There was a funfair on the Pavilion Forecourt and Fireworks in the evening to celebrate the new Town Council. We are now looking forward to the Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament in a few weeks time.
In this era of Covid-19 and restrictions around travel and social contact, we hope we can welcome guests and provide a safe environment under Government guidelines and complying with some in-house safety measures.
Regrettably, we cannot serve breakfasts. This is to ensure proper social distancing
We cannot clean rooms during your stay. We can provide clean towels and toiletries outside your door
There is sanitizer hand gel provided in your room and public areas, along with some PPE (gloves, masks, etc)
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We have our Covid-19 Risk Assessment, PPE and Coronavirus prevention certificates plus instructions for safe use of PPE available in our public areas. There is 70% alcohol hand gel, gloves, masks, bootees and individual hand gel sachets in the entrance and rooms.