A postcard from Weymouth Events

Postcard Series

In a normal year, there are over 200 Weymouth events, mostly on the Beach or Weymouth Bay. The Seafood Festival takes place on the Harbourside. Harley Davison bikes gather on the Pavilion forecourt. Britain’s biggest New Years Eve Fancy Dress Party stretches right across the Town. Rather than write a massive tome, we thought we would just show images from a few events we enjoyed. (See the index at the foot of the page)

Kite Festival on Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Events. International Beach Kite Festival
International Beach KiteAaran Guesthouse You Tube playlist Festival

Sporting events in Weymouth

Static Kite display on the Beach. One of many Weymouth Events
Static Kite display on the Beach

Autocross

Beach Buggy racing. A surprising Weymouth Event a few years ago.
Beach Buggy racing
Supercharged Landrover Testing on Weymouth Beach
Supercharged Landrover Beach Testing

Motocross

Climbing sand dunes in Motocross racing. The biggest Weymouth Event in October.
Climbing sand dunes in Motocross racing
Beach Motocross start line in front of Aaran House. A Weymouth Event with plenty of noise, drama and entertainment.
Beach Motocross start line in front of Aaran House

Dragon Boats in Weymouth Bay

Dragon Boat racing on Weymouth Beach
Dragon Boat racing on Weymouth Beach

Gig Boats

Local Gig Boat Racing off Weymouth Beach
Local Gig Boat Racing off Weymouth Beach
Portland Island Gig Boat entry
Portland Island Gig Boat entry

Iron Man Triathlon on The Esplanade

Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018. This has become a regular Weymouth Event.
Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018

Cultural events in Weymouth

Seafood Festival in Weymouth Harbour

Seafood Festival. The biggest such Event in UK, held here in Weymouth Harbour
Seafood Festival – maybe coming back in 2021
Curries at the Seafood Festival. An all you can eat Weymouth Event
Curries at the Seafood Festival

Beach events

Volleyball on Weymouth Beach

Volleyball on Weymouth Beach
Volleyball on Weymouth Beach
Don’t know what this signal means

Santa Run

Santa Fun Run at the start on Weymouth Beach
Santa Fun Run at the start

Harbour and Bay events

Harbour Swim

Wall Family out in force for the Christmas Day Weymouth Harbour Swim
Wall Family out in force for the Christmas Day Weymouth Harbour Swim

Powerboat Racing in Weymouth Bay

Formula ! Powerboat Racing in Weymouth Bay
Formula ! Powerboat Racing in Weymouth Bay

Veteran and Historic vehicles

Vintage Cars on Pavilion Forecourt

Classic Morris in blue
Classic Morris in blue
Pristine Veteran Bentley
Pristine Veteran Bentley

Harley Davison Display

A gorgeous Harley Davison
A gorgeous Harley Davison
Super artwork on a Harley Davison fuel tank
Super artwork on a Harley Davison fuel tank
Harley Davison in all its glory
Harley Davison in all its glory

Veterans Parade on The Esplanade

Marching Bands on Veteran's Day on The Esplanade
Marching Bands on Veteran’s Day on The Esplanade
Old Heroes marching down The Esplanade
Old Heroes marching down The Esplanade

Military Vehicles

Annual military vehicle display
Annual military vehicle display
A Sherman Tank (we think) on The Esplanade
A Sherman Tank (we think) on The Esplanade

D-Day Landings. A spectacular Weymouth Event

Troops disembarked for D-Day Landings re-enactment
Troops disembarked for D-Day Landings re-enactment
D-Day battle re-enactment
D-Day battle re-enactment

Civil War re-enactment

Preparing to fire the muzzle-loading cannon
Preparing to fire the muzzle-loading cannon
A musket volley before the pikestaff charge
A musket volley before the pikestaff charge

Weymouth Carnival

Red Arrows fly past
Red Arrows fly past
"It's life Jim, but not as we know it" - Carnival parade
“It’s life Jim, but not as we know it” – Carnival parade
Carnival fireworks in the Bay
Carnival fireworks in the Bay

New Years Eve in Weymouth Town

New Years Eve fancy dress - one of the biggest in Europe(Press photo)
(Press photo)
Hundreds of "animals", "Pharoahs", "Gangsters" and "Dinosaurs" in The Gloucester Pub (Gloucester Inn photo)
(Gloucester Inn photo)
Cavaliers in the Pub "Where's D'Artignan got to?"
Cavaliers in the Pub “Where’s D’Artignan got to?”

And many, many more…..

Kite FestivalAutocrossMotocrossDragon Boats
Gig BoatsIron ManSeafoodVolleyball
Santa RunHarbour SwimPowerboatsVintage Cars
Harley DavisonVeterans DayMilitary VehiclesD-Day Landing
Civil WarCarnivalNew Years Eve

Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth 2019

The Weymouth 70.3 Iron Man event is the biggest and most popular in the UK. This year, 2,690 entrants took part in somewhat indifferent weather conditions. Early wind and rain caused the swimming section to be delayed till 7:25am and the course was shortened, because of the choppy water. The bike race and road race sections were not affected. George Goodwin won the men’s race, in a time of 3 hours 44 minutes and 2 seconds (although the official time awarded was two seconds longer – for unknown reasons). The ladies race was won, again, by India Lee. Thousands of spectators braved the showery weather to watch and applaud competitors as they came home, along the Esplanade. Once again, the finish line was just 50 yards from Aaran Guesthouse on the Pavilion forecourt. So many events in Weymouth and most of them visible just yards from our doorstep. (See our YouTube Channel for other videos)

 

Extinction Rebellion March in Weymouth

September 2nd

Marchers highlight the Global climate emergency facing us all

On September 2nd, enironmental activists “Extinction Rebellion” took to the streets of Weymouth to draw attention to the variety of man-made emergencies facing us all. These dramatic threats include global warming, ocean pollution, food and natural resource loss, habitat and animal behaviour change and, of course, species extinction.

Environmentalists and concerned citizens join the march

They marched along the Esplanade and through the centre of Town, where they marked predicted flood levels with coloured chalks on buildings and wrote alarming future facts on pavements everywhere. Some found the event irritating while most considered it a valid demonstration that time is running short on so many fronts and there is a growing urgency required of politicians and “World Actors” to take control and act in everyone’s interest.

Many reports in press, online and in Journals have pointed to a number of threatening changes in climate, population, supply of food, water, fuel, raw materials – you name it. Possibly the most frightening claim is that this time, the next “extinction event” where up to 75% of all species on Earth may be eliminated from the timeline – will not be as a result of nature but entirely the fault of mankind.

Raft Race across Weymouth Harbour – 31st August 2019

Raft Race on 31st August 2019 – Weymouth Harbour

We were alerted to an event going on behind Aaran Guesthouse on 31st August by the booming voice of Steve Davies, Weymouth’s noted commentator. We emerged to find a raft race, between crews, mainly in fancy dress, proceeding from the Ferry Steps behind us to the steps on the opposite bank. There were about 8 crews: For us, the Vikings stood out, with sneaky tactics of squirting bale-out water over rival crews as they paddled nearby. The entrants all successfully avoided returning fishing boats.

On the far bank was a welcoming committee, including a small dinosaur. About 100 people watched the event, which had all the flavour of a typical Weymouth activity – eccentric, fun and something always happening. We searched afterward for news online but could find none. We imagine the race may have been connected with RNLI Charity events concurrent in Bridport/West Bay and Poole. Anyway, it was a fun and interesting diversion from cleaning the kitchen (again!)

(Footnote: currently, October to December 2019, the Harbour Wall up to 20m either side of the Ferry Steps is being repaired)

Weymouth Classic Beach Volleyball – UKBT – July 2019

The UKBT Classic Beach Volleyball competition took place this year from 24th to 27th July, on the main beach, just yards from Aaran Guesthouse along The Esplanade. Despite being snowed under with guests at this time of year, we were able to dash out and grab a few photographs of the proceedings. (We publish this on 18th September – that’s how busy it has been!)

Information from http://www.weymouthbeachvolleyball.co.uk/classic-2/event-details/ tells us that Weymouth hosted the first ever British Beach Volleyball event back in 1983 and has hosted the Classic ever since (more data can be found by clicking the link above). (See our YouTube Channel for related videos).

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.

Classic Cars display on Weymouth Pavilion forecourt – 28th April 2019

Several times a year, there are vehicle displays on the Pavilion forecourt in Weymouth, at the end of The Esplanade. Just 50 yards from Aaran House, it is possible to see military vehicles, veteran cars or classic beauties, such as today.

Among the cars on display this time, were several fine MG’s and MGB’s, a couple of Rovers (2200TC and SD1), a lovely old Morris, Jaguars, Mercedes, a meticulous Singer Gazelle and a beautiful Alfa Lancia – which I would love to have driven off. Gorgeous!

International Market in Weymouth – 10th till 14th April 2019

International Market in Weymouth Town Centre
International Market in Weymouth Town Centre

On 10th April, an International Market arrived in Weymouth. This was one of dozens of events happening in Weymouth right throughout the year.There were a couple of dozen stalls stretching along St Thomas Street and around into the main shopping square. Several food stores tempted the passers-by – our favourite was the Churros stand! There were also jewellery, souvenirs and carved garden ornaments among the offerings –

Carved wooden garden ornaments
Carved wooden garden ornaments

Nearer to Debenhams, there were stalls selling clothing, shawls, bags, belts, watches and craftware, including polishing “gem”-stones – Something for everyone.

More market stalls in front of Debenhams store
More market stalls in front of Debenhams store

We believe this is probably the biggest (and best!) street Market in Weymouth since the Millenium “Stone” was laid – although the Christmas Market at Winchester Cathedral is much bigger, just over an hour away.

The Millenium stone in front of Debenhams in Weymouth
The Millenium stone in the Town Centre in Weymouth

We are looking forward to the next market and all the other events coming this year, including the Nyetimber Seafood Festival in July..

Bright for Sight fun run – Saturday night 13th April 2019

Bright for Sight run has previously been held on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth and now, they have come to Weymouth. Our first such fun run was held on Saturday night, starting at 8:30pm, alongside the Pavilion Theatre, and along The Esplanade. We strolled across the 50 yards or so to watch the start. Runners were dressed in bright colours and wore flashing lights, wherever they could.

The event was sponsored by Frith’s Opticians and raised over £1300 for Charity. A number of local businesses contributed and individual runners also raised sponsorship money. There were two distances, 5 km and 10 km. We hope this run will be back again soon and become a regular event on the Weymouth calendar.

Christmas Day Harbour swim in Weymouth

Weymouth Harbour Lions Club swim 25th December 2018

Christmas Day Harbour Swim for Charity, organised by the Lions Club

Every year, Weymouth Lions Club organises a charity swim across the Harbour to raise money for worthwhile causes. In recent years, the numbers of swimmers has risen to 500 or so and up to £20,000 can be raised. There are so many participants, the races have to split into 5 or 6 groups, for safety. Many entrants dress up in fancy costumes (which can be risky as my Nephew Karl found out one year!) The event is fully marshalled and safety crews are present on land and in the water, so everyone is safe.

Of course, if the Harbour Swim feels a bit chilly, then you can always try a spot of Ice Skating outside Debenhams in the Town.

Aaran Guesthouse You Tube playlist

YouTubePlaylist

You Tube Playlist

Here, you can view a few videos of Harbour and Beach events in Weymouth, mostly filmed on our doorstep. See other videos in our YouTube Channel, including Christmas Day Harbour Swim, Raft Race, RNLI Historic Boat Parade, Beach Volleyball, Santa Fun Run (Chase the Pudding), Iron Man events, Beach Kite Festival, Motor Boat Racing, Weymouth fishing fleet , Ice skating and much more. The cover image from the You Tube Playlist shows the old Condor Ferry, as it returned to Weymouth following a gap in operations. This is our most popular video. Other videos show Beach Motocross, Harley Davidson Parades, Waterfest and Seafood Festival.