Weymouth Events mainly take place on the Beach. Because of its soft sand and gentle slope, there are dozens of events each year. Therefore, visitors have a good chance of seeing some great, free entertainment nearby. Major events include International Beach Volleyball, Beach Motocross, Kite Festival, D-Day Landings and Santa Fun Run.
[caption id="attachment_1921" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Beach Motocross start line in front of Aaran House[/caption]
Most importantly, Weymouth has fine weather, permitting numerous events year round. There are events such as Beachfit, live music and 5-a-side football. Beach rugby happens in the day with Yoga classes in the evening.
[caption id="attachment_1922" align="aligncenter" width="300"] D Day Landings enactment on Weymouth Beach[/caption]
For children, donkey rides, helter skelter and Punch and Judy shows are major activities. Meanwhile, adults enjoy the Beach Dog Show, Carnival air displays and maybe a gentle stroll.
Because of the shallow water, sports enthusiasts can get active with canoes, pedaloes, kitesurfing, windsurfing and paddleboards.
[caption id="attachment_1923" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Paddleboards at night[/caption]
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!
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 –
Nearer to Debenhams, there were stalls selling clothing, shawls, bags, belts, watches and craftware, including polishing “gem”-stones – Something for everyone.
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. 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.
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.
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)
Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight
Riders passing the Sandworld display area
Riders sculpting sand their won way
Junior 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.
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.
Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth was on 23rd September this year. As per usual, the start/finish line was outside the Pavilion Theatre. 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
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.
We believe the next race (half marathon) takes place next year in March
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.
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.
Dunkirk, the wartime evacuation, heavily involved Weymouth Harbour and the armada of small boats. Therefore, it was appropriate that Dunkirk, the 2017 movie, also featured the port. Today is the second anniversary since filming. The crew were present for a week, during which time they transformed Custom House Quay into a wartime scene, as if by magic.
The cast included Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh. Naturally, there were hundreds of young ladies watching the proceedings in the hope of catching a glimpse of Mr Styles! Christopher Nolan directed the movie, which depicted this pivotal moment of the War via 3 perspective stories. The evacuation sequences included several short scenes from the area directly behind Aaran House. In the war, up to 450,000 troops were to use the Harbour again as they set off for the D-Day Landings.
Evacuated troops – film scene