If you are planning on a day out in Weymouth & Portland there are many things to do……here is a brief guide to an enjoyable day out:
- Enjoy breakfast at The Boat that Rocks
- Take a ferry trip from Portland to Weymouth
- Take a stroll along the esplanade
- Build a sandcastle on Weymouth beach
- Grab a burger from the Dorset Burger Company
- Hop back on the ferry to Portland
- As the sun is setting behind you enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at Billy Winters overlooking Portland Harbour
Breakfast at The Boat that Rocks
Park at Portland Marina and pop into The Boat that Rocks for breakfast, check on the Ferry times that will take you to Weymouth for a great day out. Overlooking Portland Marina and beyond across Weymouth Bay to the Jurassic Coast, you can watch the yachts and fishing boats coming and going as you enjoy your breakfast.
Take a ferry trip from Portland to Weymouth
The ferry trip to Weymouth is aboard “My Girl”. She was requisitioned in 1939 by the Army for war service. Serving Weymouth and Portland faithfully throughout the Second World War covering 20,000 sea miles. In this time she carried some 250,000 men along with supplies and ammunition to breakwater forts in Portland Harbour. She was presented with the Royal Artillery Pennant of honour in 1994 and represented the pennant in 2016 following major restoration project (2013 – 2015). My Girl is the only boat in the country to carry this flag! Now restored to her former glory she is still carrying passengers around Weymouth and Portland. The ferry takes about 40 minutes to get to Weymouth and you will be able to see the impressive Portland Harbour walls, the Mulberry Docks used during the D-Day landings and The Nothe Fort. You are also likely to come across many other users of the sea including local fisherman, the British Sailing team, the Navy and even the odd cruise liner!
Walk around the harbour and see the fishing boats either unloading their catch or preparing to head back out to sea. From the Pavilion take in the sights of this beautiful Georgian Seaside Town and bay which sweeps around to Bowleaze Cove. Strolling along the esplanade you will see the magnificent statue of King George III alongside the bathing machine he used in the lovely sea off Weymouth Beach. You will then come to the Jubilee Clock which was erected to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Build a sandcastle
Weymouth has some of the best sand for building sand castles – there is a scientific reason for this, however I find it too complicated to explain! Sandworld uses sand from the beach for the magnificent sculptures that are made for their exhibitions.
Time for lunch
Time will be getting on so a visit to The Dorset Burger Company for a bite to eat for lunch is recommended. These award winning burgers are legendary and well worth a try – an ideal snack before heading back through the town to the harbour for the return ferry.
Return Ferry Trip to Portland
Now is the time to get some fantastic photos of Portland Harbour, the marina, National Sailing Academy and any boats or craft that might be sailing from there. Windsurfers and kite surfers love to sail in the shallow waters near to the marina – picking up some amazing speed! Fishermen will be fishing from small boats with rod and line, near the harbour entrance hoping to catch some fresh squid or mackerel.
Enjoy a drink at Billy Winters
As you head back to the mainland along the causeway pop into Billy Winters for a drink and enjoy the evening sun as it sets in the west – a restful and welcome sight. Watch the last few souls enjoying the calm waters of Portland Harbour…..
Weymouth and Portland are both fantastic places to visit for a holiday and there is so much to do why not take a look the area in more detail HERE