There is a wonderful range of activities for you to occupy yourself with in Weymouth and the surrounding area. Here you can find out more about three of our favourite locations. In the heart of the city is Weymouth Harbour, home of retail, restaurants and everything else. If nature’s your thing, then Abbotsbury will be right up your street. Then there’s Warmwell Holiday Park, where activities range from a relaxing spot of fishing by the lakes to an exciting ski session on the dry slopes.
Outdoor activities in Weymouth
In nearby Abbotsbury, just a short drive from our Weymouth hotel, you can find a trio of tourist attractions – the most popular (and squeal-inducing) being the Abbotsbury Swannery. Home to a colony of over 600 mute swans, written records prove that they’ve been living there since before the 14th century. Today, the swans have become accustomed to tourists, so you can visit and walk your way through the colony. Take note that the best time of year for a visit is between the middle of May and the end of June, as this is when you can spot the season’s baby cygnets.
The other attractions here are the Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, where you can pet-friendly farmyard animals including ponies and guinea pigs, and the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Recommended by Alan Titchmarsh as one of the finest gardens he’s ever visited, they span 20 acres of fantastic flora from exotic places around the world.
If you’re thinking of visiting, our top tip is to buy the ‘passport’ ticket, which gives you access to all three of Abbotsbury’s main attractions. It works out cheaper than if you choose to do it individually, plus there’s no expiry date, so you aren’t forced to do it all in one go.
Warmwell Holiday Park
A quick 15-minute drive from our Weymouth Seafront hotel, you can go for a fun-filled day out at Warmwell Holiday Park. A tranquil woodland hideaway where you can spot beautiful roe deer wandering around, there’s plenty of activities for you to choose from, including roller skating, bowling and fishing in one of the three lakes.
If it is fishing that you're coming for, then be sure to pop into their very own tackle shop before you cast your line. It’s open every day and the staff are always happy to chat about where to fish, the best kind of bait and all that fishing talk. Even the most amateur of anglers can come along, as they offer tuition on-site too.
Most people come for Warmwell’s dry ski slope though, with 2,500 square metres of prime skiing real estate, including a ‘Big Kicker’, rails and a quarter pipe. If you have no idea what half of those words are referring to, then fear not – Warmwell Holiday Park Ski Slope also provide lessons on their nursery slope. The instructors here are really fantastic and can help get anyone skiing.
Make your way down the esplanade and you’ll find Weymouth Harbour. It’s otherwise known as the Old Harbour, and you can understand why. Some of the oldest, most-charismatic buildings in Weymouth surround this central part of town. Combined with the myriad boats of different colours and designs, the harbour can really be astonishingly picturesque.
On the waterfront, you’ll find bars, restaurants, cafés and shops that offer everything you could ever need if you’re looking to enjoy a casual day out in Weymouth. When you consider that the town has grown from around the harbour, trying to mention everywhere worth seeing would take all day. So simply head down for a wander and see what catches your eye.