A day out in Weymouth

17 August 2020Holiday Park News

Weymouth is a must-visit resort during a holiday in Dorset, particularly for families as there is so much to see and do! This summer the town has received a lot of attention, thanks to the many cruise ships currently anchored, as well as ‘Sammy the Seal.’

Sammy has become a local celebrity and started visiting Bowleaze Cove beach during lockdown, when wildlife was thriving. In the first few weeks, he was often seen resting and sunbathing on the beach and he’s not been put off by the return of people to the beach and now has even been enjoying a spot of paddleboarding off the shore. Please note that Sammy is a wild creature and people shouldn’t get too close.

Sammy is not the only wildlife flourishing in Weymouth Bay, as a pod of playful dolphins have been enjoying following the lifeboat around the waters off the beach. The dolphins followed the boat for over 2 miles all the way to an incident off Ringstead Bay and stayed in the area following the jet skis and lifeboats for around 15 minutes. The playful bottlenose dolphins are the most common of the whales, dolphins and porpoises that are spotted off the Dorset coast.

There are a number of pods of dolphins that are regularly spotted in the area and the good news for dolphin spotters is that they come to the surface every 15 to 20 minutes to breathe. The best spots on the Jurassic Coast to spot dolphins are Durlston Head, Peverill Point and out at sea on boat trips.

Dolphins play around jetskis in Weymouth Bay

Both our boats were called to reports of a jet ski on fire just off ringstead yesterday. Once we got there, everyone was safe and being looked after by a couple of local boats and our local dolphins!Loving Weymouth & PortlandAt the time of the incident, the dolphins were approximately 2 miles away and followed a local boat which was responding to the mayday. They stayed in the area with the jet skis and lifeboats for approx 15 minutes before going on their way.Www.justgiving.com/weymouthLifeboat

Posted by Weymouth Lifeboat on Saturday, 15 August 2020

Another popular sight at Weymouth currently is the many cruise ships that are currently ‘parked up’, enjoying the sanctuary and safety of the bay until cruises are allowed to resume once again. The bay and Isle of Portland offers protection in the English Channel against the south west storms and waves and it’s just a short trip to the docks at Southampton. The ships take it in turn to take short journeys along the channel through Lyme Bay or head east towards Southampton before coming back.

The full moon rising above the Azura

Over the last few months, over 10 different cruise ships have been anchored here and at one point, the whole P&O fleet was situated in Weymouth Bay and currently the Cunard ‘three queens’ are all present in the Bay – the Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. It is not uncommon to see cruise ships here but it is usually 1 or 2 at a time, where they dock at Portland Harbour and do day excursions to Durdle Door or Stonehenge.

The best place from which to spot the cruise ships are Lookout Road at Bowleaze Cove, Osmington Mills beach and Ringstead Bay beach, each of which has parking and a cafe or pub for refreshments. Alternatively, a great viewpoint from higher up and further away would be Hardy’s Monument or the viewpoint at the top of Verne Common Road on the Isle of Portland. To check which cruise ships are currently in the bay, download the free app ‘Marine Radar.’

Snapper Weymouth are currently offering boat trips out around the cruise ships from Weymouth Harbour and you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins while you are there.

The view from Verne Common Road

The view from Osmington Beach

A view from Ringstead Bay

Ringstead Bay, Osmington and Weymouth are a short 10-15 minute drive from our Sandyholme Holiday Park. They are also approximately only a 30 minute drive from our three Bridport-based holiday parks – Highlands End, Golden Cap and Graston Copse and it’s a lovely drive along the Jurassic Coast Road via Abbotsbury.

You will definitely want to stop and look at the view at the top of Abbotsbury Hill and possibly even schedule a stop in the village at one of the many tea rooms, galleries or attractions. Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury Swannery and Abbotsbury Children’s Farm are all popular visitor attractions and no trip to Abbotsbury would be complete without a walk to the top of the hill where St Catherine’s Chapel sits, overlooking Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon.

The view from Abbotsbury Hill on the Jurassic Coast Road

St Catherine’s Chapel

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse