Why visit Weymouth beaches?
Weymouth beaches and long, curving bay, handily protected by the massive Chesil Beach stone barrier and Isle of Portland, is a fine, traditional holiday resort and has seen fit to change little since – according to local people – King George III chose it as his favourite seaside destination from 1789 to 1805, bought a home and swam here regularly.
Sadly recent BBC research begs to differ: George III didn’t go to Weymouth for his holidays, he stayed there because the Duke of Gloucester had a residence nearby. The king didn’t swim and was forced to leave smartly when someone tried to kill him. Later ‘Mad’ King George visited Weymouth a few times, but only for political reasons, not to admire the seafront.
Weymouth beach sand is white (ish) at the southern end and develops into shingle (small pebbles) as you head towards the hills in the north.
As the bay heads towards Bowleaze Cove, the main watersports activities take place, including windsurfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, and kid-size surfing, ie almost no wave size.
The beach’s Punch and Judy show.
This is one of the few traditional remaining P & J shows in the UK – perhaps at least partly due to the remarkable and politically incorrect violence used by Punch on his spouse?
Weymouth Bay in the background was the venue for Olympic sailing events in 2012.