Why Weymouth is top place to visit

Dorset Echo: Mark Ettridge Mark Ettridge

GORGEOUS beaches, beautiful coastline and a traditional fishing port are just some of the reasons to visit Weymouth, according to locals and visitors.

Residents, traders and visitors alike say the town is one of the best places to come to for a fantastic time by the sea.

Angela and Mark Ettridge, of Frome, Somerset, are camping in the area and say it is an easy place to get around.

Mrs Ettridge said: “We came down to watch the sailing on Monday and decided to stay for a few days to take in the sights.

“It’s a lot quieter than we thought it would be and it’s really easy to get around.

“There was no problem driving to town and parking.

“The whole area is so pretty, it seems like a really lovely town.”

Olympic ambassador Val-erie Collings, 56, of Preston , Weymouth, said the safe beach and beautiful coastline are one of her favourite things about the town.

She said: “There’s so much natural beauty, you only have to look around the coastline to see that.

“Weymouth has got one of the safest beaches in the world and one of the best waters.

“There’s the fishing harbour and the bay and everything is so compact.”

Pete Richmond, of Cafe Blue, on The Esplanade, said Weymouth seafront cannot be beaten.

He said: “You can’t beat Weymouth seafront on a sunny day, it’s gorgeous, one of the best beaches on the South Coast.

“If there was an Olympic competition for beaches Weymouth would get the gold medal.

“The seafront is looking really, really good after all the work that’s been done.”

Ruth Tapscott, 41, of Christchurch, said the town had everything you need to have a good time.

She said: “There are good shops and the train station is right in town.

“Weymouth has got everything you need, it’s perfect of a family holiday.”

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11:20am Thu 2 Aug 12

Share Truce says...

Different photo from the other day of the beach being empty?
Different photo from the other day of the beach being empty? Share Truce

11:24am Thu 2 Aug 12

syd somerset says...

As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us.
As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us. syd somerset

11:28am Thu 2 Aug 12

ManOnTheSilverMountain says...

However, according to the Echo, the town is a ghost-town of boarded up shops, traffic chaos, death junctions, and binge-drinking alcoholics.

Who should we believe?

How can sensationalist news reporting sit alongside news like this?
However, according to the Echo, the town is a ghost-town of boarded up shops, traffic chaos, death junctions, and binge-drinking alcoholics. Who should we believe? How can sensationalist news reporting sit alongside news like this? ManOnTheSilverMountain

11:50am Thu 2 Aug 12

tedbungy says...

syd somerset wrote:
As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us.
syd come on down
[quote][p][bold]syd somerset[/bold] wrote: As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us.[/p][/quote]syd come on down tedbungy

12:15pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Caption Sensible says...

* This place
* This place Caption Sensible

12:16pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Caption Sensible says...

* an additional 400,000 people
* an additional 400,000 people Caption Sensible

12:42pm Thu 2 Aug 12

mjhawkins says...

the tall ships race was the best ever event in weymouth. maybe it was because a certain mr harvey bailey was in charge.this man could sell sand to the arabs.one of his more favourite sayings was it never rains in weymouth its liquid sunshine.bring him in now he would sort it
the tall ships race was the best ever event in weymouth. maybe it was because a certain mr harvey bailey was in charge.this man could sell sand to the arabs.one of his more favourite sayings was it never rains in weymouth its liquid sunshine.bring him in now he would sort it mjhawkins

1:35pm Thu 2 Aug 12

paulst says...

We were down from London for the weekend & had a lovely time
Town has a nice buzz about it, loads was going on & the sun was shining. I love coming down to Weymouth. Wish I could move back, but can't really get a job doing what I do down there
We were down from London for the weekend & had a lovely time Town has a nice buzz about it, loads was going on & the sun was shining. I love coming down to Weymouth. Wish I could move back, but can't really get a job doing what I do down there paulst

1:58pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Crabber says...

tedbungy wrote:
syd somerset wrote:
As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us.
syd come on down
Come on over to the Wonderful Isle of Portland. Just give that washed up former seaside town a miss. We won't rip you off and have decent fish n chips nice views and great pubs,

Surely the headlines should read
Is Weymouth the Top Place to Visit..Why?
[quote][p][bold]tedbungy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]syd somerset[/bold] wrote: As a family we have looked at coming on day trips to Weymouth and Portland, Over the last month. From what we hear on TV / Radio and read on the internet, we formed the opinion that Weymouth and Portland were closed to us.[/p][/quote]syd come on down[/p][/quote]Come on over to the Wonderful Isle of Portland. Just give that washed up former seaside town a miss. We won't rip you off and have decent fish n chips nice views and great pubs, Surely the headlines should read Is Weymouth the Top Place to Visit..Why? Crabber

2:38pm Thu 2 Aug 12

siratb says...

Weymouth and Porland are great places and I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. However there are no half decent jobs left since the Navy left town (unless you consider working in MacD's or B&Q a decent job). I just wish Weymouth would move away from this Georgian bucket 'n' Spade resort theme and try to become more cosmopolitan to attract people with money into the town, who will then spend that money.
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Portland has improved a lot in the past few years, and if a beautiful place, but again, unless you are a helicopter pilot working for the MCA or possible work for Global Marine, there are no jobs there, which is why people move elsewhere to work and the thought of having to commute from Portland to work along the only road onto the island would stop me living there.
Weymouth and Porland are great places and I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. However there are no half decent jobs left since the Navy left town (unless you consider working in MacD's or B&Q a decent job). I just wish Weymouth would move away from this Georgian bucket 'n' Spade resort theme and try to become more cosmopolitan to attract people with money into the town, who will then spend that money. . Portland has improved a lot in the past few years, and if a beautiful place, but again, unless you are a helicopter pilot working for the MCA or possible work for Global Marine, there are no jobs there, which is why people move elsewhere to work and the thought of having to commute from Portland to work along the only road onto the island would stop me living there. siratb

4:33pm Wed 8 Aug 12

-Wingl- says...

I agree...Tall Ships was a massive crowd puller. Although I believe no specific organiser pulled it out the bag for Weymouth, the crowd puller was the Ships themselves. Still, we now have markers around Weymouth highlighting the less favourable areas with laced shoes from telephone cables... oops, that'll be most areas then.
I agree...Tall Ships was a massive crowd puller. Although I believe no specific organiser pulled it out the bag for Weymouth, the crowd puller was the Ships themselves. Still, we now have markers around Weymouth highlighting the less favourable areas with laced shoes from telephone cables... oops, that'll be most areas then. -Wingl-

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