Discover an amazing underwater world at Sealife Weymouth: meet clown fish, sharks, turtles and penguins and have breakfast with the seals. Head to Dorset Museum to learn more about fine art, textiles, costume, local history and photography, and enjoy a major collection on local author Thomas Hardy.
Like the outdoors? You’ll love Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre. Try sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, forest adventures, coasteering and more. Or take on 140sqm of wall, cave, overhangs, slabs and cracks at The Hangout Climbing Gym on the island of Portland.
Catch the latest flicks at Cineworld in Weymouth or the Odeon or Plaza in Dorchester. Meet and feed animals including birds, pigs, ducks, rabbits, ponies and goats at Kingston Maurward Animal Park, and enjoy a play barn and themed gardens. Or visit The Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, a 65-acre ape and monkey sanctuary centre.
Ride the Weymouth Bay Miniature Railway around Lodmoor Park, home to a small café, pub, picnic area, pirate-ship playpark, outdoor gym and six-acre sealife centre.
Ride the spinning teapots, the big wheel and the helter-skelter at Fantasy Island Fun Park. Or just get down to great beaches at Weymouth and Chesil. Watch out for fossils.
Live life to the full right from the door, with cycling routes along Dorset’s winding lanes or along the Esplanade at Weymouth. Stick around for a fish-and-chip supper on the harbour wall. Or head just over the horizon to Chesil Cove, the southerly point of Chesil Beach and a haven for scuba divers.
Get your gym fix at Redlands Sports Centre. Ride horses from Wey Meadow Stables. Blast clay from the sky with a shotgun at The Big Shoot. Enjoy panoramic views on the lovely downland Came Down Golf Course. Or bring your boots and walk the South Dorset Ridgeway or the undulating coastal path from Bowleaze.
Woodland archery, axe-throwing and rifle crossbow shooting are all on offer at Insight Activities in Tolpuddle. Cast your net wider on a deep-sea fishing trip aboard the Amarisa in Weymouth harbour while enjoying views of the Jurassic coastline. Or speed things up with RIB charter around the bay with Weymouth Watersports.
Book a tour at the Dorset Brewing Company or pop into Piddle Brewery for beer that tastes better than it sounds. Sober up for some stand-up paddleboarding with the National Sailing Academy. Then go back in time to Corfe Castle, Dorchester Abbey and Hardy’s Cottage. Buy quirky mementos at the Dorchester Curiosity Centre.