Leisure Activities

What to do in Weymouth when it rains

Weymouth library – Free

With a large children’s section and activities it’s a great place for kids on a rainy day.

Paid for Places to visit

Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor country park. This can be expensive if you have to pay full price so look out for vouchers. There are usually lots around. In 2018 they introduced Fairy Penguin Island walkthrough! Home to the only colony of Fairy Penguins in Europe, the smallest, cutest, fluffiest penguins in the world!

SandWorld at Lodmoor country park. SandWorld is a unique gallery with a massive difference, as you get to have a go yourself, with tools and helpful staff at hand. Suitable for all ages.

Fun Factory indoor play centre, Granby industrial estate. A large indoor play centre for the kids and a cafe for you.

Weymouth Pavilion at the end of the esplanade offers an excellent programme of events throughout the year from visiting bands, spectacular shows and the summer pantomime. There is free car parking after 6pm at the Pavilion car park.

Portland Castle. Situated on the left just as you cross the causeway, Portland Castle has some good interactive activities including a dressing up area for young and old alike.

The canons at Portland Castle

Cineworld is located in the town centre and is usually showing new releases. The programme changes every Thursday.

Nothe Fort is a good place to spend half a day whatever the weather. Most of the displays are under cover. During the summer you may be lucky enough to catch one of their special events when the guns are fired.

Bowleaze Fantasy Island Fun Park is just a short walk across the fields from Weymouth Bay holiday park. There are lots of children’s rides, mostly suitable for a younger age range, and an excellent indoor play area if it is raining outside. The Sunset Bar Cafe and Restaurant is just upstairs where you can enjoy a leisurely drink and spectacular views

The Palm House Weymouth has a play cafe for under 5s with indoor and outdoor activities.

The Tudor House Museum is just off Hope Square and is a small intimate museum with lots to see as you step back in time. A tour of the house gives a fascinating insight into the life of the times during the heyday of Weymouth as a port for trade and exploration. Guides describe the domestic daily life of the times, including furniture and clothing, cooking and serving of food, lighting and candle making.

Activities in Weymouth

Beach Activities

From pedaloes to volleyball, donkey rides and slide, trampolines and snails! Its all on the beach at Weymouth

Volleyball and donkey rides

Crabbing

Weymouth harbour.  Shops nearby sell crabbing nets etc

RSPB Lodmoor and Radipole

Lodmoor reserve is a quiet area of grassland, open water, reedbeds and saltmarsh attracting a wide variety of birds.

RSPB Radipole Lake  enjoy walking round the lake and reedbeds. Visit the discovery centre at the rear of the Swannery car park where there are activities for children including explorer backpacks to borrow for their wildlife hunt.  There is also a small cafe with outdoor patio seating overlooking the lake.

LIttle Egret at Radipole RSPB Reserve.

Cycling Around Weymouth 

Weymouth has lots of cycle paths ideal for families and bikes and helmets can be hired from Weymouth bike hire http://www.weymouthbikehire.co.uk/

Jurassic trails cycle hire Just a short drive from Weymouth bay at Overcombe near the Oasis cafe on the seafront  http://www.jurassictrailscyclehire.co.uk/

The Lodmoor Trail 

Starting from Overcombe Corner follow cycle paths around Lodmoor Country Park and Nature Reserve – ideal for youngsters learning to ride with lots to see along the trail and visitor attractions and amenities including toilets at Lodmoor Country Park.

Lodmoor Country Park 

A short drive from Weymouth Bay; large car park, toilets Lodmoor Country Park offers

  • cycle and walking paths
  • Pirate ship play area
  • Lodmoor pitch and putt course
  • Miniature railway
  • Giant slide
  • Go karts
  • Pirate adventure golf
  • Sea Life centre
  • Sandworld
  • The Front skateboard park
  • Brewers Fayre pub with large indoor soft play area

Golf

Putting green at Greenhill gardens on the seafront

Pitch and putt at Lodmoor country park

Pirate adventure golf near sea life centre 

Activities on the water 

Stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular in Weymouth and Portland and  boards can be hired from Jurassic Coast Activities http://www.jurassiccoastactivities.co.uk/suphire.html  at Bowleaze coveway just a short drive from Cheltenham 8, Weymouth bay or a 15 minute walk across the fields. Paddle boarding equipment can also be hired at the National Sailing Academy on Osprey Quay along the causeway to Portland.

Tennis

There are tennis courts at Greenhill gardens with equipment hire. Free tennis courts at Radipole Gardens with parking nearby.

Swimming pools

Weymouth swimming pool

The Riviera hotel at bowleaze cove  is just a short walk across the fields from Weymouth bay offering swimming and leisure activities .

Hotel Rembrandt on Dorchester road offers swimming, sauna, spa and gym and has a lunch and swim deal http://www.hotelrembrandt.co.uk/leisure-club