Celebrating 10 years since Weymouth and Portsmouth hosted the 2012 Olympic Sailing events, I used to be lucky enough to be invited by We Are Weymouth in light of their latest campaign We Are Energetic to uncover a few of the most fun activities that this coastal town has to supply. In addition to jet skiing, sailing and the lesser known high thrill activity of fliteboarding, Weymouth is dripping with history, with George III one its most famous regular visitors. It also boasts a buzzing nightlife and a few of the freshest seasfood to eat.
The primary stop on the three-night trip was to envision into the accommodation. Along the seafront you’ll discover a plethora of boutique bed and breakfasts with quirky names, and a few with quirky decor.
Some of the modern and welcoming is The Gresham Hotel, where we were greeted warmly by owner Louise, who took on the property along with her husband Steve and youngsters in February 2021.
Awarded a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Selection Award in 2022 it just isn’t hard to see why. The plentiful double room and ensuite celebrated each the unique 1827 elements of the guest house, in addition to adding a touch of recent luxury to ensure every guest is catered for.
As with every bed and breakfast one of the defining elements is after all the breakfast, and The Gresham Hotel doesn’t disappoint. With a day by day online form that comes direct to your phone, guests are capable of select from a full English fry up, toast and condiments or a more continental breakfast, with a variety of cereals, fruit, yoghurts and pastries served fresh day by day.
After breakfast it was a fast trip back to the room, all 12 of which were fully equipped with Wi-Fi, a hair dryer and tea and occasional making facilities, before we set off for our first water sports activity of the trip.
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Paddle boarding and fliteboarding
First up on our trip was paddle boarding at The Official Test Centre (OTC), situated on the Isle of Portland, which marks probably the most southern point on the Jurassic Coast, joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach.
With a tagline of “Watersports Made Easy”, the staff on the OTC were experts in making two absolute beginners feel secure, informed and excited on the prospect of taking to the calm and delightful waters of the harbour.
After a soothing and almost restorative trip out on a paddleboard, yes this reporter even managed to get up on the board, we were thrown into the deep end by being offered to try fliteboarding.
Described as an “extreme water sport” it’s also one in every of the most recent and coolest on the market, with the OTC the primary authorised Fliteschool within the UK. The concept seems easy, mount an electronic board, click the distant up a few gears and fly silently over the water as you get the board to foil out of the water.
But with maximum speeds of as much as 26 knots and a whole beginner on the controls, even staying on the board was tricky. Despite the wobbly start it wasn’t long before this reporter was getting as much as gear five and cruising through Weymouth harbour standing on the electronic board.
To make the experience much more thrilling there have been glimpses of dolphins. The creatures are regular visitors within the harbour who appear to benefit from the ripples on the water created by the fliteboard.
After an exhausting but incredibly exciting two hours, this reporter can safely say fliteboarding was among the finest experiences she has ever tried and indubitably a must try when you visit Weymouth.
The subsequent day we were back in Portland again, this time to experience the world renowned sailing facilities that hosted a few of the Olympic sailing events at London 2012.
The Andrew Simpson Centre is the corporate’s flagship centre and boasts perfect conditions for sailing nearly all yr round as a result of its location within the enclosed, but large harbour. Over again the extremely friendly staff made sure we had all of the kit before we headed back out on the water, with a trained instructor within the boat with us.
In a double-handed boat we learnt all the fundamentals of sailing and by the top were capable of confidently make the boat turn and use the direction of the wind, plus the direction of the sail to manage how briskly we were going. This three-hour tour was made all of the more enjoyable by the extremely knowledgeable instructor who was not only capable of teach us the ropes, but give us a transient history on Weymouth harbour and all of the activities they provide.
A rather more relaxed activity, but still as enjoyable, sailing at The Andrew Simpson Centre is ideal for those completely latest to the game, for those searching for to hone of their skills and for expert sailors who wish to experience life on the water in one of the unique settings.
With all of the activities, this reporter actually worked up an appetite, and Weymouth’s collection of restaurants and food actually didn’t disappoint. A visit to any seaside town wouldn’t be complete with out a fish and chip supper, so the primary night we visited award winning restaurant Fish ‘n’ Fritz.
Situated on Market Street, before even tasting the food we knew we were onto a winner as a result of the queue of hungry customers that wrapped around the constructing. If the various accolades to its name are usually not enough, the one thing this reporter can say is that my travel companion said it was the “best fish and chips” she had ever had.
Continuing our glorious food journey around Weymouth, we stopped for dinner at Les Enfants Terribles, established in 2016 by Chef Eric Tavernier. With seafood that comes straight from the Harbourside, this charming restaurant delighted the tastebuds from start to complete.
The various menu boasts highlights corresponding to Poole Oysters With Shallot Dressing, Chicken Stuffed With Goat’s Cheese Wrapped In Parma-Ham and Chef Eric’s signature dish, Whole Baked Sea-Bass In Foil Papilotte (Filleted), a must try when you visit.
When asked, Chef Eric said that what attracted him to take over the restaurant in Weymouth about seven years ago, he said it was the freshness of the fish, which just cannot compare to anywhere in London, where he worked for 20 years of his profession.
Last but most actually not least we tried Hatch on the Harbour, seafood served from a small hatch with casual tables on the marina. With the hashtag #seafoodstreetfood, the whole lot on the menu is constituted of scratch using the best local ingredients.
Having desired to try the whole lot, menu highlights included the crab tacos with kimchi and gochujang aioli and the fried salmon burger served with pickled shallots, baby gem lettuce, paprika aioli topped with a brioche bun. Albeit the salmon burger being a tad salty, the food was stunning, and the quiet location and unique way they serve the food made this a highlight of the trip.
This three-day non stop trip to Weymouth highlighted a few of its most excellent activities, hotels and restaurants, however the scenery alone must be enough to make you book a stay. And after all Weymouth has got plenty more to supply.
If watersports are usually not your thing, perhaps try a ghost walk or make a journey on the heritage trail. Discover the history of Weymouth with a visit to the Nothe Fort or Tudor House. Overall, staying energetic in Weymouth is rarely going to be a struggle and this reporter for one shall definitely be returning to this stunning a part of the Jurassic Coast.