Out and About
Waterside Holiday Park and Spa is situated in Bowleaze Cove, which is 1.8 miles from Weymouth beach and town centre – (6mins by Car). There are numerous things to do and see in Weymouth and the surrounding area.
Here are just a few of the amazing things that you can do and see:
Jurassic Safari – www.jurassicsafari.co.uk
Sit back and relax in one of Jurassic Safari’s Land Rovers as they take you off the beaten track for a taste of Dorset’s secret beauty the UK’s only World Heritage Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other World Heritage Sites are – The Great Barrier Reef ~ The Grand Canyon ~ The Taj Mahal.
Jurassic Safari aim to get you up close and personal to some of the most spectacular views and wildlife the Jurassic coast has to offer. Their carefully chosen routes include unspoilt country lanes, ancient byways and deep river crossings hidden and inaccessible to most people.
The unique experience of enjoying something that you won’t find else where will leave you with a desire to tell your friends & family where they too can find something very special…
Monkey World – 13.7miles (25mins) – www.monkeyworld.org
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 250 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World is home to over 250 primates of more than 20 different species.
Monkey World has rescued chimpanzees from Spain, Greece, France, England, Austria, The Netherlands, Israel, Cyprus, Dubai, Mexico and Taiwan.
Their highly popular guided tours take visitors on a 1 hour 15 minute walking tour through our 65 acre park. One of the Education Team will guide you on your journey, detailing the history of the park and their mission to end the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild. Throughout the tour the guide will tell you the stories behind the primates’ rescues, explaining their transition from cruelty and abuse to their rehabilitation into appropriate social groups and large, natural enclosures. Their tours are a fantastic way to gain a better insight into Monkey World’s work and to enhance your experience of the park; perfect for fans of Monkey Business and Monkey Life!
Stuart Wiltshire Glass – www.stuartwiltshireglass.co.uk
Stuart Wiltshire has been a glass artist for over 20 years now, his passion is creating unique hand blown commissioned glass lighting chandeliers and distinctive features for interior and exterior commercial spaces and private residences.
Stuart’s hot glass studio and gallery can be found hidden in the backstreets of town a short stroll from the harbour bridge, there you can watch daily glassblowing demostrations of a wide selection of art glass in the form of bowls, vases, vessels, sculpture, collectible paperweights and handmade animals. They also offer glassblowing courses and beginner lessons in blowing glass for anyone over the age of 14, a great opportunity to gain an insight into this highly skilled ancient craft.
Portland Bill – www.portlandbilllighthouse.co.uk
Portland Bill Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1906 to guide vessels heading for Portland and Weymouth as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel. Climb the Lighthouse and see the Breath Taking Views from the top of the Tower. Marvell at the three and a half tonne lens that’s been turning for one hundred and ten years and hear from our Tour Guides how this wonderful structure was built one hundred and ten years ago. Located next door is the Lobster Pot Restaurant, established in 1952, they are famous for their fresh crab, Dorset Cream Tea and an almost fanatical obsession with creating the perfect chip, there is something for everyone. The Lobster Pot Restaurant redefines the eating out experience with stunning sea views.
Weymouth Bay Rib Charter -www.weymouthbayribcharters.co.uk
Are you looking for the best fun filled action packed adventure?
Then come and experience Weymouth’s newest thrill ride attraction. You will be taken through Weymouth’s stunning harbour into the Bay where the fun really begins.Nothing comes close to the 20 minute adrenaline packed bay blast where you hit speeds of up to 40+mph.
Smugglers Inn at Osmington Bay – www.smugglersinnosmingtonmills.co.uk
Situated on the cliff tops of the South West Coast Path, just outside the village of Osmington, the Smugglers Inn is a traditional English pub with stunning views overlooking the Isle of Portland.
The headquarters of the French smuggler Pierre Latour and one of the main landing places for smuggled goods in the 17th century, the Inn was originally built in the 13th century, with its own brewery at the rear. In 2016, Hall & Woodhouse spent £250k to shore up the walls of the small stream that runs in front of the pub, which involved diverting it for four months and indeed because of coastal erosion, there’s a good chance the Smugglers won’t be with us by 2068, so enjoy it while you can! With a beautiful garden for summer, as well as roaring log fires and oak beams inside for the longer and colder winter nights, the Smugglers can be truly enjoyed all year round.
Sealife Centre – www.visitsealife.com/weymouth/
Which sea creatures do you love the most? magnificent sharks, colourful Clownfish, cheeky otters, comical penguins or perhaps inquisitive Sea Turtles? Does a clever Common Octopus grab your attention or do you prefer playful stingrays? Maybe you simply can’t decide!
Here at SEA LIFE you can make up your mind and see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before. Explore an amazing underwater world with over 1000 creatures to see, a Caribbean Cove, 9 talks and feeding demostrations and a splash zone pool. Unlike other SEA LIFE Centres, SEA LIFE Weymouth is uniquely set across a 14 acre Park with both indoor and outdoor exhibits so it’s perfect to visit in any weather! With three outlets to get meals, sandwiches, drinks, snacks and ice-creams there’s plenty to be enjoyed from a Costa Coffee or Iced Drink at the Caribbean Coffee Company, to a yummy wrap or freshly-made pizza at Bandstand Bites and hot fresh donuts at Splash Snacks.