The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations

 

The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations

The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations

The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations has been arranged in honour of the brave men and woman who put their lives on the line to protect our borders, both foreign and at home. The celebrations will take place from Saturday 17th June to Friday 23rd June, with the Service and Parade on Sunday 18th June on Weymouth Esplanade.

This year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the withdrawal of all British Forces from Aden and with this in mind, the Aden Veterans Association will lead the Parade of all Veterans along the Weymouth Esplanade.

The celebrations promise to deliver something for everyone. From historic military vehicles to
re-enactors the Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations is a family favourite and we to be enjoyed by young and old.

We are forever grateful and in awe of the men and woman in the Armed Forces. Their continued contribution to our nation has been and forever will be invaluable. The Weymouth and Portland Event will honour, celebrate and provide a focus on the tireless work carried out by all Veteran Associations, individuals and today’s Military Forces.

With a host of displays and information available, Military personnel and Veterans will be able to discover and receive the support from the various agencies and charity organisations; and visitors to the event will be able to learn, appreciate and support the important role played by, and recognise the diversity of, the Armed Forces, veterans and all service associations.

If you are attending 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations, and would like to avoid the long drive home; why not stay the night in our perfectly located B+B. Our wide range of accommodation options has everything you would need. For more information, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 1305 761190 / Email: [email protected] or visit our website
www.bb-weymouth.com

In honour of these brave men and women B+B Weymouth has arranged a special offer for you guests. Quote ‘Armed forces’ when booking and get a complimentary bottle of red or white.

The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations
When: Saturday 17th June to Friday 23rd June
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: 41 The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8DH

 

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Anyone for champagne and oysters? The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is the UK’s largest FREE seafood festival held at the Weymouth old harbour and promises to be an event you will never forget.

There’s something for everyone

Spring is just about over and summer is looming around the corner. This is a great time to enjoy a day out with friends and family – and it is completely free. This year marks the 10th, award winning Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival on 8th and 9th July 2017

The event is primarily focussed on raising funds for the Fishmen’s Mission. This worthy charity supports fishermen and their families – working through the good times and even harder through the bad times.

Weymouth Old Harbour

Weymouth boasts one of the shortest passages across the English Channel and has been a port for quite some time. This picturesque setting will be home to the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival this year, providing the ideal location for everyone to enjoy.

The Weymouth Old Harbour dates back to the 17th century and has historical links to the Spanish Armada, the Civil War and the D-Day landings. These days the harbour is more well known for its wide selection of eateries, pubs and family attractions.

Just soak up the atmosphere of a bustling working harbour and watch crabs, lobster and sea fish of all kinds being landed daily.

Festival Highlights

It is hard to believe how much has changed over the last decade. Fortunately, some things just get better with age – namely the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival. The seafood and champagne extravaganza has plenty of new and exciting experiences for you and your family to engage with this year.

Apart from the locally sourced seafood, the festival will also host two different line ups of national chefs as well as the much-loved local seafood heroes on two main stages this year thanks to Fisher & Paykel and Seafish.


Don’t miss the ever-popular Social Kitchen where you and your family can learn some handy fishing tips including how to fillet a fish.


This year the festival is introducing a brand-new attraction to the event called ‘Fishy Tales’. This will be the first live and interactive celebrity seafood discussion panel, where our famous guests will discuss their personal fish related topics, from catching and cooking, to conservation to poacher-policing.

Planning your trip.

As you can imagine, the weekend is going to attract many visitors from far and wide. The festival is extremely popular and is expected to be quite crowded. We recommend that you plan ahead to avoid disappointment by staying with us as our guests at B+B Weymouth. Located only a stone’s throw away from the Old Harbour, B+B Weymouth offers comfortable accommodation in unique surroundings.

 Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Date:  Saturday 8th July: 10.30am – 6pm / Sunday 9th July: 11am – 5.30pm
Address: Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, DT4 8BG
Entry: Free of charge

Guided walkies at Upton Country Park

Guided walkies at Upton Country Park

Guided walkies at Upton Country Park

With Spring just around the corner, what better way to spend a day than with your dog out in the open. Guided walkies at Upton Country Park is hosted by Dorset dog and is a great walk  if you are looking for places your dog can have a good off-lead run.

On 19 March at 11 AM, Dorset Dogs will be hosting a guided walk around Upton Country Park, Poole’s premier attraction. This is a brilliant location for some real canine adventures.

There is plenty for your dog to explore including heaths, downs and wetlands. Look out for newly nesting birds who might not appreciate being disturbed by bounding pups.

Dorset Dogs

Based in the South West, this  fantastic organisation focuses on positive management for people with dogs and promoting responsible ownership. Dorset Dogs works closely with dog owners and land managers – including conservation and countryside organisations – to help bring positive change to the challenges of dog ownership.

We can all agree that dogs are truly wonderful creatures. To most, they are more than just pets…they are precious…they are family. Learning to be a responsible dog owner is more often than not over-looked.

Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park has over 130 acres of parkland, shoreline and formal estate gardens. Their park has plenty to offer for the whole family to enjoy. Apart from the breath-taking scenery, there is a delightful tea room and gift shop to enjoy.  Dogs are welcome in the courtyard area of the tea room and on lead in the formal gardens.

Come join the fun.

Everyone is meeting under the big tree at the far end of the main car park. For those of you who use wheelchairs or require walking assistance, the group will venture along the good paths to start. After that the journey will lead into the woodland and around the shoreline path, back through the gardens by Upton House.

It’s true that dogs do wonders for people’s physical health and emotional well-being. Interaction with other dogs is just as important to your dog as is it is for their two-legged counterparts to meet new people.

Stay with us

B+B Weymouth is pet-friendly and only 40 minutes away from Upton Country Park. This is ideal for you and your furry friends to stay with us while exploring the wonders of Dorset.

Guided walkies at Upton Country Park
Date:
 19 March 2017
Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ
Time: 11 AM
Contact: Dorset Dogs 07718 159 350 (speak to Su)
Email:[email protected]
Web:  https://www.dorsetdogs.org.uk/dorset-dogs-events.html

 

Dining out in Weymouth

Dining out in Weymouth

Dining out in Weymouth

B+B Weymouth offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. If you are interested in dining out in Weymouth, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

The Fantastic Sausage

Address: 37, St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PU
Phone: 01305 766 212

Dennis Spurr leads this family run butchers with over 40 years of experience in the trade. Ask anyone in Weymouth and they’ll tell you that, at one time, The Fantastic Sausage was the biggest butchers shop in the country. Dennis and his team skilfully produce a variety of delicious, quality, Artisan Sausages according to their very our own special recipes. The Fantastic Sausage proudly sources the highest quality meats and other top quality ingredients.

The restaurant is located 6 minutes away from B+B Weymouth. We recommend The Balti Belter; a Succulent pork sausage in a delicate blend of tomatoes, herbs and Balti spices.

All Belong and Benefit members can take advantage of the 10% discount off each purchase The Fantastic Sausage

 

The Handmade Pie & Ale House

Address: The Handmade Pie & Ale House, 2 Queen Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7HZ
Phone: 01305 459342

Located only 6 minutes’ walk from B+B Weymouth, The Handmade Pie & Ale House offers handmade pies and pastries, made fresh from the kitchen. The open-plan restaurant and the welcoming service creates a very home-away-from-home environment for the whole family to enjoy.

Spread across two floors the layout of the restaurant provides a comfortable dining experience. The selection of pies are made daily and are not always all available. Side dishes include Crisp florets of broccoli and cauliflower in the famous 4 cheese sauce, as well as the almost famous Chunky Chips – a firm favourite amongst the regular guests.

Open daily from 12h00 to 23h00, The Handmade Pie & Ale House is one of the most well-known venues in Weymouth to enjoy good food and company.

 

Chillies Contemporary Indian Restaurant

Address: 10 Queen Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7HZ
Phone: 01305 766601 / 01305 766602

Chillies Contemporary Indian Restaurant is located under 10 minutes’ away from B+B Weymouth and offers authentic Indian cuisine with a modern flare. Chillies is one of the wonders of Weymouth that needs to be experience.

The restaurant is intimate yet spacious, allowing for small and large groups to enjoy the cuisine. The staff are incredibly helpful with full knowledge about the various dishes, perfect for those of us who are not familiar with the cuisine.

The menu offers a wide variety of dishes including some well-known favourites. These include the Chicken Korma and the Madras. For the more adventurous, we recommend that you try the Chef’s recommendation such as the Balti, prepared with tomatoes, garlic and onions.

Open from Sunday to Thursday 17h00 to 23h00 and Friday & Saturday 17h00 to 23h30  including bank holidays.

 

 

 

WEYMOUTH: BEST BEACH IN THE UK

Weymouth is the best beach in the UK

Weymouth has been voted as the best beach in the UK as per reviews on TripAdvisor

The votes are in and it’s official.

We are very proud to announce that Weymouth has the best beach in the UK. TripAdvisor tallied up the scores based on the reviews left by visitors.

TripAdvisor calculated the scores based on quantity and quality of the reviews.

The choice was not an easy one. Contenders were among the likes of Fistral Beach in Cornwall and Brelade’s Bay Beach in Jersey. Apart from a resounding 1st place in the UK, Weymouth came in at 9th place against all other beaches across the globe.

B+B Weymouth is located only a stone’s throw away from the beach. Our first-class service and accommodation will make your next visit even better. If you forget your beach towel, don’t worry; We’ll be happy to provide you with one.

Come experience the beauty of our beach for yourself.

Christmas on the Beach

While Weymouth may not have the glamour of the big cities, the festive season celebrations are quirky, and above all FUN!

bbw-christmas-harbour-2

Weymouth town centre hosts the largest real outdoor ice rink for miles around, and always proves a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike. Santa’s Grotto is also now open at Cineworld, so have your one on one with the big man before you head in to see your favourite Christmas flick.

As the day draws ever closer, visit the BIG Christmas Nativity in New Bond Street to really get you ready for Christmas. On 17th December, enjoy music, dance and performances on the Main Stage in New Bond Street as well as a BIG Nativity with REAL donkey!

A hugely popular local event is the Weymouth & Portland Lions Club Christmas Day charity swim in Weymouth harbour. Last year, several thousand people lined up to watch a record breaking 336 swimmers take to the water raising over £23,000 between them for a whole host of national and local charities. If you’re feeling brave, you can register online to take part in this very popular and worthwhile event.

Weymouth hosts one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations anywhere! The whole town comes out in fancy dress and there is live music inside and out of almost every pub, plus an enormous fancy dress competition. So join us, sing Auld Lang Syne around the Town Clock and party the night away!

bbw-christmas-nye-view

Why we love Autumn

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than striding along the National Trust coastal path which takes you to Old Harry Rocks. This was recently named in the Guardian’s top 10 UK winter walks – The views are absolutely jaw-dropping.
  2. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… Autumn brings out a beautiful colour change at Abbotsbury Gardens, with its incredible variety of trees and plants from around the world. This time of year is also when you can see the Gardens bathed in atmospheric light in the ‘Enchanted Floodlit Gardens at Night’ evenings, which take place in October.
  3. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November. Families flock to Weymouth’s Esplanade for fireworks, funfair and a beach bonfire. Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?
  4. Every fossil enthusiast knows that autumn is THE time to hit the Jurassic coastline. The wind and the waves erode the cliffs, and expose fossils that have remained hidden for millions of years.
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – after being out and about on our stunning seaside all day, it’s all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy…
  7. Feeling brave? Weymouth and Portland Harbour are ideally situated for kayak fishing in Dorset as within the mighty sea defences of Portland harbour there are over 2000 acres of sheltered waters to kayak and fish in. So apart from times of extreme weather conditions you can fish nearly 365 days a year whatever the weather.

Dog Walking 2

So how about it? Spectacular coastlines, pirate pubs, and best of all, no holiday crowds! Weymouth is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues.

If you are planning a jaunt to dramatic Dorset, book at B+B Wickham for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your accommodation. Contact the hotel directly, or book online.

Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

New B+B relaunches Bar and Restaurant to Hampshire diners

The Old House Hotel in historic Wickham Square has received a facelift!

Now sitting proudly alongside her sisters in Belgravia, Edinburgh and Weymouth , B+B Wickham is the newest member of the B+B Collection.

The building boasts original features galore and the 12 bedrooms have been individually designed around this. Ornate fireplaces, sash windows and cosy nooks are complimented with great quality white cotton linen on super comfy beds. Bathrooms boast luxurious products, white fluffy towels and each room has a bath and shower. B+B Wickham is a stylish alternative to outdated bed and breakfasts and offers an  affordable alternative to the predictable 4* chain hotel.

Garden Room 12

Public areas have been freshened with a brand new colour scheme  – adding the unique B+B flash to the bar and reception areas. Design and quality are big parts of the B+B philosophy.

Bar

But there is a big difference between B+B Wickham and her sisters and that is The Old House Bar and Restaurant.

Building on already fine reputation , Chef Andy Millard has worked tirelessly to create a menu we are all super proud to shout about! Hampshire is bursting with food purveyors galore and our new menus celebrate this heritage. Paired with a wine by the glass list sourced by our in-house expert, we are in no doubt – The Old House Bar and Restaurant  will become THE food and drink destination of Wickham and Hampshire. … and if this wonderful weather holds for the summer – the suntrapped garden welcoming dogs will be the perfect al fresco venue for lazy lunches!

To help celebrate the opening, members of the B+B Collection Belong + Benefit Club are to receive an exclusive opening offer. Click here to read all about it!

B+ B Weymouth and Team wish B+B Wickham and The old House Bar and Restaurant all the very best for their opening and launch on 20th July 2015.

 

 

Love is in the (open) air, Weymouth style

With the most auspicious day of Love on horizon, and the Weymouth weather always perfect, we thought we’d share our tips for outdoor adventures this Valentines weekend! So be prepared to pack your hiking boots, your woolly hats and gloves and a good sense of fun, its time to share the Love!

The Cerne Abbas Giant

The Rude Man of cerne Abbas, Dorset

The Rude Man of Cerne Abbas, Dorset

The village of Cerne Abbas, around an hours drive from Weymouth is dominated by this 55 metre carving into the local hillside!

Local single maidens were said to have visited the Giant at night to pray for a husband. Those who are already coupled to this day spent the night sleeping on the Giant in the effort to conceive- could get chilly in February! If all this seems a little OTT for a romantic first date to Dorset, the figure can be viewed from the lay-by on the road to the village!

A Bicycle Trip for Two

Abbotsbury by bike

Bombing through the lanes of Dorset, it is easy to fall in love. Ancient thatched cottages  and proper village stores nestle in the valleys beside the coastline. Hire a bike with a basket from Weymouth and armed with a map, head west to Abbotsbury – world famous for the Swannery and Subtropical Gardens.   Shop for a picnic of  Ashley Chase cheese created by the cows in the fields overlooking the village and a bottle of local cider and head to Chesil Beach

 Sunset Watching on Chesil Beach

Sunset over Chesil Beach

As the sun sinks and temperature drops , head back  into Weymouth for a hot bubble bath (with or without bubbles from the bar…?!)  at the B+B before heading out to one of Weymouth’s independent eateries – cosy harbourside pubs, upbeat classic Italian restaurants, contemporary dining rooms boasting local produce and really quite good fish and chippies! Weymouth has a great choice!

Come explore the great outdoors, fill your lungs with sea air and truly soak up the romance of Britain’s seaside resorts!

 

 

 

Christmas in Dorset – B+B Style

At B+B Weymouth, we are right in the heart of Dorset – east to the rolling hills of the Purbecks and west to more craggy and wild coastline of Lyme Regis. Dorset boasts a rich food culture – River Cottage has it’s HQ within a short drive and Mark Hix has chosen Weymouth to be the centre of his Chef Training Academy. …and as Christmas is mostly about eating (!)  – we thought we’d share our top food destinations in Dorset  with you…

Chase the Pudding Race - Weymouth Beach

Chase the Pudding Race – Weymouth Beach

Swanage Railway Dining

Travel back in time to a bygone era – this magical steam railway chugs through the unspoilt Dorset countryside to it’s destination at the timeless seaside resort of Swanage. Chef and his Team will be serving a traditional Christmas dinner in an old fashioned railway carriage with all the excitement of steam travel – we love this!

Christmas Dinner served aboard a classic Steam Train

Christmas Dinner served aboard a classic Steam Train

Skating in the Square

Combine shopping in the county town of Dorset with ice skating in the exclusive Brewery Square with it’s high end shops and restaurants. Beautiful Christmas songs playing add to the lovely atmosphere and a log cabin selling crepes and waffles keeps everyone happy!

Until 3rd Jaunuary.

Ice Skating in Dorset County Town

Ice Skating in Dorset County Town

River Cottage Midwinter Feast

Take a break from Christmas entertaining and leftover turkey!  This  is the perfect excuse to get out of your house over the festive period, take a deep, deep breath of West Country fresh air and let the River Cottage Team prepare a delicious lunch for you and your family.

From the moment you sit down food will be the focus, with your dishes being prepared with the very best local and seasonal produce.  The River Cottage chefs will introduce each dish, explaining how they were made, where the ingredients are from and the techniques used to prepare your meal.
River Cottage Midwinter Feast

River Cottage Midwinter Feast

Colonial Christmas with the National Trust at Studland Beach

A proper Dorset fresh air fun event with the National Trust – explore the wonderful sand dunes and heathland of Studland Bay, to the east of Weymouth and finish off with a fabulous feast of Colonial goodies at the Knoll Beach Cafe. As well as a traditional Christmas menu, the Team will be offering  food from India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Until 22nd December

Winter Walks on Studland Beach - courtesy of National Trust

Winter Walks on Studland Beach – courtesy of National Trust

….so there you have our taster of Dorset at Christmas,  B+B Style! This is just a taster – book your stay, enjoy our WINTER2014 promotional rate and let us help you soak up the best county in the UK this Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR GUESTS – THANK YOU FOR SHARING