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. Over the last 12 months, TripAdvisor tallied up the scores based on the reviews left by visitors. The scores were calculated according to the quantity and quality of the reviews.

The choice was not an easy one as 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.

If you love the sand and sea, you’ll be happy to know that 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.

Sea you soon 🙂

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Weymouth and Portland – are you ready for Jurassica?! Come learn more

  • Portland Island attached to Weymouth by Chesil Beach

    Portland Island attached to Weymouth by Chesil Beach

    Jurassica CEO Michael Hanlon presents to residents and of Portland and Weymouth on Friday, 7th Nov – 7pm – 8pm Hosted by: Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy Royal Manor Campus Weston Road Portland DT5 2RS.

  • The third Jurassica Community Presentation on Friday 7th November is open to all. Please spread the word and come along to hear the latest project developments and put your questions to Michael Hanlon.— Jurassica is an ambitious plan to create a spectacular prehistoric attraction to showcase the Jurassic Coast. In an old limestone quarry on Portland, under an extraordinary glass and steel roof designed by the world’s finest architect Renzo Piano, visitors will be able to walk back through time and take in hundreds of millions of years of Earth’s most interesting chunk of history, the age of the dinosaurs and plesiosaurs, the pterosaurs and ammonites. Jurassica will have a similar draw to the Eden Project in Cornwall. It will provide around 200 permanent jobs, provide extensive training programmes, apprenticeships, research collaborations and work placements. The volunteer programme will create high-quality volunteering opportunities in a wide variety of roles, reaching older and younger volunteers, individuals and groups.
  • Learn more on Facebook –  for project updates www.facebook.com/jurassica.org.
  • Rooms available at super Jurassica fans B+B Weymouth – www.bb-weymouth.com

Weymouth launches new food festival

7492528708_e5f93f7e6fWeymouth is getting ready to launch a new food festival for 6 weeks beginning in October.

The town is fast becoming a food destination with many independent restaurants, pubs and eateries offering simple, Dorset based menus that really showcase the area’s suppliers.

FEAST aims to attract visitors to the town during the traditionally quieter months of October and November when the schools have returned. The idea is based on the Channel Island‘s Tennerfest – which has proved a big success with locals and visitors alike. Maybe Weymouth will witness Jersey folk boarding Condor Ferries to enjoy Weymouth’s culinary scene! Dorset Food Week happens in October as well and with Autumn being Nature’s time to harvest – the timing is ‘just right’!

It is not just the eateries that are hoping to benefit – B+B‘s are offering money off stays during the festival in a bid to lengthen the tourist season. By quoting FEAST14 at supporting establishments, be part of the FEAST community and enjoy the fruits if Weymouth’s labour!

 

Jurassica visitor attraction coming to Dorset

chesil beachMichael Hanlon has visited Portland to update residents on exciting plans for the Jurassica visitor attraction celebrating the history of the Jurassic Coast to be sited on the World Heritage Coastline in a disused quarry on Portland.

Sir David Attenborough is patron of the project which is closely inspired by the Eden Project in Cornwall. The vision has been given substance with the involvement of architect Renzo Piano who designed The Shard in London. A glass and steel roof will cover the site and be invisible from the outside. Visitors will be taken back 140 million years and an underwater display of animatronics will be a highlight.

The project has been given financial backing by the Government which will make fundraising for the estimated £75Million required more feasible. If successful, it is hoped Jurassica will be open by November 2019  – great news for local businesses including b&b’s in Weymouth which will all benefit from increased international interest and visitor numbers. Funding is being sought from the Natural History Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Much of the infrastructure introduced to Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympic Games can be used to benefit transport concerns including the Park and Ride scheme.

Exciting times for one of the most sacred and beautiful corners of Dorset.

 

Weymouth welcomes doggies

The Blue Flag award winning beach of Weymouth has long attracted a different kind of holiday maker during the winter months.

As soon as the children have gone back to school and the amazing motocross event has finished, (October 31st each year) the beach is opened to everyone wanting to enjoy dog exercising and socialising!

From the windows in Guest Lounge at B+B Weymouth, we can watch families and individuals throwing balls and letting their dogs run and run!

Typical of many of the South West’s seaside resorts, Weymouth and Portland boasts a few great eateries that welcome dogs. www.bb-weymouth.com can be contacted for all the latest hotspots ranging form cosy harbourside gastropubs, to funky cool coffee shops. Many of the shops have water bowls outside their doors and we salute this!

Book accommodation with us before heading across the Channel to Jersey or Guernsey and the Team at B+B Weymouth will help your four legged friend feel relaxed before the crossing! This helps owners feel at ease and we aim to please!

Check out www.bb-weymouth.com for the BEST winter rates on the South Coast!