Festival and Events 2013
These details are correct at the time of going to press
Events and Festivals can be subject to change/cancellation due to weather or operational restraints and conditions.
Weymouth and Portland 2013 A Year of Adventure, Activity and Events.
Weymouth and Portland is proud to host over 200 events throughout the year, embracing the areas rich diversity of facilities and natural venues. From family festivals, sporting challenges to art and craft shows these are an abundant part of the annual calendar.
Whether casual visitor, enthusiast or participant there is plenty of inspiration, adventure and interest for you, all mixed with a warm blend of local hospitality, enthusiasm and passion.
For the latest events news, telephone 01305 785747. Please check details before travelling. All information correct at time of going to press.
31 March Pirate Day Nothe Fort. 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. www.nothefort.org.uk
1 to 12 April - Easter at RSPB Radipole Lake - Family activities, 10 am to 3 pm each day.
4 April - Jurassic Coast Family Activities - Chesil Beach Centre, 10 am to 3 pm.
6 April - Arty Crafty Marine Animal Fun Day - Chesil Beach Centre, 12 noon to 3 pm.
6 April Lodmoor Ahoy Play Area, Lodmoor Country Park from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Hosted by the Friends of Lodmoor Country Park.
9 April Chesil Beach Flat Fish Open. www.weymouthangling.com
10 April Marine Beasties Egg Hunt - Chesil Beach Centre - 1 pm to 2.30 pm.
11 April Seaweed Safari - Chesil Beach Centre - 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
13 April Meet the Species at RSPB Radipole Lake - 10 am to 3 pm.
14 April Osprey Sprint Triathlon. www.bustinskin.com
19 April Market - 2pm to 3.30 pm. St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne.
20 April RSPB Walk and Talk at Lodmoor Country Park, 9.30 am.
21 April The Great Dorset Beach Clean - 11 am to 1 pm, meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.
25 April Anzac Memorial Day Service on Weymouth Esplanade, 11 am.
27 April Round the Rock www.rmpac.com
27 April Low Tide Walk at 1.30 pm. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.
4, 5 & 6 May Beach Kite Festival - Weymouth Beach
11 May Dawn Chorus at Radipole Lake - 4.30 am to 7am, Come and experience the "Rhythm of the Reeds".
12 May Wildflowers of Chesil - 2pm, meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.
12 May Meet the Club Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display Jubilee Clock, Weymouth. 10 am to 4 pm. www.transportofyesteryear.com
19 May Dorset Vintage Motorcycle Rally Pavilion Forecourt.
19 May Hard Way Round the Rock www.rmpac.com
19 May Wildlife Gardening Day - Chesil Beach Centre.
19 May Reptiles at RSPB Radipole Lake - 11 am to 3 pm.
Saturday 25th May to Saturday 1st June - Whitsun Fairground, Pavilion Forecourt. 10 am to 10 pm daily.
25 May Egdon Easy Lodmoor Country Park.
25 May Gig Regatta Nothe Gardens / Newtons Cove.
25 May to 9 June - Artwey Open Studios and Art Trail. Throughout the Borough. www.artwey.co.uk
26-27 May Quayside Music Festival Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge)
26 May Dorset Tour Lodmoor Country Park, Events Area.
27 May Wild Photography Fun Day - Chesil Beach Centre - 12 noon to 3 pm.
30 May Chesil Challenge - Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre - 12 noon to 1.30 pm.
31 May to 2 June Wessex Folk Festival Weymouth Harbourside. www.wessexfolk.co.uk
2 June Hardy Country Vehicle Run www.transportofyesteryear.org.uk
2 June Wild Art Trail - Throughout the day. Art workshops and activities along the Rodwell Trail and at the Chesil Beach Centre.
2 June D Day Picnic - Nothe Gardens - 1 pm to 3 pm.
8 June World Ocean's Day - Chesil Beach Centre - 11 am to 4 pm.
9 13 June Sail for Gold Sailing Regatta - WPNSA
12 June An evening with Selwyn Williams - Chesil Beach Centre - 7.30 pm.
15 June The Story of the Pebbles - a walk on Chesil Beach at 2 pm.
16 June Walk with Warden (Mid Fleet) - 2.30 pm, meet at Moonfleet Manor Hotel.
16 June Vintage Bus Running Day Lodmoor Car Park.
16 June Classics on the Prom Jubilee Clock, Weymouth - www.transportofyesteryear.com
22 28 June Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations. Saturday events commence at 10 am with the arrival of the historic military vehicles to the Pavilion Forecourt and the very popular veterans rendezvous inside the Pavilion. The Beach Assault and Bridge Building exercise will take place on Weymouth Beach by the Royal Engineers. On Sunday the Service of Remembrance starts at 11am and is followed by the Parade of all veterans along the Weymouth Esplanade.
22 June And Finally The Ultimate Tribute to Phil Collins, Nothe Fort. Open air concert. Booking essential www.nothefort.org.uk
29 June to 3 July The Dragon Edinburgh Cup Sailing Championships WPNSA
29 & 30 June The GU Energy - Weymouth Bay Triathlon - Lodmoor.
30 June 15th Annual Fun Day Out and Classic Vehicle Show School Hill, Chickerell.
30 June - Walk for Whales - Weymouth Sea Life Park. www.walkforwhales.org
5 July Go Batty at RSPB Radipole Lake - 8 pm to late.
6 & 7 July Dorset Leisure and Watersports Show - Weymouth Harbour www.wpmd.co.uk
6 & 7 July P1 Powerboat Racing - Weymouth Bay.
6 July Weymouth World Tour Biathle Greenhill Gardens.
7 July Portland 10 - www.rmpac.com
7 July D Day Run - Jubilee Clock, Weymouth Esplanade
7 July Bug Hunt, Sandsfoot Gardens - 2 pm.
12 July Go Batty at RSPB Radipole Lake. 8 pm to Late.
14 July Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Club Open Day and Sail - Radipole Lake.
13 & 14 July OMRA Model Powerboat Racing at the Pleasure Pier.
13 & 14 July Dorset Sea Food Festival Weymouth Harbourside
13 & 14 July Upwey Open Gardens Upwey. 2 pm to 6 pm each day.
14 July Open air music with "Replay" at Greenhill Gardnes, 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
15 21 July Flying Fifteen National Sailing Championships - WPNSA
19 July Go Batty at RSPB Radipole Lake, 8 pm to late.
20 July Midnight Walk - www.weld-hospice.org.uk/midnight-walk
21 July Race to the Bill Classic Triathlon and Sprint too. www.bustinskin.com
21 July Tea on the Quay Music Festival Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge)
21 July The Story of the Pebbles - a walk on Chesil Beach meet at the Centre 2pm.
26 July to 4 Aug - Spirit of Portland - A celebration of Portland's unique heritage, culture and natural environment.
27 July Portland Gooseberry Fayre Weston Road, Portland. 11 am to 3 pm.
28 July Open air music with "Replay" in Greenhill Gardens, 2pm to 4.30 pm.
28 July Wild about Chesil event - 10 am to 5 pm, Chesil Beach Centre.
29 July RNLI Display, Nothe Gardens - early evening.
30 July Discover Chesil Walk - 11 am to 12.30 pm, meet at the Centre.
1 to 6 Aug Circus Lodmoor Country Park, Events Area.
2 to 4 Aug Beach Volleyball Classic - Weymouth Beach.
3 Aug - 70's & 80's Tribute Show at the Royal Manor Theatre, Portland. This is a fun packed show featuring classic songs from 2 fantastic decades. The band who bought you Sensation - ABBA Tribute Band play hit after hit and guarantee everyone a brilliant night. Sensation are four exceptionally talented vocalists/musicians with tremendous knowledge and experience of the industry. Sensation wear authentic costumes to each decade, have choreographed numbers, tons of audience participation and some surprises in store for you! This show will keep you on the dance floor all night long and have you singing along to each song. The 'Sensation' 70's & 80's Tribute Show is a must for all the family. Book on-line at: www.rmtcportland.co.uk, or call 0844 870 0887. Advance tickets: £12. On the door: £15.
3-9 Aug Topper National Sailing Championships - WPNSA
4 Aug Butterfly Walk, Sandsfoot Gardens - 1 pm.
4 Aug Tribute to Frank Sinatra (open air music), Greenhill Garden - 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
4 Aug Chesil Beach Clean - 12.30 pm to 2pm. Meet at the Centre.
5 Aug International Fireworks Display, Competition and Attractions - Weymouth Seafront.
6 Aug Seashore Detectives - Chesil Beach Centre, 12.30 pm to 2 pm.
7 Aug Moth Morning in RSPB Radipole Lake - 8 am to 10 am,.
7 Aug Peculiar Plankton - Chesil Beach Centre, 12 noon to 3 pm.
8 Aug Seashore Detectives, Chesil Beach Centre, 1.30 pm to 3pm.
9 Aug Chesil Challenge, Chesil Beach Centre, 2 pm to 3.30 pm.
10 Aug Dorset's Marine Giants - Chesil Beach Centre - 12 noon to 4 pm.
10 Aug Summer Fete, Easton Gardens. 10 am to 4 pm, hosted by Easton Community Group.
10 & 11 Aug Victorian Fayre Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk
11 Aug Summer Fayre with String Quartet in Greenhill Gardens, 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
11 Aug Low Tide Walk, meet at the Chesil Beach Centre 2.30 pm to 4pm.
12 Aug Bug Hunt at RSPB Radipole Lake from 10 am to 11.30 am and 1 pm to 2.30 pm.
12 Aug International Firework Display, Competition and Attraction - Weymouth Seafront.
13 Aug Butterflies on the Beach, Chesil Beach Centre - 11 am to 1 pm.
14 Aug An Evening with Stuart Morris - 7.30 pm, Chesil Beach Centre.
17 Aug Discover Chesil Walk - meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, 2.30 pm to 4pm.
18 Aug Tribute to Frank Sinatra, open air music in Greenhill Gardens. 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
19 Aug Bug Hunt at RSPB Radipole Lake. 10 am to 11.30 am and 1pm to 2.30 pm.
21 Aug Weymouth Carnival Day & Fireworks Esplanade / Beach.
22 Aug Seashore Detectives - 2.30 pm to 4 pm, Chesil Beach Centre.
24 Aug Discover Chesil Walk, meet at the Chesil Beach Centre - 2.30 pm to 4pm.
25 Aug ABBAs Angels Nothe Fort. Open air concert, starting at 7.30 pm. For further details and bookings www.nothefort.org.uk
25-26 Aug Quayside Music Festival Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge)
26 to 30 Aug Weymouth and Portland Open Bowls Tournament - www.weymouthbowlstourney.co.uk
26 Aug International Fireworks, Competition and Attractions Weymouth Seafront.
29 Aug The Chesil Challenge - 2.30 pm to 4 pm, meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.
1 Sept Weymouth Classic Triathlon and Sprint too! www.bustinskin.com
1 Sept - Radipole RSPB Roost Watch, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
3 Sept National Merchant Navy Day. Flag Raising, Civic Flag Pole, Council Offices, Weymouth.
3 Sept Dumble Bimble 5 mile and 2k fun run. YMCA, Reforne, Portland. Starting at 7 pm. Entry on the night only. Fund raising for local charity, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
5 Sept Discover Radipole Lake, 10 am to 12 noon.
5 13 Sept Dragon World Sailing Championships - WPNSA
9 13 Sept Weymouth International Boat Angling Challenge - www.weymouthangling.com
13 Sept Bat Walk along the Rodwell Trail - 7 pm. Meet at Sandsfoot Gardens.
14 17 Sept Hurricane National Catamaran Championships WPNSA
15 Sept Mini Car Club Rally - Starting location Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt, 9 am to 10.30 am.
15 Sept Discover Radipole Lake - 10 am to 12 noon.
21 Sept Golf Tournament Pitch and Putt, Lodmoor Country Park. 10 am to 2 pm. Hosted by the Friends of Lodmoor Country Park.
21 & 22 Sept Radipole Kingfisher Weekend. 10 am to 4pm.
26 Sept Discover Radipole Lake - 10 am to 12 noon.
29 Sept The Little Devil Sprint Triathlon www.bustinskin.com
29 Sept The Diablo, Middle Distance Triathlon www.bustinskin.com
5-6 Oct UKWA Youth & Masters Windsurfing Championships - WPNSA
10 & 11 Oct Weymouth Pairs Species Charter Boat Open Weymouth. Top prize money. For full details and entry forms www.weymouthangling.com
12-18 Oct Speed Sailing Week (41st) - WPNSA
12 Oct Weymouth 10 mile Road Race Weymouth Seafront
20 Oct Lions Beach Motocross Weymouth Beach.
24 Oct United Nations Day, Flag Raising Radipole Park Gardens.
27 Oct Bedlam and Broomsticks Nothe Fort - www.nothefort.org.uk
3 Nov Chesil Beach Cod Open Abbotsbury - www.weymouthangling.com
5 Nov Guy Fawkes Celebrations - Weymouth Beach.
10 Nov Remembrance Sunday, Service and Parade Weymouth Seafront & Portland Cenotaph.
1 Dec Sparkle in Park Play Area, Lodmoor Country Park. From 3.30 pm 5.30 pm. Hosted by the Friends of Lodmoor Country Park.
8 Dec Im Dreaming of a Wyke Christmas
8 Dec Christmas Event Nothe Fort. 11am to 4 pm. Visit www.nothefort.org.uk for further information and admission prices.
15 Dec Chase the Pudding Weymouth Beach
25 Dec Christmas Day Harbour Swim Weymouth
31 Dec New Years Eve Revelry Throughout the Borough.
Events can be subject to change/cancellation due to weather/operational restraints and conditions. Please contact the Tourism Information Centre on 01305 785747 before travelling.