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The seaside town of Weymouth lies about 4 miles to the east of our Dorset holiday cottages. Blessed with one of the warmest and sunniest climates Weymouth offers something for everyone. The 3 mile long sandy beach is perfect for youngsters to play in the sand and enjoy the very calm, safe shallow sea. There are a huge amount of fun things to do to keep everyone occupied. The Sea Life Centre is definitely worth a visit and next door you will find Go Karts and Cresta Run. The town centre has all the leading High Street shops such as Next, New Look, M&S and Debenhams plus Cineworld, PC World, MacDonalds and KFC! The Condor Ferry can whisk you across the channel for a quick visit to Guernsey and Jersey.
For a quick history lesson visit Nothe Fort which dates back to 1872 and was built to protect Portland’s harbour which was becoming a prominent Royal Naval base.
If the weather is not quite so good you could visit Brewers Quay or the Sea front amusements and if you have youngsters they will love Sharkeys Adventure Playground. Weymouth is fantastic for all types of fishing from simply doing a bit of “crabbing” from the stone pier or mackerel fishing off the Chesil beach or going the full works and organising a deep sea fishing trip.
The village is set amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank and is well-known world wide for it's Swannery and the Sub-Tropical Gardens. The swan sanctuary, over 600 years old, can be found around the lagoon behind the Chesil Bank. Hatching time normally occurs during April when you are allowed to visit and actually observe the young signets hatching. Above the village on a hill, commanding views over the Dorset countryside and the English Channel is St. Catherine's s Chapel built in the first half of the 15th century. There are some interesting shops and pleasant tearooms in the village itself. The coastal road, B3157, to the west of the village offers superb views of the Fleet and Portland and must rank as one of the prettiest coastal roads anywhere in the UK.
Tickets for the Swannery and Sun Tropical Gardens can be purchased in advance by visiting http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/
Moors Valley Country Park
This is a 1000 acre Country Park and Forest featuring numerous activities such as Adventure Play Trail with unique wooden play sculptures, Tree Top Trail, authentic narrow-gauge steam railway, golf centre, Go Ape high wire adventure course, restaurant and gift shop. The best way to explore the trails is by foot or by bike - bikes can be hired at the Cycling Centre.
The Rangers organise numerous events throughout the year. Adults can take part in guided bike rides, Nordic walking or fitness workouts. Children can enjoy “Nuts about Nature” wildlife discovery sessions, fishing tuition, adventure bike rides and bushcraft days.
Details can be found at www.moors-valley.co.uk It is approximately an hours drive from the holiday cottages
An excellent way to spend a day out in nearby Wareham (approx 45 min drive from our Dorset Holiday Cottages) at the Ape Rescue Centre. Monkey World is a 65 acre park which provides sanctuary for over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys from around the world. They also are carrying out international breeding programs to help preserve endangered species including Europe’s first official orangutan creche!! The keepers give daily talks providing a captivating insight into life at the park and the varieties of primates.
The television series “Monkey Life” and “Monkey business” were filmed here.
A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £37. Visit the website at http://www.monkeyworld.org/