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Festivals and Events 2014

These details are correct at the time of writing

Events and Festivals can be subject to change/cancellation due to weather or operational restraints and conditions.

Weymouth and Portland Festivals and Events 2014

Weymouth and Portland hosts over 200 events throughout the year, embracing the area’s rich diversity of facilities and natural venue’s.  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.

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January

18 Jan Market 2-3.30pm, St Martin’s Community Hall Broadmayne, (Next to the Church),Cakes, Preserves, Raffle, Craft, Plants, Bric-a-brac, books, Jigsaws, Cards, Local Pork, Sausages and Eggs, Local Watercress, Plants from a local Nursery and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. All proceeds to St Martin’s Community Hall. For further information please contact Eleanor Piper 01305 853765.

27 Jan Holocaust Memorial Day – Service to take place in Princess Diane Gardens, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth at 10.30 am.

February

8 – 9 Feb Topper Winter Regatta, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

15 & 16 Feb Crabchurch Conspiracy Living History Weekend – Throughout the Borough, Sandfoots Gardens, Nothe Gardens, Weymouth Beach.

22 / 23 (TBC) The Dickies Quad Beach X – Weymouth Beach.

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March

8 & 9 March National Ranker, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

16 March Weymouth Bay Run 10k Charity Fun Run – Starting from the Hotel Riviera, to the Pavilion and return. To register go to www.mccpromotions.com

16 March Dog Show at the Weymouth Pavilion. 10 am to 4 pm, organised by the Melcombe Regis Rotary Club. A display by the Canine Partners will take place at 2 pm. Further details and registration forms available from www.rcmr.org

30 March Sportivo Bike Ride – Lodmoor County Park

30 March Best of Dorset Show – Weymouth Pavilion

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April

5 & 6 April Cadet Selector, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

10April First Bike Night of the Season – Weymouth Harbour. Each Thursday evening from April to End September, 6 pm to 9 pm.

12-18 April Youth Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

Easter Fairground – Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt. Open from 11 am to 10 pm daily.

18-21 April Easter weekend – Easter Fun, Egg hunts, Pirate Day, Easter Shopping & Hockey Festival

19-21 April RYA Windsurf Camp, 2.00pm, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

20 April Pirate Day at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

25 April Anzac Day Service on Weymouth Seafront. 11 am, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland together with representative from Australia and New Zealand High Commission will be in attendance together with local associations and comrades to pay their respects.

27 April Osprey Sprint Triathlon. 08.00am – 12.00pm. Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland. www.bustinskin.com

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May

Every Thursday Evening 6 pm to 9 pm, Bike Night – Weymouth Harbour, Custom House Quay, Weymouth. Each week the harbourside will be filled with bikes of all different descriptions from classics to Harley Davidsons and trikes. There is a small entry fee for bikes to take part and all monies raised go to a local charity.

2-5 May Oppie Selector, 2.00pm, Weymouth & Portland National

Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

4 & 5 May Cadets, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

3, 4 & 5 May May Bank Holiday Fairground, Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt.

11 May Meet the Club Day, Weymouth Promenade (Jubilee Clock), 10am – 4pm. “Vintage Classic Vehicle Display” By members of Transport of Yesteryear and supporting the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. A free event www.transportofyesteryear.com

12 May Hard Way Round the Rock. Starts from The Blues Club, Portland Football Ground, Grove Road, Portland. 10.30 am. The Hard Way Round the Rock, is a half marathon multi-terrain run around the coastal and cliff paths of Portland. Further information and entry forms from www.rmpac.com

18 May Vintage Bikes Annual Rally – Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt. Start and Finish location. Afternoon static display.

24-27 May Feva Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

Whitesun Fairground – Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt. Open 11 am to 10 pm daily.

25May Queen Concert at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

25 & 26 May Quayside Music Festival – Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge) 9am – 11pm www.rendezvousweymouth.co.uk

25 & 26 May Fair in the Square – Weymouth Habourside / Hope Square. Organised by Weymouth Rotary Club.

25 May Dorset Tour – Lodmoor Country Park. Vintage and Classic vehicle rally with afternoon static display on the Events Area.

26 May US Memorial Day, Short Service and Wreath Laying at the Memorial on Weymouth Seafront, 11 am.

30 May – 2 June Wessex Folk Festival – Weymouth Harbourside. www.wessexfolk.co.uk

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June

Every Thursday Evening 6 pm to 9 pm, Bike Night – Weymouth Harbour, Custom House Quay, Weymouth. Each week the harbourside will be filled with bikes of all different descriptions from classics to Harley Davidsons and trikes. There is a small entry fee for bikes to take part and all monies raised go to a local charity.

1-15 June Matchstick Fleet at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

4 June Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

7-13 June S4G, 3.00pm, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

8 June The GU Energy – Weymouth Bay Triathlon Project. 7.00am-3.00pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

11 June Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

14 & 15 June International Canoes, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

Vintage Bus Running Day – Lodmoor Country Park.

18 June Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

21 – 27 June Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations. Saturday events commence at 10 am with the arrival historic military vehicles, veterans rendezvous outside and inside the Pavilion. Beach Assault and Bridge Building exercise on Weymouth Beach by the Royal Engineers. Service of Remembrance and Parade 11 am on Sunday 22nd, Weymouth Seafront.

22 June It’s a Knockout for Diverse Abilities – Lodmoor Country Park

www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

23 June Armed Forces Flag Raising – Civic Flag Pole, Council Offices, Weymouth. 10.30 am.

21-22 June Solo Event, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

22 June Big Cove Swim – Series. 10.00am – 12.30pm. Beachside Leisure Centre, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

22 June It’s a Knockout – for Diverse Abilities – Lodmoor Country park. www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

25 June Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

27-29 June GP 14 Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

28 June Private Lives by Noel Coward performed by Wessex Actors at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

28 & 29 June ASA Western Counties Open Water Swim – Preston Beach / Greenhill

29 June Chickerell Fun Day and Classic Car Show, School Hill, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4BA from 10am. Terrific family day out. Over 200 vehicles, trade stalls, arts & crafts, all day entertainment, birds of prey, fun fair, alpacas and much more. www.transportofyesteryear.com. £4 admission price & free parking

29 June Jurassic Mini Car Club, Static Display at the Jubilee Clock from 10 am to 4 pm.

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July

Every Thurs Eve 6 pm to 9 pm, Bike Night – Weymouth Harbour, Custom House Quay, Weymouth. Each week the harbourside will be filled with bikes of all different descriptions from classics to Harley Davidsons and trikes. There is a small entry fee for bikes to take part and all monies raised go to a local charity.

2 July Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

6 July Portland 10 mile road race around the Island.

9 July Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

12 & 13 July Cadet Selector, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

12 & 13 July Dorset Sea Food Festival – Weymouth Harbourside and Pavilion Forecourt. Weymouth harbour is the perfect backdrop to the annual Dorset Seafood Festival. With over 80 stalls, mouth-watering seafood menus, celebrity chefs, Pommery champagne, local ales and a fabulous atmosphere, the festival also raises money for The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. 10.30 am to 5 pm. www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

12 July Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Open Day Sail – Radipole Lake.

13 July Race to the Bill – Classic Triathlon. 7.00am-12.00pm. National Sailing Academy, Portland. www.bustinskin.com

16 July Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

19July Weldmar Ladies Midnight Walk 2014. Our 8th Midnight Walk will take place on Saturday 19th July along Weymouth Seafront and beyond! There are 3 fun routes to choose from; 5 Miles, 6.5 Miles and a 10 Mile route. To register call 01305 261800, or go to www.weld-hospice.org.uk/midnightwalk

19 & 20 July Ecover Blue Mile – Weymouth Beach. Come and join us at the Ecover Blue Mile Weymouth on Weymouth Beach over the weekend of 19th & 20th July, the opening weekend to the Dorset Festival of Sport 2014 and take part in our Open Water Swim, Kayak and Stand up Paddle Boarding events. Taster sessions, sprints, the Ecover Blue Mile and the N1SCO SUP Race Series – whether you are experienced at water sports or a complete novice, there is something for everyone.For further information about the Ecover Blue Mile Weymouth, check out our website at www.thebluemile.org

20 July Big Cove Swim – Series. 10.00am-12.30pm. Beachside Leisure Centre, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

20 July Tea on the Quay – Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge) 9am – 11pm www.rendezvousweymouth.co.uk

20-25 July Wayfarer Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

23 July Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

26 July – 3 Aug Spirit of Portland. “A celebration of Portland’s unique heritage, culture and natural environment”.

26 July Portland Gooseberry Fayre – Weston Road, Portland. 11 am to 3 pm.

26 & 27 July WWII Re-enactment weekend at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

30 July Matchstick Fleet at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

30 July Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

31 July to 5 Aug Moscow State Circus – Lodmoor Country Park, Events Area.

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August

Every Thursday Evening 6 pm to 9 pm, Bike Night – Weymouth Harbour, Custom House Quay, Weymouth. Each week the harbourside will be filled with bikes of all different descriptions from classics to Harley Davidsons and trikes. There is a small entry fee for bikes to take part and all monies raised go to a local charity.

1-3 August Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic – starts at 14.00 on Friday and 09.00 on Saturday and Sunday. Part of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, which is organised with the support of the RAF and Volleyball England. www.weymouthbeachvolleyball.co.uk

2-8 August Optimist Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

6 August Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

9-15 August Cadet Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

13 August Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

13-16 August WOW production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.u

16-22 August Cadet Worlds, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

17 August Big Cove Swim – Series. 10.00am-12.30pm. Beachside Leisure Centre, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

17 August Round the Rock. Starts from The Blues Club, Portland Football Ground, Grove Road, Portland. 10.30 am. 10k road race around Portland, further information and entry forms from www.rmpac.com

20 August Weymouth Carnival Day & Fireworks – Esplanade / Beach.

20 August Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

23 & 24 August Victorian Fayre at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

24 & 25 August Quayside Music Festival – Weymouth Harbour (Town Bridge) 9am – 11pm www.rendezvousweymouth.co.uk

27 August Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

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September

Every Thursday Evening 6 pm to 9 pm, Bike Night – Weymouth Harbour, Custom House Quay, Weymouth. Each week the harbourside will be filled with bikes of all different descriptions from classics to Harley Davidsons and trikes. There is a small entry fee for bikes to take part and all monies raised go to a local charity.

2 Sept Dumble Bimble Run – Starts from the YMCA, Reforne, Portland. 1830 hours. A 5 mile and 2k fun run. Entry on the night only. Fundraising for local charity, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. www.rmpac.com

3 Sept National Merchant Navy Day. Flag Raising, Civic Flag Pole, Council Offices, Weymouth. 10.30 am.

3 Sept Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com

6 Sept Weymouth World Tour Biathle – Greenhill Gardens. This Biathle is part of the GB Biathle Series. It is a continuous run / swim / run event at various distances depending on age starting at 500m / 1500m run / 50m / 200m swim and then the same run distance. For further details contact Mr Michael Flaherty on 01305 759047.

6 & 7 Sep Etchell Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

7 Sept Jurassic Coast Mini Car Rally – Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt. Start point for annual rally, vehicles depart the forecourt at 11 am through the Borough and along the Jurassic Coast.

10-13 Sept Son et Lumiere at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

13 & 14 Sept Etchell Europeans, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

14 Sept Challenge Triathlon – Iron Distance National event. Start and finish in Weymouth (www.challengetriuk.com)

13 & 14 Sept Maritime Festival

14 September Challenge Triathlon – Weymouth Seafront.

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October

4 & 5 Oct National Ranker, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

11 & 12 Oct National Ranker, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

12 Oct Lions Motocross Weekend – Weymouth Beach. Saturday Demo Day, Sunday racing starts at 12 noon.

18 & 19 Oct National Ranker, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

18-24 Oct Speed Week, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk

19 Oct Weymouth 10 – Weymouth Seafront. Starting at 9.30 am.

26 Oct Halloween at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

November

5 Nov Guy Fawkes Celebrations – Weymouth Seafront. Childrens Guy Fawkes Competition – 6.45 pm in the Pavilion Foyer, Fairground on the Pavilion Forecourt, Bonfire on Weymouth Beach lit at 7.30pm and Fireworks Display at 7.50 pm.

9 November Remembrance Sunday – Weymouth Seafront / Portland Cenotaph.

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December

7 Dec Christmas Event at the Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk

5 & 6 Dec Victorian Show night – Weymouth Town Center

14 Dec Chase the Pudding Santa Run – Weymouth Beach

25 Christmas Day Harbour Swim – Weymouth Harbour, 11 am.

31 New Years Eve Revelry – Various locations throughout the Borough.

Throughout the year

Monthly Best in Dorset, Farmers Market – Westham Bridge.

WEYMOUTH WEEKLY MARKET

- Every Thursday throughout the year. Swannery Car Park during the summer, Westham Bridge during winter months.

PORTLAND MARKET

- Every Tuesday, summer season only. Opposite Heights Hotel, Portland.

WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND LIBRARIES – Join regular fun events for the whole family at libraries in Weymouth and Portland, including story times, rhyme times, chatterbooks and more. www.dorsetforyou.com/libraries

Market, St Martin’s Community Hall – Regular monthly village market of homemade cakes and produce, plants, craft, local farm produce, fair trade goods, books, a raffle, library and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat.

CHESIL BEACH CENTRE

- Events, activities and talks throughout the year. Telephone 01305 760579. Website: www.chesilbeach.org

PORTLAND TOUT QUARRY

- Host many events throughout the year including Living Quarry and Childrens Stone Carving and Sculpture Workshops. For further information www.learningstone.org

ABBOTSBURY EVENTS – Abbotsbury. Throughout the year.

Website: www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

RADIPOLE AND LODMOOR RSPB RESERVES – Walks and family fun days are held throughout the year.

PORTLAND CASTLE – For further information, website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

WEYMOUTH FC – catch up on all the big matches, website: www.weymouthfc.com

Portland Museumwww.portlandmuseum.co.uk

Nothe Fortwww.nothefort.org.uk

 

All events are subject to change / cancellation due to weather / operational constraints.

This is a provisional list published 5 December 2013 and may be subject to change. As more information becomes available the list will be updated and more detailed information will be published in out events calendar.

Our thanks to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for this information

 


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