Where to visit in the South Coast

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This year promises to be an interesting one for Weymouth – but whatever happens, the popular resort will still come out a winner. The excitement of the Olympics is over and the town’s pavilion theatre is threatened with closure, but there are still plenty of places to visit and things to do in 2013.From the town’s beautiful crescent-shaped golden sandy beach, historic harbour, marina, country park and nature reserve to the bustling rejuvenated town centre, there’s something for everyone.

Weymouth’s biggest natural asset and its crowning glory is its award-winning beach. Backed by the elegant Georgian seafront, the golden sands are ideal for families, with acres of space, safe bathing waters and a host of attractions. For simply lazing around, deckchairs, windbreaks and sun beds can be hired from several points and for the more energetic there are also trampolines and plenty of family fun to be had.

Many excellent and necessary facilities are centred on the prom, such as a first aid post, lost child centre, public address system and high season lifeguard facility provided by the RNU and Weymouth Canoe Lifeguards. The beach has some of the finest sand in Britain – witness the fantastic sand sculptures near Alexandra Gardens – and don’t forget the traditional Punch & Judy Show and the donkey rides.

The Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary can expect a fascinating exploration of underwater and seashore life. The Sea Life Park also boasts turtle and seal sanctuaries as well as the Venom zone packed with poisonous sea creatures, the touch pool, ray pool, sea horse house, penguin enclosure and more.  Lodmoor Country Park is just a 15 minute stroll away from the town centre (or a short ride on the resort’s famous land train) and is also home to a railway, go-karts, bumper boats and a giant slide.

The Lodmoor RSPB reserve, which lies just to the west of the country park, is an oasis of tranquillity as is Radipole Lake RSPB reserve right in the centre of town. Both have a good range of birds all year round and an excellent visitor centre with panoramic views.

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