A week in Weymouth – 23rd to 30th October 2010
We enjoyed a great week away for the half-term break, staying in the seaside town of Weymouth.
We stayed ‘self-catering’ in a house which was pleasant enough and the girls enjoyed the benefits of their own ‘playroom’. We had various minor ‘teething’ issues however. A lack of any towels in the house necessitated a visit to the nearby Asda on our first evening. During this, Holly wandered off and and was later ‘announced’ on the tannoy as being in Aisle 13, needless to say, quite upset! We also found out during the week that the washing machine didn’t get beyond the opening few noises before it started protesting and flashing warning lights at us.
Rebekah had her own problems during one night when we were woken by the noise of banging from her bedroom. On investigation it seems that she had rolled out of bed and somehow managed to bang into, and then subsequently open the wardrobe while trying to find her bed again – all of which caused much amusement afterwards.
It was amusing to read in the Visitor’s Book various issues that other people had encountered during previous stays. One family in 2006 had managed to find fault with the smell in the front room, the size of the garden, the futon, the ‘cramped’ bathroom, the sound on the second television, the kettle, kitchen tiles, lack of blinds, the traffic and high-priced car-parks! It made us wonder how they managed to find time for anything else apart from moaning! Coming from a two-bedroom maisonette, we were impressed with the size of the house and its relative convenience for getting into the town centre.
Kimmeridge Bay is another great location and the girls enjoyed hunting for fossils among the stones on the beach. Rebekah was less impressed with a large dog that decided to push her into the sea – fortunately no damage done.
Another high point was a trip on the ferry from Poole to Brownsea Island. Brownsea is a peaceful place and we had a picnic lunch in the woods to a backdrop of birdsong while we were there.
We also saw a number of red squirrels – Brownsea is one of their last remaining strongholds in England.
Weymouth is something of a traditional English seaside town, with two piers, and still offers such delights as donkey rides on the beach – something that Rebekah and Holly were happy to participate in. We also attempted crabbing in the harbour – something which proved less successful!
The pick of the places to eat, both of which we visited twice while we were staying, were Time for Tea and Marlboro. Time for Tea is a small restaurant offering sumptuous cream teas and homemade cakes. Marlboro is a fish and chip restaurant that provides huge platefuls of delicious food. Both of these we would heartily recommend.
Weymouth is currently undergoing a series of major roadworks which provide something of a headache if you’re wishing to travel through the town centre – or anywhere in a hurry! While it’s a nice enough town to visit, and there is certainly plenty to see and do in the immediate vicinity, I’m not sure that we’ll be returning to our temporary home in Newstead Road anytime soon. A week is long enough and it was good to arrive back home this afternoon.