The eyes of the world will soon be on this Dorset town as it hosts the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Events, but if you want to check out what this coastal hotspot has to offer before it’s invaded by sailors, then you’ll find there’s plenty to see and do, both on, and off the water.

The town’s family friendly beach is well known, and has regularly made the Top Ten poll of UK Beach Destinations. The beach itself stretches for 3 miles, and has plentiful facilities for sunbathing, with the addition of various cafes when you need to quench your thirst. As well as safe waters for swimming in, a number of Weymouth’s annual events including Motocross, International Volleyball, and Summer Fireworks.

Away from the beach, there’s also the Weymouth Sea Festival, and a Carnival and Show Night, Markets, and other events on offer, while nightclubs, a theatre, and live music venues further add to the variety of entertainment on offer.

There’s a wide choice of places to eat, drink and shop too. Shopping areas include New Bond Street, St Thomas Street and St Mary Street, with their modern shops, and Great George Street with its more individual shopping experience. For dining, you could choose to visit the lively 17th century harbour, dine along the seafront esplanade, or choose from one of the many pubs, restaurants and bistros across Weymouth. Seafood is of course, a speciality, and there are locally brewed ales to sample as well, but every taste is catered for.

Back to the action, and it’s not just sailing you can try out in Weymouth. There are facilities for everything from rock-climbing paragliding and hiking, to pony trekking. The nearby Isle of Portland offers further chances to explore, with the disused quarries a haven for fossil and archaeology enthusiasts. Also look out for the renowned Chesil Beach, Portland Bill Lighthouse, and Portland Castle. While back in Weymouth, Nothe Fort, a Victorian Fortress, Lodmoor Country Park and Sea Life Centre, and Sharkeys Adventure Play Zone, will provide fun for all the family.

Much of the accommodation in Weymouth is family friendly too, and includes high quality holiday parks, along with guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and hotels.. Best of all, you can be there in less than 3 hours by train from London, with daily coach services, and 3 airports within easy reach. Weymouth is a classic seaside resort that suits and caters for every need!