Weymouth And Portland Launches Biggest Events Programme Yet
8:16am 31st January 2014
This year will see Weymouth and Portland hold its biggest events programme ever.
And we're told that comes despite council cut backs and at no extra cost to the tax payer.
The Borough will host more than 260 events throughout the year.
The eprogramme gets off to a sporting start in February with the Topper Winter Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). On February 22 and 23 the borough will also host the quad bike racing event, Dickies Quad Beach Cross on Weymouth Beach.
The borough's major events are back in 2014 including Best of Dorset Show in March, Weymouth Kite Festival in May, Wessex Folk Festival and Armed Forces Celebrations in June, Dorset Seafood Festival and Spirit of Portland in July, Weymouth Carnival in August and the Lions Beach Motocross in October.
Big sporting and leisure events will be happening in Weymouth and Portland this year. This includes one of the country's leading Iron Distance triathlons, Challenge Weymouth, in September. Challenge Weymouth will lead over 1500 athletes through this incredible multi endurance event (3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2 run), attracting additional 5,000 sports visitors and supporters. Challenge Weymouth is planning to develop a strong future in Weymouth.
A range of high class sailing competitions will also be happening at the WPSNA including Cadet Worlds in August and the Wayfarer and Optimist Nationals in July and August.
People can also take part in sporting challenges such as BustinSkin multi-event series, Round-the-Rock I0K, Portland I0 mile road race and Dimble Bimble Fun Run on Portland, the Weymouth I0 Mile Race on Weymouth Seafront and the ASA Long Distance Swimming Championships.
July and August is always a great time to try out a sport and join in the fun on Weymouth Beach and this year the Ecover Blue Mile will be back with an open-water swim, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. This will be part of the Dorset Festival of Sports which will feature the Beach Sports Festival, the Battens Charity Beach Volleyball and the RAF Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic, the country's leading two side men's and women's volleyball championship.
Throughout 2014 the borough's fabulous park and open spaces will host a range of activities including fetes, fairs and picnics organised by the park's friends groups and the borough council.