Around Osmington Mills, there’s something for everyone. You can relax and explore the woods or the coastline, or if you are feeling more adventurous, there’s a tremendous wealth of places to visit and things to do.
Picturesque towns, quaint villages, historic buildings...
Deep in Thomas Hardy country lies the county town of Dorchester; on which he based 'Casterbridge’. In Hardy’s cottage, a few miles to the east, he wrote Under the Greenwood Tree” and Far From The Madding Crowd”. Further east still is Athelhampton House. To the north, you can visit Maiden Castle or Portland Castle to the south; or scramble through the ruins of Corfe Castle to the east.
Shopping centres, restaurants and pubs, theatres and cinemas...
There is a selection of good shops at Weymouth — and for the really hardened shopper; Bournemouth is within easy reach. Both towns have a wealth of pubs, small cafes, and friendly restaurants as well as cinemas, theatres, golf courses and other recreational venues. The famous Smugglers Inn and the Sunray Inn are both a short walk away and offer good quality food at reasonable prices.
Wild life, sea life, places of interest...
Those who like a walk on the wild side’ can spend a day at Monkey World, which lies between Osmington Mills and Wareham. Alternatively, Weymouth has a fascinating Sea Life Centre, with displays of marine life that can be enjoyed by all ages. Other local attractions include, Lodmoor Country Park and Radipole Lake. If you are more interested in military history, the Tank Museum is well worth a visit. For the more adventurous try ‘Zorbing’ a cross between a water slide and a roller coaster!
Idyllic scenery, golden beaches, sleepy harbours...
There are countless beautiful walks along the Dorset coastline, which has been awarded World Heritage Status. Explore Chesil Beach; Lyme Regis, where “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” was filmed; the fossil-rich cliffs of Charmouth; or the fascinating geological formations at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (pictured above). The closest resort is Weymouth, where you can visit the harbour before strolling along the sandy beach or having a dip in the sparkling, clean sea
Not forgetting the Olympic Legacy
Weymouth and Portland was the host to the 2012 Olympic sailing events and for the budding future Olympians the National Sailing Academy are running Laser sailing courses throughout the year. Click More for further information.
This year the area is hosting many events including Weymouth Carnival, the kite festival, Spirit of the Sea Festival and more. Click the More for further information.