Jurassica’s plans for Portland and Weymouth

Did you know that a real Jurassic World is coming to Portland? That’s the ambitious plan driving the Jurassica initiative, an innovative project to convert a disused quarry into a world-class dinosaur-themed experience.

There won’t be any real dinosaurs, of course. And I don’t think T-rex is invited because he wasn’t a Dorset local. Along with ammonites (very Dorset) there will be plenty of sea dwelling dinos including pliosaurs and ichthyosaurs, the massive marine reptiles with scarily large and sharp teeth.

Jurassica, if it happens, promises to be a very exciting place to visit. But there’s no guarantee that it will ever be more than a good idea.

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Weymouth and the 2012 Olympic Games

When we house hunting with a view to moving to Weymouth, in 2009, many of the properties boasted their proximity to the Olympic sailing venue. A year later, in 2010, those references to the Games had gone.

This change sums up Weymouth’s relationship with the Games – initial enthusiasm and excitement following by frustration and, for many, a desire to distance themselves for the Olympic circus. Continue reading “Weymouth and the 2012 Olympic Games”

Where to park your car in Weymouth

In his book ‘Wings over Weymouth‘, published in 2005, author Colin Pomeroy makes a reference to the town having a reputation for over-priced car parking charges.

A decade later that reputation has not diminished. Visitors and locals enjoyed a brief respite in 2014, when the borough council decided to dramatically reduce parking charges. But after twelve months they declared the experiment a failure and hiked the prices back up.

So, if you’re coming to Weymouth, where is a good place to park your car?

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