The Pavilion Theatre
I haven't actually been to a performance here but it looks like a lively provincial theatre with both national touring shows and performances by local dramatic and musical groups. The building itself looks a bit dated (having been constructed in 1960 on the site of the former Ritz Theatre which burnt down in the mid 50's) and there are plans for its redevelopment as part of the proposed revamp of the pier but these seem to be on hold at the moment.
The theatre is presently owned and run by the local council who seem to be doing quite a good job of it and the foyer now houses the Tourist Information Centre and a recently upgraded cafe called The Ritz.
Website below has details of forthcoming shows and offers an online booking facility.
Day Trip to Weymouth
"Let the train take the strain"
My hubby and I decided to have an easy day out and take the train to Weymouth. We caught the 9.15 am from Eastleigh, changed at Bournemouth and arrived in Weymouth at around 11.20am. The station is conveniently placed for both the town centre and beach.
We first headed for the old town harbour where we watched as the road bridge was raised at 12 noon to allow boats into and out of the inner harbour. We stopped in the old harbour and had a great carvery lunch in one of the many eateries. Then we took a small rowing boat back over to the other side of the estuary at the princely sum of 30p each - boy those rowers needed muscles! We then boarded a slightly larger boat which took us for a trip around Portland Harbour. The trip took around an hour and cost £5 per adult. We saw Chesil Beach, The outer harbour walls, some naval ships and a cable laying boat - not to mention the only floating prison in the UK. Oh - and John lost his silly hat at sea!
"Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside!"
After our nautical adventures we went for a walk along the prom. We were treated to a first class view of the Ladies Volleyball Final, The famous Weymouth sandcastles and finally had a paddle along the waters edge.
Other things to see include the Sealife Centre, a funfair, Punch and Judy, and lots of boats and pedalos for hire. The weather was glorious, the beach was packed and Weymouth was WONDERFUL - I would highly recommend it.
"In Awe of Sandcastles"
As mentioned above - here's a pic of one of the famous Weymouth Sandcastles. There's this chap who's been creating sand sculptures for many years now - and people come from miles around to see what he's going to create next. I think this one was on Chinese statues. It's situated at the harbour end of the beach - and is well protected - donations are gratefully received.