This busy beach and harbour town has a thriving commercial area with a variety of High Street chain shops like M&S, TK Max, Peacocks,Animal, Debenhams and Poundland. As well as supermarkets, and many small private shops which provide an attractive balance.
What to buy: You can buy pretty much anything here, including food picnic treats for on the beach.
This is an eye-catching little commercial art gallery on the edge of the old harbour which specialises in showcasing the works of local artists. Exhibits include original paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and glass and whilst everything is for sale you are free to just browse at your leisure.
Prices are quite reasonable considering that everything is hand-crafted and whilst many items have a definite maritime theme there's not the kitschy-feel that you often encounter in similarly-styled places.
Website is well worth a visit and has a page dedicated the various artists and their works as well as details of opening times and a contact page.
Wandering the pedestrianised central streets you'll notice just how undeveloped the town is - as if the 1960's planners who ruined the character of so many other towns and cities had somehow bypassed the place.
The shops here are a delight. There is, as expected, branches of the various National chains on New Bond Street, St Thomas Street and St Mary Street but as soon as you leave these three main drags you'll find all sorts of quirky little independent retailers.
Across the river in the old harbour area you'll find Brewer's Quay which is described as a "Shopping Village". This is the former Devenish brewery which has been tastefully redeveloped as a sort of Victorian labyrinth of cobbled streets which house the Town Museum and an eclectic collection of specialist stores. The stores include a craft section which sells arts and crafts from all over the world, there's a trio of curio shops, a couple of maritime souvenir places and even a micro-brewery.
This isnt a shop per say, but rather a beach stall on the beach promenade.
Passers by can look at his work as they pass by. He must get a lot of trade during the busy summer months. Goodness knows what he does during the cold 'non-beachy' winter months though!
Maybe he sells at local craft fairs.
What to buy: There were many magnets with quirky sayings, as well as ones you could hang up on your home bar I guess.
There were many copies of paintings that this local artist had done, and I really liked a few of them! I meant to go back to get a sunflower print, but forgot! I will have to remember when we return again, and we will!
The artists style is really nice and quirky... and he draws all kinds of everyday scenes and still lifes... even night shot prints and some classical prints too.
His work is refreshing I thought :)
What to pay: Very inexpensive, but then you are only getting a copy... not an original of anything
There were a few stalls packed to the brim with kids beach equipment.
They are temporary stalls it appears, put up ofr the high season, when the beach is packed full of people. Being such a sunny, hot day, the beach was packed, and the shops were BUSY!
What to buy: From blow up whales and sharks, to buckets and spades, to flower windmills to armbands, from fishing nets to footballs.. they had everything you could think of, catering for all ages of children. No doubt some parents also enjoy some of these toys! :)
What to pay: Inexpensive
There are two main High Streets in Weymouth with shops down each dide, some of these include:
British Heart Foundation
Lidle (althrough it's a bit outside of town)
99p stores (just opened)
An indoor market
Ocean to Earth
Sue Ryder Care
What to buy: Sea stuff
What to pay: Depends
The main shopping area is based around St Marys Street. It is a long main street with several small streets off and all the main chains are here - Woolworths, Boots, Jessops etc. Spoilt by a high proportion of empty shops.
A few years ago the town, in it's wisdom, decided to build a small shopping area with location to rival the poorness of the Colwell Centre. The shops there aren't too bad if they're what you're going for- Matalan, Powerhouse, etc, but it's location perched right on one of the busiest roundabouts in town makes it a nightmare to get to, and as I said it really just isn't worth it. Added to which it is quite a job to get out from, I've waited up to two hours in the car park waiting to get out before!