{"LocationDetails":{"Id":800,"Name":"Isle of Portland","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holidays in Portland\u0026nbsp;\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Portland sits just to the south of Weymouth, and even though it\u0026rsquo;s connected to the mainland by a long causeway that stretches from Chesil Beach, it has an \u0026lsquo;island\u0026rsquo; feel to it that awakens the spirit of adventure in those lucky enough to visit it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMaybe it\u0026rsquo;s the fact that Enid Blyton wrote the Famous Five books in the area, or maybe it\u0026rsquo;s the dramatic Jurassic landscape, but whatever it is Portland\u0026rsquo;s a playground for those who love the Great Outdoors. Chesil Beach is a pebbly beach, and it rolls on for mile after mile making a popular spot to try out kitesurfing, and it\u0026rsquo;s a favourite with walkers too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s an annual festival designed to showcase everything that\u0026rsquo;s brilliant about Portland, and that means for nine days every year visitors can join the fun and enjoy live music, entertainment and\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Portland\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen it\u0026rsquo;s time to start looking for things to do in Portland, there\u0026rsquo;s only one place to start \u0026ndash; on Chesil Beach. This 19-mile pebble beach stretches all the way from Portland to West Bay, and there\u0026rsquo;s a saline water lagoon between it and the mainland for most of its length which only adds to the area\u0026rsquo;s beauty. Part of the Jurassic coast and right in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beach is perfect for sports, walks or just those lazy days by the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there are the walks. With some of the most significant stretches of coastline in the world, Portland\u0026rsquo;s the perfect destination for a walk with unique, dramatic landscape every step of the way. The Portland Bill Legacy Trail takes walkers right to the centre of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great route for catching sight of wildlife and the area\u0026rsquo;s geology.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy a walk with a difference, Portland\u0026rsquo;s quarries are an intriguing place for a wander. With tunnels, gullies and rocks packed with fossils, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to while away hour after hour clambering this historic patch of land.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePortland attractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe bustling resort of Weymouth may be just a short drive away, but when it comes to Portland attractions, it more than holds its own. Let\u0026rsquo;s start with the iconic Trinity House Lighthouse at Portland Bill. Jutting proudly out to sea and with a history that dates back for three centuries, this lighthouse welcomes visitors to step inside and climb up to the top. The lighthouse tour offers a glimpse into what life\u0026rsquo;s like as a lighthouse keeper, and the invaluable role each one plays in protecting those out at sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s another Portland landmark that you should add to your \u0026lsquo;to visit\u0026rsquo; list, and that\u0026rsquo;s Portland Castle. Owned by English Heritage and overlooking the harbour, Portland Castle remains one of the coastal forts constructed by Henry VIII to protect the country against threat from France and Spain. Make your way up to the gun platforms and you\u0026rsquo;ll be met by some of the most unspoilt views in Portland, and there\u0026rsquo;s an audio tour to fill you in on all that history as you make your way around.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePortland restaurants\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt must be all that sea air, but we always find ourselves with a hankering for good food somewhere lovely during a Portland holiday, and the good news is that there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to oblige.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eRight beside Portland Bill lighthouse, you\u0026rsquo;ll find one of the resort\u0026rsquo;s most established (and most popular come to that!) eateries, in the form of The Lobster Pot. If you visit on a sunny day and sit on one of the picnic benches, you\u0026rsquo;ll get to indulge in sea views you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget and great food \u0026ndash; and what a combination they make. With a reputation for its yummy crab, the restaurant serves up Dorset cream teas, hot snacks and everything in between. In fact, it was once features in The Telegraph as one of their top 25 most charming seaside cafes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor that evening meal that\u0026rsquo;s all about choosing from the specials board and finding a new favourite, it\u0026rsquo;s got to be The Cove. One of those restaurants in Portland with a loyal following of foodie fans, this one\u0026rsquo;s cosy, friendly and has a reputation for good food and delicious seafood. This pub\u0026rsquo;s right beside the beach too, so if you want to work up an appetite you can plan a walk there and back so you can enjoy some of the area\u0026rsquo;s scenery and work off all that food. Just make sure you book your table ahead as it tends to be very busy.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePortland events\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Portland events calendar centres around one main shindig every year, and that\u0026rsquo;s the 9-day Spirit of Portland festival. Held every summer, the event takes place at various venues throughout the town, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to choose some entertainment and go along for a great time. The event usually takes place at the end of July to the beginning of August, so make sure you check what\u0026rsquo;s on if you\u0026rsquo;re thinking of staying in the region for it. Spirit of Portland focuses on celebrating everything that makes the Isle of Portland unique, and the smaller events that make up its programme include foodie events, walks, talks and even the odd seashore safari.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"isle-of-portland","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Isle of Portland .jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Weymouth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eTHE resort for Weymouth beach holidays, Weymouth Beach boasts some of the safest waters on the English coast, and its sands have drawn families for their summer breaks for generations.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are fantastic views out to the Jurassic Coastline, and with great facilities and high standards for water quality this beach is ideal for those with children. The beach\u0026rsquo;s amenities include deckchairs, sunbeds, suntraps, toilets, and a host of kiosks and attractions. There are lifeguards on hand throughout the summer, as well as a Lost Child service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWeymouth Beach has a pretty Georgian seafront, safe waters and plenty of sand for everyone so it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect family attraction for sunny days. The beach has great facilities, a Lost Child service, seasonal lifeguards and safe waters.King George III holidayed at Weymouth beach 14 times during his lifetime - so it really is fit for a king! The King\u0026#39;s visits made Weymouth and its beach fashionable tourist destinations.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6104,"LocationLongitude":-2.45206,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/donkeys.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/weymouth/weymouth-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/donkeys.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Bennett\u0027s Water Gardens","Body":"\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http://www.waterlily.co.uk/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Bennett\u0027s Water Gardens\"\u003eBennett\u0026rsquo;s Water Gardens\u003c/a\u003e are a beautiful Weymouth attraction, and they open to the public between April and September. Created by the Bennett family during the 1950s, the gardens still boast some of the original water lilies planted at the time and they offer something new to see every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe infamous water lilies captured by Monet will spring to mind as soon as you catch sight of the gardens, and there\u0026rsquo;s a Japanese-inspired bridge that was built to commemorate his famous painting\u0026rsquo;s one hundredth anniversary. Whether you have a passion for plants and flowers or just fancy a peaceful walk somewhere stunning this attraction is a popular place to while away a couple of hours, and it\u0026rsquo;s Dorset at its best.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe gardens are closed on Saturdays, and dogs are not permitted.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6165,"LocationLongitude":-2.49592,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/water-gardens.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-portland/bennetts-water-gardens","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/water-gardens.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Abbotsbury Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFor a lovely dog walking spot on the Jurassic Coast, at the end of Chesil beach head for Abbotsbury Beach. With its pebble and shingle banking, this is the stretch of coastline that allows dogs all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach offers wonderful views of Lyme Bay and is also a well known and popular spot for anglers. The beach is just a mile away from the village of Abbotsbury, past the famous Abbotsbury Swannery and also the site of the Chesil and Fleet Nature Reserve. You will find a car park next to the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs with endless energy will find the pebbly beach a haven for exploring, and you can enjoy the lapping of the Atlantic washing over the pebbled shoreline, as you stop off for a break or quick cup of tea if you pack a flask. There is also a seasonal caf\u0026eacute; in the car park. If the weather\u0026rsquo;s windy this is a great spot for watching the waves roll in, gusty conditions can make for an atmospheric experience, in fact nearby Chesil beach has even been referred to by some as one of the world\u0026rsquo;s finest \u0026lsquo;storm beaches.\u0026rsquo;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re exploring the South West Coast Path the Abbotsbury Hill Fort is a good 5.6mile walk starting and ending at the Abbotsbury beach car park. It is generally flat with one long climb that can be challenging at times but offers fantastic views of Dorset. This walk is certainly a must for anybody with an interest in archaeology, geology, history or wildlife as you follow the back of Chesil Bank and the South Dorset Ridgeway.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6888,"LocationLongitude":-2.69992,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/dog beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-portland/abbotsbury-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/dog beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Chesil Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;d be hard pushed to find a longer beach than Dorset\u0026rsquo;s natural wonder \u0026ndash; Chesil Beach. This pebbly beach rolls on for 18 miles, and as you can access it from various points along the way it\u0026rsquo;s a great place if you fancy a walk or to take advantage of its seriously impressive sea fishing. Pick a quiet section for a wander, visit the Fleet Nature Reserve or take your dog to make the most of the longest dog friendly beach you\u0026rsquo;re ever likely to discover.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChesil Beach rolls for miles between Portland and West Bay, and the Fleet Lagoon that separates it from the mainland stretches for 13km. Chesil Beach and the lagoon and both vital habitats for wildlife, so a stroll along the beach is a nice opportunity to spot some of the local species during your holiday in Dorset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChesil Beach lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast (which dates back a mind-boggling 180 million years), and it\u0026rsquo;s also a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. If you\u0026rsquo;re staying in Weymouth, Portland or nearby a walk on Chesil Beach should be at the top of your list of activities \u0026ndash; after all, how often do you get to stroll through an area with hundreds of millions of years of history to its name? These days the closest things you\u0026rsquo;ll see to dinosaurs are the dogs making the most of the beach\u0026rsquo;s dog friendly status, and remember they\u0026rsquo;re welcome all year round.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.5829,"LocationLongitude":-2.48037,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/Chesil Views 02.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-portland/chesil-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/Chesil Views 02.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWeymouth Outdoor Education Centre holds outdoor adventure activities for all ages, all year round. The centre organises rock climbing, scrambling and abseiling activities and thanks to the dramatic Weymouth landscape rock climbers can take their pick of exciting venues. There are taster sessions available for those who are new to climbing and just want to find out what it\u0026rsquo;s all about, and they\u0026rsquo;re a great way to experience something new as a family whilst you enjoy a Dorset holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re going to start climbing whilst enjoying Dorset then why not do it outside in the open air? Venues used by Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre include Chesil Cove, Portland Bill and Tout Quarry. All sessions are led by fully qualified instructors with years of experience behind them, so no matter what your level of expertise you can expect to be completely safe at all times and enjoy an experience you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany families choose a climbing session as something different to enjoy together during their holiday, and it\u0026rsquo;s certainly something the children will look forward to! The centre runs a wide range of activities, including sailing, archery, kayaking and more \u0026ndash; so why not book your session now and make your visit to Dorset an adventurous one?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6087,"LocationLongitude":-2.46652,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/rock-climber.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/weymouth/weymouth-outdoor-education-centre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/rock-climber.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Kitesurfing at Portland Harbour","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAs the world saw in 2012, there are few watersports that Portland Harbour doesn\u0026rsquo;t lend itself to, and kite surfing is no different. The world\u0026rsquo;s third largest natural harbour is one of the most popular spots to kite surf thanks to its safe flat waters and clean winds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn most days you\u0026rsquo;ll find south westerly winds once offshore, but they\u0026rsquo;re clean winds blowing fresh from the ocean and gaining momentum along Chesil Beach. In fact, they create flatter conditions than you\u0026rsquo;ll find in any other kite surfing location and the water is knee deep for half a mile at low tide, making this one of the safest spots to improve your skills.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNo matter how safe the conditions there\u0026rsquo;s always the risk of your kit blowing out or becoming stranded if the wind drops off, and many take advantage of the kite retrieval service provided by Weymouth Watersports. They are located in the perfect vantage spot to notice anyone who is unable to get back in or has lost their kit immediately, so kite surfers can enjoy making the most of this fantastic location with a little extra reassurance in case of anything going awry.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDo you fancy trying something a little bit different during a kite surfing holiday in Dorset? Try speed kite surfing close to the annual Weymouth Speed Week, and pick up your board from Weymouth Watersports who produced one of the boards used in the event last year. Kite surfers need a permit to surf at Portland Harbour, so please make sure you pick one up before you arrive.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5736,"LocationLongitude":-2.45201,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/kitesurfer-clouds.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-portland/kitesurfing-at-portland-harbour","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/kitesurfer-clouds.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Paracademy Extreme Sports Centre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eKitesurfing can be a bit of a daunting prospect if you\u0026rsquo;ve never tried it, but with professional tuition and the right conditions it can be the experience of a lifetime, and certainly of a holiday. Dorset\u0026rsquo;s coastline is just right for getting the hang of kitesurfing, and The Paracademy Extreme Sports Centre operates taster and three day lessons for all levels of experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe lessons can be tailored to suit those on them, so they\u0026rsquo;re used by newcomers to the sport and those already experienced who just want to learn some tricks and tips. The course trainers are passionate about adventure sports, and the lessons are great fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Paracademy Extreme Kitesurf Centre UK was one of the first dedicated kitesurfing schools to open in the UK and its methods of teaching have been picked up in countries around the world. 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On the top level you\u0026rsquo;ll find sweeping views across Weymouth\u0026rsquo;s harbour and the surrounding coastline, but below lurk eerie passageways that are great fun to spend time exploring. The fort is home to an intriguing network of underground passageways that have ignited the imaginations of visitors for generations, and the many displays throughout the attraction tell visitors of its history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re not exactly an expert on military history, Nothe Fort is a family friendly attraction and cinema screens retell its history. The mammoth guns on display always impress the kids too, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to see and do for the young and old. The fort is one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most striking landmarks, and it hosts family events throughout the year such as Halloween fun and family trails. 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You\u0026rsquo;ll see just what life\u0026rsquo;s like under the sea as you make your way through the different sections, and you\u0026#39;ll be able to learn about the animals throughout the day thanks to talks from the keepers at feeding time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand new Caribbean Cove\u0026nbsp;adventure playground\u0026#39;s the perfect place for the kids to let off steam, and then you can head to the Weymouth Tower\u0026nbsp;to take in views of the Dorset coastline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy challenging your clan to a round of golf, you\u0026#39;ll find the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course to keep all ages entertained. You\u0026rsquo;ll save 25% off entry price (for the sea life centre and the tower combined) by booking online in advance, and you won\u0026rsquo;t even have to queue when you get there...sounds like a bargain to us. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6101,"LocationLongitude":-2.44638,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/shark-swimming.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/weymouth/weymouth-sea-life-adventure-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/shark-swimming.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Abbotsbury Swannery","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNo holiday in Dorset is complete without a stroll amidst hundreds of nesting swans and their hatching signets. Yes, Abbotsbury Swannery is one of a kind, and as it was formed by Benedictine monks back in the 1040s it\u0026rsquo;s also the area\u0026rsquo;s oldest family attraction by far. The monks originally kept the swans to for their opulent banquets, but these days their quite safe and the swannery focuses on breeding them and supporting the area\u0026rsquo;s wildlife.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get close to the 600 swans that call this beautiful spot on the coast home, and if you\u0026rsquo;re there for 12 noon or 4pm you\u0026rsquo;ll be invited to help feed them too. The swans are free to roam as the swannery is a sanctuary, and the sight of the hundreds of eggs coming to life as little beaks emerge from them during summer is spectacular. Take a camera with you as chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to capture the first moments of a cygnet\u0026rsquo;s life during your visit, now how\u0026rsquo;s that for a day out with a difference?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe attraction is so picturesque that it\u0026rsquo;s no stranger to film crews, and has starred in the BBC\u0026rsquo;s Springwatch and even Harry Potter. The colony of nesting Mute Swans are all free flying and there are no cages at the swannery. 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Its coastline? The walks? The people or the pubs? Well whatever it is, it\u0026rsquo;s time to celebrate it with the festival of the year. Celebrate the spirit of Portland at the Spirit of Portland Festival. The aim behind the festival is to mark Portland\u0026rsquo;s maritime heritage and culture, and everyone\u0026rsquo;s invited to enjoy a whole variety of special events.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe programme\u0026rsquo;s packed with everything from singing, live music and dance, talks on the area, guided walks and even a firework display out on the water \u0026ndash; so there\u0026rsquo;s something for every kind of visitor. 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