Travel

Magical Mystery Tour: Day 1

Stunning sights in Weymouth

One of my favourite ever Single Adventure Mum adventures was our magical mystery tour in 2016. I had a week off in late August while the team I work for was on tour and in typical S.A.M. style I didn’t fancy booking anything so we went off our own tour, an ultimate road trip around Southern England.

I loaded up the car, installed my in-car entertainment system, AKA Luka, and off we went, heading South without a clue about where we were going to end up, or when we would be back.

We went South with a vague notion of Devon and Cornwall, having spent a lot of time there as a child as my Grandparents lived there. En route I started to think of Weymouth as I have friends that live there and I knew there was a Sea Life there, and as regular readers will know, Luka sure does love an aquarium!

After a few hours we arrived at the Sea Life in Weymouth and I have to say it was my favourite of all the ones we have been to. Unlike the others that are set inside a building, Weymouth is set indoors and outdoors over a large area. There are different zones such as Harbourside and Pengiun Beach and the lovely outdoor rockpool, watch out for the tide coming in while you cross the bridge though or you’ll get wet toes! There’s also an outside play park, mini rollercoaster and splash zone. While I’m sure it would still be fun at any point of the year, in the blazing August sunshine it really was the perfect place for a fun day out. Entry booked in advance for 1 x adult and 1 child is around £25 but Merlin Pass holders go for free.

Aquariumed out, we took a drive along the front by the beach (which is beautiful by the way and somewhere we need to re-visit) and into the town as we spotted a big tower that needed investigating!

That tower turned out to be the Jurassic Skyline, where you are in a circular viewing area that rotates 360 degrees while going up to 174ft, offering unrivalled views of the coast. I’m not amazing with some heights, unlike Luka who has zero fear and was leaning over the glass overhang happily but I have to say it was really worth it. It was a stunning summers day and the views were just incredible, you could literally see for miles along the coast.

The Jurassic Skyline is only open in the summer season and at the minute it hasn’t reopened (it was due to open at the start of April) so keep your fingers crossed it’s back up and running soon to see those wonderful sights. Even if/when it does open I’ve seen several reports to say people have been there expecting it to be open only to find it’s closed with nothing on the website, so I’d recommend giving them a call or checking their Facebook before travelling if it’s something that you really want to do.

There is so much to do in the surrounding area, a visit to Weymouth should definitely feature on your list for a summer staycation in 2019.

Read about where we headed on day two of the tour HERE.

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