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The team at Weymouth’s historic Nothe Fort have a double celebration with the news that not only was the popular attraction the winner of Best Small Attraction of the Year Award in the Dorset Tourism Awards last week but also that the fort has been awarded a grant of £20,000 a year over the next three years to further develop it’s displays and build on it’s already successful offering of educational facilities for visiting schools. It will also be assist the fort in supporting future initiatives in the Weymouth and Portland bringing more public awareness of the areas rich heritage.

The award has been granted from Dorset Council’s Organisational and Revenue Support Fund and in large part was made in recognition of the fort team’s excellent efforts to provide a covid safe environment for it’s visitors and run a vibrant events schedule in the difficult times that 2020 brought.

Despite the difficulties and periods of lockdown over the past year the fort was still able to welcome over 33,500 visitors during 2020. The events programme ranged from Food and Drink Markets to an al fresco run of the popular summer pantomime Pirates of the Pavilion re-located in record time due to covid restrictions.

The fort also played a major part in Weymouth’s civic events with both the VJ Day and Remembrance Day services being held at the fort and live streamed online to a total audience of around 40,000

Other Weymouth and Portland recipients of grants from the fund are Weymouth Museum and Portland Museum both will receive a grant of £5,000 a year to enhance their offer along with the B-side arts festival also awarded £5,000