Weymouth’s reputation for hosting great sports events continues in 2016 with the hosting of the second Sports and Well-being Festival, running from 14 to 31 July 2016 on Weymouth Beach. Organisers are planning to build on the success of the 2015 festival where over 4,000 people visited the site and took part in the range of events, ‘have a go’ activities, health and wellbeing features.
Following a successful bid to the ‘Inspired by 2012’ Health and Well-being Legacy Fund, organisers Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council and Active Dorset are delivering a programme of activities, promoting fun, sport and health for all.
The festival aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the great range of events, activities, sport clubs and facilities available throughout the area.
Cllr Jason Osborne, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Brief Holder for Tourism and Culture, said: “I’d like to invite residents, local businesses, organisations and clubs to be part of this exciting festival.
“It is an excellent opportunity to engage with the local community and raise awareness of the many great clubs, classes and outdoor activities happening right on our doorstep throughout the year.”
A popular highlight of the festival will be the ‘Have a Go’ fun weekend on 23 and 24 July, 10am – 5pm daily. Visitors to the festival will be able to try a range of activities, including beach and water sports. There will also be an opportunity to take part in many interactive health activities and workshops.
Cllr Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Communities, Health and Wellbeing, said:
“The sport and well-being festival is very exciting, giving people of all ages and abilities a chance to have a go at some new leisure activities, plus find out about their health and how to stay healthy. We’d love lots of local people to come along for a friendly, fun and free experience, which we hope will inspire them to take on a new challenge.”
On 14 and 22 July the Festival will feature the popular Dorset Special Schools and Adults with Disabilities Sports and Well-Being Events. A wonderful opportunity for over 500 local children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to take part in a range of activities including beach sports, boat trips, water sports, arts and crafts, and music workshops.
More information about the Sports and Well-being Festival as well as top health tips are available at: dorsetforyou.com/sportfest
A series of events and activities will take place throughout the festival, including:
- Royal Navy Beach Rugby Festival – 20 July
- The Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic, supported by RAF Careers – 29 to 31 July
- The Battens Charity Beach Volleyball Classic – 28 July