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Weymouth Beach Sports Festival cancelled

Weymouth Town Council are very disappointed to announce the cancellation of a popular annual event this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the safety and wellbeing of the public, event organisers and competitors, the annual Beach Sports Festival will not be taking place this year.

The festival has in previous years featured a mix of sporting events and activities including rugby, football, school sports, BeachFit, Swim The Bay and the Beach Volleyball Classic, all of which were based at the temporary sports arena on Weymouth Beach.

Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, said:

“Following consultation with event organisers, it is with great regret that we have to make the decision to cancel the summer Beach Sports Festival. The support for sports on the beach is always brilliant, shared and enjoyed by visitors and the local community. We will work extra hard to ensure that the sports festival returns to Weymouth bigger and better and look forward to welcoming back competitors and spectators.”

Gina Hartley, Director of BeachFit Weymouth, said:

“It is with great disappoint that we have to cancel the BeachFit Festival this July. The event has grown from strength to strength over the last few years and bookings for this year were the best yet. We are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the event in September, we will monitor the coronavirus restrictions and announce a decision closer to the time. Head over to our Facebook page ‘BeachFit Weymouth’ for all our updates”.

Alan Rose, Director of Just Racing (UK) and organiser of Swim The Bay, said:

“We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s Swim The Bay event but we are confident that it is the right thing to do at this time. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success and we look forward to building on this popularity and making the annual Swim The Bay event in Weymouth Bay a wonderful iconic sporting spectacle for the town”. 

The cancelled Beach Sports Festival was due to be held from 15th-26th July. During this time, with the support of sports festival event organisers, Weymouth Town Council will be coordinating a number of virtual sports events. Further information on this will be released closer to the time.

The latest events information and updates can be found on Weymouth Town Council’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.