Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the new Festival site?

At the Weymouth peninsula, behind Weymouth Pavilion (DT4 8ED) where the esplanade meets the harbour.

Where can I park?

Town centre car parks will fill up quickly. Please use the Weymouth park and ride (DT3 5HJ): 

Is there disabled access?

The site is relatively flat and should cause minimal issues for those in wheelchairs. Please see our access statement for more details.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not permitted on the festival site with the exception of assistance dogs.

Can I buy tickets on the gate?

At present it is envisaged that only pre-booked tickets will be accepted.

Can I buy tickets for both morning and afternoon sessions?

Yes – after adding the morning session, please click ‘continue shopping’ and select the afternoon session. At launch, a discount of 20% will apply to a booking where two or more sessions are added.

What plans are being put in place to ensure the event is safe to attend?

By moving to the Weymouth peninsula, and ticketing the Festival, organisers are able to control visitor numbers and ensure that there is enough space to allow for social distancing, should it still be a requirement.

Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the site. Tables and eating areas will be frequently sanitised and on-site teams will help to ensure that guidelines are being followed by visitors.

What happens if the event can’t go ahead due to restrictions?

If government restrictions mean the Festival can’t go ahead in September, it will be postponed until 2022. Tickets will automatically be transferred to next year’s dates. Alternatively, a full refund can be requested.

It’s usually free, why is the Festival paid entry?

Ticketing the Festival is the only way to ensure visitor numbers can be safely controlled. The move will see increased costs, and with a year’s lost income due to the postponement of the 2020 Festival, there is no other way the event could go ahead.

In terms of value for money, the new site does mean there will be space for new and exciting features – watch this space!

Why isn’t the event just being postponed until 2022?

The event will only go ahead if government guidelines at the time allow it to.

The organisers firmly believe that a safe and controlled environment can be created at the new location. With the 2020 event already postponed, and businesses suffering huge losses in the past twelve months, it is hoped that bringing the event back for 2021 will be a shot in the arm (pardon the pun) for traders, accommodation providers, the hospitality sector and the wider economies of Weymouth and Dorset. 

Crucially, the Festival provides the Fishermen’s Mission charity with more donated funds than any other event. It’s vital that this important charity is able to continue raising funds to help fishermen and their families in times of hardship.

The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families.
Fishermen's Mission