free & paid activities all week long, book via the links below!
Help us swim 65 miles!
Last summer Oly Rush swam the length of the Jurassic Coast to rasie funds and awareness for Clean Jurassic Coast and Oceans to Earth, both community interest companies trying to make a difference on beach litter locally and helping to clean up our stunning coastline.
On 22nd August, Oly is aiming to swim 65 miles around the Isle of Wight in under 24 hours and smash the current record of 26 hours. Roy Beal of Clean Jurassic Coast will be alongside him all the way providing kayak safety cover and encouragement!
During Portland Week, we want to help Oly raise even more awareness and funds for the charities, this time also including Turn The Tide Cornwall, by collectively swimming the same distance in 50m lengths in the marina basin. Book a slot and help us reach the distance! Better still, get your friends & family to sponsor you & help Oly reach his fundraising goal.
An environmental art project by Portland artist, Ian Dyke
The rugged and starkly beautiful Isle of Portland is the inspiration for Ian's latest exhibition, Threatened Isle.
In order to promote the important work of Plastic Free Portland and Surfers Against Sewage Ian uses the mythical sea god, Neptune, and the earth goddess, Gaia, to illustrate nature's response to to the destructive invasion of plastic in their precious worlds. The exhibition features a series of dramatic and beautifully styled photographs, taken by media student Calum Kirkland, of Gaia and Neptune in location on Portland. A 3D piece further highlights the contrast between the natural and the man made with original paintings by Ian.
Ian's installation will be available for everyone to view daily throughout the week, times will vary depending on the activities hosted in the event marquee.
Kicking off with a clean!
Starting the week off as we mean to go on with a clean up of the local beaches in conjunction with our environmental charity, Clean Jurassic Coast!
Get the kids afloat for a sailing taster session with Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre or have a go at paddle boarding with Adventure 4 All.
Talks in the tent
Get afloat during the day, jump in for a swim with Mermaid Taurva and then come ashore for an evening of talks in the tent.
Fish & food!
Bring the family down for our crabbing competition or get afloat with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre & Adventure 4 All. If you get out and about on your boat, dangle a line and then bring your catch to the event marquee for our hook n cook BBQ in the evening. After you've eaten your delicious fresh fish, Roy Beal will regale you with takes of his adventures paddling the length of Britain in his Top Down kayak challenge.
Kids workshops and the annual PYC pontoon party!
Race round the marina then bob about to the sounds of Skaraman, Dave Burn and The Jamestown Brothers on Moonfleet tall ship at the boatfolk Folk Boat floating festival! There's a light BBQ lunch and complimentary bar included in the ticket and all proceeds go to Clean Jurassic Coast. The marina team would love you to join them dressing as a pirate or a mermaid too, so dig out your fancy dress! You'll also get to meet the One Ocean Crew and their eco-boat 'Vaquita'.
Winding down with a final clean
Book ending the week with a final beach clean with Clean Jurassic Coast and our eco market in the marquee. Try your hand at rowing with One Ocean Crew's rowing leader board competition and find out more about their eco ocean rowing boat and their epic Atlantic row coming up in December 2021.
Activities running throughout the week
Sail on a tall ship, get the kids fired up about protecting our planet or jumping around on a mega SUP, these are all things which are running throughout Portland Week so you can choose your day and not miss out on any of the fun! It's all for our marina environmental charity, Clean Jurassic Coast!
BEACH CLEANS! Pop into the event marquee and pick up beach cleaning supplies, check our map to see where we've been and where we haven't this week and head out for a litter pick! When you get back, colour in the area you covered on the map and we'll weigh and sort you litter collection into types and add it to the total for the week. Frontline Cafe will even reward you with a free cup of their delicious coffee (or a tea if you prefer!) when you bring in your bag of rubbish at the end of your clean throughout Portland Week.
Moonfleet Adventure Sailing - Book here!
Adventure4All, SUP, kayak, coasteer & climbing taster sessions - Book here!
Take an evening trip around Portland Bill with Fins Up, contact Dan for more information and to book.