What's On in Lyme Regis

Your Complete Guide to Events
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Lyme Regis

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June 12th  A Small Family Business  Theatre  Ayckbourn  NT Live 18.45

June 17th  Benvenuto Cellini  Opera  Berlioz ENO 19.00

June 18th  Henry IV Part Two    RSC 18.45

June 24th  Manon Lescaut  Opera  Puccini  ROH       18.30

July 19th   Andre Rieu  18.45

July 20th   Monty Python Live   18.45

Sept.3rd   Two Gentlemen of Verona   RSC  18.45

Sept 4th    Medea  Theatre  Euripides  NT Live 18.30

Oct 14th   Otello  Opera   Verdi  ENO  18.30

Oct 16th    Manon Ballet Massenet   ROH   19.00

Oct 26th    Legends of Love Ballet Melikov Bolshoi 14.45

Oct 27th    I due Foscari Opera  Verdi ROH       19.00

Nov 23rd   The Pharaoh`s Daughter  Ballet Pugni       Bolshoi 14.45

Nov 26th   L`Elisir d`Amore Opera Donizetti   ROH       19.00

Dec 7th     La Bayadere  Ballet Minkus Bolshoi 14.45

Dec 16th    Alice`s Adventures ..   Ballet  Talbot      ROH       19.00

Dec 21st    Nutcracker  Ballet Tchaikovsky  Bolshoi 14.45


Jan 25th   Swan Lake  Ballet   Tchaikovsky Bolshoi 14.45

Jan 29th   Andrea Chenier  Opera  Giordano  ROH   19.00

Feb 11th   Love`s Labour`s Lost  RSC 18.45

Feb 24th   The Flying Dutchman Opera Wagner ROH  19.00

Mar 4th     Love`s Labour`s Won  RSC 18.45

Mar 8th     Romeo and Juliet   Ballet  Prokofiev Bolshoi 14.45

Mar 11th    La Traviata  Opera  Verdi  ENO 19.15

Mar 17th   Swan Lake  Ballet Tchaikovsky  ROH   19.00

Apr 1st    Rise and Fall of the City of  Mahagonny   Opera Weill/Brecht   ROH 19.00

April 19th   Ivan The Terrible  Ballet  Bolshoi 14.45

May 5th     La Fille Mal Gardee  Ballet  Herold ROH       19.00

May 19th   Pirates of Penzance  Opera  G & S ENO  19.15

June 10th   La Boheme  Opera Puccini  ROH 19.00

July 1st      Carmen  Opera  Bizet  ENO 19.15

July 5th      Guillaume Tell  Opera Rossini  ROH 14.30



Books to your Door
Unable to get to the Library? Housebound?

'If you are housebound or unable to get to your local library, we may be able to arrange for books to be delivered to your home, free at regular intervals by volunteers.

We offer a wide range of fiction as well as information books on country life, cookery, travel, biography and other popular subjects. You can request specific books or subjects.

Large print books are available as well as talking books for people with sight problems, illness or other disabilities.

Books and talking books are delivered to your home by volunteers. All staff and volunteers always carry identity cards. Visits are usually every three weeks. There is no charge for our Home Library Service.

For more details, contact your local library and a member of staff will call to see if we can help you to use the library service.'



Marine Theatre
starts fundraising campaign for new roof

The Marine Theatre has kicked off a fundraising campaign to fund substantial repairs to its roof. “Raise the Roof!” aims to raise somewhere in the region of £95,000 towards a brand new roof for the 119 year-old Lyme Regis building.


Whilst many who visit the theatre in inclement weather may see the presence of 2 children’s paddling pools to catch drips as a quirky necessity in an ageing building, in reality they tell a different story. An extensive survey has revealed that in order to preserve the Marine, its two roofs are in desperate need of repair, with the pitch roof needing re-insulating, re-pitching and re-slating.  Work to re-gutter, repair mortaring, paint the walls and treat the sea facing timbers, along with the addition of solar panels, will add to the longevity and the economic and environmental sustainability of the theatre.

Lyme Arts Community Trust, which runs the Marine, hopes that a substantial amount will come from grants, but will also be reaching out to the local community and supporters of the theatre to help them raise the rest.


Co-Artistic Director Tim Bell said:  “The Marine Theatre building, in its many guises, has played a valuable part in Lyme Regis life for the last 119 years. We want to ensure the building lasts for another 119 years.


We’ve got a great history of fantastic performance here in Lyme. Whether it’s one of the local societies (who date back to the 1920s), Lyme Youth Theatre or one of the dozens of world famous acts that have appeared here over the years (including Jimmy Cagney, Michael McIntyre, Status Quo and Jo Brand) there have always been excellent, affordable nights out in Lyme. Unless we can fix the roof, that tradition is under threat.


When so many sectors are facing tough, tough cuts, many people may be wondering why it’s worth spending so much money on a theatre. Well, a study published today by Centre for Economics and Business Research has demonstrated that for every pound that's invested in arts and culture six pounds is generated for the local economy. We are a profitable industry and a thriving theatre that brings a lot of business into Lyme.”


3 years after a bail out from Lyme Regis Town Council, the theatre’s fortunes have turned a corner. At its last report to LRTC the theatre reported audience figures up 48%. Mr Bell added “We’ve received a tremendous amount of Town Council backing over the last 11 years, something we are extremely grateful for. It’s our job to make sure that money doesn’t go to waste. We have a responsibility to improve the fabric of the building and to keep on delivering great entertainment to the people of West Dorset.”


The first two fundraising events for “Raise the Roof!” have already been announced. On Friday 7th June local favourites The Echoes visit the Marine for a fundraising gig. On Wednesday 10th of July Mark Hix heads up a panel of well know local chefs for a thought-provoking panel discussion on mackerel and sustainable fishing.


To donate, please visit




Community Post

Organisers: Use this page to ask for help; volunteers; sponsors; give advance notice of events and other information about the town


Have you got time to spare to keep part of Lyme’s heritage thriving?

The town’s restored 14th century working watermill produces stone-ground flour from local organic wheat and lies within a courtyard complex in the heart of Lyme containing a variety of Artisan Shops, Studios, Galleries and a Millers Garden. Spring 2010 will be an exciting time with the opening of the Malthouse Community Space and Lyme Bay Brewing. 

Can you spare a few hours a week or month? We need people to regularly volunteer as millers, staffing the gift shop, stewarding the gallery, and helping out to keep the environment, including the gardens and the courtyard, attractive for our visitors. You’ll find that enthusiastic, generous and friendly people make up the community at the mill.  As well as being involved with a unique heritage project you will have the chance to meet many visitors from around the globe.

 For more information please visit our website www.townmill.org.uk or contact Mags Osborn at the Town Mill on 01297 443579,  info@townmill.org.uk


March 2013: Fantastic New Fossil Find: The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur!

The Lyme Regis Museum announces the arrival of its fantastic new fossil – The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur. The museum has acquired the fossilised head of this impressive Jurassic predator – a large dolphin-like reptile that swam the warm seas of prehistoric Dorset. The skull measures over 1.5 metres long and possessed a formidable armoury of razor sharp teeth.

Lyme Regis is the home of palaeontology and the place where Britain’s greatest fossil hunter, Mary Anning discovered the first ichthyosaur and plesiosaur in the early 19th century. The town is situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only Natural World Heritage Site.

Museum Director David Tucker said, “This species of ichthyosaur, called Temnodontosaurus platydon is the same species as the first great ichthyosaur discovered by Mary Anning 200 years ago. Mary Anning’s fossil is in the Natural History Museum, and Lyme Regis has waited two centuries to obtain a similar, large specimen. The fossil was discovered within metres of the museum. It’s important that museums along the Jurassic Coast are able to display the amazing fossil treasures that are still being found along the coast”.  The fossil was found by local collector, Mike Harrison and was purchased for the museum with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Prism Grant Fund.

Lyme Regis Museum is built on the site of Mary Anning’s house and was founded in 1902 by the family of Elizabeth Philpot, Mary Anning’s friend and significant fossil hunter in her own right. The museum has recently featured on ‘Countryfile’ and runs fossil walks, led by expert geologists giving visitors a chance to find their own Jurassic Coast treasures.

For further details contact David Tucker: director@lymeregismuseum.co.uk or 01297 443370.  Lyme Regis Museum is open seven days a week from March 20th 2013.  Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA


Winter Parking Permits

Free parking in Cabanya and Woodmead car parks 1st November 2013 to 31 March 2014 for full-time Lyme Regis Residents only.
Available from Lyme Regis Town Council Office from 25th October 2013 and can be collected between 10am and midday, and 2pm and 4pm. 

Your most recent Council tax bill and vehicle registration document displaying the same address are necessary to obtain a permit


Something in need of repair or
maintenance around town?

Sign cleaning, clearing and repair.  Unblocking drainage gullies,  small areas of footpath, roadway  or carriageway edge repairs
Report these problems to either Lyme Regis Town Council 01297 445175;
Dorset Direct 01305 221000
Click Here

 Candles on the Cobb 2012

5,000 candles light the Cobb, the North wall and spell 'Candles on the Cobb' on the beach
What an incredible event!


Recycle those unwanted Gifts

Please Donate them to:  

RNLI Shop, The Cobb:

Weldmar Hospice Shop, Broad Street:

Jumble Sales

Unstable cliffs along the coast

Chalets being demolished at Ware Cliffs

Regular Events:   for other organisations not mentioned here also see Societies/Clubs

Adult Education   Courses: 

Tel 01297 444570

Amnesty International Local branch meets 3rd Monday of the month except December. 5.30  Hallett Court, Queens Walk, DT7 3BL Tel  445707 or 442427.
Antiques Heritage Coast U3A study group

Heritage Coast U3A study group 


5 day courses at the Town Mill; Tel 443348

Lyme Regis Art Group

Meets 1st & 3rd Tues 2 - 4pm October to March  2- 4pm Workshops 2nd Monday, Woodmead Hall  442956

Badminton Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
1st Lym Valley Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Beavers is for girls & boys aged between 6 & 8 years old, we meet on a Wednesday at 6pm till 7.15pm  The leaders are Penny Coplestone 01460 220031.
and Karen Yelland 01297 442072 lymvalleybeavers@aim.com

Beginners Computer Group Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Belly Dancing

Tues:  The Scout Hut, Rhode Lane, Uplyme

Body Moves

Energising Movement Class Thursdays 9.30 - 10.30am Masonic Hall: Tel 07890 961171

Book Group  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Lyme Regis Bowls Club Tel. 01297 445443   More info
Bridge BRIDGE FOR IMPROVERS  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Brownies 01297 445213
Business & Professional Women

Twice Monthly: Guest Speaker, activities, Mon's 7.45pm  01308 424951

Bridge Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Car Boot Sale

Rousdon: Sunday mornings (Summer only)

Car Boot Sale Charmouth: Saturdays 11am - 3pm off A35 Charmouth by-pass (Summer only)
Chess Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Church - St Michael the Archangel More info
Church -Lyme Regis Baptist Church More info
Church - St Michael and St George Father M Koppel  More info

All the latest films Regent Cinema

Film Appreciation Silver Screen (for all ages) Film classics  Thursday mornings at reduced rates throughout the autumn/winter Regent Cinema

Uplyme Cricket Club

Coffee Morning

every Thursday, 10 - 12 Baptist Church Hall

Community Choir Lyme Voices Thursdays 7.30 - 9pm Baptist Church Hall Tel 01297 445078
Conservative Association regular coffee mornings  444209
Courage to Sing

Every Wednesday 7.40pm , Masonic Hall; All welcome


Lym Valley Croquet Club welcomes new members 442181

Cruse Bereavement Care

Monthly at Lyme Regis Medical Centre and Bridport Community Hospital Tel 01308 42589

1st Lym Valley Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Cubs is for boys & girls aged between 8 and 10 ½ years old, we meet every week between 6.00pm till 7.30pm on a Thursday.  The Leaders are Joe Street 07738 177977, Brian Street & Claire Palmer. lymvalleycubs@yahoo.com

Current Affairs

Heritage Coast U3A study group. 


Dorset Cyclist Network every 4th Friday alternate months Jan - Nov,  Tel  444595


mainly Ballroom; 2nd & 4th Saturday, Uplyme Village Hall 8pm

Digital Photography

Heritage Coast U3A study group. 

English Literature

Heritage Coast U3A study group  Tel 01297 444566

Exchanging Plants and Seeds Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Family History Heritage Coast U3A study group. 

All the latest Regent Cinema

Flowers Golden Cap Flower Club 3rd Monday of the month 2.15 Village Hall, Wesley Close, Charmouth Tel 443335
Floral Society  2nd Thursday 2.15pm Woodmead Hall Visitors £1.50

FRENCH CONVERSATION  Heritage Coast U3A study group.  Membership info: Tel 01297 444566

FRENCH FOR FUN  Heritage Coast U3A study group
Geology Heritage Coast U3A study group 
German GERMAN CONVERSATION Heritage Coast U3A study group
Lyme Bay Photographic Club has regular meetings and competitions for the many trophies
Lyme Regis Film Society

meets alternate Sundays 5.30pm Sept to March Ring for details 01297 442297

Lyme Voices A community choir that meets to sing together in harmony on Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.00  Open to anyone: you don't need any previous experience. Everything is taught by ear. 01297 445078 Email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net 
Fossil Walks

Local collector Paddy Howe: Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, tide permitting.  Additional days in school holidays Tel 443370

Fossil Walks

daily.  Guided Tours of the Jurassic Coast by Brandon Lennon, local professional fossil collector Tel 444405  famousfossils.com

Fossil Walks

With Dr Colin Dawes, The Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street, every Weds, Fri and Sun 1pm

Gardening Heritage Coast U3A study group

The Heritage Coast U3A offers a wide range of study for pleasure groups: See Heritage Coast U3A


1st Lyme Regis Guides meet every Thursday night during term time. from 7 - 8.45pm at St Michaels church hall. e-mail or phone 01297 34780

Horticulture All talks are held at Uplyme Village Hall and are free of charge to members unless otherwise stated. Non-members pay a temporary membership fee of £2.  For more details contact Jenny Harding on 01297 444034.
Italian Italian Conversation  Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
ITALIAN INTERMEDIATE   Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Jazz Appreciation Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Line Dancing Fridays 2-3pm Woodmead Hall Tel. 34674
Lip Reading Classes

Mons  2 - 4pm term time Woodmead Hall. run by Adult Education: tel.  01305 251040

Literature Heritage Coast U3A study group.  Membership info: Tel 01297 444566
Lyme Regis
Club for Young People

Church Street in partnership with the Baptist Church: 5-7's Tuesdays 5-6pm:   Juniors Tuesdays 6.15pm:   Over 13's Wednesdays 8 - 10pm   All welcome

Lyme Regis Community Choir

Fortnightly  7.30 - 9 Masonic Hall singing songs from around the world:  all abilities welcome Tel 443932

Lyme Regis Community Bingo

Thursdays 8pm Woodmead Hall

Lyme Bay Fibromyalgia Support Group

Meets Monthly: Last Thursday in month at Hallets Court, Tel  445998

Lyme Regis Society 444566
Lyme Regis Town Band

Tuesdays July & August - Marine Parade Shelters 8 - 915pm:  practise evenings Thursdays 8pm at St Michaels School, Tuesdays Sept - June  at the Woodmead Hall,   442540

Mah-Jong Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Martial Arts 

Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club Adults all abilities Mondays 6-7pm  Children all abilities Tuesdays 5 - 6pm Woodmead Halls  e-mail or phone 07754 060361

Meditation Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Memory Memory Cafe on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 10.30am – 12.00pm  at Woodmead Halls.
Axe Valley Mini Club Meets White Hart, Colyford 3rd Fri of every month 8pm  Tel 01297 24597
Morris Dance - Uplyme Team

Mons 8pm all welcome. Tel 445484 or 60605

Music with Mummy

 0 -3 yrs Most Mondays & Tuesdays Tel  443812

Opera Appreciation Heritage Coast U3A  study groups. 
Painting Together Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Parent & Toddler Group

Mon & Fri term times 10-11.30  Babies to under 5's. Lyme Regis Parish Church Halls

Parents Together in Lyme

Tuesdays - term time only 10 - 12 noon Crèche available for under 5's Baptist Church Hall Tel 20572

Patchwork and Quilting Group

1st Weds monthly 1.30 - 4.30  Uplyme Village Hall. Tel 444428 or 07739 091927

Photography BEGINNERS' DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPROVERS  Heritage Coast U3A study group
www.lymebayphotographicclub.org meets Friday evenings Woodmead Hall
Play Reading Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Playgroup 2 - 5yrs

Mon - Fri term times; 9.15am Woodmead Hall

Pottery CREATIVE CLAY  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Pre-School Group:

for 2-5's: 4 days @ Woodmead Hall, 1 day @ St Michaels Primary School

Psychology POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND RELAXATION  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Qi Gon/TaiChi

Mediative Exercise  Thursdays, 6pm Masonic Hall

  Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Quit Smoking

with the help of your local surgery. Special sessions throughout March and April.  Weds & Thurs 4 - 5pm Lyme Regis Medical Centre Tel 446115

Relaxation RELAXATION, BREATHING AND MEDITATION Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Rotary Rotary Club of Lyme Regis   Meets Thursdays, The Pilot Boat
Royal Air Forces Association

 Bridport and Lyme Regis 1st Monday Monthly; Haddon House Hotel, West Bay  7.pm summer; 2.30pm winter:  Tel 01308 424418


Monday Market, Lower Village Field, Charmouth; June - Sept 9am - 4pm

Science and Technology Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 
1st Lym Valley Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Scouts is for girls & boys aged between 10 ½ and 14 years old, we meet every Wednesday between 7.30pm & 9pm   The Leaders are Bruce Khan 01297 443202 and Karen Yelland 01297 442072

Scrabble Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 
Sequence Dance Club

2nd Friday monthly, Woodmead Hall 7.45 - 10.15pm: Tel 01308 425509

Sequence Dance Club

Sundays 8pm Woodmead Hall  442548

Sewing NEEDLES  AND  STITCHES  Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Short Mat Bowls

Mondays; Uplyme Village Hall 7.30pm

Social Psychology

Heritage Coast U3A study group. 

Spanish Conversation Heritage Coast U3A study group.
Study groups various subjects

Heritage Coast U3A meet throughout the month; Monthly Lectures held - see current month  444566

Tai Chi

6pm Masonic Hall

Table Tennis

Heritage Coast U3A 2 groups.  Membership info: Tel 01297 444566

Table Tennis  Mondays at the Baptist Church open to all

Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club: teaching focus, confidence and self-respect. 2 Adult sessions. Beginners and experienced Mondays 6-7pm  and Experienced only, Tuesdays 6-7.30pm  Children are on Tuesday, all abilities from 5-6pm.  Tel  07738 383844 e-mail


Wednesdays, The Guildhall 10 - 4pm


Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 

Short Tennis Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Sunday Lunch club Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
TheatreFriends Friends of the Marine Theatre meet for fund-raising and social events
Theology Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 
TV Lyme Regis TV  (internet only)  Watch all the past events in Lyme Regis
Turkish for Beginners Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 

Heritage Coast University of the Third Age has meetings and study groups on over 40 subjects see Heritage Coast U3A

Uplyme Cricket


Visiting Museums and Galleries Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 

Heritage Coast U3A  study groups 

W.I. Uplyme Women's Institute 2nd Wednesday of month 2.30 Uplyme Village Hall  Tel 442399
Wild Flowers and Natural History

Heritage Coast U3A  study group 

Wine WINE APPRECIATION  Heritage Coast U3A  study group. 
Woodcarving Heritage Coast U3A study group. 
Writing Lyme Regis Writers Group Welcomes writers of all genres and experience.  Members share their writing and enjoy constructive and supportive feedback.  2.30 - 4.30 , every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Tea/coffee kitty 50p Possibility of publishing a group collection next year (2013).  St Michaels Business Centre, Pooles Court.  Tel: 01297 22677, email indrielart@live.co.uk
 Creative Writing Heritage Coast U3A study groups. 

6.30 - 8pm Wednesdays, Masonic Hall, ~ Tel 443883

General, every Tuesday 9.15am, Masonic Hall

Lyme Regis Yoga Club Masonic Hall Tuesdays 7.30pm Tel 443170

Wednesdays term time: Wood Farm, Charmouth 7.30pm

Young People The Hub  Church, Street
Clubs, organizations and societies -  If you wish to see your information here please  e-mail  full details, including contact telephone number    

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