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December 2020   ~ Christmas Tree Festival ~ Lyme Regis Town Band Concert ~  ~ Carols Round the Tree ~  Christmas Day Swim ~



13th December    19th Anniversary of UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/


18th - 20th December  2020

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free




Thursday 24th  Christmas Eve


Friday 25th   Christmas Day 


Christmas Morning Fancy Dress 'Swim'
RNLI11am sharp   Charmouth: Swimmers please be there by 10.30 Spectators enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their (dry) fancy dress (optional)  They don't stay in the water a minute longer than they need to - it's all over by 1 minute past 11!  in aid of Lyme Regis RNLI, kindly sponsored by The Royal Oak. 10.30 for 11am the beach Charmouth.  Just turn up and take the plunge.  This event is weather dependent


Saturday 26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk! 

See Liz Jones walks  for ideas



Thursday December 31st   New Years Eve


Friday 1st  January 2021

Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2020 -  fancy dress 'swim'
from the sand beach organised by Lyme Regis Rotary.  
1pm from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First) 
 See January page for more details.  This is a Weather Dependent event


Dates to be advised

The annual Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market
returns this year  11am – 6pm  Free parking, free entry and dogs welcome.   Symondsbury Estate Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HG


 Come along and meet our Information Volunteers who can advise you on the services the RBL has available to assist our Veterans and Families. This is a relaxed opportunity over a cuppa to get to know what the RBL can do to help.  Non RBL members are most welcome to pop in especially if you have a relative or dependent who may be entitled to assistance.  LYME REGIS BAPTIST CHURCH HALL  First Monday of the Month from 10 AM to Mid Day  More info contact:  LymeRegis.chairman@rbl.community  Telephone: 07584993955  Royal British Legion web site



Launch Day

The Launch
After 38 weeks of demanding work, the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy Class of February 2020 are launching their boats for the first time. The  students are building new build boats, all of which will be lined up for launch.

at Lyme Regis Harbour
The first boat is due in the water at 10:00 (time subject to change with adverse weather).

All are invited to join us in celebrating the end of the course and the launching of the boats.



Social and Christmas Supper
A pre-Christmas social event with a bring and share finger food supper starting at 7.30pm in Uplyme Village Hall. Find out what the society is up to for 2020, renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Enjoy a light-hearted quiz and bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Stalls: cakes, Christmas decorations, cards and crafts.  Games: Tombola, Quiz Raffle, Children's activities and lots more fun! Refreshments including Mulled Wine. 'Christmas Lunch in a Bun.'  12 pm to 2:30 pm. Uplyme Church

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas concert


Wreath making workshop:  Sea theme
using sea heather, eucalyptus, driftwood and more. Workshop by Rebecca Brooke takes place 10.30am in the Poulett Chapel at the Alexandra Hotel. All materials are included:  £77 per head, including tea, coffee, biscuits, and a 2 course lunch with a glass of Prosecco To book, pop in or call reception on 01297 442010

Lyme Regis Town Band Christmas Concert
The band's popular annual Christmas extravaganza 2.30pm Woodmead Hall


This regular free entry event is the Marine’s dedicated time to promote quality live music—our post-roast music session. Enjoy local drinks and the best musicians in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb. If you'd like to play, just turn up!  Bar opens and starts at 3 P.M. Free entry, no tickets.  www.marinetheatre.com



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Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free



arols by Candlelight
This traditional service of carols and readings will also feature Weldmar Hospicecare "Light up a Life" and the work of the Children's Society. This year gifts are requested for children and adults which will be taken to Women's Refuges in Dorset.  4pm St Michael's, Parish Church followed by seasonal refreshments.


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Carols Round the Tree
by the
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis are once again hosting their Annual Carols Round the Tree  at the Shambles in Broad Street. The Lyme Regis Town Band will playing a selection of popular carols for everyone to sing along to and the Town Crier Alan Vian will be the MC. Hot soup supplied by the Royal Lion Hotel will be provided in the interval. A collection will take place, last year's was in aid of the Julia's House Children's Hospice. All welcome. 7 - 8pm The Shambles, Broad Street

Crib Service

 4pm St Michael's Parish Church

Midnight Mass
11pm  St Michael's Parish Church


Christmas Eucharist Services
at 8am and 10am  St Michael's Parish Church, church Street



November        January




Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Pine Hall, the Baptist Church,
Broad Street

18th - 20th December  2020



Charity Christmas Cards on Sale

 The Tourist Information Centre, Church Street (mixed)

The Lifeboat Shop, The Cobb (RNLI)

Martin Diplock's, Broad Street (RNLI)

National Trust Shop, Marine Parade (National Trust)

Weldmar Hospice charity Shop, Broad Street (Weldmar Hospice)

What's On in the Galleries



Lloyds Mobile Bank
Open Fridays:
10.30 - 12.15, 1.00 - 3.00pm

Owing to traffic times are approximate

Please use it or we may lose it!

Woodmead Halls Car Park




Rotary Carols Round the Tree
 December 2020

First started in the late 1950’s this hugely popular event has been run every year since. It attracts hundreds of people who gather round the splendid Christmas tree at The Shambles and sing along heartily, accompanied by music from the Lyme Regis Town Band with  the Town Crier as MC. Come along and join in what is a truly enjoyable evening and delight in seasonal fare: mince pies and hot soup. There will be a collection in aid of charity.


RNLI Christmas Cards

RNLIfor sale
at the RNLI Shop   at Cobb Square


Rotary Lyme Lunge: Take a Plunge in the sea for Charity 

A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 13.00 hours at the Cobb Beach, (gives you time to watch the duck race first) all for charity.  Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. “If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charities please feel free to use the attached sponsor form, where sponsors can sign up to Gift Aid if they wish. If you have your own charity which you wish to raise funds for then please go ahead.
It would help our cause if you would just email us with the amount raised – secretary@lymeregisrotary.org  If you just want a swim, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”  1pm  1st January from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).  
Download your sponsorship form here Sponsorship Form


Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis's famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils that have been washed down onto the beach after 190 million years. For adults and children alike, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more


Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours.

Volunteers wanted

for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 

Tel. 01297 443696  or 442220
or e-mail Secretary  

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