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This very special and unique evening celebrates "Humph" - the man, his music and the jazz revival of the late 40s and 50s he did so much to promote. 
It starts with the music - naturally. A big band, led by award-winning jazz trumpeter, Chris Hodgkins, recreates the sounds of Humph's original post-war jazz performances with some new material specially composed for the evening.
7.30pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Friday 10th December

11am Join members of Lyme Regis u3a for a selection of readings and monologues on a Christmas theme, with a touch of humour, presented by Paul Evans.  See lymeregisu3a.org for details.




Uplyme Church Fayre  Cancelled


Tex Mex Superstars LOS PACAMINOS

Eighties star Paul Young brings his Tex Mex band of supergroup musicians to the Marine for a foot-stomping session.  Placing themselves squarely in Americana music, Los Pacaminos must be the first Tex-Mex band to have formed in the UK. Growing from an idea put forward by Paul Young, the band formed in 1992.  Other band members play as session musicians with Queen, The Pretenders, Joan Armatrading and Paul McCartney.   They have played before and it always sells out, so buy a ticket now if you fancy it.  £22.00 advance / £26.00 on the door | 10% discount for members  www.marinetheatre.com


Sunday 12 December

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas concert in Lyme Regis Parish Church at 4pm. Conducted by the choir’s musical director, Alex Davies, with organist Andrew Millington, formerly director of music at Exeter Cathedral. Programme includes Missa Sancti Nicolai (Haydn), Zadok the Priest (Handel) plus carols for choir and audience. Tickets £15 on the door / £13 in advance (cash only please) from Fortnam Smith & Banwell, Lyme Regis. www.lymebaychorale.co.uk



13th December  2021  20th Anniversary of UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/


Wednesday 15th December 2021
Create a festive Christmas table,
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales shows how to create a table centre for your Christmas dining table using all-natural materials. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies. Demonstration starts 7.30pm. Members free; guests £3.


16th - 19th December


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



A family Christmas classic, live on stage with real actors! Join the Little Match Girl on a magical journey, filled with live music, puppetry and multimedia. This is a family Christmas show for all.
The Little Match Girl wanders the street on New Year’s Eve, trying to sell her match sticks. Everyone is busy celebrating with fires, Christmas trees and delicious food but outside the girl is cold, sad and alone, that is until she lights one of her matches to keep warm and visions come to life before her very eyes!  £10.00 children | £12.00 adults | £38.00 family advance (2 adults and 2 children) | 10% discount for members


Friday 17th


end of term



Saturday18th December 


Last posting date for second class mail.

Tuesday 21st

  Last posting date for first class mail.




Thursday 23rd December 2021

Last posting date for special delivery



Rotary Carols Round the Tree (Covid & Weather permitting)

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,




Friday 24th 2021  Christmas Eve

An Outdoor Nativity
Uplyme (see poster right)



Saturday 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



Sunday 26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk! 

See Liz Jones walks  for ideas


Thursday December 31st   New Years Eve


December  2021  Dates To be advised




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 ? (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.







Carols 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.


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

Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2022 -  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


November        January





What's On at the Galleries

This showcase of abstract paintings by Lyme Regis-based artist Annie Ward will be running at the
Rotunda Gallery of the Lyme Regis Museum
27 October until 5 December.
 Based on her research into satellite photographs and historic maps of the Dorset coastline, these works explore the changeable spaces where the land meets the sea. Annie begins with detailed drawings on canvas that she scrubs over with layers of paint allowing shapes to be defined, buried and rediscovered in an editing process that reflects the ever-changing nature of coastal margins. 
The Museum is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10.00 to 17.00 (16.00 on Sundays) and admission fees apply.  
For more information, you can visit


Big Skies, Distant Views

Steve Manning is an Exeter based printmaker working out of an attic studio that commands fine vistas of clouds and sky.   The landscapes of Dorset and Devon have understandably become the subject of much of his work, including this exhibition,
Big Skies, Distant Views
at the Rotunda Gallery
of the Lyme Regis Museum
 from 8 December until 16 January.

“I am particularly interested in the cloudscape and it often informs the overall composition of the completed print,” says Steve.  “For me the challenge is to render distant vistas and ethereal skies using a medium—multi-block and reduction printmaking—usually associated with bold blocks of colour.  I achieve this by either lightening colours with white or thinning them with extender. The end results are prints that could be described as having a ‘painterly’ quality. I probably should be a watercolourist, but I love the combination of craft and fine art that printmaking offers.”

For further information about opening times and admission charges for Big Skies, Distant Views, please visit the Museum’s website: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk.


Charity Christmas Cards on Sale

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)



Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the

Pine Hall, the Baptist Church,
Broad Street

16th - 19th December





    Rotary Lyme Lunge 2022:
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   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).  


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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