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Thursday 1st June



Boat Building Academy Boat Launch
  Just eight months ago the Class of August 2016 were learning how to sharpen chisels and make dovetail joints.  Now they’re making boats as part of their training
on our intensive 38 week ‘Boat Building, Maintenance and Support’ course.  You can read what brought each student to the Academy on the class page and follow the progress of the boat builds here.

At 1030 the boats will be led from the Academy’s workshops on Monmouth Beach to Lyme Regis Harbour. Champagne corks will pop at 1100 and each boat will be launched into the water for the first time. The launch will celebrate the achievements of the class, the end of their training at the Academy and the start of their new lives as boat builders.   more info.. see bottom right

Friday 2 June

If you're a Bob Marley fan don't miss The Marley Experience, Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm.


Monday 5th 2017


Tuesday 8th June       

 The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Wednesday 7th

Clovelly Court Gardens,
leaving Uplyme Village Hall at 9am on Wednesday 9th. Brian Cursley,
07831 533580, is taking the bookings at a cost or £20 for the coach and admission – Landrover service costs extra on the day, and as usual visitors are welcome for an extra £3.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Saturday 10 June

Fancy a night of toe-tapping fun? Chris Jagger and Charlie Hart play a mix of rock, country, cajun, and romantic ballad Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm.


 13, 14, and 15 June

'Gaslight' is a marvellous melodrama ...' Quentin Letts Daily Mail
John Elnaugh, in association with Imogen Vance (and by arrangement with Samuel French.), present Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight.
While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening his wife Bella is home alone. She cannot explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslights.   Is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets lurking in her home? The surprise arrival of a detective leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core ...
 The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm



Wednesday 14th


Lichtenberg’s Remarkable Figures  Illustrated talk by John Marriage
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg in the eighteenth century, and Étienne Leopold Trouvelot in the nineteenth, worked on the same subject and published scientific papers on it, but lived a century apart and never met. Their work is called to this day 'Lichtenberg figures' – the strange, beautiful, almost organic shapes formed when a pulse of high-voltage electricity passes over the surface of an insulator.

Lichtenberg was the first to describe these figures, with Trouvelot (famous as an astronomical illustrator and notorious as an accidental environmental vandal) one of the first to record them photographically. Kirlian Photography and Aura Photography are related phenomena, which some people still explore.

John Marriage has researched the history of these two men who were interested in both science and art. His talk is illustrated by examples of their work, and of Lichtenberg figures created by himself.

Although they and others approached the subject for scientific purposes, there was in the end little important scientific outcome. But the visual force of their images has continued to attract artists. The 2015 'Revelations' exhibition in London’s Science Museum was but the latest in a series of public explorations showcasing this confluence of art and science.

  Woodmead Hall  opens 10.00 - 10.40am for coffee etc.  Talk11.00am - 12 noon. Non members welcome - suggested donation£2.  See Lyme Regis U3A


 Friday 16 June

Catch Synths Electric 80s Show with Pet Shop Boys tribute
The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm.




Saturday 17th


Guitars on the Beach


Axe Vale Festival - Axminster - Music - Stalls - Displays
Coach Parties welcome Dogs welcome.
  Axe Vale Festival, THE SHOWGROUND, Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER


You can enjoy comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connolly when Barbara Nice hits the stage  The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm.



Sunday 18th
2017  Fathers Day
LEGO BATMAN MOVIE                  
 The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com

Axe Vale Festival - Axminster - Music - Stalls - Displays
Coach Parties welcome Dogs welcome.
  Axe Vale Festival, THE SHOWGROUND, Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER

AND DON'T FORGET - Jazz in the Bar  The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Monday 19th

Black Ven Poetry Club Workshop

 Six monthly live poetry workshops exploring ways of harnessing creativity to write poems, speak poems, and connect with the nature and elements outside.  Anyone who is interested in how to develop ideas into poetry on the page, and on the stage. Join us if you’re interested in thinking about language, articulation, story, speaking out and how. The workshops are aimed at poets, dreamers and thinkers. All abilities welcome.  The workshops will involve: -
  Introducing themes to engage with nature and develop tools to write with, plus broad guidance and discussion about different approaches to composition and style;  -  Readings of relevant literature, and poetry;   -  Deep Listening and meditation;  -  A 15-minute outdoor learning observation exercise (outside and in silence);  -   Sharing our experiences from our 15 minutes and finding threads to work into;  -  Guest teachings on how to stand up and offer your poems to others from theatre performance, music and acting specialists to teach breathing, physicality, microphone technique and voice control using basic exercises.  You will probably not come away with a poem or finished piece at the end of the workshop, but tools to work with between the sessions. You may find that the teachings allow release for new thinking in other areas, or being able to tap into creativity more deeply in any artform.  Price: £10 or £6 if you are a regular face at the local Apothecary or Vittals & Verse open mic poetry nights.   12 - 2pm Marine Theatre Bar, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT73QB   Contact: blackvenpress@gmail.com or sarah@marinetheatre.com

How Dorset is responding to the refugee crisis
 and what more can be done. The speaker will be Stephanie Farr from the Dorset Refugee Resettlement Programme.  Presented by The Lyme Regis Amnesty group in the Woodmead Small Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis at 7.00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Free entrance: everyone welcome



Thursday 22 June

We would like you to close your eyes. Now, imagine a man…

Actually – don’t!  In 12 Million Volts The Outbound Project imagine him for you using award winning visual and physical theatre and storytelling.  The company bring the story of great inventor Nikola Tesla to life in a dynamic performance using holograms… sort of, pigeons with lasers coming out of their eyes… pretty much, and the more lighting tricks than we can afford battery’s to perform! The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com at 8pm.


June 23 and 24

Pre-Edinburgh Festival Stand-up
  at 8pm. The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 24th  Armed Forces Day www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Sunday 25th

Coast to Coast:  Jurassic Coast Motorcycle Run: Lyme Regis to Weston-super-Mare
 Veteran, Vintage & Post War Classics (in production in the 1990’s) will again start from Lyme Regis promenade (Guncliff) and, after the customary call by the Town Crier and address from the Mayor, will proceed to the Clubs home base at Chilthorne Domer Recreational Club. Then it’s onto Wells Market Place and Bishops Walk for the lunch stop before proceeding to the finish and award presentations by the Mayor on Burnham-on-Sea South Esplanade. Vintage Motorcycle Club, Dorset section visit Lyme Regis.  Come and view the parade of bikes first  at the Guncliff and talk to the riders  This event is open to motor bikes in production up to and including 1972 including Veteran and Vintage.   Departs from Cobb Gate/Marine Parade.  Arrive early to have a good look at the bikes!  Supported Charity: Headway SomersetMore info www.wcmcc.org.uk  Westland Classic Motorcycle Club

Sunday 25 June

Pop-up Vintage Fair  
The Marine Theatre, 

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June

Variations on Pointe II
The Marine Theatre, www.marinetheatre.com at 7.30pm.



Wednesday June 28th


The “Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells : Past Present and Future”
 talk in Uplyme Village Hall at 7:30pm. Talk by James Cross, Head Gardener since 2004,  As usual, tea/coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talk – members free, visitors £3
.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


29th June

HACKSAW RIDGE                          
The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Dogs now banned

 from the town's main beaches.  (1st April until 31st October)
Permitted on Back beach & Church Cliff to the East & Monmouth Beach to the West.


NO Lyme Regis Park and Ride this year -yet

Download Car Parks Map
if you park in the road please do so considerately


22nd - 29th July

Programmes now on sale in and around Lyme Regis


Lifeboat Week ‘Bake Off’

Bake a Cake on a ‘Lifeboat’ Theme

Any type of cake to reflect a Lifeboat / RNLI theme
or events during Lifeboat Week.

All you ‘Mary Berrys’ out there get thinking and designing -
we look forward to seeing the results!

Simply bring your cake along to our Lifeboat Week Produce Stall,
Monday 24th July, The Shelters, Marine Parade  10.30 - 11am
Free entry: Following Judging the cakes will be offered for sale
 Two Groups: under 15s and 15s and over

Pam CorbinJudging at 11.30am by Pam Corbin of River Cottage Fame

or Bake a cake for our Lifeboat Week Produce Stall, Marine Parade shelters, Monday 24th July

RNLI Fun Charity Auction

We are collecting items for our Charity Auction being held 6pm Tuesday 25th July during Lifeboat Week


Items include a Seagull out board engine (as found) a set of dinghy paddles. Vouchers for Mark Hicks restaurant, Town Brewery, Lyme Regis Golf Club, Taunton leisure Centre, Cellar 59, Dorset Golf Club. Wine from Lyme Bay Winery,  a Exercise vibrating machine, a one off design rug from Axminster Carpets and a Ammonite picture made from coins and lots more!
Viewing will be in the Lifeboat Station from 10 am. bids may be left if you cannot attend the action and credit cards can be used for payment.
Most items can be pre-viewed before the sale on 23/24/25/26th June at Lyme Bay Auction Showrooms in Seaton.



If you have any items you would like to donate for the auction or as raffle prizes we can collect. 

 Please contact Gerry Hampton Tel. 01297 34410.

What's on in the Galleries

26 May-7 June

Eclectic artist Liz Shewan continues to explore her experiences with nature in this year’s solo exhibition.   Her connection with and love of all things spiritual and folklore means her work is full of spiritual essence all with the aim to ‘Inspire your Heart’.

 The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

27 May-7 June

The Lyme Regis Art Society includes artists at all levels from beginners to professionals.  Running since the 1960s, the Society holds an annual show of members’ work every summer that attracts over 100 works of art and offers all members a chance to display and sell their work and the public an opportunity to explore what can be achieved with a variety of media.

The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

9-14 June

An exhibition of coastal impressions by two self-taught Charmouth-based artists: painter Philip Winstone and sculptor Ernie Godden.                                                                                       The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

9-21 June

Michael Stride, one of Dorset’s most established artists, presents in this exhibition a series of new paintings conveying the feeling of anticipation in a journey towards the sea.  On show will be his large acrylics and small watercolours of land and seascapes in all the elements, alongside Jonathan Bingham’s impressionistic charcoals.
 The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk


16-28 June

Vanessa Smith, Marion Sawl and Frances Dale: These three artists will be exhibiting together, each with their own interpretation of the way in which they experience their environment.  Using colour, light and shade, texture and form through the mediums of acrylic and oils, they create an exhibition that is a feast for the eyes. The range, sensitivity and size shown in order to express the work add to the whole experience.                                                               The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

23 June-5 July

A visually engaging presentation of 2D and 3D work by three artists (Kim Pragnell, Alison Bockh and Zara McQueen), that presents challenges to the accepted meaning of landscape, seascape and sculpture.                                          The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk

Good news film fans

The Marine Theatre has a sizzling summer season of brand new popular films on offer this summer.

What better way to escape the chaos of the world than to meet friends and have a drink in the bar then watch a great movie on the big screen?

Following the tragic fire at the Regent Cinema last Spring, the Marine Theatre, in collaboration with Scott Cinema and the Lyme Regis Film Society, has stepped up to bring film to the community of Lyme Regis.

The theatre has brand new cinema equipment including a projector and fabulous 15ft screen kindly donated by the Lyme Regis Film Society, who show regular films at the theatre during the winter months.

There will be drinks, alcohol and snacks on sale from The Marine Bar and Dottie’s Kitchen Cafe one hour before and during all screenings.

You can buy tickets for our films on the door half an hour before each screening.

See left for days & times



Boat Building Academy student boat launch – 11am 1st June 2017, Lyme Regis Harbour

 Thursday 1 June marks an end and a beginning for students at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis.  Just before 11 o’clock the students will walk the boats they have built from the Academy’s workshops to Lyme Regis Harbour, where they will launch them for the first time.  The launch marks the end of their training at the internationally renowned Academy on Monmouth Beach and the start of their lives as boat builders.

The sixteen students on the 38 week course have built six boats in addition to restoring a seventh.  The boats are of different designs and construction types, ranging from a 17’ sea kayak (which was recently exhibited at London Craft Week) to a 15’8 Lobster boat to a Deep V inboard based on a Donzi ‘Sweet Sixteen’ design. The restoration project will not be launched, but will sit resplendent at the harbour.  She is a 21’ X0D racing yacht.  Her keel is too deep to launch in Lyme Regis.  She will be launched when she returns to Poole with her owner who is a student on the course.

The students range in age, coming to the Academy from all over the UK and Europe.  Their backgrounds are diverse, from former policemen to builders, engineers to school leavers.  Some have significant woodworking experience, some had never picked up a chisel before.  Some have already been offered employment; one is going to work on a superyacht in the Mediterranean, one is going to work on the Thames, another is going to New Zealand, one is making his mind up about which job he prefers of the two he’s been offered.  Yvonne Green, Principal of the Academy, says ‘I have no doubt that all of the students who want to work in the marine industry will do so easily.  We have an excellent relationship with a number of employers and the students have access to our Graduates’ Network.  There is a serious skills shortage and people with good skills are highly sought after’.

At 11 o’clock, following a few words from Commander Tim Gedge, a Director of the Academy, champagne corks will pop and the boats launch into the water one by one.   If you would like to help celebrate the students’ achievements on 1 June the Academy would be delighted.

To see a preview of the Class of August 2016 boats, read about where Academy Graduates go on to work, their profiles, photographic build diaries and Graduate case studies, please see the Academy’s website at:   www.boatbuildingacademy.com




Do take advice about safe tide times before setting off for more than fifteen minutes hike without a guide, along our beautiful beaches: - what appears to be an easy bit of ground to scramble over is more likely to be a treacherous mud slide - don't take a chance!

Liz Jones Memorial Walks

A selection of 12 walks around Lyme Regis area  to do at your leisure  see U3A Page for maps

Lyme History Walks

 Meet at the Marine Theatre at 11.00am

Cost £8.00 Adults   Children £4

JUNE:  Sat 3rd,   Wed 7th,  Sat 10th,  Wed 14th,  Sat 17th,  Wed 21st,  Sat 24th,  Wed 28th

 “Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis with experienced tour guide Chris Lovejoy”

 01297 443140


Ghost Walks

Tues and Thurs 7.30 pm 
May – September
From outside Lyme Regis Museum
Lasts 1 hour 
Adults £
8.00 Children £4.00 
01297 443140  www.ghostwalkslyme.org.uk


Mary Anning Walks

Mary Anning was a world famous fossil hunter - and was featured in Tracey Chevalier's novel Remarkable Creatures - hear stories of her life and see where she lived and hunted.

Meet at Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

Jane Austen Tours

'During the Jane Austen tour we visit the houses in which Jane is said to have stayed and hear stories of Lyme Regis as she would have known it. See where Louisa Musgrove fell on the Cobb.'
Tours run all year round. We have scheduled walks detailed below or you can contact us via our website www.literarylyme.co.uk to arrange another time.


Open Air Market

Every Monday
Manor Farm Holiday Centre, Charmouth


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