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June Diary  2018 ~ Guitars on the Beach  ~ Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run  ~ Boat Building Academy Launch




REGGAE NIGHT WITH FOWOKAN The sounds of Jamaica will be in the air in Lyme Regis once again with the return of this popular event that features live music, DJs, and drinks offers. Headlining is authentic Reggae band Fowokan, who are currently touring their new album ‘Shadow of Rasta’. The band was formed by Jamaican-born drummer Sam Kelly, who was also the founder of Cymande, the 70s reggae outfit.  Bar opens and starts 7:30 P.M.  £6 advance / £5 advance Theatre Friends / £8 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 2nd

RNLI Flag Day:   volunteer collectors will be on duty in Lyme Regis and Charmouth


ROMEO AND JULIET Outside Shakespearean Comedy on Lyme Regis Seafront  The popular Handlebards theatre company return to Lyme Regis for an outside performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow.
You can expect riotous amounts of energy and a great deal of laughter. Join the HandleBards’  troupe outside the beautiful Marine for Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before!
In Verona, the Montagues and Capulets are in the throes of a long-running family feud. In the midst of this two young members of the families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet – fall in love at the Capulet Ball. Forbidden by their family allegiances, they marry in secret. Performance inside in inclement weather.  Bar opens 5:30 P.M., starts 6:30 P.M.  £14 advance / £12 advance Theatre Friends and concs. / £16.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


Monday 4th  June 2018



Tuesday June 5th

Holbrook Garden Nursery and Cothelstone Manor
COACH TRIP Holbrook is a naturalistic garden and specialist nursery, and Cothelstone is not normally open to public but we will tour with the owner followed by high tea! We stop for coffee at Holbrook, and see their 2 acre garden, all created on heavy clay, and with wildflowers, vibrant colours and innovative planting. We move on to Cothelstone Manor for tea and a tour of the house, which dates back to the 16th century and has many historic features.  £25 total includes coffee, and tea at Cothelstone. Bookings: Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 444927.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

 SCREENING:  AN IDEAL HUSBAND  A new production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband will be broadcast from the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern's smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery.  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M  £11 advance, £10 advance Theatre Friends, £12.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com



MARTIN HARLEY Martin Harley is an acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer-songwriter with an international reputation. Last year’s album ‘Static In The Wires’ was recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground’ is a ‘spellbinding 50 minutes’, as The Observer put it. “Quite simply a great live act” – Time Out  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  £12.50 advance / £11.50 advance Theatre Friends / £15 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com



Saturday, June 9th

Lyme Regis Day of Morris Dancing:  Performances on the seafront throughout the day, including Morris dancing sides from across the country, local schools and a Morris band.  start at 11am.  Beach barbecue in the evening.




PLASTIC OCEAN Exhibition Launch Event
Guest speaker: Anne Baker eXXpedition Round Britain 2017 'Making the unseen seen'  2pm  - 4pm Marine Parade Shelters. see right for more info


SCREENING  BOLSHOI BALLET : COPPELIA  This is a live screening of Coppélia from Moscow. It exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. Bar opens 3 P.M., starts 4 P.M.  £12 advance / £11 advance Theatre Friends / £14.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


JAZZ IN THE BAR WITH JESSE MOLLINS  Jesse Molins is a popular jazz guitarist who has evolved his sophisticated style working in the South West and London. As well as leading his own groups he is a regular with the Dave Hankin Big Band and has been described as "a hard swinging jazz guitarist with a style reminiscent of Wes Montgomery". He will be performing with pianist Philip Clouts in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb.  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  £8 advance / £7 advance Theatre Friends / £12 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com



SCREENING  ROYAL BALLET : SWAN LAKE  Screened from the Royal Opera House, this is a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet: Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. Bar opens 6:15 P.M., starts 7:15 P.M. £12 advance / £11 advance Theatre Friends / £14.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com



Wednesday 13th


Mr Chips Rides Again  John Bartholomew tells tales from school.
John Bartholomew, former Chair of the Heritage Coast U3A, Organiser-in-Chief of U3A theatre and opera visits, and Quizmaster-Extraordinaire, takes a whimsical look at forty years in the education business.  John spent thirty five years full-time in secondary education, one third as head of a large comprehensive school and a further seven years, part-time, working as adviser, consultant and reluctant inspector. His talk will mix anecdote with observation in the hope of offering something that will stimulate lots of thought and some merriment. 
Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG,. Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis. Entry is free for U3A members; for non-members a £2 donation is suggested.

Lyme Lunches
Nutritious, good value lunch, aimed at over 50's.
Fish Pie! Please book at the fantastic Penny Black Café. Dietary alternatives available.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with the serving and washing up. Please contact me if you can help. Thank you.  2 courses plus tea or coffee £6 The Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Broad Street.  2nd Wednesday of month. Organised by Lyme Forward.  Bookings: Penny Black café (behind the Post Office)




 THE RONNIE SCOTT’S ALL STARS  From the legendary Soho haunt, the band perform a vast repertoire of jazz music and is comprised of house musicians as seen in the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet. This dynamic group is lead by the Artistic Director of the club, James Pearson. This is part of “The Soho Songbook” tour, a musical glimpse into the jazz venue and its history combining, alongside narration and rare archive images. Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.  £24.50 early bird / £32 standard advance /  £30 advance Theatre Friends.  www.marinetheatre.com



Saturday 16th June

Guitars on the Beach 
Guitars On The Beach is the UK’s largest guitar festival at which hundreds of guitarists of all ages and abilities come together to simultaneously play together a selection of well-known songs and form Britain’s biggest band, performing on the beach in Lyme Regis in Dorset. B ands will perform from 10 am to 10 pm and the highlight of the day will be a giant tribute to guitar greats at around 4 pm, when the massive band on the sand plays hits by legendary guitarists who sadly died last year – including Chuck Berry, Tom Petty, Malcolm Young of AC/DC and Glen Campbell. The sand band  – will also be invited to play along to a tribute to Rory Gallagher and, as is done every year, join in on Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” [GOTB’s signature song], which this year marks its 60th anniversary.  Guitars on the Beach



GUITARS ON THE BEACH AFTER PARTY  The UK’s largest guitar festival takes place on the beach in Lyme Regis, when thousands of guitarists simultaneously play a selection of well-known songs and form Britain’s biggest band. Our bar will be open all night, and we host the official after-party, where you can dance to rock and alternative DJs, and mingle with the stars of the show.  Bar opens 8 P.M., starts 10 P.M.  Free Entry  www.marinetheatre.com


Sunday 17th
2018   Fathers Day 

FATHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH  Treat your father to a delicious brunch made by the ‘Feasting House’ of Ottery St Mary, The Rusty Pig whilst listening to Californian jazz vocalist Allison Adams-Tucker. Allison is an internationally acclaimed artist and has entertained audiences in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the US, including performances at the Blue Note in New York, Ronnie Scott's, and Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Los Angeles. Allison will be joined by her London jazz quartet for this special event. Ticket includes food. advanceance booking only.  Bar opens 10 A.M., starts 11 A.M. £20 advance / £19 advance Theatre Friends.  www.marinetheatre.com


Wednesday 20th

Meet and Remember - Remembering the music of the 50's and 60's with Lyme Luggers.  A memory café for Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Charmouth.   Supportive, friendly environment for those experiencing memory loss or who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and the friends/relatives/carers who support them. 2 - 3.30pm Lyme Regis Football Club Pavilion 3rd Wednesday of the month, contact 07704902604   lymememory@gmail.com  or just come along.  LymeForward




BACK TO THE SHACK Back To The Shack play a heady brew of foot-stomping blues and classic Americana, all performed in their own distinct style. The band features dobro, guitar, accordion, double bass, and vocals. “A superb evening’s entertainment”  Centre Stage  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  £10 advance / £11 advance Theatre Friends / £12 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 23rd June 2018

Axe Vale Show - Axminster - Music - Stalls - Displays
Coach Parties welcome Dogs welcome.
  THE SHOWGROUND, Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER From 10am to 6 pm  Axe Vale Show

LYME REGIS COMEDY CLUB WITH SEAN MCLOUGHLIN  Four comedians perform in one night for our excellent value Comedy Club. June’s edition is headlined by Ricky Gervais’s support act, Sean McLoughlin. You might have seen him on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Comedy Central's Live, or Brexit Stage Left. He was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival: “A terrifically intense and eloquent hour of comedy” The Independent.  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  £8 advance / £7 advance Theatre Friends / £10 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


Sunday 24th June 2018

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 Somerset More info www.wcmcc.org.uk  Westland Classic Motorcycle Club

Axe Vale Show - Music - Stalls - Displays
Coach Parties welcome Dogs welcome.
  THE SHOWGROUND, Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER  from 10am to 5.30pm  Axe Vale Show

THE SUNDAY SESSIONS  A post-roast music session in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7.  Bar opens and starts at 3 P.M.  Free entry, no tickets  www.marinetheatre.com



 SCREENING GLYNDEBOURNE: MADAME BUTTERFLY  East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance. Madame Butterfly is screened direct from the famous festival. When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all to marry the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M. £12 advance / £11 advance Theatre Friends / £14.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com

Wednesday June 27th

Lyme Regis Foodbank will be open on Thursday at The Hub this coming week (28th June), 10 - 12. This is for this week only. Next week it will revert to Wednesday 4th July, 10 - 12.
If you are aware of anyone who needs to access the foodbank they will need to be referred by one of our referrers, who will issue them with a voucher -

Michaelmas Daisies  TALK by Helen Picton  Helen’s nursery, Old Court Nurseries Malvern, grows over 400 varieties of this much-loved autumn plant, and it regularly features on Gardener’s World.  a valuable group of plants which has been in and out of fashion but is again on the up. Tea and biscuits are available before and after the talk – members attend free, visitors £3. Plants on sale. 7.30pm   Uplyme Village Hall.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


SCREENING  NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE  There will be an NT Live screening. At time of going to press, details of the show were not available, so please check our website and social media nearer the time for details.  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M. £12 advance /  £11 advance Theatre Friends / £14.50 on the door.  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 30th June      Armed Forces Day www.armedforcesday.org.uk



 the Royal British Legion (kindly hosted by Lyme Regis Football Club) are holding their third annual Poppy Run to celebrate Armed Forces Day.  The 3km  race starts at 11.00am from the bottom of the new steps (leading from Charmouth Road car park) on the East Cliff walkway. (Car parking in Charmouth Road Car Park at am of steps.) Please note that the 3km run on the route shown is to the Gin Shop on the Cobb AND back.

All competitors need to report to the registration desk at Lyme Regis Football Club between 9.30 & 10.30

 There will be lots of stalls and afternoon entertainment so stay on and enjoy food, drink and a great time for the kids at the Lyme Regis Football Club ground. 

Entrance fee for the 3km is £5 (minimum age 10 unaccompanied). All proceeds will go the Lyme Regis Branch of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  More info:  info@lymeregispoppyrun.com
If you'd like to help out with marshalling, supervising a water station or stewarding at the start and finish, please contact us as above or :-

lymeregis.memsecretary@rbl.community  Entry Form and more info at:  Lyme Regis Poppy Run


Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, Seaton

We're delighted to be holding our 14th Occasion & Ride in the coastal resort of Seaton on the Jurassic Coast. We had such a wonderful time last year, we just had to return.
The ride distance will be no more than 9 miles at a very relaxed pace.  Tickets must be purchased before the event for riders.   You don't need a vintage bicycle, but you do need a bicycle!  Lycra is banned and vintage/traditional attire is the order of the day

Spectators are free to come and meet us, indeed are positively encouraged.  In aid of Headway Devon.  10:30 am Grand Depart from Seaton Jurassic.  More info:  www.velovintage.co.uk




June: Dogs banned

 from the town's main beaches.  (1st May until 30th September)
Permitted on Back Beach & Church Cliff,  Monmouth Beach.

Dogs need to be on a lead all year on
Marine Parade, Cart Road, Gun Cliff, Church Cliff Walk, the Harbour, the Cobb,  Lister & Langmoor Gardens

Please check notices locally to verify this information


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


28th July - Friday 3rd August

Programmes on sale in and around Lyme Regis


What's on in the Galleries

26 May-6 June

This Annual Exhibition at Whitsun usually attracts over 100 works of art, offering all members of the Society 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


31 May-13 June

Everything we do, say and think has an impact on how we feel.  In the same vein, whatever you have on your walls in your home or office, or on your person infuses into your core being every day and effects how you feel.  This year Liz Shewan’s annual solo exhibition will continue her enchanting journey to bring calm and inspiration into people’s lives through her explorations and experiences with nature and her connection with spirit. 

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


Exhibition:  plastic rubbish from Monmouth Beach, lobster pots, quotes, photographs: 
by Eva Fahle-Clouts in collaboration with Turn Lyme Green

Launch Event Sunday 10th June 2pm  - 4pm
Guest speaker: Anne Baker eXXpedition Round Britain 2017 'Making the unseen seen'

Daily In the shelters on the seafront, Lyme Regis
 Saturday 9th - Friday 14th June  11am - 5pm, 
Friday 15th
11am - 2pm



th -20th June

Nine successful and creative photographers from Bridport Camera Club have come together to show their passion for the medium of photography.  Each has a different viewpoint on the world: whether that is expressed globally or locally; through black and white or colour; through rural or urban landscapes or the natural or man-made world. Together they are displaying an exciting and memorable mix of work. 

The Malthouse Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill
Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  

Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk


15-27 June

A diverse and exciting exhibition by four established ceramicists and a collagraph printer: Linda Bristow, Cath Bloomfield, Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee and Denise de Freitas.  They met ten years ago whilst studying Ceramics at Bath Spa University. Their techniques include throwing, hand building, plaster casting and mono printing onto clay, and Cath creates collagraph and stitched prints. They are all inspired to create work that is vibrant and unique. 

 The Courtyard Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill Lane,
Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30-4.30.  Free admission.


21-27 June

Photographs are often seen as a representation of reality. This exhibition by Dorset Independent Photographers considers words penned by John Fowles, novelist and former Lyme resident, that “reality is infinitely baffling.”  In styles ranging from landscape and documentary to abstract and wildlife, images by the photographers for their 30th anniversary exhibition go to the heart of Fowles’ assertions “that nothing and nobody
is what they seem” and “there is only light.” 

 The Malthouse Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill
Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30-4.30.

Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk



29 June-11 July

In this exhibition Zee Jones and Pam Allsop continue to explore mixed media, collage and colour. There is always something fresh in their work that encompasses themes of sea and landscapes, still life and flowers, as well as abstracts. For both artists, working in collage brings together their love of painting with their skill at sculpting images with mixed media in order to create texture, shape and structure.  In this way, they create a colourful and painterly equivalent to sculpture, which they hope will be exciting, uplifting and pleasurable. 

The Courtyard Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 

Open daily 10.30-4.30. 

Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

29 June-11 July

This exhibition explores through photography and drawings Chelsea Davine’s inspiration for her large scale oil paintings.  In her working practice Chelsea draws upon memories and images of the Dorset coastline where she grew up and the details of its surrounding landscape, as well as the energy and vibrancy of the architecture of the city where she now lives, Barcelona. Returning to Lyme Regis for this exhibition provided her with the perfect opportunity to showcase her collection of photographs and the materials she is inspired by, alongside the work she exhibits around the world.

 The Malthouse Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill
Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  

Open daily 10.30-6.00. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk




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:     Wed 6th, Thurs 7th,   Wed 13th, Thurs 14th,   Wed 20th, Thurs 21st,  Wed 27th, Thurs 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 
0797 0068 700  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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