What's On in Lyme Regis

Your Complete Guide to Events
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Lyme Regis

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Where to Find Just About Everything in Lyme Regis
We are fortunate to have a such great range of Entertainment, Restaurants, Shops and Businesses in Lyme Regis that it is possible to buy most things in town. Help it stay that way, be green and use them.

The Marine Theatre

Offers a wide and varied programme of events including: live music, local and professional drama and musical productions, community events and fairs during the day. A traditional seaside theatre overlooking the sea and Gun Cliff walk, with dramatic coastal views from the auditorium and licensed bar.  The Marine Theatre is a fully licensed, multi-purpose venue allowing for seated shows, dancing, and cabaret.

How to Book: In person:  In advance; at Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, just in front of the theatre. On the night; at the theatre itself up to 30 minutes before the start of the event. By telephone:  Call Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138  Online:  At   www.wegottickets.com

Concessions: Under 16s, Over 60s, Full-time students, Registered Disabled, Housing Benefit Recipients, Job Seekers Allowance Recipients, Income Support Recipients, Equity Members.

Ian Gillan has joined the Marine Theatre as a patron.

The lead singer and lyricist of rock band Deep Purple lives between Portugal and Lyme Regis. He found fame in the 1970s with hits such as Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, and Child in Time.

When in Dorset, Ian visits the Marine. Ian said “When you walk through the doors, it feels special. It reminds me of coming through the doors of the Albert Hall. There’s a sense of history. It’s cool to be here. You can sit in the bar and watch the stage below or climb in to it in the auditorium. One of my favourite events was seeing George Melley.”


The Regent Cinema

Unfortunately, due to a fire, the Regent Cinema Lyme Regis will be closed until further notice. We are fully confident that the loss of this cinema facility will be temporary, and that the Regent will be rebuilt to it's former glory.

News Update 09/01/17

Work continues behind the scenes to prepare for a cinema rebuild in Lyme Regis.

At present, we are still deep in the legal stages of ensuring that insurance funds can be released. Because it is such a large and complex claim (the cinema was insured with its Grade II listed status in mind), this has been a much longer process than we had hoped, but we are now in the final stages.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to take plans any further until this highly necessary stage is completed.

Our architects, Northern Building Design Associates (NBDA Ltd), have come up with initial rebuild plans which, upon the completion of the insurance stage, will be progressed. This is likely to be another slow stage as various trade and regulatory bodies have to be consulted, not least of which is English Heritage who are likely to have extensive input on the plans due to the nature of the Grade II listing.

Whilst there has been no visible exterior progress on the building, behind-the-scenes discussions have been taking place over the last 9 months and Scott Cinemas staff continue to make sure the remainder of the building is protected and maintained as far as possible on a regular basis.

Depending on the length of time needed to secure planning consents, it is likely that building work could commence later in 2017.

We would continue to offer thanks to the people of Lyme Regis for their comments over the last few months, and we are genuinely pleased to receive so many messages of support. We truly recognise the importance of the cinema to the town and surrounding areas and are doing everything within our power to progress a rebuild scheme.

 In the mean time we hope customers will support us by using our sister cinemas, the nearest being Sidmouth and Exmouth.
Thank you.


The Regent was opened in 1937 by a local cinema operator, Mr Donald Hardy. It was designed by Bristol based architect W. H. Watkins who was responsible for a large number of cinemas in the Bristol and South West areas.  It was designed in late Art Deco "streamlined" style. Originally it had a "Hollophane" lighting system: motorised dimmers slowly changed and mixed red, blue and green lights, concealed in troughs, to bathe the auditorium and elaborate wave-like proscenium surround in coloured light.   Other than thorough refurbishment there had been very few (and no structural) alterations. On the basis that it was a very fine example of a small seaside-town Art Deco cinema which had survived intact it has been listed Grade 2. It was fitted with "Ultra" surround sound.
Sadly in March 2016 it was destroyed by fire.



Mary Anning (1799–1847).
Mary Anning was a self-educated, working class woman from Lyme Regis and the greatest fossil hunter ever known.
With her brother she found the first complete Ichthyosaur in 1810-1811 and over the years further sensational finds were made.  Each year Lyme Regis Museum has a celebration of Mary Anning.
Built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the museum is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays.  Find out about Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles.



Lyme Online

Free fortnightly community newspaper:
Find out what's been happening in our Community.  Online and delivered to  Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Daily Papers

The Slipway beach shop & newsagent  DT7 3JJ    01297 442552


Places of Worship

Baptist Church Broad Street:  Sunday Services 10.30am and 6.30pm  Tel 01297 442794

Bethany Chapel  Coombe Street:  Sunday 11:00am Breaking of Bread A Letter of commendation would be appreciated. 4:00pm Gospel Service  including favourite hymns and messages for children Tuesday 7:30pm Prayer/Bible Study

St Michael the Archangel Church Street.  Sunday Services:  8am Eucharist;  10am Sung Eucharist followed by coffee in the Church Hall, Midweek Service: Eucharist 10am Wednesdays.

St Michael and St George Silver Street/Pound Road

 Times of Mass:  Lyme Regis 11.00 on Sundays.  Seaton 5.30 pm on Saturdays;  Axminster 9am on Sundays
Times on Holidays of Obligation: Lyme Regis 7pm on the eve (vigil) of the feast; Axminster 10am at St Mary's RC School, Axminster;  Seaton 5.30 pm on the Holy Day. Silver Street, Lyme Regis. 

St Peter and St Paul Pound Road, Uplyme 10am  Sunday gathering for all ages. Children welcome 6pm A more traditional Sunday gathering.

Lyme Regis Town Band
The Lyme Regis Town Band has established itself as an integral part of the town’s social life and plays regularly on the seafront throughout the summer. It was reformed in 1981 after a lapse of thirty years.

The main work of the band is in the summer months, when the musicians play several times a week to entertain the tourists and locals alike at various locations in the area The most popular of these is the Marine Parade where, on Tuesday evenings from July to September, the Band presents a series of Concerts. On a fine summer’s evening these often attract several hundred people. The Band is an integral part of the community and is pleased to support other local organisations such as the Regatta and Carnival Committee, the RNLI, the British Legion, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and local schools. 

Lyme Regis Town Mill

Nestling around a cobbled courtyard, the restored mill buildings house an ancient working flour mill and a modern hydro-electric system, as well as two art galleries, a pottery, a fashion studio and workshop, a picture framer, a tea and dining room, a micro brewery, a gift shop and the Miller's garden.This ancient watermill, dating from 1340, was rescued from dereliction by local volunteers, through a ten-year restoration project completed in 2001. Today, the Town Mill remains in full working order and its day to day operations continue to be run by volunteers. Coombe Street also footpath - with steps - from Broad Street Car Park. 01297 443579 info@townmill.org.uk

Listings of more
Club and Organisations here


Lyme Regis Museum

There really is something to delight and inspire everyone at Lyme Regis Museum. Enjoying a stunning seafront location on the world-famous Jurassic Coast with fantastic views over Lyme Bay, you’ll find fossils galore in the new interactive geology gallery, a new learning centre (great fun for families), local history, famous writers, fossil hunting walks and of course Lyme’s most famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning.  Built on the site of her former home, here you will discover the story of the remarkable and important contribution Mary Anning made to the development of modern scientific thought –against all the odds.
The new Mary Anning Wing opened in 2017 and now there is more than ever to see, do and learn. Children enjoy free entry to this family-friendly museum, and are very welcome. They will love exploring the Cabinet of Curiosities and new museum trails! There’s plenty to interest adults and those who wish to go into more depth too, all wrapped up in a charming Grade 11 listed building complete with beautiful spiral staircase.
With a full calendar of events on offer plus special family events in school holidays, there’s lots going on in this lively museum. Why not combine your visit with one of our fossil walks, or go and explore the town with its lovely beach and famous Cobb – it makes for a wonderful day out!
Why choose our fossil walks? Well, not only do they last a full 3 hours, but our guides are expert geologists known for their friendly and helpful approach and are full of passion for all things fossil.  Come and see for yourself why we, and thousands of our visitors, are so passionate about this lovely museum, its collections and walks. Lyme Regis Museum -
what will you discover?

Contact us:  Tel 01297 443370 www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk
Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA


Relax, unwind, enjoy

Lyme Bay Holidays is an independent, family run agency offering over 200 high quality properties along the stunning coastline between East Devon and West Dorset.
 All properties are independently inspected by VisitBritain with a minimum 3 star grading. Our properties can accommodate anything from couples looking for a quiet weekend hideaway to families seeking a traditional seaside holiday home.

Using our informative website with up to date availability and you can book on-line. You can also talk to our friendly and helpful booking staff who will offer you the best advice in order that you find the holiday property which is right for you.

Some examples of the beautiful properties on offer include:
Rousdon, a beautiful and historic estate set on the rugged Jurassic coastline consisting of 350 acres of pastures and woodlands with direct access to a private beach. We have various properties available sleeping from 2 – 8.

Lower Seaview Terrace, Beer – an attractive stone built cottage in the heart of the pretty East Devon fishing village of Beer

The Old House, Axminster – a beautifully presented period property providing very high quality, 5 Star, accommodation for larger groups or two families holidaying together.
More info: Lyme Bay Holidays

Call us today  01297 443363 email@lymebayholidays.co.uk


Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre

Simple and secure online booking service to check availability and book accommodation in Lyme Regis.  Lyme Regis TIC sells tickets for many different venues and local events. Lyme Regis TIC are also Box Office for the Marine Theatre. More information  please click here.  Purchase tickets for local transport:  National Express Coaches;  First Buses;  Bluebird Coaches;  Condor Ferries. 

Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre,  Church Street,  Lyme Regis DT7 3BS.  Tel: 01297 442138

Opening hours: April - October, Monday - Saturday 1000-1700, Sunday 1000 - 1600.  November - March, Monday - Saturday 1000 - 1500


Lyme Regis Town Council

Keep up to date with the issues facing the town and it's Council, information to help you to play your part in the democratic process and give information about the facilities and services provided by Lyme Regis Town Council.

Amusements & Sport

 The Amusement Arcade, Marine Parade

Mini Golf, Lister Gardens

for all your fishing needs.  Marine Parade,


Lyme Regis Aquarium : The Cobb

Lyme Regis Golf Club, Timber Hill

Lyme Regis Bowls Club, Monmouth Beach

Putting Green, Lister Gardens


Table Tennis, Lister Gardens

Shopping, Wining and Dining

Out and About

Restaurants & Cafes

The Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant, Pound Street

Amid Giants & Idols, Speciality coffee house. 59 Silver Street  07986 624014

Antonio’s Trattoria, Italian family run restaurant,  7 Church Street


Aroma,  Bridge Street


The Beach House Cafe: Cart Road

Bell Cliff Restaurant & Tea Rooms,  5-6 Broad Street  442459

Tierra Kitchen, 'Vibrant, unique vegetarian dishes with a twist'.  1a Coombe Street 445189

Coffee Shop and Tea Room, Old Bonded Store, Marine Parade

Cottage Bakery & Coffee shop, Broad Street (twixt Tesco & Boots)

The Fudge and Coffee House, 9 Broad Street

The Harbour Inn: beach view dining
The Cobb   Tel:
01297 442299


The Mill Cafe, The Town Mill


Hix Oyster and Fish House

Cobb Road 446910



Jane's Cafe: traditional fish & chips, Marine Parade

Japanese Food  Chideock:  Reservation only


Taste of India, 47a Silver Street (opposite the library) 444224

Lai Qilla: contemporary Indian cuisine, Broad Street

Largigi Thai Restaurant, Marine Parade

Lyme Bay Kitchen & Bar traditional Italian Bistro, Coombe Street

The Mariners Hotel, Restaurant and Bar, Silver Street


The Millside Restaurant, 1 Mill Lane.  Local produce 445999

Ocean View Restaurant Breakfast, lunch and dinner & tea Marine Parade Tel  442059

Old Bonded Store Tea Room: Marine Parade


The Pilot Boat Inn, Bridge Street


Penny Black Cafe, Post Office, 37 Broad Street  07964 121333

The Royal Lion Hotel, Broad Street


The Royal Standard, pub on the beach, The Cobb

Town Mill Bakery baked delights, Coombe Street



Food Shops &
Take Aways


Ammonite Fine Foods
and local free range meat by Framptons. Broad Street


Cobb Gate Fish Bar,  Cobb Gate

The Co-op Supermarket, Broad Street


The Good Food Store and Cafe, Broad Street

Harbour Stores, Beach Shack supplies & smoothies    Cobb Square

Herbie's Dino Bar burgers & ice cream, Cart Road by the Sailing Club

Jane's Cafe traditional fish & chips, Marine Parade

La Qilla: contemporary Indian cuisine


Lyme's Fish Bar, Coombe Street and The Cobb by the Sailing club


Lyme Regis Chinese Takeaway,  15 Church Street, Lyme Regis


Mulberry Manor - pasties, pies, quiches, Broad Street


The Wetfish Shop  Fresh fish, crab and lobster, 
Cobb Square 444205

The Seriously Good Wine Company, Drakes Way (off Broad Street) 443306

Town Mill Bakery baked delights, Coombe Street

The Whole Hog, Broad Street.  Seasonal




Cobb Arms:
Marine Parade/Cobb Square


The Harbour Inn, Cart Road, The Cobb 01297 442299

Hunters Lodge, Raymonds Hill


The Nags Head Inn: Silver Street

The Pilot Boat Inn, Bridge Street

The Rockpoint Inn
  Cobb Gate,


The Royal Standard, pub on the beach, The Cobb


Ship Inn B & B, Coombe Street

The Talbot Arms, Uplyme


The Volunteer Inn, Good Food, Fine Wines, Broad Street




Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Galleries

Artists and Photographers

Handmade jewellery
Broad Street 07817 230973

Alice's Bear Shop
, 01297 444589

Antique & Craft Centre: Marine Parade

Bizleyart Gallery, 12a Coombe Street

Blue Lias Gallery, 47, Coombe Street

Coombe Street Gallery,  Coombe Street

Fine Art & Framing, 64 Broad Street

KJ Gifts, 15 Broad Street Tel 445857

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Shop
, The Cobb

Tel: 01297 445426

Ginger Beer
, 12 Broad Street

The Mermaid Shop at The Tudor, Church Street

Studio 19, working artists studios, 19 Broad Street

Susie Cole, Broad Street

Town Mill Gallery,  The Town Mill

Town Mill Pottery, The Town Mill


David Manners Freelance Artist

Jess Douglas   The Illustrator  

Julie Oldfield: Harbour Inn, Marine Parade

Matt Austin Images Photographer

Richard Austin Award winning Photographer, Coombe Street

Maxime Xavier Artist, Portrait Painter: Studio 19, 19 Broad Street.  Tel 01297443428


Computer Services

Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Laundrette

The Bookshop beside the Wet Fish Shop, The Old Bonded Store, Marine Parade, Cobb Square 01297 444820


Sanctuary Second-hand Bookshop, 65 Broad Street;  01297 445815

Serendip Books, Lyme Regis's independent bookshop and much, much more! 11 Broad Street; 
01297 442594 www.serendiplyme.co.uk

PC Support:  Mark Howarth (Eco PC Support Services) 01297 306356. www.ecopcsupport.co.uk
JK Window Cleaning, gutters and patios  07795 243194

The Launderette: Russell House, Lym Close, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DE,  Tel: 01297 445 807. ‎

Estate Agents


House and Home

Fortnam, Smith & Banwell:  48 Broad Street


Martin Diplock:  Broad Street

Gordon and Rumsby

 Casual Wear, The Old Bonded Store, Marine Parade  444829

Calico, The Old Watch House, The Cobb  444484

Joules, Broad Street

Ruby & Oscar, 19 Marine Parade, The Cobb  445291

Neat, Broad Street, next to Regent Cinema

Pebbles  35 Broad Street 443824

Primary Colours, children's clothes and toys. 50 Broad Street  445655

Sea Salt, Broad Street

Arthur Fordham & Co  67 Broad Street

Bygones:  Old pine, rugs, furniture, 52 Broad Street

Coastal Garden Services Tel 01297 445943

Creative Interiors Curtains & fabrics, Silver Street

Lyme Locks, 01297 442673

Rainbow,  Bridge Street

Susie Cole, Antiques, Interiors, 15 Broad Street

Painted Lady Gallery, 4 Broad Street

Search Agents with excellent local knowledge, finding property in Lyme Regis and surrounding area.  
Coastal Property Search
offer a down-to-earth professional service, without charging a fortune!



Travel & Holidays

Cobb Garage, Uplyme Industrial Estate, Uplyme Road

Rousdon Car Centre Ltd
Rousdon nr Lyme Regis 
Tel: 01297 444544

Scott Rowe, 29 Broad Street

Kitson Trotman Broad Street


Your World Travel, 5 Bridge Street, 01297 300392


M Cabs: Airports, Stations, Long Distance, Local 01297 442222

Lyme Regis Taxis:  07900 698569

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