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Friday May 3rd 2019


Coach Trip to Garden Festival, Powderham Castle

More than 100 exhibitors will be offering quality plants from award-winning nurseries; unique West Country crafts; artisan food and drink, along with live music, talks and tips on growing and cooking fruit and vegetables. This all takes place in the fabulous grounds and interior of Powderham Castle. This Friday trip is on the first of the Festival’s two days, to see ensure we see everything at its best. Cost for members £16 for coach & admission; non-members £3 extra. Coach departs from Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

 Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th May 2019

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2019



Sunday 5th May

Lyme Bay Chorale Spring Concert
The concert will have a nautical theme, and the programme will include: 
Herbert Sumsion's anthem They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships  Andrew Millington's Give Me My Scallop Shell    (written for the Queen's visit to Exeter Cathedral for her golden jubilee in 2002)  The Seafarer - also by Andrew Millington   as well as Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle.  More info see right.  4pm St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis



Monday 6th May Day (Early May Bank Holiday)

Lyme Regis Christmas Lights


Duck Race
Down the River Lym, In aid of Lyme Regis Christmas Lights.  Ducks available from 11.30am on the day at Windsor Terrace (bottom of Woodmead Road).  Race starts from there 12 noon.



Saturday May 11th 2019


Plant Sale & Coffee Morning
This is a very popular and convivial event to raise funds to support Horticultural Society events. Members bring donations of plants and home produce (cakes, jam, veg) to sell. Entry £1. Get there early to get the best! Contact Brian Tomsett on 01297 444962 for more details. 9.30am -11.30am, Uplyme Village Hall  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Sunday 12th

May Fete
 Fantastic Stalls,  Hot Food, Ice-Cream, Fresh Coffee,  Homemade Cakes, Refreshments  Activities, stalls,  local groups.  1- 4pm  Anning Road Recreation Ground, The Playing Field, Anning Road



Wednesday 15th


Charity Golf Day  
An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster. 
Teams of four, Stableford, two scores to count, full handicap (max men 24, ladies 30).  Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster: We can make up teams.  For further information contact secretary@lymeregisrotary.org  



Coach Trip to Buckland Abbey

With 700 years of history, Buckland Abbey is part museum, part house, filled with treasures such as the legendary Drakes Drum. There are formal, kitchen and wild gardens set in a 600-acre estate. The cider house garden has borders full of seasonal blooms, lawns are carpeted with wild flowers and there are winding paths through trees and shrubs in the wild garden. You are welcome to walk around the estate. Restaurant.   Cost for members £14 if also a National Trust member, £21 if not. Guests welcome at an additional cost of £3. Depart Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Wednesday May 22nd 2019

‘Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels’ by Sally Gregson of Mill Cottage Plants
Sally will give suggestions for planting in those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas. Suggestions include some epimediums and hydrangeas. There will be plants for sale.  Sally has been tutoring gardening courses at West Dean for over five years. She trained professionally at Hadlow College, and runs Mill Cottage Plants in Wookey, Somerset. Sally lectures widely here and abroad; writes regularly for local and national magazines; and has published ‘Practical Propagation’ (2008), ‘Ornamental Vegetable Gardening’ (2009), and ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums’ (Timber Press 2015).  Everyone is welcome. The talk starts at Uplyme Village Hall at 7.30pm. Refreshments are available from 7.15pm. Members free; non-members £3.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Friday 24th -    Monday 27th

  Lyme’s festival of jazz   A five-day festival incorporating the best of jazz, soul and funk in the stunning seaside setting of Lyme Regis over the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend. It features nationally acclaimed headline acts in the iconic Marine theatre as well as a free music festival (Sunday 27 and Monday 28) on the seafront showcasing emerging local talent. Check out: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk for more details and tickets. 



Friday 24th

Half Term


Saturday 25th

Busking Festival and Play Me Piano


Sunday 26th May 2019  Rogation Sunday

Blessing of the Boats:  
Rogation Sunday - when traditionally, the Lyme Regis Lifeboat
holds a Blessing of the Boats family service outside the boathouse at The Cobb. Wreaths are blessed and taken out to sea by the lifeboat where they are laid to commemorate those lost at sea: The Royal British Legion standard and a poppy wreath will be laid as part of this Ceremony at Lyme Regis Slipway.  The short service, with the Lyme Regis Town Band, starts at 15.00 (3.00pm) everyone is more than welcome to attend

Monday 27th Spring Bank Holiday 

Friday 31st


2018  Events which may be repeated in 2019




National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage, providing visitors with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate working watermills




please think of what spare seedlings or plants you can bring along for us to sell for Society funds. The more we have and can sell, the better deals you will get on the day! Doors open at 9:30 am, entrance is £1 – donations of all kinds are welcome, including cakes and similar edible offerings. Doors open at 9:30 am, entrance is £1   Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Mary Anning day

Emerald Ant in the museum playing Anning and the scientists characters (all day)

Jurassic CSI (12.00pm to 4.00pm) - an activity based around a criminal investigation in the Learning Centre. Our visitors will be able to look at fossil remains, and help work out who the killer, the predator was! 10.00 to 4.00  Lyme Regis Museum



Boat Building Academy Boat Launch
  Just eight months ago this Class  was 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 9.30am(ish) the boats will be led from the Academy’s workshops on Monmouth Beach to Lyme Regis Harbour. Champagne corks will pop  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. the slipway  - This is an approximate time due to the scale of the event.  more info.. see right


May: Dogs now banned

 from the town's main beaches. 1st May - 30th September 
Permitted on Back beach & Church Cliff to the East & Monmouth Beach to the West.

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 Currently NO Park and Ride


Lyme Bay Chorale Spring Concert

Andrew Millington – formerly director of music at Exeter Cathedral – will be with us again as guest conductor, while our own musical director, Alex Davies, will accompany the concert.

Andrew’s career in cathedral music has spanned 40 years, most recently at Exeter, where his work with the cathedral choir included broadcasts, recordings and tours of Russia, France, Norway and the USA.

He studied the organ at Worcester Cathedral before going up to Downing College, Cambridge, as organ scholar. In 1975 he became assistant organist at Gloucester Cathedral and in 1983 organist and master of the choristers at Guildford Cathedral. 
Andrew was director of music of Exeter Philharmonic Choir from 2003 to 2017 and is honorary president of the St Cecilia Singers of Gloucester, Exmouth Choral Society and Axminster & District Choral Society. In 2015 he stepped down from his post at Exeter Cathedral to pursue freelance musical activities and other hobbies


All invited to Blessing the Boats
Sunday 26th May 2019

The annual Blessing of the Boats service will be held at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis


Open air, inter-denominational service, starting at 3pm,  visitors and residents are invited to take part.

RNLI Lifeboat wreaths

The service is held every year on Rogation Sunday to remember those who have given their lives at sea.

This year, weather permitting, the service will be supported by the town’s gig, sailing  and powerboat clubs.  At the end of the service three floral wreaths and a poppy wreath from the British Legion will be taken aboard the RNLI lifeboat and laid at sea.


27th July - Friday 2nd August



Friday May 25th - June 5th:
Lyme Regis Art Society Annual Exhibition
 at the Malthouse.

Open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm. Free Entry.


Lloyds Mobile Bank
Open Fridays:
9.45 - 12.15, 1.00 - 3.00pm

Owing to traffic times are approximate

Please use it or we may lose it!

Woodmead Halls Car Park, Hill Road


Play croquet at Uplyme
with Lym Valley Croquet Club


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


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

 01297 443140


Old Lyme Ghost Walks

From outside Lyme Regis Museum
Lasts 1 hour  Adults £
8.00 Children £4.00  Under 8's free with parent

0797 0068 700  www.ghostwalkslyme.org.uk

Mary Anning Tours

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.


Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Summer Show 

Schedules now available from Uplyme Post Office, Raymond's Hill Post Office, Ginger Beer, Broad Street, Lyme Regis

All local organisations and charities

are invited to have a stall at the
May Day Fete

Playing Field, Anning Road
email: info@lymeregiscarnival.co.uk


Boat Building Academy student boat launch Lyme Regis Harbour

The end of the 38 week Boat Building Course. Students will walk their boats down to Lyme Regis harbour where they will be launched for the first time. The class have completed their training and the day marks the start of their lives as boat builders.

Yvonne Green, Principal of the Academy, says, ‘I’m confident that the students wishing to work in the marine industry will easily find employment. We have an excellent relationship with employers and students join our growing Graduates’ Network which is regularly updated with jobs and opportunities. There is a skills shortage in boat building, which is a thriving industry’.

After a few words from Commander Tim Gedge, a Director of the Academy, the boats will launch one by one into the water. The Academy would be delighted if you would like to join them to celebrate the achievements of the students

Read about where Academy Graduates go on to work, their profiles, photographic build diaries and Graduate case studies, see the Academy’s website at:   www.boatbuildingacademy.com

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