What's On in Lyme Regis

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Lyme Regis

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May 2018     Duck Race ~   May Fete    ~ Fossil Festival ~ MillFest  ~  Blessing of the Boats  ~ Spring Plant Sale ~ Jazz & Blues weekend ~ Junior deep sea fishing trip ~


Friday 4th - Sunday 6th May 2018

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
 An annual event for the whole family. The Festival seeks to enthuse young people about science, earth sciences in particular.



Sunday 6th May 2018

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 short service, with the Lyme Regis Town Band, starts at 15.00 (3.00pm) everyone is more than welcome to attend



Monday 7th May Day (Early May Bank Holiday)


Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018

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



Wednesday May 9th

RHS Wisley
COACH TRIP One of the great gardens of the world, plant centre, restaurants and shop. £20.00 Bookings: Annie Kobus 01297 443346 or 444927.


Sunday 13th May 2018

May Fete
Displays, over 50 stalls from local organisations and commercial stalls.  Last year had:  Wessex Marching Band, Falconry Display, children dancing, Taekwondo, Majorettes. Over 50 stalls, crafts,    Activities, stalls,  local groups.  13.00.  Anning Road recreation Ground, The Playing Field, Anning Road


Wednesday 16th


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  


Saturday May 19th

PLANT SALE & COFFEE MORNING – inspiring and convivial, raising funds to support our events. Please bring donations of plants or home produce (cakes, jam, veg) to sell. Contact 01297 444962 for more details. 9.30 to 11.30am  Uplyme Village Hall.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Wednesday May 23rd

Square Metre Gardening’ TALK by Claire Hart –  Even with a tiny patch or maybe just a patio you can grow enough veg to feed a family of four using clever techniques. 7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Friday 25 – Monday 28 May, 2018  




Monday 28th Spring Bank Holiday 
Half Term



Dates to be advised

Duck RaceLyme Regis Christmas Lights
In aid of Lyme Regis Christmas Lights.  Ducks available from 11.30 on the day.  Midday  from Windsor Terrace - (bottom of Woodmead Road). Cancelled because of bad weather now taking place Monday 29th.



The Mayday Yellow Welly fund raiser








Note:    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.

Download Car Parks Map Currently NO Park and Ride


All invited to Blessing the Boats

The annual Blessing of the Boats service will be held at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis on Sunday  6th May.


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 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.


28th July - Friday 3rd August




An exhibition of paintings and photography that celebrate the Town Mill, mills and milling in general and engineers and engineering in particular.
The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.


National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage, providing visitors with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Lyme’s working watermill.  At the Town Mill we will be holding a festival with a theme of Engineers and Engineering in order to celebrate the engineers and millwrights who built mills and their machinery.  Join us for a weekend of music, dancing, food & drink, baking & art activities, as well as the unique experience of watching our volunteer millers harness the power of the River Lym to turn the waterwheel, gears and millstones to produce traditional Town Mill flour.  Our milling demonstrations will run continuously throughout the weekend, daily between 11am and 4pm. 
The Town Mill, Mill Lane,
Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
  Free admission.



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

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

MAY:  Wed 3rd,  Sat 6th,  Wed 10th,  Sat 13th,  Wed 17th,  Sat 20th,  Wed 24th,  Sat 27th,  Mon 29th,  Wed 31st

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

 01297 443140


Old Lyme Ghost Walks 2017

Tues and Thurs 7.30 pm  May – September

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

01297 443140  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

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