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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 ~


Thursday 3 May 


Underwater Sound in Blue Planet II 

Talk by Intrepid Explorers, an organisation which shares stories of field research, is bringing Blue Planet II to Dorset through a special talk at the Marine in Lyme Regis. Professor Steve Simpson will share his experience, video clips, and audio recordings. He worked as Series Academic Advisor for the acclaimed series and other David Attenborough documentaries, such as his Great Barrier Reef programme in 2015.  Much of Professor Simpson’s work focuses on underwater acoustics, including the use of sound by fish and invertebrates, and impacts of human noise on marine life.  The ocean is a remarkably noisy place, with whales, dolphins, fish, and invertebrates all producing sound to communicate. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., event starts at 7 P.M. Tickets from www.marinetheatre.com  £5 advance, £7 on the door   Booking Fee may apply 


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 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 7th May Day (Early May Bank Holiday)



Wednesday 9th


Outing to the RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey,
leaving from Uplyme Village Hall at 7:45am. This is the main RHS garden, and should be a fascinating day out, with a huge amount to see. The cost is £20 pp, please book your place with Annie Kobus on 01297 443346 or 44927. Guests are welcome for an extra £3.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Lyme Lunches
Nutritious, good value lunch, aimed at over 50's. 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)

 Friday May 11th


Lyme Folk Weekend:  Annual Lyme Folk Revisited fundraiser.
Tickets are now on sale for this one-off special show featuring two
brilliant solo performers who have featured on smaller stages at previous festivals, and an amazing band who are brand new to Lyme Regis.  You may have been lucky enough to catch Steve Dagleish in the Pilot Boat or on the Seafront Stage last year. Steve is a superb guitarist and songwriter, and has really impressed us with some captivating live performances.  Also appearing will be Toby Noble, an absolutely outstanding virtuoso guitar player who delighted us at Lyme Folk 2016.  And rounding off our trio of acts are Ranagri, a brilliant four-piece band bringing a little Celtic touch to this corner of Dorset.  marinetheatre
As usual, all profits from the fundraiser go to help us put on our summer festival, so please come and support us on what will be a wonderful night of music.  TIckets for Lyme Folk Revisited are £10, available online at lymefolk.com or from Lyme Regis Tourist Information on 01297 442138.   on sale from Monday March 5. 


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



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  

Meet and Remember - 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

Saturday May 19th

– put it in your diary, but also think of what extra seeds you can sow, 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.
  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Wednesday May 23rd

Square Metre Gardening’ Our speaker for May is Claire Hart,  at 7:30pm in Uplyme Village Hall. She will be speaking on “Square Metre Gardening”  - how to get the maximum yield of edible crops from a small area. Tea and coffee are available before and after the talk, members free, guests £3.    Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Thursday 24 May 

We've added an extra date to this year's programme for a very special guest appearance by the legendary GEORGIE FAME who will open the festival on . This is organised in conjunction with Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.  One of a very select number of UK tour dates, Georgie Fame, will appear in the intimate setting of Marine Theatre to open the Jazz Jurassica weekend. With his much loved blend of jazz and R & B, Georgie Fame is a true icon of the British music scene. With many albums and hit singles to his credit and a long list of collaborators such as Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, you won't want to miss this up close evening with a legendary artist. You’ll hear Georgie’s hits, alongside music from the artists that have influenced him - interspersed with personal anecdotes from his incredible career. A very special evening - don't miss it!   Marine Theatre, 8pm

Friday 25 – Monday 28 May, 2018  

LYME JAZZ JURASSICA WEEKEND  Tickets are now on sale for all our main events. Please note that doors will open approx 30 mins before times indicated below.   WEEKEND TICKET includes six events: Fliss Gorst Big Band, BBQ with La Vie en RoseTaylor Quartet, Brunch with Annika Skoogh QuartetBabylon, and Liane Carroll Trio.  TICKET £90 +b/f   Please note: the Weekend Ticket does not include the Georgie Fame concert on Thursday 24 May which is a special event to open the festival!  www.jazzjurassica.co.uk


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).


The Mayday Yellow Welly fund raiser





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


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



Recent Work: Julie Oldfield

19 April-2 May

Popular local artist Julie Oldfield returns to the Malthouse with her inventive and atmospheric mixed media paintings that have been weathered by time, the sea, oxidation and chemical treatments in order to create texture and capture coastal light and mood.

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

27 April-9 May
traces of another Jurassic Coast  
A diverse exhibition of work, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, textile and mixed media, by a group of West Somerset artists responding to their own beautiful and geologically fascinating coast.

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

5-22 May


In an exhibition curated by Deborah Wood of The Art Room, Devon-based painter Kate Westbrook explores the classic myth of Diana and Actaeon in an engaging series of paintings that place the tragedy in the landscape of Dartmoor. These intricate oil paintings are finely rendered, detailed and atmospheric, and reward close study.


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

11-16 May


This solo exhibition is a collection of semi-figurative oil paintings created by Nigel Sharman and inspired by the landscape, culture of the West Country.

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


18-23 May


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


24-30 May

An exhibition of contemporary landscape paintings by established West Country artist, Lynda White.  Dorset shorelines and familiar landmarks are captured in a new series of acrylic paintings that, whether figurative or abstract, reference specific locations and convey a compelling sense of place and season. 

The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.00-5.00.  Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk


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


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 in 2017 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.

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 2nd,  Sat 5th,  Mon 7th, Wed 9th,  Sat 12th,  Wed 16th,  Sat 19th,  Wed 23rd,  Sat 26th,  Mon 28th,  Wed 30th, Thurs 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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