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September 2018 ~  Lyme Folk Weekend ~ Food Rocks  ~  ArtsFest ~ Heritage Open Days ~ Autumn Show and Harvest Supper ~

October day in Lyme Regis

Friday AUGUST 31st - Sunday SEPTEMBER 2nd
Lyme Folk weekend

Saturday September 1st


Lyme Folk Weekend
If it's a lively Saturday night out you're after, then look no further than the Marine Theatre on  when the amazing Merry Hell will be hitting the town.  The band have been really making waves in the folk world over the last 12 months - come and catch them in Lyme Regis while you can... and bring your dancing shoes!  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday night is party night of Lyme Folk Weekend with  the exuberant sound of Merry Hell, one of the most exciting live bands to have emerged in recent years. Winners of both the Best Band and Best Live Band at the 2018 Folking.com awards, Merry Hell have been blazing a trail in the north of England with their high-energy, foot-stomping folk-rock, and are making a rare visit to the South West especially for Lyme Folk Weekend. Support comes from Ranagri.  £18 seated and £10 standing, advance and on the door.  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



Sunday 2nd

Those of you who came to see Steve Knightley last year will be thrilled to hear that he will be returning for another festival finale show, but this time as one of half of folk's finest  - Show of Hands. Steve and his partner in crime Phil Beer will bring the curtain down on the festival with a very special show. 



The festival culminates with South West favourites Show of Hands presenting a special one-off retrospective filled with songs from their early years together. The band’s lead musicians Steve and Phil began their musical journey 25 years ago here in West Dorset. Their first CD was recorded live in Bridport at the Bull hotel, while Steve has written a host of songs about the people, stories and landscape of this area. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the duo revisit these songs at the wonderful Marine Theatre, in a unique coastal setting overlooking Lyme Bay. Saskia Griffiths-Moore and Steve Dagleish are the support acts.  £25 advance and on the door.  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com

Wednesday 5th September   




SCREENING A new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) star.  £11 advance / £14 on the door. 10% off  for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



 Saturday 8th - Sunday 9 September
Lyme Regis Food Rocks Festival 2018
-10:00- 16:00

Mark Hix’s Food Rocks returns for its 6th year! Expect all things food and drink from Dorset and surrounding areas. The festival not only raises money to support local charities, but also aims to give something back to the local community. Food Rocks is a fun-filled weekend bursting with live, interactive cookery demonstrations from top chefs, talks and tastings from local producers, and a wide range of seasonal food and drink exhibitors to purchase from. There will also be kid’s activities so there is something to suit everyone!



A post-roast music session in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb, with a selection of local ales and other drinks. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7. They’re joined by the best local performers. Want to play? Apply by email to lym.brian@me.com.   Free entry, no tickets  Bar opens and starts 3 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



Wednesday September 12th

 Special Plants and Iford Manor
COACH TRIP Special Plants is a valley garden with varied planting. Iford Manor nr Bath is a Grade 1 formal Italianate garden. £25 includes guided tour from Derry Watkins. Bookings: Jenny Harding 01297 444034 or 33049. Limited places! Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy – a presentation by Bonny Sartin
Thomas Hardy's skill as a fiddle-player is perhaps less well-known than his talents as novelist, poet and playwright, famed around the world. And Bonny Sartin is equally familiar to thousands worldwide as frontman for folk group the Yetties for the best part of fifty years.
Bring these two together and what do we have? The story of Hardy's music, his instruments and the characters he created, many involved in traditional song, music or dance, told with songs, poetry, music and readings. (And plenty of fun and laughter.)

The Sartins arrived in Dorset 350 years ago, Huguenots fleeing persecution and settling in Corscombe to work the land. Today the family is Dorset through-and-through, with the Yetties ("just four lads from the village") taking their name from Yetminster. Dorset was the anchor for a group that travelled the world, sharing folk music wherever they went. For the last seven years Bonny  has undertaken many speaking engagements in the county "as a way of staying in touch".   Don't miss this one.  Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon.  Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis  Lyme Regis U3A

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)


Screened live from Stratford. Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. £11 advance / £14 on the door. 10% off  for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com


TALK AND CINEMA This is a South-West exclusive: the brand new BFI film, with a talk and questions from its star James Lavelle. The Man From Mo’Wax is the energetic and phenomenal journey, charting the life and career of the DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul. The film also stars Joshua Homme, Ian Brown, Thom Yorke, Badly Drawn Boy, Futura. Grandmaster Flash and 3D of Massive Attack.  £6 advance / £8 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



This concert marks the spellbinding new album A Life Reappearing released on 4 May. Duotone weaves a plethora of instruments with orchestral power - including his pioneering cello playing and vocal loops. The new album was inspired by a book of paintings by Victoria Crowe, which charts the life of Scottish shepherd Jenny Armstrong. Duotone has performed and recorded with Maya Youssef, Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood and multi-platinum award-winning artist Birdy.  £10 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



Star of the John Bishop show, Andy's routine includes offbeat original comic songs and parodies. A talented musician with a captivating voice, popular songs have been re-written and given a perverse twist to comic effect.  He has performed on The Comedy Store for Comedy Central, and two series of The World Stands Up. Two other comedians warm-up, and local funny-man Tom Glover comperes in this great value night out.  £8 advance / £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends   Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.



This concert looks at the music of Stanley Turrentine, the Pittsburgh saxophonist a pioneer of the Blue Note soul jazz style. He played with many of the greats including Ray Charles, Max Roach and Jimmy Smith. Jade Gall is a classically trained saxophonist who has studied both at Dartington and the Royal Welsh College of Music. She has also rapidly become the go-to choice for many jazz, swing, soul and ska bands, including 'The Simmertones' who have recently had many plays on BBC Radio 2 with their single 'Perhaps', which features Doris Day. She also played at Glastonbury with 'Michael Campari and the Solar System'.  £8 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com


Wednesday 19th

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

Not for the faint-hearted, the bawdy legend visits Lyme on his new tour. An ex-miner and carpenter, Jethro is famous for his proud heritage as Cornwall’s best-loved comic. His career has been a long one of over 40 years, first appearing on television in 1990 on the Des O’Connor show, with other appearances on Jim Davidson’s Generation Game, The Jethro Junction and for the Queen at The Royal Variety Show.  £21 advance / £25 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M. 



What happens when the soundtrack to your life changes; when you are listening but hearing differently? Invisible Music is an unforgettable, immersive, gig- theatre experience by Platform 4.  Pete Flood (Bellowhead) and Jules Bushell, P4’s long-term sound designer, have created a 5- piece band full of acoustic delights. Supported by stunning projections, this is music and verbatim audio clips, which are mesmerising, evocative and moving.  www.marinetheatre.com

Saturday 22nd

The Rifles march through Lyme Regis
(formerly the Devon and Dorset Regiment)  as part of the First World War Centenary commemoration of the ending of the First World War

Unveiling of the enhanced Lyme Regis War Memorial in St Georges Square


 Sunday 23rd Autumnal Equinox:   The Autumn Equinox is the first day of the autumn season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the northern to the southern hemisphere. The sun is directly overhead at the equator and day and night are of approximately equal lengths. At equinox, the Sun rises everywhere on Earth (except the Poles) at about 6am in the morning and sets at about 6pm in the evening (though this can vary a little when time zones and daylight saving etc are taken into account).

Tuesday 25th

'History of Lyme Regis Museum'
by David Tucker, Director.  The Lyme Regis Society. 2.30pm - 4pm Woodmead Halls.  Free to Members, visitors £3 Including refreshments.

Wednesday September 26th

NEW LOOK AUTUMN SHOW & HARVEST SUPPER – bring and share. Look out for the schedule and bring your best produce along, then vote for the exhibits you like most – this is an informal and friendly show, followed by a Bring and Share Supper. 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) at the Marine. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.  £11 advance /  £14 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com

August           October


2018 Dates/events to be advised





A rare opportunity to visit Lyme's cemetery chapel
Lyme Regis is supporting Dorset Architectural Heritage Week by opening the very highly decorated Victorian Church of England chapel built in 1856. It is not normally open to the public. It is still used occasionally by local families for funeral services and contains a fine example of a Victorian bierThe chapel will be open from 10 am to 4 pm
There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby grave of the crew of HMS Formidable, lost in 1915.



Belmont, Lyme Regis, Open Day

This fine 18th-century maritime villa in Lyme Regis is listed Grade II* and once belonged to the remarkable businesswoman, Mrs Eleanor Coade who devised a formula to mass produce architectural embellishments. More recently Belmont was home to world-famous author, John Fowles, author of The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman. We have restored Belmont to its appearance in Mrs Coade’s day. Here you can sit – and indeed write – in John Fowles’s former writing room with its wide views of sea and sky. In the garden there is a Victorian observatory tower, with hatch and revolving roof. Most of the long garden is left wild (Fowles was a keen naturalist) and it tumbles down to the esplanade, with a pebble beach and the Cobb beyond.  Free Admission and leaflets on the building's history. 10am to 4pm Pound Street, Lyme Regis   Click here for location




The Great British Beach Clean

Boat Jumble
Raising funds for another defibrillator: the one on the Harbourmaster's Office wall has already been used to save a life this year.  Training sessions will be organised for anyone interested.  9.30 The Cobb

Lyme Regis Organ School Late Summer Concerts
 Peter Lea-Cox & Richard Godfrey (two pianos, two organs)
  St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Sunday Afternoon 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm Admission free - retiring collection

Beach Clean
A one-hour beach clean session  of Monmouth beach between 12noon and 1pm with a briefing on the harbour slipway at 11.45.   Meet outside RNLI shop on the seafront.  Wear protective shoes or boots;  equipment for dealing with rubbish is provided.          

Lyme Regis Organ School Late Summer Concerts
Katie Ninham (“Pipe-Up” senior student, Organ)
  St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Sunday Afternoon 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm Admission free - retiring collection

Macmillan Coffee Morning
please come along this Friday 10.30am-12pm Marine Theatre All donations will go to the Macmillan fund.



Soup and Sweet Lunch
Selection of soups and puddings.  Woodmead Halls 12noon - 3pm £6






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

Lyme Regis's front beach:
No Dogs
from 1st May until 30th September

Dogs allowed
all year
Monmouth Beach, Cobb Gate & East Beach.

Charmouth Beach:
no dogs from 1st May to 30 September.

Please check notices locally to verify this information
Dog waste must be cleared up and disposed of properly and dogs must be under the handler's control at all times.  Failure to comply may result in a fine or prosecution.




31 August-3 September

We are turning the Malthouse Gallery into a space where visitors of all ages can experiment with different forms of drawing, using various media and surfaces, these drawings being inspired by the local environment of the Town Mill and Lyme Regis.  The atmosphere will create a playful setting which links with The Big Draw’s theme of ‘play’. Do come and join us! 

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

31 August-12 September

Four artists—glass artists Celia Goodman and Kathy Collins, potter Martin Collins and watercolourist Jasper Jacob—display their varied skills inspired by the liminal spaces in landscapes and seascapes where water meets land and desert, where field and forest meet sky.  They have joined forces for ‘Edge’ to demonstrate how each has been enthused by the colour, light, shape, contours, weather and atmosphere where the elements meet.

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

8-25 September

Valerie Barden studied at Yeovil College of Art, read Art History with the Open University and has been exhibiting professionally since 1994. Although painted in a figurative manner, Barden's work exemplifies the qualities of abstraction and flatness specific to modern painting and their subject matter place them in a contemporary context. This series of paintings is about people in galleries, in different public, indoor spaces, who are there for the purpose of looking at things. Valerie came to the subject simply by sitting for long periods in art galleries (and shopping centres) and thinking of pictures she could make of people standing or sitting fairly still in front of static paintings and objects, of the correspondence between viewer and exhibits, or simply figures as contrasting shapes against interesting architecture.  

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

13-26 September
CHARMOUTH TO CHERNOBYL: People and Places that Inspire

Howard Flanagan is an emerging international artist, widely known for his individual highly detailed paintings.  A finalist in the 2017 Sunday Times Watercolour Artist of the Year competition, Howard has worked this year almost exclusively with the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the children’s charity Unicef, to produce 12 paintings, a series of limited edition prints and a calendar, all to be sold in aid of Unicef.  He takes inspiration from people and landscapes including the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the Ukraine, which he visited this spring.  Looking around, he was both inspired and humbled by the struggles of the people who continue to live there.  Working mainly in pastel, watercolour and ink, Howard seeks to capture quiet, unadorned natural beauty in the eyes of people struggling with every day life and the landscape around us.

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


WALKS and Tours

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!


Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis Museum’s famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils that have been washed down onto the beach after 190 million years. For adults and children alike, it’s an unforgettable experience. 


Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours.

Lyme History Walks

 Meet at the Marine Theatre at 11.00am

Cost £8.00 Adults   Children £4

July - Sept: Wed, Thurs, Sat      ......+ Bank Hols


 “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 
outside Lyme Regis Museum
Lasts 1 hour Adults £
8.00 Children £4.00 

01297 443140  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

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.


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