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September 2019 ~  Lyme Folk Weekend ~ Food Rocks  ~ Heritage Open Days ~

October day in Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend
Friday, August 30 to Sunday September 1st 2019



Sunday 1st

The 25th anniversary of Ferne’s Annual Fun Dog Show promises to be bigger and better than ever! Have-a-go agility, temptation alley and of course the show itself make it a doggy paradise, and there’s plenty for people as well!  website www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org


Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th

Lyme Regis Food Rocks Festival 2019

Mark Hix’s Food Rocks returns for its 8th year! Expect all things food and drink from Dorset and surrounding areas. The festival started as a vision of Mark Hix with the aim of promoting the produce of his hometown of Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas, by presenting some of the best food, producers and suppliers that Dorset and the South West has to offer.  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!
The festival brings together top chefs, exhibitors, locals and those who are visiting Lyme Regis. The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings across the weekend.  In addition to this, all money raised is donated to the RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission. 10:00- 16:00 Marine Parade & the Cart Road


Sunday 8th

Lyme Splash

Lyme Regis to Charmouth Sea Swim Challenge



Wednesday September 11th 2019

Coach Trip to The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds were rediscovered 30 years ago. The Lost Gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area filled with subtropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head Restaurant. Cost of £25 includes guided tour. Guests welcome at an additional cost of £3. Coach departs Uplyme Village Hall at 7.45am. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Monday 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).



Wednesday September 25th 2019


‘The Living Jigsaw Explained’ – the nitty gritty of eco-friendly gardening by Val Bourne

Val Bourne is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all and will share her eco-friendly hints and tips in this talk. Her newest book, ‘The Living Jigsaw’ published by Kew, explains how it all works.  Val has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild and is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, among others. She gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val is a hands-on gardener and a committed plantaholic and is an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society.  Everyone is welcome. Talk starts at 7.30pm at Uplyme Village Hall. Refreshments are available from 7.15pm. Members free; non-members £3.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Thursday 26th September


Autumn Art and Design History course about 'Romanticism' in painting in Lyme Regis starts Thursday 26th September,  Time: 2pm-3.30pm for 6 wks. The course is about 'Romanticism' in painting, English, French and German artists, with some contextual decorative arts and design. (Turner and Constable, Samuel Palmer, Friedrich, Gericault, Delacroix etc) Fee £60  Venue: Lyme Regis Football club house, Charmouth Rd, free Parking. Bus stop nearby.  Tutor: Pam Simpson MA,  is a professional Art and Design historian, who has taught in London art colleges for 30 years. Currently teaching at Bath Spa University. She is an enthusiastic lecturer who loves her subject and conveying her knowledge to others. She has been teaching Art and Design History courses in Bridport in recent years.
For information or to book: contact Pam Simpson on:  chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com   or tel: 01300 321715.


Saturday September 28th

Coffee morning
There are no set charges, but collection box for Macmillan Cancer Support, from 10.30 till 12.30 in Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, all welcome.





Turn Lyme Green Meeting  Grenville Barr, Chair of the Steering Group, will give an update on the campaign and lead a discussion on future plans.  Bring your ideas and comments. 7.15 for 7.30pm  Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis, Blue Room  Everyone Welcome  For more information  01297 446066    

enquiries@turnlymegreen.co.uk  www.turnlymegreen.co.uk





Public Open Days at the historic property Belmont on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018.


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   



Love Lyme’s Beaches Beach Clean
Meeting at the usual place (Outside the RNLI shop) we will be cleaning Monmouth beach. 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – briefing at 11:15 am.

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)

A rare opportunity to visit Lyme's cemetery chapel.
Lyme Regis is supporting Dorset Architectural Week by opening the very highly decorated Victorian Church of England chapel built in 1856 and 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 bier.  The chapel will be open from 10am to 4pm.
There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby grave of the crew of HMS Formidable, lost in 1915. 

Coffee Morning
in aid of Lyme Regis Christmas Lights.  Cake Stall, Bric-a-brac & Raffle at The Driftwood, Baptist Church 10.00am – 12 Noon

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

 Soup & Sweet Lunch
 Cancer Research UK Lyme Regis are offering a choice of two warming soups (chicken and vegetable) and delicious sweets.  12 noon to 2 pm.  Tickets on the door £8 at the Woodmead Halls  Please support this event and help us to pass the £150,000 already raised by our branch since we formed in 2008.

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


August           October



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.



Exhibitions 2019


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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