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September 2017 ~  Lyme Folk Weekend ~ ArtsFest ~ Heritage Open Days ~


Friday 1st   

Lyme Folk weekend

Opening the festival at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Friday September 1 will be Jim Moray, nominated for two awards in this year’s BBC Radio 2 folk awards - for Best Album and Best Original Song.  For 15 years Jim has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. 

His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including his two BBC nominations, and five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines.



Saturday 2nd 

e Folk weekend

Saturday night headliners will be folk legends Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones, who will be presenting songs from their critically acclaimed album About Time, recorded to celebrate their 50 years of music-making together. 
McTell and Jones, two distinguished musicians, join forces some 50 years after they first met and played together. Back in 1966 Ralph was just back from playing in Paris and met Wizz in a coffee bar in Croydon, when he was invited by Wizz to go to Cornwall and play guitar with him.  "It was a life-changing move for me and one of the most wonderful summers I have spent,” said McTell. They became life long friends and played together many times. In the spring of 2015 Ralph called Wizz and suggested they finally do a whole album together. They found themselves once again in Cornwall to make this album, joining a circle of music and friendship started some 50 years earlier. The album is a brilliant blend made up of their old favourites, some traditional arrangements and songs by Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.



Sunday 3rd September  


Sunday night headliner: STEVE KNIGHTLEY
And the Sunday night finale will feature the biggest name on the South West’s folk scene, a solo gig from one half of multiple award-winners Show of Hands, Steve Knightley.

Steve is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. As a solo performer he decided in 2016 to turn his attention to maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. 
He said: ‘As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!’
As has become the tradition at Lyme Folk Weekend, the headliners will be supported by acts who first appeared on other stages at last summer’s festival - singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, traditional virtuoso duo Mitchell & Vincent and the Longest Johns, the brilliant shanty group featured on the BBC programme The Choir with Gareth Malone. And, continuing another Lyme Folk tradition, all three support acts will be centre stage for this month’s Lyme Folk Revisited show at the Pilot Boat Inn on Saturday, March 18. Tickets to see all three acts in one amazing evening are just £10, with all proceeds going towards staging the summer festival.  Tickets for Lyme Folk Weekend and the Lyme Folk Revisited fundraiser are available online at www.lymefolk.com, from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138).  Revisited tickets are also available from the Pilot Boat Inn, 1 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis.



Tuesday 5th





15th - 18th September 2017

The Great British Beach Clean




Sept 29th – Oct 8th  'ArtsFest Unplugged’ 




Some 2016 Events you may have missed


'Use It or Lose It!' Exercise class for 50+
 Starts today:  A mixture of cardio, Zumba, Pilates, yoga, balance & strengthening exercises all to music! No need to bring anything. Just wear comfortable clothing, trainers & a water bottle. Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30am Masonic Hall, Lyme Regis. £5 PAYG contact Helen French 07725 465 360.

Knoll Gardens & Secret Garden at Serles House
depart by coach 9.15am for these two garden destinations near Wimborne. 
The Secret Garden has been described as one of the best 10 private gardens in Britain, with unusual plants and garden objets d’art, and the house is also open. After lunch at a local garden centre, we move on to The Knoll Gardens which are famous for their collection of grasses and perennials, and should be at their peak in September.  Cost £20. Bookings: Jane Godfrey 01297 445709. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Annual Royal British Legion Quiz
The Nags Head starting at 2000 Hrs. Teams of 6 and cost is £2 per person : Sign in on the night. All welcome

Heritage Open Days at Lyme Regis Guildhall


Visit Lyme's cemetery chapel
This is a rare opportunity: 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  Last year the chapel was opened for one day - this year they are opening for two so more people can visit.
There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby grave of the crew of HMS Formidable, lost in 1915. 

West Dorset Open EcoHomes:  We are opening fifteen homes around Bridport, Dorchester, Beaminster and Lyme Regis, some off grid, some new builds, one straw bale extension, a few retrofits, and a lot of enthusiasm among the hosts (and visitors we hope). Low carbon lifestyles are as important as the buildings.  http://bridport.greenopenhomes.net/


Belmont Open Days
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. We are so grateful to everyone who supported Belmont, helping us to raise a total of £1.8m.  Free Admission and leaflets on the building's history. 10am to 4pm No booking required.   Click here for location

Visit Lyme's cemetery chapel
This is a rare opportunity: 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  Last year the chapel was opened for one day - this year they are opening for two so more people can visit.
There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby grave of the crew of HMS Formidable, lost in 1915. 

Heritage Open Days at Lyme Regis Guildhall

Lyme Splash

Swim from Lyme Regis to Charmouth for charity

‘Smart Living:  how smart choices come back to hug you and are good for people, planet and profit’
Mukti Mitchell, sailor, author and director of CosyHome Company will be speaking to Turn Lyme Green.  He is described as North Devon’s ‘Low Carbon Living Guru’, has won awards for the creation of his carbon footprint calculator, eco-yacht design and unique secondary glazing system.   Mukti is best known for sailing around Britain in a zero emission micro yacht to promote low carbon lifestyles. This trip, which reached a media audience of 10m, including a visit to Lyme Regis and an inspirational talk organised by TLG at the Marine Theatre.  “Mukti is a truly inspirational speaker offering a new paradigm in the low carbon lifestyle arena.” Barbara Quilliam, Manx Co-op, Isle of Man.  Organised by Turn Lyme Green:    7.30pm Baptist Church Hall, Broad Street

Competitions Outing and Ramble/Members’ Evening
For further information please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club  7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  DT7 3PG.

 Drawing with Charcoal and Pastel
with Rebecca de Mendonça ‘First steps in drawing in black and white… 10.00am - 1.00pm The Woodmead Halls Hill Road Cost £15.00 which includes all materials

The Great British Beach Clean
 Litter Free Coast and Sea is pleased to be supporting the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean campaign this September. Our partners have pulled it out of the bag again, and there are now 19 beach cleans planned in Dorset over the campaign weekend 16th-19th September. We’re proud to say this is nearly 10% of all the beach cleans planned across the UK for this campaign! Thank you to all our partners who are taking part. Please help clean our local beach:  Lyme Regis (Monmouth beach) Bags etc provided: The slipway 2.00pm

Handwriting Workshop:Rediscover the joy of the handwritten word with a relaxed afternoon in The Writing Room, with Jan Lane. Tickets are £30 per person to include a LAMY Safari fountain pen, cartridges and refreshments Booking essential. Payment in advance, please. 1.30 - 3.30pm  The Writing Room, 6a Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

 “Demonstration using Clay”
Amanda Popham 2.00pm - 4.00pm The Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis Art Society. Members Free  £5 Visitors NB: time and cost corrected from printed brochure

Friday 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).

Textile Studio and Framing Consultation
 in an attractive rural garden. Bring your pictures for a free consultation by Jennie and Adrian of On the Edge Framing. Parking and good disability access. 10am - 5.00pm On the Edge Framing, The Haven, Harcombe, DT7 3RN

Journal Writing Workshop:
run by experienced teacher and published author Joanna Smith, this practical workshop will inspire you to keep a journal. 2.00pm - 5.00pm The Guildhall Bridge Street  £30 per person. Booking essential.

August           October

Making Your Mark Art Workshop
In a day of varied activities, Lynda White helps you draw and paint with greater energy, conviction and personal expression.10.00am - 3.00pm Woodbury Community Hall, Axminster. £35. Booking essential

The 'new' Shute House
by Maureen Turner M.A.  2.30pm Woodmead Hall  www.lymeregissociety.org.uk  Visitors £3

Lyme Regis Literary Salon:
 In Conversation with Gill Meller… Join special guest Gill Meller, River Cottage head chef, as he presents his debut solo cookbook  5.30pm - 8.00pm  Dorset House Tickets are £20 each or £35 for two

Last Posting date for International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail) to

All non-European destinations (except Canada, Far East, Middle East, South Africa and the USA)

Bullet Journal Workshop:
Bullet Journaling is a new phenomenon: an analogue system of organisation for the digital age. Join Phil Whitehead and Jan Lane of INVIGORWRITE for an afternoon exploring this new technique in relaxed, luxurious surroundings. 1.30pm - 4.00pm Dorset House Tickets are £35. Payment in advance, please.

Last Posting date for International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail) to
Far and Middle East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)


Life Stories Workshop
Joanna Smith, Black Dog Writing
Whether you want to write a complete autobiography or just a few favourite anecdotes for the family  this practical workshop will help you find the best way to tell your story. 2.00pm - 5.00pm Guildhall Bridge Street  £30 per person. Booking essential.




ArtsFest 2017 will consist of a showcase exhibition at the Town Mill Galleries from
Sept 29th – Oct 8th called 'ArtsFest Unplugged’
details of which will follow. 


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

SEPTEMBER  Sat 2nd,  Wed 6th,  Thurs 7th,  Sat 9th,  Wed 13th,  Thurs 14th,  Sat 16th,  Wed 20th,  Thurs 21st,  Sat 23rd,  Wed 27th,  Thurs 28th,  Sat 30th


 “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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