What's On in Lyme Regis

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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Guild Annual General Meeting
Following the business of the meeting we will have a talk from our
guest speaker:  
Steve Hockings-Thompson - Cox of Exmouth Shannon ALB.   All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.  7.30 pm. at the Lifeboat Station


Thursday 4th April 2019

Last Day Lyme Residents Free Parking Permit Winter Times apply

£5 advance / £6.50 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., Starts 7:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com


Friday 5th April 2019

End of Term


Wednesday April 10th 2019

Coach Trip to ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’ Dorchester
Nestling in 26 acres, visitors will find an impressive range of outdoor sculptures in the setting of beautiful gardens, hailed as a modern arcadia. The garden’s design has been inspired by ideas from all over the world and wildlife is also an important element. The sculptures are placed in simple, effective settings for drama and several emerge from the water. There are 30 of Simon Gudgeon’s works on display including Isis, which is also in London’s Hyde Park.
Some of Simon’s smaller pieces can be seen and purchased in the Gallery. The Gallery Café serves light lunches. Cost £16 for members, £19 for non-members. Coach departs Uplyme Village Hall at 9.30am. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book. 
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


The fire in the Cathedral Yard, Exeter

An illustrated talk by Dr Todd Gray. The fire that gutted the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter horrified people all over the country.  Dr Todd Gray – a specialist in the history of Exeter will be speaking about the historical implications of the fire and what it revealed.  Coffee from 10.00-10.45  followed by talk at 11am -12 noon. Venue: Woodmead Halls, Hill road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG.  Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis – free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or tel 01297 444566


Saturday 13th

 "Know your Blood Pressure Day"
Annual event run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in conjunction with The Stroke Association. Pop into Fortnam, Smith and Banwell (Estate Agents) 53 Broad Street and have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses. This is one of the most effective ways of minimising the chances of a stroke. See link..........and see you there!!   www.stroke.org.uk



£5 advance / £6.50 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., Starts 7:30 P.M. www.marinetheatre.com


Friday 19th

Sale of Bric-a-Brac Cakes and other Goodies, Books to Browse. 
All proceeds are in aid of Branch Funds, The Poppy Appeal and the RNLI: 
support your local LYME REGIS BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION  10am - 3.30pm The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis  More info contact: 


Sunday 21 April 2019   Easter Sunday 

Easter Bonnet Parade 2019

Easter Bonnets by the Albany Guest HouseMake an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 
Easter Bonnets gather  14.00 at the Baptist Church, Broad Street.

15.00 from the Baptist Church, Broad Street, led by the Mayor finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the sea front. Majorettes forming part of the parade. 

Monday 22nd Easter Monday  Bank Holiday

Duck Race
12 noon Higher Mill Flats, nr Woodmead Road Bridge

Tuesday 23rd April St Georges Day

Wednesday April 24th 2019

Demonstration ‘Hanging baskets’ by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery

A practical demonstration of how to plant up four hanging baskets by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery. Competition. Also at the April meeting will be the Chairman’s spring-flowering bulb competition. There are two classes:  ·         Pot or container of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in the pot/container  ·         Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.  Bring along your entries to Uplyme Village Hall on the night from 7pm.   Plug plants to grow on for the Summer Show will be available free to members courtesy of Groves Nurseries.  Everyone is welcome. Demonstration starts at 7.30pm, Uplyme Village Hall. Refreshments are available from 7.15pm. Members free; non-members £3.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


 Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April 2019

Great Dorset Beach Clean:

Come and join us on our FREE Great Dorset Beach Clean at Lyme Regis and Charmouth! Help clean up your local beach and make it a much safer place for wildlife and us.

The annual beach clean-up returns as part of the ‘Litter Free Coast and Sea’  week! Bring your friends and family and lend a hand at any of the designated beaches.  Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions  Help to remove plastics and other rubbish from the shore. The vast majority of litter found on Dorset’s beaches is made of plastic, which steadily accumulates if not removed.  As standard plastics never degrade, they circle around the world in ocean currents and can cause long-term damage.  Whales, dolphins and turtles can mistake floating plastic bags for the jellyfish which form part of their diet. Once swallowed the plastic bag blocks the stomach and leads to a slow death through starvation.

Saturday 27th  Charmouth  We will meet at 3pm at the bottom of Charmouth Heritage Centre steps.

Sunday 28th  Lyme Regis:  Meeting point & Briefing by the slipway near the Cobb, for a 10 a.m. start.  Bags, buckets and picker-uppers supplied to give Monmouth beach a spring clean.

Stay for as much or as little as you like! All equipment is provided.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult.  No need to register, just turn up on the day!
  Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather.

 Some of last year's (2018) Events which may happen again


The Big Breakfast  CANCER RESEARCH UK LYME REGIS invites you to THE BIG BREAKFAST  8 am to 12.30 pm. This year we have a new venue - the Woodmead Halls where there is plenty of parking. A full English breakfast - orange juice, fried egg, bacon, sausage, hash brown , baked beans and tomato, with toast and preserves and tea of coffee - will cost £6. A bacon or sausage roll will cost £3.  The Lyme Regis branch of Cancer Research UK has now raised more than £150,000 since formation in 2008. Please support us and help get our 2018 fundraising programme off to a good start. Don't forget - NEW VENUE:  Woodmead Halls

Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Town Meeting is not a council meeting.  It is a meeting of the town electors and often involves the town council's partners such as Dorset Police and both West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council.  Local organisations who have benefited from council grants are invited to provide a report on their activities and all electors are entitled to attend and ask questions or raise issues.
Residents and non-residents are entitled to attend the meeting and to raise for debate any issue concerning the town.  Priority will be given to those questions notified in advance.  Please contact the town council offices to submit your questions.  The Annual Town Meeting 2018 is at 7pm in the Woodmead Halls, under the chairmanship of the Mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis.





Lyme Bay Chorale's spring concert: concert of English choral music

Two giants of West Country choral music to join Lyme Bay Chorale for their spring concert



SPRING MASKED BALL  In aid of Cancer Research UK at the Woodmead Halls with welcoming cocktail, live music and a superb buffet. A special prize will be awarded for the best mask. Tickets are £25 each, £225 for a table of ten. For tickets call Philip Evans on 07796 951991.




Dogs and Beaches

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:
Dogs are banned
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.

What's on in the Galleries

9 March-2 April


Dynamic selling exhibition showcasing some of the best contemporary craft from UK based craft-makers.  After the success of previous years' Contemporary Crafts exhibitions, Town Mill Arts will once again showcase over local designer-makers giving both established and emerging makers an opportunity to show their work within the setting of our Courtyard Gallery.  Unique examples of ceramics, glass, wood, metal, textiles and lighting will be on display at a range of prices to suit everyone. 

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

21 March-3 April


Well-known local artist Julie Oldfield returns to the Town Mill galleries to exhibit some of her innovative work, in which she creates dramatic and stunning sky and seascapes using mixed media on canvas or metal sheets - typically copper, brass, aluminum and even stainless steel.
She will be giving a talk at the gallery at 6pm on Saturday 23 March.

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

Ten Views of Golden Cap
1st of March until the 26th of May

 Lyme Regis Museum will be playing host to a solo exhibition by local textile artist and painter Vivienne Graham. 

Entitled Ten Views of Golden Cap, this enchanting showcase consists of different images in textile of Dorset’s best-known coastal cliff—the tallest in Southern England.  Each work will be accompanied by a written description explaining how that image was conceived and developed. 

Please visit the Museum’s website (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk) or telephone (01297 443370) for further information.



Lloyds Mobile Bank
Open Fridays:
9.45 - 12.15, 1.00 - 3.00pm

Owing to traffic times are approximate
Please use it or we may lose it!

Woodmead Halls Car Park, Hill Road



Making it easier to visit
Citizens Advice in Lyme Regis

Mondays 10am-12pm

Lyme Regis Medical Centre, DT7 3LS


Wednesdays: 10am-3pm
St Michael's Business Centre, DT7 3DB

Dorset AdviceLine:   03442 451291





Lyme Regis Foodbank is run by volunteers to help individuals or families in our community who face a short-term 'food crisis': being without food or means to obtain food owing to temporary financial, medical or social support problems.

The Foodbank relies on voluntary donations of suitable products from generous-minded people. Items such as those on this list are the staples of the Foodbank, so anything you can contribute, however little or much, is welcome.
More info


Charity Golf Day

 15th May 2019

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

All local organisations and charities

are invited to have a stall at the
May Fete

Playing Field, Anning Road  May




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!

Fossil walks

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre: Booking  Essential Tel 560772

Daily Fossil Walks
Sat - Tues with Brandon Lennon from the anchor, Cobb Gate Tel 07944 664 757

Liz Jones Memorial Walks

A selection of 11 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


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


 Chris Lovejoy   01297 443140


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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