Up until now I have been a bit reluctant to write about Lyme Regis. There is so much information available about this iconic place that I was not sure where my blog would fit. Fossil hunting, ice creams, mackerel fishing, museums, art and crafts, the list goes on. All potential subjects frequently covered in print and online. So it took until last weekend for me to realise that actually there is always room for more, after all not everybody will find the other information or this post. So read on to find out about lots of fantastic summer events in Lyme Regis.
This post was prompted by a failed attempt at going camping at the weekend (the campervan decided to overheat as we set off) and meant a Plan B was needed. As I have been adding to my events listings page I remembered a music festival advertised in Lyme Regis, so we headed off.
Enjoy the View
We parked in the Charmouth Road car park (£2 all day) on the hill heading out of town and took the 114 new steps (they will be new for at least 5 years in my mind) down to the fabulous sea wall promenade. The view across to Black Venn (Mary Anning territory) and over to Charmouth beach is superb from here.
This is a great walk, my girls love to rollerblade here and it’s wide enough to not cause offence to anyone else. Families were fishing right off the sea wall as the tide was in. At other times of the day when the tide is out you can walk 300 or 400 metres out amongst the rock pools, search for crabs and sea anemones or just wonder at the mysterious patterns the sea leaves in the rocks when they are exposed.
Our destination was the B-Sharp music mix event
This charity supports young locals and musicians. Although we were a bit late we spent a happy time relaxing in the deck chairs watching some great artists including the excellent Wildwood Kin and were also entertained by stilt walkers and youngsters trying to hola hoop.
We are very lucky locally to have many dedicated people in groups, clubs and organisations arranging different events all through the year. The atmosphere is always great in Lyme Regis, the mixture of locals and tourists works well so that events are always well attended and I know a great deal of money is raised for local charities in the area.
So it occurred to me to write a list of events covering ‘what’s on over the summer in Lyme Regis’. To be honest this is partly for my own benefit, as despite trying to read local papers and magazines and being on Facebook far more than I should, I often seem to hear about things a day or two late and wish I had known it was on sooner. So locals and holidays makers alike – this is for you!
I know most of this information already exists elsewhere but I have had to do some work to pull it all together. As the blog is easily editable I can update and add information as I get it and I hope that local organisers will let me know what else I have missed.
See below for
events in Lyme Regis 2016
Saturday 16th July 1pm -5pm
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Summer Show and Country Fayre
Locals compete and show off their skills in gardening, crafts, photography and baking and preserves.
Other attractions on the day include:
Family Dog Show, Brass Tacks Brass Band, Uplyme Morris, Punch and Judy Show, Children’s Races, Train Rides – free, Bearhouse Alpacas, Munchkins Miniature Shetland Ponies, Craft stalls, Coconut shy, Bouncy castle, East Devon Beekeepers, Butterfly Conservation, Rousdon Spinners, Axe Vale Conservation
Held at Uplylme playing field.
19th – 24th July
The Tempest open air Shakespeare
Performed outside the Marine Theatre this production will involve a cast of over 50 local actors and singers. It’s said that this play was inspired by the ship wreck of Admiral Somers off Bermuda (see below).
21st July Red Arrows at 7pm
One of the highlights of the year for Lyme Regis this year is on Thursday 21st July. This display is being funded by donations so please support the event generously so that it can remain a regular feature for Lyme Regis. Arrive early as parking spaces (and beach space) are always at a premium and enjoy the family fun before the show. A park and ride service is usually in operation.
There are also lots of family activities and entertainment arranged for before the Red Arrows and music entertainment from the Shelters on Marine Parade afterwards.
Lifeboat Week starts on Saturday 23 July
Below is a list of events that have been published so far and the days where available You are encouraged to buy a programme for exact details and times of the events as these help raise much needed funds for the RNLI. They are available in various shops in Lyme Regis also in Axminster Tourist Info Centre and Raymonds Hill Post Office.
RAF Puma Helicopters will do a fly past on Saturday 23rd July to help Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week get off to a great start – time to be confirmed. Here’s an overview of other events:
Saturday – from 10am meet fundraiser Roy Beal who kayaked from Tower Bridge to Seaton to raise fund for the RNLI and enjoy the welcome display from the RNLI Team from 12 noon. In the afternoon enjoy kite making, meet the crew and stay on to watch the Bathtub race.
Sunday 24th- Sand castle competition and afternoon Fun Run (register from 3.30pm) and music from the Marine Shelters
Monday 25th – Lifeboat Week great cake competition, sand treasure hunt. Illuminated planes in the evening
Tuesday 26th – Teddy Bears Picnic in the Shelters, meet the RNLI Crew and the Grand Charity Auction
Wednesday 27th – Commemoration Parade (see below), fossil walk, Morris Men performance and Yard of Ale Competition
Thursday 28th – Crab fishing, pavement artists, music and a Gig race
Friday 29th – Grand Duck Race and Swimming challenges across the bay from 2.30 (pre-registration required), more music and Fireworks at 10pm
Saturday 30th – join the RNLI Crew for breakfast from 9am. There’s a Kit Car and Model Boat display on the Marine Parade. Sand sports on the beach and a BBQ with the Life Boat Crew from 12 noon. Music in the evening.
Other events during the week include:
Spirit of the Loch Flyne Lifeboat display
Visits to the RNLI station and meet the crew
Belly dancing display
Tug of War and lots more
Don’t forget that this is an amazing volunteer emergency service that also funds the Life Guards on our beaches and operates solely on donations from the public. Event details are also posted on Facebook nearer the time.
Weds 27th July – Commemoration Parade for Admiral Sir George Somers
This former Mayor of Lyme Regis was ship wrecked off Bermuda in 1609 whilst taking a fleet of relief supply ships to settlers in James Fort, Virginia. Join the parade from Langmoor Gardens, down Broad Street to his memorial at the end of the Cobb, with the Lyme Regis Majorettes and representatives from Bermuda. On Tuesday 26th the visiting party and other special guests are invited to the unveiling of a statue of Sir George Somers in Langmoor Gardens.
Shopping and Crafts Events on the Seafront
For a relaxed shopping opportunity while you enjoy a great view of the sea take a stroll along to the Shelter on Marine Parade for shopping events. Here are the dates:
Weds 13th July, Weds 17th August, Sun 21st August, Weds 24th & Mon 31st August.
Also Weds 27th July – A craft fair in the Lister Room (in the gardens above Marine Parade)
Wellbeing Day Friday 19th August. 10am – 5pm
Lots of wonderful health, beauty and wellbeing products on offer in a great location in the Marine Parade Shelter.
Carnival and Regatta 6th-14th August
Another week in Lyme Regis crammed with events. The carnival week starts of with activities on Saturday and the Tano Taiko Drummers on Saturday evening. Other events include:
Torchlight procession Sunday 7th August
Firework display Thursday 11th August
Carnival Procession Sat 13th August
Duck Race Sun 14th Aug
PLUS Floating candles down the River Lin. Live music. Marine Theatre Disco. Quiz night. Lego Challenge. Teddy Bears Picnic. Boat trips.
You are encouraged to buy a programme for details of the events as these help raise much needed funds for the carnival committee which is then shared out to various local causes.
Also details also on Facebook and Lymeregiscarnival.co.uk
Guitars On the Cobb
Saturday 3rd September
Join the musical throng for this extraordinary event as thousands of guitarists come together and play music on the beach. Practice in advance or just go along for the fun and music.
The record breaking bid will be at 5pm on Saturday 3rd with other music and bands on Saturday and Sunday. Register your interest online.
Check out the organisers website page Also more details on the Facebook page.
Enter a raffle to win an electric guitar signed by Ian Gillan (just £1)
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th September
Now in its fourth year, Mark Hix will host his annual Food Rocks Festival, showcasing the very best food, produce and suppliers from Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas. With over 40 exhibitors in 2015, Food Rocks highlights the quality and diversity of Dorset’s food and drink.
In addition to providing entertainment for the local community, the festival also raises money for the RNLI, the Fishermen’s Mission, Blue Marine Foundation and also the Defibrillator on the Cobb scheme.
Across the weekend enjoy cookery demonstrations from the likes of Mitch Tonks, Gill Meller (River Cottage) and James Golding (The Pig) and master classes and children’s activities, Dorset Knob throwing and Black Cow Cheese rolling.
The main stage also hosts the ‘HIX Academy cook-off’ which sees students compete against each other using selected ingredients chosen by Mark.
Food Rocks also runs alongside Guitars on the Beach, which provides further entertainment for all ages.
Lyme Folk Week
Friday 9th September – Sunday 11th
A massively popular weekend where events are usually sold out, bring folk and country music to venues throughout Lyme Regis. Keep an eye on the Folk Weekend website for details of events and also on Facebook. You can already buy tickets for individual events or a 3 day pass.