Events and What’s On in Lyme Regis Summer 2017

Fossil hunting, museums, theater, art, crafts, mackerel fishing, paddle boarding or just an ice cream on the beach. You can do these things all the time, but in the summer Lyme Regis comes to life with a huge number of events organised by many dedicated fundraisers.

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 whether you are a local or just visiting this summer, then read on to find out about lots of fantastic summer events in Lyme Regis and get planning.  I keep also keep adding to the events listings page  for local events the rest of the year.

Events in Lyme Regis fossil shop view

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 a great deal of money is raised for local charities in the area.

See below for events in Lyme Regis 2017

Events in Lyme Regis Marine Theatre

6th – 8th and 14th – 16th July

Monmouth Weekends at the Marine Theatre

A new play telling the epic story of the Monmouth Rebellion which began in Lyme in 1685.

Starts at 6.45pm on the sandy beach with a pre-show procession from the Cobb to the Marine Theatre. Play begins in the Marine Theatre at 7.30pm. More details and tickets from the Marine Theatre website

Saturday 15th 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,  Bearhouse Alpacas,  Munchkins Miniature Shetland Ponies,  Craft stalls,  Coconut shy,  Bouncy castle,  Butterfly Conservation,  Rousdon Spinners and more

Held at Uplyme playing field. More details look at their website here.

Lifeboat Week 22nd – 29th July

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Week

Below is a list of events that have been published so far and the days where available  You are encouraged to buy a £2 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.

Here’s an overview of the week:

Saturday 22nd –  Enjoy the kit car display, belly dancers and meet the Life Boat crew. Life Boat week is officially opened by Debra Stephenson at 12.30. Make sure you stay to watch the fantastic and hilarious Bathtub race at 8pm.

Sunday 23rd –  Sand sports, fun run (register at the Lifeboat Station), Tug o’War and evening music from the Marine Shelters followed by the lovely Illuminated Boats

Monday 24th  – Lifeboat week Great Bake-off competition and produce stall. Children can join in with the sand treasure hunt. There’s also fun golf off the North wall and illuminated planes in the evening.

Tuesday 25th – Red Devils Army Parachute Team –  a fantastic display, one of the highlights of the week. Check out the items going for auction and join in the bidding later on Tuesday.

Wednesday 26th  – Commemoration Parade for the Twinning Association, Morris Men performance, birds of prey display and Yard of Ale Competition.

Thursday 27th – Crab fishing, Teddy Bears Picnic in the Shelters on Marine Parade and an evening camp fire for children.

Friday  28th – Grand Duck Race, evening music and  Fireworks at 10pm

Saturday 29th  – join the RNLI Crew for breakfast from 9.30am. In the afternoon support the swimming challenge (registration ends at 12.30) and enjoy more music.

Other events during the week include:

Fire Brigade exercise
Paddle boarding
Kilometre of Cash made with your spare change
Water polo
Fossil Talk
Pavement Art
Crab Fishing

Events in Lyme Regis Life Boat Week
Events in Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week



Don’t forget that the RNLI 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.

Carnival and Regatta 5th-13th August

Another week in Lyme Regis crammed with events. The carnival week starts off with activities on Saturday 5th. Look out for the programme in local shops (available online as well for £2) with all the details but here are the highlights:

Sat 5th:  Opening Procession

Sun 6th: Torchlight Parade

Mon 7th:  see programme for the days events

Tue 8th:  see programme for the days events, Candles down the River

Weds 9th: see programme for the days events

Thur 10th: Fishing Boat Rides,

Events in Lyme Regis fireworks

Sat 12th; Regatta and Carnival Parade

Sun 13th: Grand Duck Race

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. Souvenir Programmes available on line soon, and locally from 20th July

More information about the Carnival on their website and Facebook

Red Arrows

Thursday 10 August 2017 

One of the highlights of the year for Lyme Regis, 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.

More details on the facebook page here

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, The Red Arrows

Food Rocks

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th August

Now in its fifth 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 many food and drink exhibitors, Food Rocks highlights the quality and diversity of Dorset’s food and drink.

Across the weekend enjoy cookery demonstrations, talks, tastings and children’s activities as well as a supper club on the Saturday evening.

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 Lyme Regis Sculpture Trail.

More Food Rocks information here.

Lyme Folk Weekend

Friday 1st – 3rd  September

A massively popular weekend where events are usually sold out. Bringing 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.

Rollerblading and Rock-pooling

Free stuff! Head out along the promenade towards Charmouth for great views.

A great flat walk, where my girls love to rollerblade, it’s wide enough to not cause offence to anyone else.

You might find people fishing right off the sea wall if the tide is in. 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.

Events in Lyme Regis Rollerblading


You can park in the Charmouth Road car park (£2 all day) on the hill heading East out of town. From here it’s 114 steps 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.

Holm Bush car park is the other popular long stay option, also £2 (walk down through the lovely gardens). On busy event days arrive a lot earlier than you think you need to as it’s parking mayhem if you leave it too late. 

Disclaimer – Most of this information already exists elsewhere and I have put it together and to the best of my knowledge it is correct. Please check organisers web sites and programmes to confirm details. This post is easily editable so please let me know if there are any mistakes or  anything that could be added.

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