Lyme Regis and East Devon Summer Events

What’s On This Summer 

Fossil hunting, museums, theatre, art, crafts, mackerel fishing, paddle boarding or just an ice cream on the beach. You can do these things all year round,  but in the summer, Lyme Regis and the towns along the Jurassic Coast in East Devon come to life with a huge number of special events.

So whether you are a local or just visiting this summer, then read on to find out about lots of fantastic summer events in the area and get planning.  I’ve also added some others to the events listings page  and share updates on Facebook all year round.

Here’s a selection of what’s on in Lyme Regis and East Devon (in date order)

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Summer Show and Country Fayre

Saturday 13th July 1pm – 5pm

Attractions on the day include:  a Family Dog Show,  Live Music,  Uplyme Morris Men,  Children’s Races, Miniature  Train Rides,  Peal Hill llamas,  Munchkins Miniature Shetland Ponies,  Craft stalls,  Coconut shy,  Bouncy castle,  Butterfly Conservation and more making this a lovely family event. 

Locals also compete and show off their skills in gardening, crafts, photography and baking and preserves. For more details look at their website here.

Village fete dog show

There are many more fetes and fairs in the area over the summer which you can read about here.

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Week

Sat 27th July -3rd August 2019

A fantastic week for visitors and locals alike with so much going on for all ages.  This year’s event gets under way on July 27th , and the official opening will be performed by actor John Challis who played Boycie in the BBC TV hit series Only Fools and Horses.

Saturday 29th –  Life Boat week is officially opened.  Other events in the week include a Fun Run (register at the Lifeboat Station),  annual Bath Tub race.

Enjoy the Red Devils Army Parachute Team –  a fantastic display, one of the highlights of the week. There’s a Grand Duck Race, evening music and  Fireworks on Saturday 3rd to close the event

Grab yourself a programme and look out for:

Fire Brigade exercise
Paddle boarding
Birds of prey display 
Water polo
Fossil Talk
Pavement Art
Crab Fishing

Events in Lyme Regis and East Devon Life Boat Week
Lyme Regis and East Devon summer events Lifeboat Week

The best idea is to buy a programme for exact details and times of the events.

These help raise much needed funds for the RNLI.  They are available in various shops in Lyme Regis, Charmouth,  Axminster Tourist Info Centre and Raymonds Hill Post Office for just £2 and also to download. More information also on the Facebook page.

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.

Family Heath Week

Sunday 28th July – Sat 3rd August

Get involved in a range of activities for Heath Week  on Woodbury Common from 28th July. It starts off with a family festival day where a selection of organisations will run activities celebrating the heaths along side food and information stands.  On Monday 29th July there is family orienteering which we enjoyed last year and other events throughout the week including night walks and mountain bike sessions.

Honiton Show

Thursday 1st Aug

A traditional Agricultural Show in the heart of the East Devon Countryside “Where Farming Comes First”. With farming displays and trade stands alongside some exhilarating acts for the Main Ring. These include the fantastic Jamie Squibb and his Freestyle Motocross Arena Stunt Show as seen on BBC’s One Show,  The Devil’s Horsemen, Europe’s number one stunt and trick riding team performing with some of the world’s best known horses with recent film credits, Viperaerobatics will have everyone looking to the skies whilst they perform two phenomenal flying displays in a beautiful iconic Pitts S2B Biplane.

Honiton Show

The fabulous Sheep Show returns with their Dancing Sheep, a real spectacle not to be missed, with unique training methods a fabulous educational act, great fun for children as Bob invites them in to the Main Ring whilst the dogs work the ducks around an obstacle course. The Grand Parade is an amazing scene and the real heart of the show – the Cattle and Sheep prize winners proudly parading. If horses are your interest there are classes ranging from Shetlands to Shires – with the wonderful yesteryear Private Driving and Heavy Horses in Agricultural Harness taking place in the main ring.

Lyme Regis Carnival and Regatta

3rd – 10th August 2019

Another week in Lyme Regis crammed with events. The carnival week starts off with activities on Saturday 3rd including sailing club races.

Look out for the programme in local shops (available online as well for £2) with all the details.

Highlights include a torchlight parade,  candles down the river, fabulous Fireworks on Saturday 3rd.   Enjoy the grand carnival procession on Saturday 10th August and then a 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 now, and locally from mid July

More information about the Carnival on their website and Facebook

Lyme Regis and East Devon summer events Fireworks

Sidmouth Folk Week

 2nd – 9th August 2019

An iconic and nationally supported event in the East Devon calendar, the Sidmouth Folk Festival has grown steadily grown over 60 years!

The festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

Beer Regatta

Sat 10th – Friday 16th Aug

Beer Regatta is an annual, fun filled week long event, held in the beautiful and unspoilt fishing village of Beer. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Regatta Day is Thursday 15th. Other events include barrel rolling, fancy dress and raft races.

The Beer Regatta Programme will be available in local shops with all you need to know about the line up of events for this year. It costs £1.50 with all proceeds going towards making Beer Regatta even better. More details online as well at

Events in Lyme Regis and East Devon Beer Regatta

Beer Bites

2pm – 7.30pm Sat August 24th

Jubilee Gardens in Beer will be transformed for Beer Bites. Enjoy a range of  fantastic street food with something to suit everyone. There will be food to takeaway as well as entertainment, all set in this lovely village overlooking the sea.



Beer Bites Food Festival

Sidmouth Regatta and Airshow

Friday 23rd – 25th August

Sidmouth will again host an air display in 2019, the RAF Chinook, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, BAC Strikemaster Pair aerobatic jet team and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team are all set to display at Sidmouth on 23 August.

Timings are yet to be confirmed but it is hoped that the teams will display between 5pm and 7pm.

Events in Lyme Regis and East Devon The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are taking a break from Sidmouth and Lyme Regis this summer but we hope to see them back in 2020. 

August 24th and 25th 

Over the weekend join in with fun events or watch the sailing races.  Traditional sea based activities take place on Saturday culminating with live music and a spectacular firework display. Earlier on the popular raft race takes place followed by a courtesy visit from the Exmouth Lifeboat, weather/operational duties permitting.  Fundraising raising takes place for the local branch of the RNLI. 

Sundays events are for the children and their families. These events are all free to enter with generous prizes. 

Lyme Folk Weekend

Friday 3oth Aug – 1st  Sept

A massively popular weekend where events are usually sold out so book ahead. 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 at the Marine Theatre or a 3 day pass.

Food Rocks 2018

Food Rocks

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th September

Mark Hix will host his annual Food Rocks Festival in September, 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.

The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings across the weekend. Book ahead and treat yourself to the Crab and Mackerel Supper Club during Food Rocks in the main tent above Marine Parade. A 5 course feast with a drink on arrival. This is a a rustic affair with long feasting table, buckets, bibs and recyclable plates and cutlery. The supper clubs is hosted by Mark Hix and Nigel Bloxham on 7th Sept.

In addition to providing entertainment for the local community, the festival also raises money for the RNLI, the Fishermen’s Mission.  More Food Rocks information here.

Holiday and Days Out Inspiration

What a great selection of Lyme Regis and East Devon summer events and days out to look forward to.  Why not combine these with a visit to some of the local tourist attractions like Seaton Tramway,  Pecorama or a free day at The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.

Explore Seaton Wetlands, or take a lovely coast path walk followed by a cream tea!  There’s so much to do. Make sure you explore the rest of my blog for more ideas. 

Why not take a look for some great accessories for your days out from Go Outdoors which have lots of useful gear from lightweight chairs and beach shelters to swim wear and day bags. Click on the advert for a link (affiliate advert).


Please note parking for all the special events in the towns will be difficult and busy. Allow extra time and arrive early for all events. Where provided please make use of the Park and Ride options offered by local councils.   Most of all keep your patience and sense of humour and have a great day out and a lovely summer.

Disclaimer – Most of the information in this post already exists elsewhere and I have put it together and to the best of my knowledge it is correct. Please check organiser’s 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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