Lyme Regis and East Devon Summer Events 2020

Please check individual organiser’s websites or social media in case events are cancelled

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)


LYME REGIS MAY FETE  Sunday 10th May 2020

Enjoy traditional fete fun and games with lots of stalls and attractions

FREE Entry to this Great Fundraising Family Fun afternoon in Lyme Regis at Anning Road Recreation Ground, DT7 3EB.  Lots of stalls, displays,  attractions and local youth organisations. Raising money for Lyme Regis Carnival and Regatta.

cancelled  – back in 2021 Friday 28 May – Monday 31 May


Jazz Jurassica – Enjoy sweet soul music, gritty blues, hip-shaking latin and New Orleans boogie, ragtime, big bands, and jazz!  The Lyme Regis Festival of Jazz is set in one of the country’s most stunning seaside resorts. With a mix of free and ticketed events there is something for everyone to enjoy.

More details and tickets now on sale at

Guitars on the Beach Sat 27th June

Guitars on the Beach Lyme Regis is an amazing event where thousands of people join forces to play guitars on the beach in a record breaking attempt.

Lots of other activities and music from bands throughout the day starting at 10am with the main record breaking event at 5pm on Saturday followed by music into the evening.

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Summer Show and Country Fayre

Saturday 11th 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 23rd  – 31st July 

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 23rd.  

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 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 – tbc

Get involved in a range of activities for Heath Week  on Woodbury Common. 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.  Enjoy family orienteering and other events throughout the week including night walks and mountain bike sessions.

Honiton Show Thursday 6th Aug

A traditional Agricultural Show in the heart of the East Devon Countryside “Where Farming Comes First”. With farming displays and trade stands, food hall and craft tents alongside exhilarating acts for the Main Ring such as Motocross Stunt Shows,  stunt and trick riding team performances and flying displays. 

Honiton Show

Lyme Regis Carnival and Regatta 1st – 8th August 

Another week in Lyme Regis crammed with events. The carnival week starts off with activities on Saturday 1st including sailing club races.

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

Highlights include a torchlight parade,  candles down the river and fabulous fireworks. Enjoy the grand carnival procession on the final Saturday 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, and locally from mid July

More information about the Carnival on their website and Facebook

Lyme Regis and East Devon summer events Fireworks

Cancelled for 2020

Sidmouth Folk Week 31st July  – 7th August

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 8th – 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 13th. 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 tbc

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 Airshow Friday 28th  August

Sidmouth will again host an air display in 2020 on Friday 28th August. Last year saw RAF Chinook, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, BAC Strikemaster Pair aerobatic jet team and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team are all delight the crowds.

Events in Lyme Regis and East Devon The Red Arrows

Sidmouth Regatta 29th and 30th August

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 28th  – 30th Aug 

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 4th – 6th 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 a place at the evening Supper Club in the main tent above Marine Parade. 

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.

new dates 24th & 25th October 2020

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family. The Festival seeks to enthuse young people about science, earth sciences in particular.

Packed full of events for all ages to find out all about the amazing Jurassic Coast.  Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits, incredible interactive activities and lots of hands-on science for all ages. The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery.

Listen to experts from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Palaeontological Association, Jurassic Coast Trust, Geological Society, Lyme Regis Museum and the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

Entry to all exhibition venues is free, with a small charge for walks and talks. There will be lots of street performances from outside the museum, Cobb Gate car park and in the Marine Shelters.

More details :

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Holiday and Days Out Inspiration

What a great selection of Lyme Regis and East Devon summer events and days out to look forward to.  You can combine some of these with a visit to  tourist attractions and towns like Seaton 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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