Events In Lyme Regis and East Devon
What’s On Summer 2018
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 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 14th 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. Plus locals compete and show off their skills in gardening, crafts, photography and baking and preserves. For more details look at their website here.
Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Week
28th July -3rd August
A fantastic week for visitors and locals alike with so much going on for all ages. Here’s a taster:
Saturday 28th – Life Boat week is officially opened. Join in or support the evening swimming challenge (registration between 4pm -6.30pm)
Sunday 29th – Fun Run (register at the Lifeboat Station), and the annual Bath Tub race at 8pm
Thursday 2nd Aug – Red Devils Army Parachute Team – a fantastic display, one of the highlights of the week.
Friday 3rd Aug – Grand Duck Race, evening music and Fireworks at 10pm
Other events during the week include:
Fire Brigade exercise
Kilometre of Cash
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.
Lyme Regis Carnival and Regatta
4th – 12th August
Another week in Lyme Regis crammed with events. The carnival week starts off with activities on Saturday 4th 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 Thursday 9th, the grand carnival procession on Saturday 11th August and the a duck race on Sunday 12th.
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
Sidmouth Folk Week
3rd – 10th 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.
Sat 11th – Friday 17th Aug
Beer Regatta is an annual, fun filled week long event, held in the beautiful and un-spoilt fishing village of Beer. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Regatta Day is Thursday 16th. Other events include barrel rolling, fancy dress and raft races.
The 2018 Beer Regatta Programme is now 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.
I Love Lyme Day
Thursday 16th August
Aerial displays, live music and fireworks will all feature as part of a new summer event in Lyme Regis.
The highlight of the day will be displays from the RAF Falcons at 4pm – the British military parachute display team – and the Flying Circus – a formation wing-walking team.
The programme also includes sand sports, a five-a-side football tournament on the beach, and an over 60s walking race along the seafront. Children can take part in a pavement art competition on Marine Parade, follow a quiz trail around the seafront, and get the I Love Lyme Day logo painted on their faces.
The day will come to a spectacular end with live music in the shelters from the Guitars on the Beach band, and a firework display over the Cobb at 10pm.
Friday 24th – 26th August
The RAF aerobatic team The Red Arrows will once again grace the skies over Sidmouth at the opening day of Sidmouth Regatta on Friday 24 August 2018 with a display at 6.30pm.
With 2018 being the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the RAF, the town is thrilled to also welcome the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight consisting of a Lancaster Bomber and two Spitfires in advance of the Red Arrows 6.10pm.
August 25th and 26th 2018
Join in with fun events for local families and visitors or watch the the sailing races. Raising much needed funds for the local branch of the RNLI to profit from collections during the Saturday evening events.
Traditional sea based actvities such as the popular raft race and visit from the Exmouth Lifeboattake place on Saturday, culminating with live music and a spectacular firework display.
Sundays events are for the children and their families.
Candles on the Cobb
Sunday 26th August
A beautiful and serene events where thousands of individual tea lights are lit all along The Cobb and harbour walls on the evening of Thursday 26th August.
Photo credit Neil Bigwood
Lyme Folk Weekend
Friday 31st Aug – 2rd 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 or a 3 day pass.
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th 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 for the supper clubs hosted by Mark Hix on 7th & 8th 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.
Looking for Somewhere Special To Stay?
Whatever the time of year there are always events and great days out in East Devon and Dorset. So why not stay for a few days and really get the chance to explore this beautiful area. Maybe you are already local but fancy the idea of a mini break close to home. Or how about a present for a newly engaged couple or special birthday. Well I’ve found the perfect place for you!
Cuckoo Down Farm is a special place indeed. With four luxury safari tents and two gorgeous yurts, this is a beautiful place for glamping set in glorious un-spoilt East Devon countryside. Some of the safari tents even have a hot tub.
Sounds like bliss. Ideal for couple or families, you can even take your four legged family member. Take a look at what’s on offer at Cuckoo Down Farm here.
Holiday and Days Out Inspiration
What a great selection of days out. Why not combine these with a visit to some of the local tourist attractions like Seaton Tramway or a free day at The Donkey Sanctuary.
Seaton Wetlands has a new summer wildlife spotters trail and at the end of July you can get involved in family day activities for Heath Week on Woodbury Common. On Monday 30th July there is family orienteering which sounds fun as well.
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 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.