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December 2023   POST EARLY



13th December  2023  22nd Anniversary of UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/


Friday 15th December

end of term




Friday 15th  - Sunday 17th December 2023

Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free



22nd December

Royal British Legion Bingo.

Eyes down 2000hrs  Raffle: at  mid time break Prizes: Cash


 Saturday 23rd December


Rotary Carols Round the Tree   

by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band 
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis
7pm The Shambles



Sunday 24th  Christmas Eve

Monday 25th   Christmas Day 


Tuesday 26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk! 

See Liz Jones walks  for ideas 



Wednesday 27th  Bank Holiday

December 31st   New Years Eve


Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2024 -  fancy dress 'LUNGE'
from the sand beach organised by Lyme Regis Rotary.  
1pm from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First) 
 See January page for more details. 
This is a Weather Dependent event



Santa on his Lyme Regis Charity Sleigh will be touring the town

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas concert


Launch Day

The Launch
After 40 weeks of demanding work, the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy Class of March 2023 are launching their boats for the first time.
The  students are building new build boats, all of which will be lined up for launch.

at Lyme Regis Harbour
  (time subject to change with adverse weather).

All are invited to join us in celebrating the end of the course and the launching of the boats.




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Carols by Candlelight
This traditional service of carols and readings will also feature Weldmar Hospicecare "Light up a Life" and the work of the Children's Society. This year gifts are requested for children and adults which will be taken to Women's Refuges in Dorset.  4pm St Michael's, Parish Church followed by seasonal refreshments.


Crib Service

 4pm St Michael's Parish Church

Midnight Mass
11pm  St Michael's Parish Church


Christmas Eucharist Services
at 8am and 10am  St Michael's Parish Church, church Street



November        January







What's On at the Galleries

Beyond the Beach Huts:
 Strange Visions of Lyme Regis

28th November 2023- 28th January 2024

In a fascinating exhibition in Lyme Regis Museum’s Rotunda Gallery, artist Dave Wicken will be sharing with visitors the fruits of his surreal imagination as he portrays the Jurassic Coast in a style halfway between drawing and photography.

“ have been shooting and processing my own photographs as well as producing pen and ink drawings for most of my life,” explains Dave, “but a few years ago it occurred to me that I could combine the two.”  He still uses pen and ink in the traditional way, but adds colour and texture with software.I

Inspired by the coastal scenery around Lyme Regis, Dave started wondering what may have inhabited the place long ago and what may occur there in the future.  His image of a ten-times life-size blue whale, leaping from the sea and about to crush Lyme Regis under its bulk, was inspired by a nightmare he had when he was four years old, but his photomontage of Lyme slipping into a vast chasm in the ‘Great Landslip of 2039’ is hopefully pure fantasy. 

Tuesdays- Saturdays from 10am until 5pm/Sundays 10am-4pm; check website www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk for holiday openings and admission charges.

Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA



Charity Christmas Cards on Sale

The Lifeboat Shop, The Cobb (RNLI)

Martin Diplock's, Broad Street (RNLI)

National Trust Shop, Marine Parade (National Trust)

Weldmar Hospice charity Shop, Broad Street (Weldmar Hospice)



Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the

Pine Hall, the Baptist Church,
Broad Street


Friday 15th  - Sunday 17th December 2023

Friday 11am until 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am until 5pm.


    Rotary Lyme Lunge 2024:
Take a New Year Plunge in the sea for Charity

A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 13.00 hours at the Cobb Beach, (gives you time to watch the duck race first) all for charity.  Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. “If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charities please feel free to use the sponsor form, where sponsors can sign up to Gift Aid if they wish. If you have your own charity which you wish to raise funds for then please go ahead. It would help our cause if you would just email us with the amount raised.   1pm  1st January from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).  


Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis's famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils that have been washed down onto the beach after 190 million years. For adults and children alike, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more

Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours.


Volunteers wanted

for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 

Tel. 01297 443696  or 442220
or e-mail Secretary  

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