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Lyme Regis Area Daily Diary  

February 2015

February 2015 Events


Monday 2nd


Soup & Ploughman's
An annual event held by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis 12 noon - 2pm in the Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis,  2015 charity is Water Survival Box.  Tickets  £7.50 from your local Rotarian or phone 444567.  Rotary extend their thanks to The Alexandra Hotel


9th - 15th


Lyme Literary Festival





Friday 13th 
Half Term begins




Workshop on Close up & Macro images
For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls.


aturday 14th   Valentines Day




Tuesday 17th Pancake Day


Thursday 19th  Chinese New Year


Friday 27th

Phil Wells’ Triptych competition
For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls.



Monday 23rd


Tuesday 24th

Lyme Through the Year
A photographer's view by Peter Wiles.  Lyme Regis Society £1.50  2.30pm Woodmead Halls

Wednesday Feb 25th

Hidden Gardens of London’
(their history & ambience) by Bob Ayers  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society   7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall.  For more details contact 01297 444034



Some events you may have missed in 2014

Nerf Mayhem returns
Napalm and assault course to challenge even the most experienced recruits £4 per soldier which includes rations.  No need to enlist just turn up and play This is a fundraising event for the continued refurbishment of the Hub 12.30 - 4pm. The Hub, church Street.  Further information contact Di Earle 445021 or

Gavin Esler:  Leaders and Power   Chaired by James Long
Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the
author of five novels and 2 non-fiction books including ‘The United States of Anger’. He currently presents Newsnight on BBC2 and Dateline London, which goes out weekly on BBC World and the BBC News Channel, and is a regular writer and commentator across print media.  In ‘Lessons from the Top’ Esler draws upon his 30 years’ experience at the BBC to show how leaders in all fields, from politics to business, showbiz to sport, are masters at crafting stories – about themselves, their origins and their beliefs. There are encounters with the likes of Clinton, Blair, Mandela, Branson, Thatcher, Merkel and also Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and even members of the IRA. This book will form the basis of Gavin’s talk, chaired by ex-BBC economics correspondent and novelist James Long, and will culminate in an audience question and answer session. Full Price: £13.50  Concessions: £11.50  TheatreFriends Discount Available 7.30pm  Marine Theatre

Being selective with Still Life         
Acrylics by Terry Whitworth. 
 Lyme Regis Art Society demonstration 2-4pm Woodmead Halls




 In aid of the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights.  £2 per person to enter, teams of 6 max.  Nags Head 7.30 for 8.00pm.




Romeo and Juliet
From the creator of the Golden Globe winning series 'Downton Abbey' comes Shakespeare's timeless love story. The most passionate and tragic tale of Romeo and his Juliet is captured for a new generation by an all-star line up, breathing new life into ...RUNNING TIME: 115 mins Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

Electric Bike Tour:  Lyme Regis       
Electric Bike Tour of Lyme Regis, visiting some of the well-known and lesser-visited parts of the town and surrounding countryside. Tour lasts 2.5 – 3 hours and participants must be at least 14 years old.        Organised by Marshwood Trails. Departs from Holmbush Car Park at 11am. Tour costs £30 per person, including electric bike, Helmut & pannier hire, a guide and a hot or cold drink. Advance reservations essential. Phone 07796 135256 for more information and reservations.

 Elaine Davies and Philip Clouts:  Jazz in the Bar
ocalist Elaine Davies is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophone, flute and clarinet (she also plays the piano but this role will be filled tonight by Philip Clouts). Elaine appeared on primetime TV during the many years that she was with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, and when she eventually moved to Devon she played in the Algy Davies Quartet, supporting many visiting national jazz musicians. Elaine is the musical director of two Plymouth-based big bands and leads her own quartet. In advance: £6.50  On the door:  £7.50  Doors 7.00pm  Onstage 8.00pm  Marine Theatre

Lyme Regis Walking Festival 

Discover the hidden treasures of Lyme Regis and the  surrounding coast and countryside.
  * Guided, themed walks with resident historians and specialists  * Nature walks with RSPB guides  * Self-guided walks around the town  * Quizzes and exhibitions  All family friendly and great fun - whatever the weather!

Jane Austen Tour          
isit the houses in which Jane is said to have stayed and hear stories of Lyme Regis as she would have known it.  See where Louisa Musgrove fell on the Cobb.    Organised by Literary Lyme.  Departs from the metal anchor at the bottom of Broad Street, behind the Rock Point Inn.  Departs at 11am.  Cost £7 per person.  For more information and reservations, contact Natalie Manifold of Literary Lyme on 07763 974569.

Lyme History Walk        
Discover the unique & colourful history of Lyme Regis, with gripping stories of remarkable people & events that have helped to shape the town’s history:  Adventure on land & sea, smugglers & pirates, scandal & rebellion, society & the arts- this walk has it all!  Walk lasts approx 1.5 hours.       Organised by Lyme History Walks.  Departs from the Marine Theatre at 11am.  Cost £7 per person, children half price.  Booking details from Chris Lovejoy on 01297 631970, email

Shakes-kids!  An Introduction to Shakespeare
In this show Chris Harris , who many people will know as the Dame in the Theatre Royal Bath pantomime, demonstrates that there is much more to Shakespeare than the written word. With the help of one of The Bard’s own clowns, we open a door to magic, mime, music, participation and fun, all combining to make a memorable occasion.
This hour-long entertainment aimed especially at an audience of 6-11 year olds is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare.  All Tickets £5.00  TheatreFriends Discount available. 11.30am  Running time: 1hr (approx) Marine Theatre

History of the Cobb        
A fascinating tour that reveals tales of smuggling, war, trade and Jane Austen.  Learn the history of this iconic Lyme Regis landmark – from its early structure to the ghosts said to haunt the ancient wall.     Organised by Literary Lyme.  Departs Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station at 12.30pm and lasts approx 30 – 40 minutes.  Cost £3.50 per person.  For more information and reservations, contact Natalie Manifold at Literary Lyme on 07763 974569.

Mary Anning Walk         
Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’.  Explore Lyme Regis as Mary knew it, see
where she lived and where she sold her fossils.  The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps.  Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. Organised by Literary Lyme.  Departs fro the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis at 1.30pm.  Duration approx. 1.5hrs.  Cost £6 adults, children & students £3.   Advance reservations required.  Contact Natalie Manifold of Literary Lyme on 07763 974 569.

RSPB Birdsong Walk       
FREE-guided walk across Ware Cliffs.  Learn the songs of some of the more common species during the walk and look out for some of our more unusual feathered friends  - like ravens and peregrine falcons.  Limited supply of binoculars available for hire, so bring your own.  Please bring suitable clothing and footwear – the cliffs can get pretty muddy at this time of year!      Departs Holmbush Car Park, Lyme Regis at 10am. 

A Walk with the French Lieutenant’s Woman       
This walking tour focuses on the landscape that inspired the creator of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, acclaimed novelist John Fowles.  First stop will be his last home, Belmont, and from there the walk will cross the sunlit cliff tops to the Undercliff nature reserve, which forms part of the UNESCO World
Heritage Site.  The walk visits places featured in the novel and film, which memorably starred Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.  The best is left until last – as the walk reaches the secluded farmhouse that Fowles adored and the quirky workroom where he wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman.  There’s an opportunity to explore the grounds, take in the views of the sea and Undercliff that Fowles would have enjoyed, whilst listening to and discussing excerpts from the novel and Fowles' diaries.   Organised by Literary Lyme.  Departs the Regent Cinema on Broad Street at 1pm, ending at 3.45pm.  Cost £20 per person.  For more information and reservations, contact Natalie Manifold of Literary Lyme on 07763 974569.      

Still Life
Workshop by Terry Whitworth.  10.00 - 1.00pm  Lyme Regis Art Society,  Lyme Regis Football Club 

Smugglers Lyme
Enjoy a fantastic insight into the life of a smuggler living in the South West of England.  Hear all about the thrills and spills and excitement of their antics and those of the judges who turned a blind eye to the illicit goings on along the coast.  Remember to bring your torch!    Organised by Literary Lyme.  Meet at the metal anchor at the bottom of Broad Street, Lyme Regis behind the Rock Point Inn.  Departs at 6pm.  Cost £6 per person.  For more information and reservations, contact Natalie Manifold of Literary Lyme on 07763 974569.

Snowdrop Memorial Service
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Snowdrop Memorials were established to provide a lasting memorial to those who were dear to us.  11am St Michael the Archangel, church Street, Lyme Regis: (The garden is in the Lyme Regis Town Cemetery)

Milan - Leonardo's City
: Woodmead Halls 2.00 - 4.00pm members  £1.50, everyone welcome, no need to book.

Fossil Walk       
Join one of Lyme Regis Museum’s famous fossil walks with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine biologist
Chris Andrew. Walks last approx. 2 hours and your fossil walk ticket gives you free admission to the museum, where you will be able to see displays of rare fossils, learn all about Marry Anning, the famous early palaeontologist who once lived on the site of the museum, and much more.          Departs 9am from Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis.  £11 per person £6 for children. For more information and reservations, call 01297 443370 Or visit

January          March

‘How I became Harbour Master’
Grahame Foreshaw.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis WI. 
All our meetings are held on second Wednesday of the month at Uplyme village Hall from 2.30 – 4.30.

One Chance
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. A life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town. RUNNING TIME: 103 mins.  Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

Social/Coffee Morning
Members and non-members welcome! Come along and meet the group leaders and other members, find out more about the U3A and enjoy coffee/tea and biscuits. Group leaders or their representatives will be talking about what they do and demonstrating their activities. Bring a friend. 10.00am - 12 noon Woodmead Hall

Fridges, frolics and films:  Tony Hawks
Peppered with the wry observations that have made him such a hit on Radio 4’s Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Tony combines storytelling, stand up, musical comedy and film clips to create 2 hours of fun in one evening here at the Marine Theatre. Amongst other things Tony will recount the amusing and sometimes fraught story of how he went from being ‘comedian and author’ to ‘comedian, author and film-maker’ - producing both ‘Round Ireland With A Fridge’ and ‘Playing The Moldovans At Tennis’. A Marine Theatre must-see! Full Price:  £14.50   Concessions: £12.50  TheatreFriends Discount available  8pm  Marine Theatre

Curry Night and Ferret Racing
To get our programme underway for the 2014 season what better than a fun evening of Ferret Racing! With Ferrets of your choice coming under starters orders every thirty minutes, with a chance to win great prizes plus a table quiz and a delicious  curry. So bring your own alcoholic drinks and glasses if you wish and enjoy a Valentine’s Evening at the races
-5 Races - Great Prizes-Entry £8-50 to include Spice ‘n’ Rice Curry (Meat or Veg.) Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Get your tickets in advance ring 442378 or 444034 or from Uplyme Post Office  Tea/Coffee/Soft drinks on sale or bring your own alcohol  Doors open 7pm first race 7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall

Architecture of the Undercliff     
njoy an invigorating all-day outing on this 8-mile woodland trek from Lyme Regis to Seaton through the Undercliff National Nature Reserve, part of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Discover the literary locations and see the history of long forgotten civilisations in this secret place.  With stunning views over Lyme Bay, this tour includes historical information on great Victorian manor houses and their estates, country living, farming, the English Civil War, smuggling and the compelling landscapes that inspired literary greats like John Fowles, Jane Austen, Dick Bessant and Tolkien.  Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs, medication and bus / taxi money for return journey.     Organised by Literary Lyme.  Departs from the Regent Cinema on Broad Street.  Departs at 8am.  Cost £20 per person.  For more information and reservations, contact Natalie Manifold of Literary Lyme on 07763 974569.

Film showing: The Act of Killing
Widely-praised Oscar-nominated documentary about the terrible Indonesian upheaval of 1965. The film examines the killing and alleged torture of at least 500,000 Indonesians following an attempted coup. "This might be the most important documentary ever." (The Daily Mail).  Amnesty International Lyme Regis Group.  Free admission - donations appreciated   7.00pm The Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis (DT7 3PU)  All welcome

 National Nest Box Week 

Lyme Regis Pantomime Society return with their half-term hit packed full of family fun. Here’s what they
say about this year’s production…“2014 is the 30th Anniversary of our society, and as our very first production was Cinderella it was the obvious choice for this year to celebrate the occasion. Probably the best-loved pantomime of all, it’s the traditional story of a fairy godmother who makes Cinderella’s dreams come true ­– to meet her Prince Charming and fall in love.  With plenty of comedy, music and dancing this is truly a family show for all ages.”  Full price: £8.00  Senior Citizens:  £7.00    Children: £4.00  Tickets can be purchased in advance from Martin Diplock’s Estate Agent, Broad Street, Lyme Regis  Telephone (01297 445500) or on the door. 7.30pm  Marine Theatre

Valuations and Coffee Morning 
 Valuations of your treasures by Dukes of Dorchester, £2 per item: All proceeds will go to Action Medical Research for Children.  10.30 - 1pm.  Alexandra Hotel

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play unlikely friends in PHILOMENA, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman's search for a lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea t...RUNNING TIME: 98 mins  Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

‘See-Play-Do’  The Girl and the Shoes
‘See-Play-Do’ brings the best family theatre from across the country to the Marine. As if that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of opportunities to join in too, with messy sessions and workshops running before or after the performances. Come along and say hello! (We’ll have the kettle on for Mum and Dad too!). 
This new enchanting fairytale transports the audience from rural France to vibrant Paris and a world of glamour and beautiful shoes.  Drawing on timeless classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella, The Girl and the Shoes is a contemporary piece of interactive storytelling for families. Combining visual arts with use of the French language, this a unique show that will capture imaginations, telling a story of love, courage and understanding (as well as discovering what happens when you put on a pair of magical shoes!)  Founded in 2011, Valise Noire specialise in bringing performance and visual art together, creating new fairytales, shows and workshops.  Why not stay and play after the show?  Explore the stories behind the shoes we wear, create new stories and transform old shoes into story shoes.  Participants are required to bring a special pair of their own shoes to share shoe stories. The workshop will be a wonderful way of bringing people together to make, tell and share.  All tickets:  £5.00  TheatreFriends discount available  Age suitability: 6+   3.00pm (with stay and play after the show!)  Running time: 55mins (approx)

Lyme Regis Art Society AGM
venue: Lyme Regis Football Club 2pm

A Balanced view of organic farming
by Will Best of Manor Farm, Godmanstone, Dorset.  Lyme Regis Society, 2.30pm Woodmead Hall

The Butler
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER is set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America. Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels' (PRECIOUS) epic drama tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves ...  RUNNING TIME: 132 mins   Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

Midge Ure is returning to the Marine

for a one night only acoustic performance on Friday 20th June at 8.30pm (Doors and bar open at 7.45pm)! Tickets will be on sale for TheatreFriends members only from today - Friday 28th February and for General Sale from Wednesday 5th March.  Known for such huge hits as 'Vienna' and 'Dancing With Tears In My Eyes', Ure's music contribution has spanned from prototype boy band with Slik, through electronic pioneer with Visage, and rock guitarist with Thin Lizzy. And of course, not forgetting his highly deserved recognition for outstanding contribution to charity fundraising as co-founder of Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Sir Bob Geldof.  Warning: tickets are expected to go quickly!  To book tickets, please contact the box office on 01297 442138.

Life after slides
by Di and John Tilsley.  7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls. For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club




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Dog owners advised to keep pets off Lyme beaches...more


Lyme Regis's front beach:

Dogs must be on leads from 1st November to 31st March and are banned from 1st April until 31st October.

Marine Parade, Cart Road, Gun Cliff Walk, the Harbour and in the seafront Gardens Dogs need to be on a lead all year. 

Dogs allowed on Monmouth Beach, Cobb Gate and East Beach.

Charmouth Beach: no dogs from 1st May to 30 September.

Dog waste must be cleared up and disposed of properly and dogs must be under the handler's control at all times. 
Failure to comply may result in a fine or prosecution.


SILVER SCREEN at the Regent Cinema

AT 10.30,

Only £3.25 includes coffee
See left for programme 


Rotary Charity Golf Day

 Lyme Regis Golf Club

Tues 12th May

See Rotary Charity Golf Day


Guided Walks and Tours

Lyme Regis Walking Festival

For information on  Walking Festival Events see Daily Events on the left

Fossil Walks

Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis Museum’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.

Your fossil walk ticket gives you FREE access to the museum where you will be able to see displays of rare fossils, learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more. Cost: £10 adults, children and students £5.


Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours. Walks can fill up quickly on the day so before traveling any great distance please contact the museum and book a place: telephone 01297 443370 or email  or call into Lyme Regis Museum shop on Bridge Street

Fossil Walks

Rocks and Fossil Weekend
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Booking  Advised: Tel 560772

Fossil Fantastic Weekend
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre: Booking  Essential Tel 560772

Daily Fossil Walks
Sat - Tues with Brandon Lennon from the anchor, Cobb Gate Tel 07944 664 757

Volunteers wanted

for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 
Tel. 443696 Secretary  442220

or email


Books to your Door
Unable to get to the Library? Housebound?

If you are housebound or unable to get to your local library, we may be able to arrange for books to be delivered to your home, free at regular intervals by volunteers.

We offer a wide range of fiction as well as information books on country life, cookery, travel, biography and other popular subjects. You can request specific books or subjects.

Large print books are available as well as talking books for people with sight problems, illness or other disabilities.

Books and talking books are delivered to your home by volunteers. All staff and volunteers always carry identity cards. Visits are usually every three weeks. There is no charge for our Home Library Service.

For more details, contact your local library and a member of staff will call to see if we can help you to use the library service.



Play croquet at Uplyme
with Lym Valley Croquet Club

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