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September 2016 Guitars on the Beach will go ahead ~ Food Rocks ~ ArtsFest ~

Saturday 3rd


 Food Rocks


Food Rocks
Following on from the success of Food Rocks 2015, another food and fun packaged weekend is planned this year along Marine Parade and Cart Road.  Mark Hix's Food Rocks brings together the very best produce and producers from Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas while raising money for the RNLI and the Fishermen's Mission. The festival is a weekend of cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings of local produce.



Sunday 4th September


 Food Rocks

 Following on from the success of Food Rocks 2015, another food and fun packaged weekend is planned this year along Marine Parade and Cart Road.  Mark Hix's Food Rocks brings together the very best produce and producers from Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas while raising money for the RNLI and the Fishermen's Mission. The festival is a weekend of cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings of local produce.


Monday 5th 





Tuesday September 6th

Knoll Gardens & Secret Garden at Serles House
depart by coach 9.15am for these two garden destinations near Wimborne. Cost £20. Bookings: Jane Godfrey 01297 445709.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

9th, 10th, 11th 
Heritage Open Days at the Guildhall


Wednesday 14th


The Spy Who Never Was: a talk by Peter Hill

Dorothy O'Grady, a landlady on the Isle of Wight, was the first woman to be charged with treason in 1940 under a new Act of Parliament. She was considered by the authorities to be a German agent. She went on the run after her arrest, but was recaptured, tried in secret at Winchester Assizes, and condemned to death without being called to give evidence. The sentence was commuted but she served many years in prison. A Heritage Coast U3A meeting at the Woodmead Halls:  we open the hall for coffee/tea at 10.00am - we have to finish serving at 10.40am (to allow the coffee volunteers time to wash up before the talk at 11.00am)  if you arrive after that you miss coffee.  Admission: Free to U3A members; small donation if non-member. More info see Heritage Coast U3A

16th-19th September 2016  Great British Beach Clean

Friday 23rd Autumnal Equinox:   The Autumn Equinox is the first day of the autumn season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the northern to the southern hemisphere. The sun is directly overhead at the equator and day and night are of approximately equal lengths. At equinox, the Sun rises everywhere on Earth (except the Poles) at about 6am in the morning and sets at about 6pm in the evening (though this can vary a little when time zones and daylight saving etc are taken into account).


Sunday September 25th

Malvern Autumn Flower Show
by coach. Cost £30. Further details and bookings: Robin Britton 01297 442794.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Tuesday 27th

The 'new' Shute House
by Maureen Turner M.A.  2.30pm Woodmead Hall  Visitors £3


Wednesday 28th

TV and radio presenter, garden designer and author. Tickets £6 members, £10 non-members.
Bookings: Jenny Harding 01297 444034 or Rose Mock 01297 34733. 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



2015 Events you may have missed


Lyme Regis Town Band concert on Marine Parade

‘Music by the Sea’
Lyme Regis Town Band, This summer's Final 'Music By The Sea' 2015 Concert 8pm - 9.15pm The Shelters, Marine Parade


Guitars on the Beach
 Britain's Biggest Band - Guitars On The Beach is once again gearing up to be one of the UK's biggest unique live events of the year. Over 2,000 guitar players of all ages and abilities have already registered to beat the 2014 British record achieved last year when Deep Purple's Ian Gillan led the crowd with 'Smoke On the Water' as 3,500 players thrashed out that legendary guitar rift.
This year's basic 12 bar play-along song will be Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Goode'   4.30pm on the beach

VJ day commemorative concert with The Three Counties Swing Band
All proceeds to the Poppy Appeal. Tickets £5 at the door or from the TIC. 7.00pm. Woodmead Halls.

VJ commemorative Parade and Civic service
 The parade leaves Guncliff at 13.45 to march along along the seafront for a service to be led by Rev. Jane Skinner, the Mayor and Lyme Regis Town Band, 2.00pm at the Jubilee Pavilion, Marine Parade.

'Montacute: Early English family portraits' 
A talk on the Pictures of Montacute House given by Peter Hill. This house, one of the houses used for filming Wolf Hall, has many fine portraits, including some based on Holbein's pictures from the court of Henry VIII also many from the times of Elizabeth and James.  10am coffee, 11am talk  Heritage Coast U3A Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis.

United Prayers
Lyme Regis and Uplyme Parish Churches, Lyme Regis Baptist Church and Bethany Chapel meet regularly to pray together, led by members of the church.  Open to all. 7.30pm Uplyme Parish Church

West Dorset Open EcoHomes
We are opening twenty homes around Bridport, Dorchester, Beaminster and Lyme Regis, some off grid, some new builds, one straw bale extension, a few retrofits,and a lot of enthusiasm among the hosts (and visitors we hope). Low carbon lifestyles are as important as the buildings.  This event is a collaboration between Transition Towns Bridport, Turn Lyme Green, and Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset. see

'Time to Talk' Lyme Regis Council open meeting
 A drop-in session, asking people who live or work in Lyme to talk about their needs, aspirations and hopes for the town. Have your say at the Woodmead Halls  2pm to 7pm.

 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week

Open Eco Homes in Lyme Regis & Uplyme

Six local private houses that exemplify interesting ways of saving and/or generating energy will be open to members of the public interested in learning from and sharing the owners’ experiences.  This event is arranged by Turn Lyme Green in association with Transition Town Bridport and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week. For full details of locations, features, times of opening, booking arrangements where applicable, and degrees of disabled access see brochures available from the Tourist Information Centre, Library and various local shops, or visit

Fishermen's Boat Jumble and Auction
Donations of paintings, antiques, boating/fishing equipment vouchers invited for the auction.  Open stall - goods sold on your behalf for 50%.  Stall/tables £20: arts and crafts, household goods, tools, toys etc.  You keep takings or make a further donation as you wish. Contact John King on 07850180331 if you'd like to take part.....asap as space is limited.  Raising funds for a defibrillator on Victoria Pier in memory of a local fisherman who sadly passed away recently.  10am - 1pm, auction 12.30  Lyme Regis Harbour. Info tel: Carol 07852 496063; Harry 07974 753287 or email

Outing and Ramble club competitions;
Jubilee competition AV presentations.
For further information please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club  7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  DT7 3PG.

  Lyme Regis ArtsFest


Concerts in the West:  HUW WIGGIN saxophone, JAMES SHERLOCK piano

7.30pm THE HUB (NEW VENUE) Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3BS (Next to St Michael's Church) Bar, Disabled access. Box Office: Serendip Fine Books, 11 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QD  01297 442594  Tickets: £15 Concessions for students and children 


President, Terry Whitworth, has agreed to provide this Beginners Workshop to encourage those of you who may not have done any art since leaving school or who feel you would like to try drawing and painting for the first time.  To know more contact Terry Whitworth and see right...

The Landscape as Power and Emotion

A demonstration in acrylics by James Tatum. Lyme Regis Art Society 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm  The Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis,



Last Posting date for International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail) to Africa (except South Africa), Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Central & South America, New Zealand



  Last Posting date for International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail) to Far and Middle East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)

James McNeil Whistler
by Sandra Lello.  Joint talk Lyme Regis Society with the Heritage Coast U3A 2.30 Woodmead Hall

August           October



Lyme Regis ArtsFest

Venues around Lyme; free admission
to exhibitions and Open Studios
Daily; 10.00am-5.00pm (and specific times for certain Open Studios and Events)


WALKS and Tours

Do take advice about safe tide times before setting off for more than fifteen minutes hike, without a guide, along our beautiful beaches: - what appears to be an easy bit of ground to scramble over is more likely to be a treacherous mud slide - don't take a chance!


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.  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.

Lyme History Walks

History Walks 2016

July – Oct: Mon, Wed, Sat.

Sept:  S3, M5, W10, M12, W14, S17, M19, W21, S24, M26, W28

 Meet at the Marine Theatre at 11.00am

Cost £8.00 Adults   Children half


 “Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis with experienced tour guide Chris Lovejoy”

 01297 443140

Ghost Walks 2016

Tues and Thurs 7.30 pm  May – September 
 Sept:  Tues 6,13,20,27  Thurs 8,15,22,29

From Lyme Regis Museum
Lasts 1 hour Cost: Adults £7.00 Children £3.00 

01297 443140

Mary Anning Walks

Mary Anning was a world famous fossil hunter - and was featured in Tracey Chevalier's novel Remarkable Creatures - hear stories of her life and see where she lived and hunted.

Meet at
Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

Bridge Street
Lyme Regis

Jane Austen Tours

'During the Jane Austen tour we visit 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.'
Tours run all year round. We have scheduled walks detailed below or you can contact us via our website to arrange another time.


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