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What's on in September 2014:    ~  Guitars on the Beach and Food Rocks ~ Lyme Regis ArtsFest

Wednesday 3rd


Saturday 6th / Sunday 7th 2014
Guitars on the Beach and Food Rocks
Due to public demand and the success of 2013's festivals, organisers have pencilled in September 6 and 7th 2014, and promise it will be bigger and better than last year, and eclipse the £7,600 it raised for local charities.  Top chefs, food functions and food stalls will be spread over Lyme Regis, along with a mackerel fishing competition set to be launched. There will also be more local bands and musicians playing throughout the town.  Each of the 2,600 guitarists who signed up for this year’s event will be invited back with organisers hoping more will sign up. The song they will play, as part of the band, will be Status Quo's smash hit, “Rockin all over the world".  Co-ordinated by  celebrity chef Mark Hix, Jo Harris, the Lyme Regis Business Group and Guitars on the beach promotions.

Tuesday  9th

Colaton Fishacre
Gardens and House Coach Trip

 DAY VISIT to Coleton Fishacre gardens and house by coach – National Trust property at Kingswear, Devon. This wonderful RHS accredited garden (daily tour) lies in a stream-fed, secluded valley on the South Devon Coast The mild climate and shelterbelts make the garden suitable for a wide range of rare and exotic plants.  The 1920s Arts & Crafts style house with Gilbert and Sullivan connections was the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family. Depart from Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am, price £18.80 for coach and admission; National Trust members £10. Please ring Brian Cursley 01297 443642 or 07831 533580 by September 1 to book. Non members are welcome at extra £3 to cover temporary  membership Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society


Wednesday 10th

 Betty and the flower girls – Floral Art Demonstration 
Uplyme and Lyme Regis WI.  Meetings are held on second Wednesday of the month at Uplyme Village Hall 2.30 – 4.30.  New members always welcome: contact Irene 01297 444775 or Lynda  01297 35647


Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th Heritage Open Days

Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th September 2014

Tuesday 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).


Wednesday  24th  

Paul Atterbury: The Perfect Partnership: Lutyens and Jekyll

(names synonymous with the creation of the
English Country Garden style) by  Paul Atterbury (Antiques Roadshow) £3 entry  7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall.  For more details contact 01297 444034 or  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Tuesday 30th September

“Lyme’s Eroding Coast”
An illustrated talk by Richard Edmonds, Earth Science Manager for the Jurassic Coast Team. Joint talk:  Lyme Regis Society with the Heritage Coast U3A.
 2.30pm  Woodmead Halls


August           October


See what you missed in September 2013

  Lyme Regis Folk Festival

Jim Causley;  Woodroffe School, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick;  Emily Portman Trio;  Spiers and Boden
MC: Catherine Burke  Lyme Folk Weekend  performance 6.00pm - 11.00pm at the Marine Theatre 

Music ... Music ... Music:  Celine dos Santos
returns to By The Bay   Enjoy dinner and Celine's fabulous acoustic repertoire - but make your reservation soon - tables are going fast! from 7pm, By the Bay.  Check out Celine's website to find out more about her music -

The Night with Robbie McIntosh
International guitar star Robbie McIntosh
- lead guitarist with The Pretenders, Beatles singer Paul McCartney and John Mayer -  gives his first-ever concert in Lyme with a “two shows in one gig” performance at the theatre, entitled “The Night With Robbie McIntosh”.
In the first half, he will perform a first-half acoustic show with Jess Upton and Steve Wilson, featuring their all-hits set which has been called “the best set list in popular music”. In the second half of the concert, the full Robbie McIntosh Band will perform the epic blues-rock that made him not only lead guitarist with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney and John Mayer but also sideman to top artists including Roger Daltrey, Mark Knopfler, Chuck Berry, Norah Jones, Cher, Joe Cocker, Talk Talk, Paul Young and Kirsty MacColl. Two special shows at the Marine Theatre organised to flank the Guitars On The Beach record attempt on Saturday, September 7th.  Tickets for this unique show - priced at £12.50 - are available from the Marine Theatre and Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre  Doors 7.30pm Onstage 8.00pm Running time: Music ‘til midnight, bar ‘til 1am!

Cafe eXchange: Swap and Shop Event
Recycling children's clothes, books, produce, garden tools.  Free to participants.  10am - 12 noon St Andrew's Church, Charmouth

Registration for Guitars on the Beach
begins, 10am The Jubilee Pavilion, the Shelters,  Marine Parade

Building of the world's biggest guitar sandcastle
families invited to join in.  10am on the beach

Guitars all over the town
from 12 noon


Food Rocks Food Festival: Events on the Main Stage
 situated at the bottom of Lister Gardens overlooking the beach.
Compered by Richard Bacon, Radio and TV presenter.  See below and right for more info.

10am   James Golding, Head Chef, The Pig Hotel, The New Forest; Wild food from land and sea

11am  Jack Stein, Executive Chef,The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow;  Fish and seafood

12pm  Willie Harcourt Cooze;  Willie's Cacao  Cooking with chocolate

1pm  Mark Hix and Roger Saul, Sharpham Park   Wheat-free cooking with spelt

2pm  Angela Hartnett with Luke Holder, Head Chef at Limewood;  Classic pasta dishes

3pm  Tom Parker Bowles, Mark Hix, Nick StrangewayCooking and cocktails with West Bexington chillis

'How To' at the Marine Theatre, Theatre Square, Church Street

11am  SUGARCRAFT FLOWERS AND CUPCAKES  Decorating cupcakes with the Happy Cupcake Company.  Watch or join in! 30 minute hands-on masterclass. Have your cake and eat it! £7.50 to join in

12noon  NICK STRANGEWAY, STRANGE HILL  How to make seasonal cocktails with world-class mixologist Nick Strangeway. Drinks available throughout for £5

1pm  THE HISTORY GIRLS  Historical food with Maya Pieris 

SIMON BENNETT, THE OLD WATCH HOUSE  How to tackle and dress a whole crab. Watch or join in! 30 minute hands-on masterclass. Dress your crab and take it away! £7.50 to join in

3pm  CHILDREN’S AFTERNOON TEA  Making drop scones with Maya Pieris. Watch or join in £7.50 to join in

 Food Festival: Talks and Tastings at The Malthouse, The Town Mill

11am  NIGEL BLOXHAM, CRAB HOUSE CAFE  Dorset seafood and oysters

12noon  RICHARD SURTEES, TOWN MILL BREWERY  Real ale talk and tasting. How to pair beer with food

1pm  FOOD FOR FREE – FORAGING IN THE SOUTH WEST  Garry Everleigh, Forager Guide, The Pig Hotel

2pm  WILLIE HARCOURT COOZE, WILLIE’S CACAO  Bean to Bar talk and tasting

3pm THE SERIOUSLY GOOD WINE COMPANY  Wine talks with local producers

Guitars on the BEACH: Lyme Regis UK Record Bid.
Guitars on the Beach Stage
Guitarists assemble
16.00 the Beach Stage
Raffle Draw of Fender Guitars prizes  16.30
Press photo call of Britain's Biggest-ever Band 16.45
Guitars on the Beach 'national anthem' 'Over the Rainbow' by Darci Street (aged 6) 16.50

Guinness Record performance of 'Rave On'

Hoping to see 2,000 guitars playing on the beach
The massive band will play Buddy Holly's 'Rave On' all at the same time. 5pm on the beach.  For further details please contact: Geoff Baker  Mobile 07938 935 537  Office 01297 442539See right for more info.

Guitars on the Beach House Band  17.10

Steve Waters
( will be helping us get in the groove, adding his fab input to Guitars on the Beach and performing live in the By the Bay restaurant from 7pm.

Guitars on the Beach After Party
he only place to be after the UK record attempt is The Guitars On The Beach After Party at the Marine Theatre, as everyone who is anyone heads for the theatre to put on their dancing shoes for a fiesta night to celebrate the success of Britain’s Biggest-Ever Band. The After Party will be a dance-all-night show – with bands showcasing the best of Lyme’s rock and blues, performing the songs you know and all playing in the key of fun.  Doors 7.45pm  Onstage 8.00pm  All Tickets: £10.00   Marine Theatre  Running time: Music ‘til midnight, bar ‘til 1am!

Food Rocks:  Food Festival:
 Main Stage Events
 situated at the bottom of Lister Gardens overlooking the beach.
Compered by Philip Evans, Editor of View From newspapers, See below and right for more info.

10am    Mark Hix and Phil Frampton, Nose to Tail eating

11am  Rose and Dominic Prince; The Pocket Bakery

12pm   Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix  The Sea Horse and Rock Fish:  Dorset Fish and Seafood

1pm   Christine McFadden - The Dorset Foodie Cookery School:

2pm   Mat Follas, The Wild Garlic:  Wild Food

3pm    RNLI cook off

  Food Festival  'How To' at The Marine Theatre

11am  MILL CAFE AND SUPPER CLUB   Bread-making with Stefano Arturi

12noon WEST COUNTRY CATCH  Fish filleting skills

1pm  MEET THE ECOSAURS  Author Jan Lane and Mark Hix make their Jurassic Layer Cake with local children

2pm  SUGARCRAFT FLOWERS AND CUPCAKES  Decorating cupcakes with the Happy cupcake company.  Watch or join in! 30 minute hands-on masterclass.  Have your cake and eat it! £7.50 to join in

3pm CAROLINE PARKINS, LEAKERS BAKERY  How to make the perfect scone. Enjoy with a cup of RNLI tea!

 Talks and Tastings at The Malthouse, The Town Mill

11am ROBIN HANCOCK, WRIGHT BROTHERS  Oysters from the South West 

12noon  PALMER’S BREWERY   All you need to know about beer

1pm  PANEL DEBATE  The fish sustainability debate with Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks, Rose Prince, Simon Bennett, Nigel Bloxham, Robin Hancock

2pm  SMOKING AND CURING YOUR OWN MEAT AND FISH  Graham Cu. , Bradley smokers with Mark Hix

3pm PHILIP TANSWELL, CORNISH SEA SALT  Sea Salt – the ultimate seasoning – but why?

'Cinderella' Auditions 
Lyme Regis Pantomime Society, 7.30pm St Michaels Church Hall

given by a member of the Alzheimer Society. What is it? Why are there different types? What problems arise because of it and can we reduce these? Angie Gape an experienced support worker in this field and will try to answer our questions. Heritage Coast U3A - Start 10.00am for coffee and the talk will be at 11.00am. Heritage Coast U3A  Lyme Regis Woodmead Halls

AGM and Election of Officers; Outing & Ramble competitions.
 Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm Woodmead Halls

Weldmar's Summer Fete
Fun for all the family.  We are proud to announce that our Celebrity Guest is once again Martin Clunes.  Live entertainment throughout the day:  music by Chris Groves & Brian InkpenL&B Line Dancing;  Juno Belly Dancers;  Dorchester YMCA plus much more! Other displays including:  Vehicles of Yesteryear; GoldwingsSteam Engines;  Parkour Demonstrations.  Plus:  Refreshments all day, BBQ, Purbeck Ice Creams, Candy Floss, Popcorn & Our Piddle Bar!  Stalls include:  Bric a brac* Tools* Silent Auction* Books* Smart Hats & Handbags* Jewellery* The BIG Tombola* Face Painting; Bouncy Slide; Climbing Wall; Instant Whisky; Graffiti Wall; Skittles; Home Produce* Plus many more stalls and attractions. Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester.   11am - 4pm

The Last Post
The award winning Kilter Theatre makes theatre in surprising and unusual places. And you can’t get much more surprising and unusual than a bright red Luton Van on Lyme Regis seafront. Audiences will meet at the Marine Theatre before being led to the very special sorting office around the corner.
  The Last Post is a slightly wonky, nostalgic love story about the wonderful dying etiquette of letter writing. Taking place inside Mobile Sorting Office 451 and interwoven with stunning live music Kilter welcome you to the legendary home and headquarters of the Great Aunt Sorority - taking care of letters and packages that cannot easily be delivered.  Running time: 70 mins (approx). Full Price:  £13.00;  Concessions: £12.00;  TheatreFriends discount available 2.30pm & 7.30 pm.   Marine Theatre

Sunday Afternoon Concerts: Roger Judd (organ)

(formerly organist of St George's Chapel, Windsor) programme includes JS Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor.   Concert starts 3.30 pm duration 45-60 minutes,  retiring collection. Lyme Regis Parish Church (St Michael the Archangel), Church Street.

August           October

Lyme Regis/Barfleur Twinning Association
a Barfleurais contingent visits Lyme for completion of twinning formalities  

ArtsFest Opening Party
  Everyone is cordially invited to join the ArtsFest artists for the opening party and preview of the re:collection exhibitions. Official opening of ArtsFest 2013 by Mayor Sally Holman. Music by B Sharp buskers. Plus ‘The Great and the Small’ presents live collaboration with Nepalese artists. Refreshments will be served. It’s always a great party, so don’t miss it! The Malthouse and Town Mill Galleries, Town Mill Complex  18:00 – 20:00  Free entry

Annika Skoogh and Philip Clouts:  Jazz in the Bar
  Our tremendously popular Jazz in the Bar series is back. Taking place in our ‘shabby-cheek’ Stage Door Bar, tickets are very limited for these sell-out events, so make sure you book early!  Born in South America and raised in Sweden, vocalist Annika demonstrates a skillful ability to interpret songs with an effortless natural style. Her voice has a distinctive, dynamic sound with a warm and soulful timbre. She commits to each song and style with great passion, and being multilingual she adds another dimension to her performances by sometimes singing in different languages. She will be accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano.  Tickets: In advance:£6.50; On the door:£7.50  Doors 7.00pm  Onstage 8.00pm   Marine Theatre

The ArtsFest Walkabout

Join Mayor Sally Holman and town crier Alan Vian for an informal and fun walk round the town, stopping off at the group exhibitions and taking in the Art Trail on the way. Meet at the Jubilee Pavilion on Marine Parade. Jubilee Pavilion, Marine Parade 12noon – 13:00 Free Do as little or as much of the tour as you wish


Busking Festival, ‘Play Me’ Piano and Drum
In association with Lyme Regis Arts Fest.  This is a time when buskers, pianists, street p
erformers, one-man bands and some of the most incredible performers (young and old) bring music to the streets, beach, bars and cafes.  Come and busk or play our piano situated in one of the most stunning locations imaginable, or if you prefer to watch simply sit, listen and enjoy. Over 100 different fantastic musicians and pianists played in 2012.  To book a pitch for BUSKING (first come first serve) and/or a time to play the PIANO please contact: Tel:07968 177 663 Tel:01297 560 030   Alternatively just turn up and register on the day and we will find you a spot. You will find us along with the Piano in the Marine Parade Shelters.  11am till 8pm.  Lyme Regis Seafront, Marine Parade, The Cobb and around town. 


Formal Twinning ceremony of Lyme Regis and Barfleur
4pm the Guildhall

Sunday Afternoon Concerts: Ian Curror (organ)

(formerly organist of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea) programme exploring German romantic organ music.   Concert starts 3.30 pm duration 45-60 minutes,  retiring collection. Lyme Regis Parish Church (St Michael the Archangel), Church Street.


Busking Festival, ‘Play Me’ Piano and Drum
In association with Lyme Regis Arts Fest.  This is a time when buskers, pianists,
street performers, one-man bands and some of the most incredible performers (young and old) bring music to the streets, beach, bars and cafes.  Come and busk or play our piano situated in one of the most stunning locations imaginable, or if you prefer to watch simply sit, listen and enjoy. Over 100 different fantastic musicians and pianists played in 2012.  To book a pitch for BUSKING (first come first serve) and/or a time to play the PIANO please contact: Tel:07968 177 663 Tel:01297 560 030   Alternatively just turn up and register on the day and we will find you a spot. You will find us along with the Piano in the Marine Parade Shelters.  11am till 8pm Lyme Regis Seafront, Marine Parade, The Cobb and around town. 

"Memories of Broad Street"
An exhibition of Artefacts, images and stories from the Museum Archives. Meet Lyme Regis Museum Staff
and share your own memories.  at Lyme Regis Library - 2pm till 5pm  This event is part of ArtsFest

 Changes in Lyme Regis bus servicesClosing date for feedback - see top right

The Maritime History of Lyme Regis
by Peter Lacey. Lyme Regis Society 2.30pm £1.50 Woodmead Hall

Paula Byrne discusses Jane Austen
Lit Night @ By The Bay: Celebrated author, Paula Byrne, will be discussing her biography 'The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Objects' over a delicious 3 course dinner at By the Bay.  The book has received huge critical acclaim and is both a Sunday Times Top Ten and Guardian Bookshop No 1 best-seller.19.00 - 22.30  Reservations and more information - 01297 442668

Free Folk
by Forest Forge.  They say it's a free country - but it never feels that way.  Because you never get to do what you want.  Karen wants to get home before dark - but the forest has other ideas. Tim wants to settle down with Hannah - but Hannah wants to see the world from behind the wheel of her imaginary camper van.  Pearl wants to be left independent in the house where she was born - her son wants her to be sensible and move to a nursing home.  And Shaun - if we're lucky, Shaun is a loveable rogue, wanting to make a few extra quid with a bit of mischief.  But if we're unlucky - maybe Shaun is something an awful lot worse...  Part thriller, part comedy, Free Folk throws five strangers together on a

dark, stormy night.  Who will be left come the morning?  Forest Forge is based on the edge of the New Forest and is one of the UK’s leading small-scale touring theatre companies.  7.30pm  Running time: 1hr 20mins (approx)  Suitable for ages 12+  Full Price:  £10.00  Concessions: £8.00 TheatreFriends discount available   Marine Theatre


Sunrise Sketching Workshop
There's nowhere better to watch the sun rise over Lyme Bay than our terrace at By the Bay and this year local artist Christine Allison will once again lead an enthusiastic group of early bird artists in an inspiring dawn sketching workshop followed by a sizzling full English breakfast.  Always a very special event, this workshop is back by special request. Bring your sketchbook, water colours or crayons and / or camera to capture nature at its awe-inspiring best. And if she's feeling a little shy - don't panic, Christine is a master of improvisation! Call or email her directly to book your place. Cost £15 per person, including breakfast.  6.00 - 8.30am Tel 01297 442397 / 07971 624856. Email

Lucy Porter: Northern Soul

Lucy Porter, (familiar from popular TV and radio panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and The Unbelievable Truth) returns to the UK tour circuit, fresh from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with her best show yet. Does geography shape our destiny? Born in Croydon to a Northern Irish dad and a Midlander mum (who met in Africa), Lucy never felt that she belonged down South. She tried moving to Manchester, marrying a Welshman and travelling the world, but she’s still - like the littlest hobo - seeking her spiritual home. 8.00pm Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx)  Full Price:£13.50  Concessions: £12.00  TheatreFriends Discount available. Marine Theatre

Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Bring your friends and family and join us for coffee, cake and good cheer. We'll donate our takings from every cuppa this morning to this amazing charity.  If you can't make it, please tell all your friends and ask them to join in and help us support the MacMillan team again this year.  10am till noon. By the Bay, more information - 01297 442668

Competition: Abstract; Presentation: What is Creative Photography?
Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm Woodmead Halls

Beatles Tribute - The Fab Twins
If you're a Beatles fan, then join us for an evening of great music and food, By the Bay 19.30 - 21.00, more information - 01297 442668

Launch of  Cornish skiff 'Gale Force'
Built for Lyme Regis Gig Club Youth section The slipway, 1pm
Sunday Afternoon Concerts:  Barry Ferguson (organ)
(formerly organist of Rochester Cathedral)
"Three handshakes from Brahms"   Concert starts 3.30 pm duration 45-60 minutes,  retiring collection. Lyme Regis Parish Church (St Michael the Archangel), Church Street.
Maddy Prior in concert with Giles Lewin and Hannah James

Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music having produced one of the most outstanding and varied bodies of work in the field of folk music. Still in love with her medium, still pushing at the boundaries, still fascinated by the possibilities that music has to offer, this autumn sees her team up with Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.  Doors 7.45pm  Onstage 8.30pm  Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx)  Full Price: £16.50 TheatreFriends Discount available.   Tel: 01297 442138 Marine Theatre  Email: Price: £16.50  All Ages

August           October


Lyme Regis ArtsFest
Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th September 2014


Lyme Regis Folk Weekend

Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st August


 September 2013

 “Shared Space Different Views”

See how three artists,
Nicola Dennis,
Eddie Burrows
Stephen Collins
having shared similar childhoods in Dorset, produce such diverse interpretations of this wonderful environment.

 Thurs. 29th August to Wed. 18th September

Daily 10 am – 5 pm.

 Courtyard Gallery.
The Town Mill,
Lyme Regis,


An exhibition of drawings and paintings by

Daily 10.30-4.30
Free admission


 The Upstairs Gallery,
The Town Mill, Lyme Regis,


‘Heartfelt Vibrations’
On Tour by Liz Shewan

For the last 13 years Liz Shewan has been working on a theme that expresses a sense of optimism. Each work is inspired by the world of spirit; family and relationships; the breath of the wind moving in the trees; skies and seas; offering a connection to nature through animals and wildlife; as well as variations on the statement 'Light at the End of the Tunnel'.


Come and see this eclectic Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs that she has put together with the aim to 'Inspire your Heart'.


This year Liz has been generously sponsored by Unique Framecraft of Axminster who will be showing a small selection of retrospective work of
Ricky Romaine
Jo-Ann Morrison

10th September to 17th September

Open 10.30am to 6pm daily.


The Malthouse,
Town Mill,
Mill Lane,
Lyme Regis DT7 3PU


Free Entry. Family Friendly.
Works for Sale.


Contact: 07803 208335

The re:collection Exhibitions

In Lyme’s three Town Mill galleries, you’ll experience the amazing outcome of ArtsFest’s year-long re:collection initiative, for which 40 artists created exciting new artwork inspired by artefacts, images and stories in the Lyme Regis Museum’s collections. Share their journey; marvel at the results!

Meet the Artists!: check at venue for dates and times of these sessions with exhibited artists.

10:00 – 17:00  Free entry

The Malthouse and Town Mill Galleries, Town Mill Complex,


ArtsFest Group Exhibition

Held in one of the most congenial spaces in Lyme, this delightful exhibition showcases the original art of over 30 local artists working in many media: paintings, photographs, stained and fused glass, mosaics and ceramics. Prints and cards are

also on sale.

Meet the Artists!:
check at venue for dates and times of these sessions with exhibited artists.

The Baptist Church Hall, Broad Street

10:00 – 17:00 Mon–Sat

Sundays 1–5pm for viewing only

Free entry

Bathing Machine and Deck Chairs

Two stalwarts of the seaside are here revisited in Sarah Thomas’s two
re:collection projects. A replica Bathing Machine houses a mini-museum filled with artefacts created by Lyme’s youth, and seven deck chairs are decorated in fabric showing Lyme’s life and history by U3A stitchers and young people.


The Cart Road, next to

Rinky Tinks Ice Cream Parlour

10:00 – 17:00

Free entry; access via steps

The Great and the Small


Visit Gail Sagman’s eclectic and enticing re:collection exhibition at her huge studio in Uplyme. It tells the tale of Gail and three other artists who travelled to Nepal following the seam of Blue Lias clay that runs from Lyme Regis, 4,500 miles to

the Himalayas. For them, it stands as a geological metaphor, interconnecting people, art and two cultures.


The Jam Factory, Lime Kiln Lane,

Uplyme DT7 3XQ (see Map 1 for directions)

12.00 – 17.00

Free entry

Faces of Lyme


Come along to The Ship where you’ll see a solo exhibition of genre portraits of people from Lyme Regis and elsewhere by local artist Brian Matravers. Most are done in acrylics; some are iPad portraits.


The Skittles Alley & Bar,

The Ship Public House, Coombe Street

12 noon – 18:00

Free entry

Wheelchair access on the side; ask in pub


FOOD ROCKS for the RNLI in Lyme Regis September 2013

Following on from the successful Crab and Mackerel Festivals earlier this summer, another packed weekend is planned for September. Mark Hix and festival organiser Jo Harris of HIX Restaurants Ltd, have partnered with the RNLI again to put on Food Rocks.

Generously sponsored by VZUG, Bulthaup Exeter, Lyme Bay Holidays, Palmers Brewery and By The Bay, Food Rocks is a fun-filled weekend of demonstrations, masterclasses and tastings held all around the town of Lyme Regis, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September.

Food Rocks has been organized to raise money for the RNLI while having great fun, tasting some amazing food and drink from Dorset, and learning lots from local chefs and producers.

The marquee and demo stage, sponsored by VZUG premium Swiss quality appliances and Bulthaup Exeter, will be situated at the bottom of Lister Gardens overlooking the beach.

With cookery demonstrations from Angela Hartnett, Willie Harcourt Cooze, Tom Parker Bowles, Mitch Tonks and Mat Follas amongst many others, there is something for everyone. The Marine Theatre will host ‘How to’ demos and hands on masterclasses

including making sugarcraft flowers, dressing crabs, cocktails from internationally renowned mixologist Nick Strangeway and kids’ cookery classes. The Malthouse at the Townmill will host talks and tastings including how chocolate goes from bean to bar, how to forage for your dinner and how to smoke and cure your own food at home.

And of course there will be a host of hand-picked local producers selling their wares in

the Parade Shelters and Theatre Square. There is no entry free so pop down with friends and family and make a weekend of it!

For further information about Food Rocks please contact:  Charlotte Allen –

For RNLI Lyme Regis enquiries please contact: Rob Michael –


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.

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

Lyme History Walks

Drama and adventure on land and sea!
A one and a half hour walk around Lyme visiting places of historic interest and telling stories about the people and events that have taken place. "We aim to be both entertaining and informative." All walks start at 11.00am from the Marine Theatre. 



 Group bookings are available at other times, see or call 01297 631970

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.

·   Saturday 6th September 1.30pm

·    Saturday 13th September 1.30pm

·    Saturday 20th September 1.30pm

·    Saturday 27th September 1.30pm

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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