What's On in Lyme Regis

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 and Organisations in and around
Lyme Regis

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April Diary 2017   
 ~ Easter Bonnet Parade
 ~  The Great Dorset Beach Clean  ~ Beer Fest  ~  Fossil Festival ~ Junior deep sea fishing trip



Saturday 1st April

Papa le Gal
The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Wednesday 5th April

Much Further Out Than You Thought CANCELLED



Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Guild Annual General Meeting
Following the business of the meeting we will have a talk from Nigel Jones, Area Lifesaving Manager for the RNLI.  All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there. 
7.30 pm. at the Lifeboat Station


Friday 7th April


Outbound project sharing

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 8th April


Marine Disco

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 8th/9th

Outbound project Workshops  2-day Devising Intensive. 
Learn how to devise a play! T
he Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com

Sunday 9th – Wednesday 12th April
Much Ado about Puffin  The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Sunday 9th April


 Jazz in the Bar

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Monday 10th April

Junior deep sea fishing trip
 for ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential. 
  1pm - 5pm Organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club.  More Info see http://lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat/



Tuesday April 11th


Outing to Compton Acres
in Poole, leaving at 9:15am from Uplyme Village Hall. This is a fascinating 10 acre site, with woodland paths, Japanese, Italian and rock gardens, and refreshments available. Annie Kobus (443346) is taking bookings at £16 per head, non-members £3 extra. 
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Thursday 13th April 2017 

Film Screening: Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History – England’s Last Battle: The West Country (2015)
A film screening of Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History – England’s Last Battle: The West Country (2015) and learn all about the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.  Entry: Pay what you can (suggested donation £5.00) All donations go towards the Marine's 'Monmouth' Community play coming in July 2017.  The Marine Theatre,  7.30pm  (Running Time: approx 47 mins)  www.marinetheatre.com



Friday 14th

Beer Fest
Showcasing the finest locally brewed beers and ciders, together with the cream of local musical talent. All wrapped up in the stunning location of the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.  7.00pm   www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 15th


Beer Fest
Showcasing the finest locally brewed beers and ciders, together with the cream of local musical talent. All wrapped up in the stunning location of the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. noon - 10.30pm www.marinetheatre.com



Sunday 16th   Easter Sunday 

Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 
Judging of Easter Bonnets   14.00 in the Baptist ChurchEaster Bonnets by the Albany Guest House.
15.00 from the Baptist Church, Broad Street, led by the Mayor finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the sea front. Majorettes forming part of the parade.  Prizes  in five age groups as well as those for ladies and gentlemen, and special prizes for the best under five entry. The Treetops Cup will be presented to the best entry overall. Prizes will be awarded immediately after judging in the Baptist Church.

Monday 17th  Easter Monday  Bank Holiday

Duck Race
12 noon Higher Mill Flats, nr Woodmead Road Bridge


Black Ven Poetry Club Workshop
 Six monthly live p
oetry workshops exploring ways of harnessing creativity to write poems, speak poems, and connect with the nature and elements outside.  Anyone who is interested in how to develop ideas into poetry on the page, and on the stage. Join us if you’re interested in thinking about language, articulation, story, speaking out and how. The workshops are aimed at poets, dreamers and thinkers. All abilities welcome.  The workshops will involve: -  Introducing themes to engage with nature and develop tools to write with, plus broad guidance and discussion about different approaches to composition and style; Readings of relevant literature, and poetry;  Deep Listening and meditation; A 15-minute outdoor learning observation exercise (outside and in silence);  Sharing our experiences from our 15 minutes and finding threads to work into;  Guest teachings on how to stand up and offer your poems to others from theatre performance, music and acting specialists to teach breathing, physicality, microphone technique and voice control using basic exercises.  You will probably not come away with a poem or finished piece at the end of the workshop, but tools to work with between the sessions. You may find that the teachings allow release for new thinking in other areas, or being able to tap into creativity more deeply in any artform.  Price: £10 or £6 if you are a regular face at the local Apothecary or Vittals & Verse open mic poetry nights.   12 - 2pm Marine Theatre Bar, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT73QB  blackvenpress@gmail.com or sarah@marinetheatre.com 



Tuesday 18th 






Freya: A Viking Saga

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Wednesday 19th April


Freya: A Viking Saga

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Thursday 20th April


We are Bronte

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Friday 21st

Stu Culley, commercial photographer, photographic tutor and freelance videographer.
 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 Comedy Club
The Marine Theatre, 



Saturday 22nd

at Dorset Beach Clean: Lyme Regis
The annual beach clean-up returns as part of the ‘Litter Free Coast and Sea’  week! Bring your friends and family and lend a hand at any of the designated beaches. A Beachmaster will be there to provide you with rubbish bags, gloves and instructions. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions Help to remove plastics and other rubbish from the shore. The vast majority of litter found on Dorset’s beaches is made of plastic, which steadily accumulates if not removed.  As standard plastics never degrade, they circle around the world in ocean currents and can cause long-term damage.  Whales, dolphins and turtles can mistake floating plastic bags for the jellyfish which form part of their diet. Once swallowed the plastic bag blocks the stomach and leads to a slow death through starvation.   Dorset's beaches need you:  Under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.  No need to bring any equipment as we'll provide it except please wear practical footwear and suitable clothing for the weather! Come and join us!  Organised by www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk  Lyme Regis Cobb Slipway. 


Outbound project Workshops

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Jake Leg Jug Band

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Sunday 23rd St Georges Day

Jazz Brunch

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Tuesday 25th


AGM and 'The Warings and South Cliff'
 by Keith Shaw, president Lyme Regis Society. 
 Lyme Regis Society, 2.30pm Woodmead Hall.  Free to members, Visitors £3


Some People V. Reginald D. Hunter

The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com



Wednesday 26th 2017

 ‘What to do with an overgrown garden’

(as if any of our members ever have that problem?) given by a speaker from the Garden Club. Tea and coffee will be available, members free, visitors £3. The Chairman’s competition for Spring Flowering Bulbs will also take place that evening – bring along your best flowers from bulbs, corms or tubers, either in a pot or as cut flowers, to show – entries will be received from 7pm.   Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society  7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall


Thursday 27th April

Fossil Festival - Secondary Schools Science Day

 - bookings only


Friday 28th April

Fossil Festival - Primary Schools Day
Lyme Regis Festival Primary Schools day - bookings only
Schools will take priority on many of the activities until around 2.30pm


Presentation: 'Parson Pascall’s Tale: The story of a Monmouth Rebel' - in costume!  By David Sebborn, Bridgewater Blake Museum
Before retiring David acted as the Bridgewater Blake Museum's Education and Outreach Officer. His popular series of period costume presentations sees him taking on the 'Voices of Somerset's Past' illustrated with reproduction artefacts and visual images. Join him for the Parson Pascall's Tale "The sad story of the Monmouth Rebellion, 1685, told at first hand by the Reverend. Andrew Paschall, Rector of Chedzoy."  Entry: Pay what you can (suggested donation £5.00) All donations go towards the Marine's 'Monmouth' Community play coming in July 2017.  The Marine Theatre Bar, 6.00pm  www.marinetheatre.com

Outbound project sharing
The Marine Theatre,  www.marinetheatre.com


Saturday 29th April


Fossil Festiva

Lyme Regis Festival open to public


Sunday 30th April

Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis Festival open to public


Some 2016 Events you may have missed



Annual Town Meeting of Lyme Regis Electors
Under the Chairmanship of the Mayor, Councillor Mr Owen Lovell.  Residents and non-residents are entitled to attend the meeting and to raise for debate any issue concerning the town.  Priority will be given to those questions notified in advance.  Please contact the town council offices to submit your questions.  Light refreshments will be available before the meeting.   7.00pm The Guildhall,  Lyme Regis. 

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Guild AGM
7.30pm Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station.  All welcome


To all Lyme Regis Residents and Visitors.
the annual
"Know your Blood Pressure Day" run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in conjunction with The Stroke Association. Pop into Fortnam Smith and Banwell 53 Broad Street, 10am - 4pm, and have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses. This is one of the most effective ways of minimising the chances of a stroke. See www.stroke.org.uk  ...and see you there!!   

Dogs and Beaches

Lyme Regis Front Beach
NO dogs
1st April to 31st October
Must be on leads
1st November to 31st March

Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times when using The Cobb, Marine Parade and the Cart Road.

Dogs allowed on
Monmouth Beach, Church Cliff Beach and East Cliff Beach
all year


Charmouth West Beach no dogs from
1st May to 30 September,

Charmouth East Beach
no dogs in July and August between 10am-6pm.


The Great Lyme Regis Bake Off  
‘Lifeboat-Themed Cake’ Competition

Any type of cake with a lifeboat theme:  our boat or a boot; Stormy Stan, or something based on events in Lifeboat Week e.g. The Duck Race. 

ll you ‘Mary Berrys’ out there get thinking and designing - we look forward to seeing the results. 

Entry details in the Programme available in June


What's on in the Galleries



Visit us this Easter and see our team of volunteer millers in action as they harness the power of the River Lym to turn the waterwheel, gears and millstones to produce traditional Town Mill flour.  Our milling demonstrations run continuously throughout the day, between 11am and 4pm, and our millers and Mill History Guides will show you round and answer any questions you have about our working watermill and the mill house and surrounding buildings. 

Enjoy a beer from Lyme Regis Brewery or a delicious meal from The Courtyard Cafe.  The creative artisan businesses and art galleries will also be open if you wish to purchase a unique souvenir of your visit to the creative heart of Lyme Regis. (see below)
Throughout the Easter school holidays, from 1st April to 23rd April, join our Hot Cross Bunny Hunt.  Starting and finishing in The Miller's Kitchen, follow the clues all around the Town Mill complex and claim a prize.  £2 per child, or free for Friends of the Town Mill.  Also play our pocket money games, such as 'Golden Eggs' and 'How Many Mini Eggs?' or buy a raffle ticket to win our 'Eggscellent Easter Basket'.  Also, running daily from 10th to 17th April, you can drop into Kate's Kitchen and decorate an Easter Egg shaped biscuit
There will also be art and craft activities to enjoy  in our Community Room on Monday 17th April.


The Town Mill, Mill Lane,

Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
Free admission.

22 March-12 April

Materials welcomes diverse and talented makers to the Town Mill for the very first contemporary craft group exhibition. Over 15 makers will be showing products and pieces in a range of media including glass, ceramics and metal. We are especially pleased to showcase award winning furniture maker Alice Bloggs and celebrated textiles by local artist Hugh Dunford Wood. 

The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
Free admission.

31 March-12 April

Two East Devon artists share their enthusiasm for creating pieces that are organic in nature and material. Elizabeth Richie explores the elements of water and earth in her striking new paintings. Ceramicist Ali Herbert explores some repeated bowl and cup forms. 

 The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
Free admission.

14-26 April

Photographers John Marriage, Moya Paul and Dave Wicken experiment with the photographic image and process, using colour and digital constructions to produce an abstracted and playful sideways look at the world.

 The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
Free admission.

14-26 April

This exhibition showcases paintings by Sue Lewin and Kathy Scott and bronze resin sculptures by Toni West.  Exploring their shared fascination of the natural surroundings of walks along the coast and countryside paths

The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
Free admission.

28 April-10 May

New work by Lyme Regis-based painter Jools Woodhouse and potter Ali Herbert. The two-week exhibition is a culmination of their recent individual discoveries of new styles, colour, form and influences that have come from living close to the sea.

The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

Charity Golf Day

An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster.  2017 in aid of Exeter Leukaemia Fund and Julia's House Hospice.   Teams of four, Stableford, two scores to count, full handicap (max men 24, ladies 30). Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster: We can make up teams.  For further information contact secretary@lymeregisrotary.org   Download Entry Form

All local organisations and charities

are invited to have a stall
at the
May Fete

Playing Field, Anning Road  May




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!

Fossil walks

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

Liz Jones Memorial Walks

A selection of 12 walks around Lyme Regis area  to do at your leisure 
see U3A Page for maps

Lyme History Walks



 Meet at the Marine Theatre at 11.00am

Cost £8.00 Adults   Children £4


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

APRIL:  Sat 1st,  Wed 5th,  Sat 8th,  Wed 12th,  Sat 15th,  Mon 17th,  Wed 19th,  Sat 22nd,  Wed 26th,  Sat 29th

 Chris Lovejoy   01297 443140


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 www.literarylyme.co.uk to arrange another time.


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