Events & Festivals in Lyme Regis

Want to find out what’s on in Lyme Regis during your visit?  Then look no further, we have a everything you need to find out what’s on for your trip.

Lyme Regis has a fantastic a year-round calendar of events and festivals, so whenever you plan to visit and whatever your interests, there’s always something on to entertain you.

Fossil fun

The annual fossil festival in Lyme Regis is one of Dorset's largest science festivals and is a great event for the whole family. Visitors to the festival can learn more about fossil through talks, exhibitions, street performances, hands-on experiences and interactive displays. There is something for everyone to enjoy during this weekend of fossil fun.

Foodie Festivals

Lyme Regis is well known for its fantastic food scene and the town hosts two of the most delicious festivals, Eat Festival and Food Rocks Festival.

Eat Festival is a new festival taking place in May on Marine Parade and celebrates local fresh food and drink.

Organised by chef Mark Hix Food Rocks Festival takes place every September and celebrates the fantastic produce from the South West. During the festival there are cookery demonstrations, competitions and tasty food options to try.

Live Music

There are plenty of music events to get you moving in Lyme Regis, whatever music you are into there’s something for all tastes.

For those who enjoy jazz and blues there’s the Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues weekend bringing you the best in new and old music. 

Folk music fans should make sure they don’t miss the Lyme Regis Folk weekend where there is a whole programme of dancing, singing and music at various venues throughout the town. 

Guitars on the Beach is Lyme Regis’ free rock festival, showcasing local bands and singers. During the day there is also a play along session where guitarists of all ages and abilities come together to simultaneously play a selection of well-known songs.

Family friendly

Lyme Regis is the perfect place for a family holiday or day trip. There's never a dull moment in Lyme Regis with its year-round calendar of events to keep the whole family entertained.

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week is a fun filled week of displays, music, fireworks, family much more! There's also the Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week with lots of events and activities including a carnival procession, regatta races and more fireworks.

Take a look at our full list of festivals and events taking place in Lyme and you’ll soon begin to see why so many visitors to Lyme Regis return time and time again!

Events coming soon

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week Aug 13

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week

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Portland Coast Aug 13

Portland Coast

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Candles on the Cobb Aug 28

Candles on the Cobb

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Lyme Regis Folk Festival Sep 02

Lyme Regis Folk Festival

Lyme Folk Weekend has quickly become one of the most popular events of the summer, and one big reason is that the festival has been brilliant at unearthing some wonderful young local artists....