Event & Festivals in Lyme Regis

Looking to find out what’s on in Lyme Regis?  Look no further, we have everything you need to find out what’s happening, whatever the weather!

Lyme Regis has a fabulous events’ programme throughout the whole year so whenever you plan to visit, there will be something on to entertain you.

Fun for the family

Lyme Regis is the perfect place for some family fun. There's never a dull moment in Lyme Regis, with a jam-packed calendar of events to keep all ages entertained.

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week is a week full of fun with displays, music, family games...the list goes on! There's also Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week with lots of activities and events including the carnival procession, regatta races and competitions.

If you visit during the autumn, make sure you don’t miss the annual Lyme Regis fireworks’ display and Bonfire Night. Join the crowds to watch the fireworks over the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ Lyme Bay, with the Cobb as a specular background and keep warm by the bonfire on the beach afterwards.

Fossiling fun

With Lyme Regis being a treasure trove for fossils, why wouldn’t there be a festival to celebrate them?! The annual Fossil and Earth Science Festival is one of Dorset's largest science festivals and is a great event for the whole family with talks, exhibitions, fantastic street performances, hands-on experiences and interactive displays. With something for all ages, this is a weekend to have some fossil-tastic fun.

Food Rocks!

Eat: Lyme Regis is a glorious weekend full of fantastic local fresh food, delicious drinks and hopefully some sunshine mixed in.

Celebrity chef Mark Hix hosts his very own Food Rocks Festival in September to celebrate the fantastic produce that the South West has to offer. With cookery demonstrations, competitions and foodie fun you’ll have a jam-packed weekend full of delicious delights.

Marvellous music

Whatever gets you shaking your stuff, there are plenty of music events to get you moving and grooving in Lyme Regis!

For lovers of jazz and blues there’s the Jazz Jurassica weekend bringing you the best in old and new music. 

Folk fans can enjoy a full programme of singing, dancing and music-making at various venues across the town during Lyme Regis Folk Weekend. 

Winter festivities

During the Christmas festivities, Lyme Regis is a wonderful place to visit during the festive season. In the run up to Christmas, the shops will be brimming with gift ideas or you can take time to breathe in the bracing sea air with a stroll along the seafront and perhaps coffee and a mince pie in one of the lovely cafes? To make it even more special, Lyme's picturesque Broad Street will be positively sparkling from the end of November.

There are also many Christmas events throughout the month of December, visit Lyme Marine Theatre to watch a Christmas film, enjoy one of the many carol singing events or catch a Christmas concert – there is something for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit.

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

Events happening soon

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week Aug 07

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week is packed full of fun events and activities for all the family to enjoy. Events include a spectacular Fireworks Display, Torchlight Procession, Duck Race, Candles...

Portland Coast Aug 07

Portland Coast

Fascinated by the rocky coastline of the Isle of Portland, Dorset artist Leon Dore was determined to find a less figurative and more authentic response to its unique mixture of Mesolithic geology,...

Candles on the Cobb Aug 28

Candles on the Cobb

Candles on the Cobb is a dramatic and spectacular event illuminating the historic Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis with 5000 tea-light candles, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and...

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....

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Accommodation

Lyme Regis is top of the list for a holiday, short break or just an overnight stay.

Food & Drink

Lyme has a feast of gastronomic delights to suit every taste, budget and occasion.

How to Get Around

You can explore further around Lyme Regis by bike, bus, walking and even boat!

Parking

There are a lots of short and long stay parking, some have EV chargepoints for electric vehicles.