Fiver Fest gets off to a successful start

UNDETERRED by strong winds and heavy rain last weekend, shoppers and half term visitors braved the conditions to find themselves a bargain at Lyme Regis businesses taking part in the Totally Locally Fiver Fest. 

Lyme’s One Planet Working Group, Turn Lyme Green and Plastic Free Lyme are supporting community efforts to reduce carbon emissions and embrace more sustainable lifestyles.

Shopping locally can reduce the need to drive to supermarkets in neighbouring towns and keep more money in the local economy.

Totally Locally’s Fiver Fest is a national and international campaign to encourage people to visit their local, independent businesses, as research shows that if everyone living in Lyme Regis spent just £5 a week with local independent traders, it would be worth £700,000 to the local economy.

Local campaign organiser Belinda Bawden said: “Fiver Fest has generated great enthusiasm in Lyme Regis with 47 independent  businesses joining our first campaign. We are blessed in Lyme with a diverse mix of independent and national chain stores, so Fiver Fest is a chance to discover, explore, support and celebrate our local independent traders.”

More than 40 local shops, cafés, pubs and other businesses have signed up to take part in the campaign by offering special deals for just £5.

Participating businesses have welcomed the idea, with Larry Gibbons of Largigi on Marine Parade, offering £5 Thai lunchtime soups, said: “A great success and a great idea. We should adopt this permanently during the winter months.”

Gill Stammers, manager of Uplyme Stores and Post Office, where Hardy’s Bin wine is on offer for £5, added: “It’s gathering momentum and lots of customers have heard about the Fiver Fest. Our wine offer is proving popular.”

Bargains will continue to be up for grabs for all the family until Saturday, February 29.

A new version of the town map showing the businesses participating in Fiver Fest enables residents and visitors to explore what the independent traders have to offer.

Fiver Fest deals include the following:

  • Serendip Book Shop – choice of two local designs on a bone china mug, currently selling at £7.99
  • Lyme Gifts – two Bathbombs, normally £2.99 each for £5
  • Persuasion – baby or kids striped Breton Beanie hat, usually £6.50 – £6.95
  • Primary Colours – choice of YooHoos, normally £7.95
  • Puddleduck – handmade aprons which were £8; Sparkly Dinosaurs, usually £9.99; large sensory blocks normally £3.50 each now two for £5
  • Ruby and Oscar – Inis 75ml hand cream, made from seaweed extract, sea minerals, argan oil in a shea butter base, usually £9
  • Pug and Puffin – any three greetings cards for £5, designed at Pug & Puffin and printed locally
  • Blue Lias – scarf usually selling for £12
  • Boylos – wooden wall sign, usually £9.99, called ‘Make a Wish on a Star Fish’
  • Ginger Beer – recycled glass olive boats, a set of sprinkle jars or four dinner candles
  • The House of Flowers – locally grown bunch of flowers or locally grown plants for £5 each
  • Ad Lucem – three greetings cards for £5 by local artist Pat Campbell (usually £2 each) or small handmade hooks by local blacksmith Simon Connett (usually £8)
  • The Old Forge Fossil Shop – cylinder stone candleholder in black marble, onyx or fossil stone, normally priced £6
  • The Word Forest Organisation – eco-friendly boxes of 10 wood-free, HB2 extra dark pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper, and the charity will plant a tree for every box purchased
  • Tourist Information Centre – Lyme Regis tea towel, normally £6.95
  • Lyme Regis Butchers – rump steak, four chicken breasts or four pork loin chops for £5
  • The Town Mill Bakery, Aroma Cafe Amid Giants & Idols, The Lyme Bay Cafe Bar – hot drink and slice of cake
  • The Galley Cafe and Old Bonded Store Tea Room – two coffees for £5
  • The Good Food Café & Deli – breakfast bacon or sausage bap with tea or coffee
  • Holmbush Cafe – a bacon roll with tea or standard coffee
  • Roly’s Fudge – 300g gift wrapped box of award-winning sea salt fudge, normally £7
  • Pilot Boat – cream tea or coffee
  • Largigi – lunchtime Thai soups in chicken or mushroom flavour, normally £6.95
  • The Millside – two coffees and a small cake to share, or two small glasses of house wine
  • Cellar 59 – two Gyle 59 bottled beers or one litre of cask beer to take away
  • Lyme Regis Brewery – bottle of craft beer and a bag of crisps
  • Nag’s Head – two bottles of Budweiser
  • Ammonite Fine Foods – Lyme Bay mini gin and Devon tonic, usually £6.99
  • Uplyme Stores – Hardy’s Bin wine for £5
  • Lyme Convenience Store – three different meal kits of a value closer to £9
  • Causley Cabs – any return trip between 9am and 5pm within the area of the Lyme Regis town map (www.lymeregis.org/town-map.aspx) including Woodberry Down – call 01297 642011, quoting ‘Fiver Fest’ when booking

If  an independent business would like to participate in the second week of Fiver Fest in Lyme Regis, contact Belinda Bawden on belindabawden@gmail.com

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About Francesca Evans 2065 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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