THEY said it’s going to be a record-breaking summer for UK holiday resorts, and if the heaving half term was anything to go by, they weren’t wrong.
The week kicked off with a scorching Bank Holiday weekend, with Lyme Regis’ own Jazz Jurassica paving the way for the return of live music festivals.
I had a great weekend watching the free music sessions on Theatre Square and hanging out with the team from Lyme Bay Radio as we provided full media coverage of the event.
Towards the end of the half term holiday I escaped the crowds by heading to London (yes, it’s busier here than the capital these days!) for a few days with my brother, sister-in-law and nieces, who I hadn’t seen for almost a year.
It was so wonderful to be reunited, enjoy some ‘auntie time’ and get a change of scenery.
I love living in Lyme Regis but I think it’s healthy to go away from time to time, get some perspective and recharge the batteries.
The furthest away I’ve been in recent months has been Seaton Tesco or Dorchester Hospital, and neither are exactly a great day out!
Back in Lyme Regis, my parents and I were treated to dinner at The Pop Up Kitchen, courtesy of owner Ali McLoughlin who has just launched her own dining events, showcasing different cuisines from around the world each month.
This month is Greek, which is right up my street, despite having never actually made it to Greece yet (that was supposed to be my next pre-pandemic getaway… maybe one day!).
I think the concept at The Pop Up Kitchen is brilliant with some great dining events coming up over summer.
I’ve been a bit spoilt this week; as I write this I am looking forward to another dinner this evening, this time to catch up with some old work friends at Tom’s on Marine Parade – a success story that started out in The Pop Up Kitchen – and then a trip to the theatre to review the Marine Players’ ‘The Haunting of Hill House’.
It’s evenings like this that I would have completely taken for granted before lockdown – friends, good food and live entertainment. Hopefully we will appreciate these simple pleasures a lot more from now on.
On Monday we should find out if restrictions will be eased further as planned on June 21, allowing us to enjoy even more of those things we took for granted.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed, not least because I’m organising Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival at the football club on July 3 and we’re really relying on Boris giving us the green light.
It’s been a tense few weeks watching the experts and politicians go back and forth on the news – I think by Monday I’ll barely be able to watch!