Six weeks of fun in the sun!

lyme regis beach

I’VE enjoyed a few weekends away of late but now the hectic six weeks of summer holidays have hit I’ll be kept busy covering the many events in Lyme Regis.

From the first day of Lifeboat Week (that’s tomorrow!) my diary gets pretty manic and it doesn’t usually let up until the end of August. Not that I’m complaining – it means I get to spend most days at the beach photographing the many community and fundraising events enjoyed by so many residents and visitors. Not exactly an arduous job (especially if this weather keeps up – fingers crossed!).

Some of Lyme’s most-loved events return this week for Lifeboat Week – the bathtub race, yard of ale, tug o’ war across the harbour mouth and illuminated boats.

Regatta & Carnival Week, this year celebrating its 70th anniversary, continues immediately after from Saturday, August 4 with a huge programme of family fun building up to the Grand Carnival Procession on August 11.

Exciting plans are afoot for Thursday, August 16 – the date originally set aside for the annual display by the Red Arrows, who were unable to make it to Lyme this year. Full details will be announced soon so keep an eye on this website.

The summer holidays are set to come to a spectacular end with a weekend billed as ‘The BIG Bank Holiday’ at the end of August. The town will play host to two major events over the weekend – the popular Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival, hosted by the football club on Saturday, August 25, and the return of the unique Candles on the Cobb on Sunday, August 26.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has taken on organisation of this moving event, which will see 5,000 candles light up the historic Cobb harbour, each sponsored by the public in memory of a loved one. Organisers are now looking for volunteers to help light the candles on the night – if you want to be part of this spectacular event, contact Jim Moseley on for full details.

Good luck to all those involved in organising special events in Lyme over the coming weeks – summer in Lyme just wouldn’t be the same without you!

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