LYME Regis Regatta & Carnival has been one of the most popular events on the local calendar for more than 70 years. Visiting families return to the town year after year especially for the event, and residents also love to join in with this busy week of seaside fun.
The Regatta & Carnival Committee has been busy working on this summer’s programme since last October, with a packed week of more than 50 events set to take place from Saturday, August 3 to Sunday, August 11.
The events will raise funds for local good causes, with the Regatta & Carnival Committee last year giving away £14,250 in donations to 26 different groups – a record for just one year.
The week will kick off with a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday, August 3, jointly organised with Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. Other favourite events set to return include the torchlight procession on Thursday, August 8, open air cinema nights in Lister Gardens, showing ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Wallace & Gromit’, and the grand duck race.
New to this year will be the first Lyme Regis Welly Wanging Championship and, making a welcome return, the popular Golf Ball Derby will also feature on the programme.
On the water, the local sailing and gig rowing clubs will be hosting their annual regattas, while Lyme Splash will be holding a water polo championship off the harbour pontoons – it is the only sea water polo championship to be held in the UK and attracts teams from all over the country.
There will be plenty to keep the children entertained throughout the week, with the programme including many games and competitions, as well as the traditional sand sports and pavement art.
Local organisations such as Lyme Regis Majorettes and Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club will be entertaining audiences with displays and there will also be plenty of live music.
The busy week will be topped off with the grand carnival procession on the evening of Saturday, August 10 and residents, visitors, local businesses and organisations are encouraged to dress up and get into the carnival spirit.
Regatta and Carnival Committee secretary, Alan Vian, said: “We are so looking forward to seeing everyone take part in the events designed for all the family. We hope to add to the enjoyment of those on holiday here in Lyme Regis as well as raising funds for so many worthy local good causes.
“Have a great week, come and see us and help us to help you enjoy our very special seaside town – Lyme Regis.”
For full details of all Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week events, don’t forget to buy your programme, now available in local outlets or to download from www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk