Regatta & Carnival Week to celebrate 70th anniversary

carnival duck logoLYME Regis Regatta & Carnival celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, with a nine-day action-packed programme of seaside fun and games.

Back by popular demand for 2018, the favourite carnival competitions Spot the Window and the Scavenger Hunt, while new events for this year’s programme will include a Painted Pebble Hunt, The Great Walk in Reverse, and performances by rock and gospel choirs.

The week will include the popular Walk of Light as people carry torches down through the gardens to make a circle of fire on the beach, as well as the poignant Candles Down the River, which will this year form part of the town’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

There will also be an amazing firework display to music and the week will be topped off by the Grand Carnival Procession, which will include majorettes, two marching bands and a samba band, as well as small floats and walking entries from local organisations and families.

Regattas will be held over both weekends – the sailing club regatta on August 4 and 5, and the gig club regatta on Saturday, August 11. Sticking with the water sports theme, Lyme Splash will also be hosting a water polo competition on Sunday, August 5 following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

Throughout the week the emphasis will be on events for the whole family either on the sand or on the seafront. Take part in the Teddy Bears’ Picnic & Parachute Jump; draw pictures in chalk on Marine Parade; follow a town trail searching for answers; enter your dog in the Family Dog Show or dig for buried treasure on the sand – just to name a few!

Full details of all the events – held from August 4 to 12 – will be outlined in our full-colour souvenir programme, which will be on sale from the middle of July or it can be downloaded from the website

Regatta and Carnival Secretary, Alan Vian, said: “We are looking forward to a programme of events for all the family which we hope will enhance their holiday here in Lyme Regis.

“We are grateful to our local businesses who sponsor our events and advertise in our souvenir programme and to Lyme Regis Town Council who support this successful week in the Lyme Regis Calendar.

“All profits from the week will be given to local good causes within our community especially those supporting the young people of our town and the organisations helping the elderly.

“Have an amazing week, enjoy Lyme Regis and we look forward to seeing you at our carnival events.”

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