Seaside fun and games as Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week returns

A WEEK of family fun and games by the seaside will be held next week August, raising funds for local good causes.

One of the town’s longest-running events, Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week will return for its 74th year from Saturday, August 6 to August 13.

A week of more than 50 beachside activities, games, competitions and entertainment will lead up to the grand finale carnival procession on the evening on Saturday, August 13.

The week will get started early with a firework display off the Cobb on Thursday, August 4 – jointly organised by Regatta & Carnival and Lifeboat Week, which was held last week.

The main programme will then get underway on Saturday, August 6 with Lyme Regis Sailing Club’s annual regatta, an open mic afternoon on Marine Parade, and a spectacular torchlight procession in which hundreds are expected to carry flaming torches through Langmoor Gardens and down on to the beach.

Other highlights during the week will include a family dog show, duck race, world record attempt to create a line of ‘sand pies’ across the beach in the quickest ever time, and the moving Candles Down the River event, for which members of the public can sponsor a candle to float down the River Lim in memory of a loved one.

Children can enjoy free fishing boat trips and Lyme Regis Gig Club will also be holding their annual regatta off the historic Cobb.

Two favourite Lyme Regis events will be making a welcome return this year. The Regatta & Carnival Committee will be hosting a disco at the Marine Theatre on Friday August 12, allowing you to step back in time and relive those glory years.

And the Wacky Wheelbarrow Race on Wednesday, August 10 will nod to the former Pram Derby, in which pairs will dress in costume and race along the seafront, one in a wheelbarrow.

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained throughout the week, with beach treasure hunts and races, pavement art, a teddy bear’s picnic, mural painting, junior town crier competition and much more.

Entertainment throughout the week will be provided by the Tano Taiko Drummers, Lyme School of Ballet and Lyme Regis Town Band. There will also be a bingo night and two quiz nights.

The week will culminate with a grand carnival procession on the evening of Saturday, August 13, starting at 8pm. Organisers are hoping to make this year’s procession extra special with as many individuals, families, children, local organisations and businesses taking part as possible.

To enter the procession, register at lymeregiscarnival.co.uk/contact or simply turn up at Holmbush car park in Sidmouth Road on the night for judging at 7pm.

All proceeds from the week’s events will be donated to local good causes.

The Regatta & Carnival Committee would like to thank their primary sponsors Lyme Bay Holidays and Toad Hall Cottages, and all orhter businesses and organisations that have offered support.

For full details on all of this year’s Regatta & Carnival Week events, visit the website lymeregiscarnival.co.uk and look out for announcements on social media.

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