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Whats on in September? - September 12th, 2017

Dorchester Flavours of the World Market, Food & Drinks Markets

Start Date 14/09/2017 09:00

End Date 16/09/2017 17:00

Brewers Fair, the Old Brewery, Dorchester

Axminster Carnival

Date 16/09/2017 8pm

The Carnival Procession will start at approx. 8pm

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival, Shore Road Swanage

Start Date 16/09/2019

End Date 24/09/2019

This year there will be a new and exciting range of walks for all ages and abilities. The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise

Shore Road, Swanage

Shaftesbury Carnival

Start Date 30/09/2017 14:00

End Date 30/09/2017 20:00

Shaftesbury Carnival is held once a year and supports local charities with fundraising event throughout the year. Most of the fun happens the week leading up to carnival day. A children’s parade is held in the afternoon, with a band competition and an illuminated parade through the town in the evening

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Red Arrows 10th August – Lyme Regis Transport/Parking - August 8th, 2017

Thursday 10th August see’s the Red Arrows display team at Lyme Regis at 18:15

With Huge Crowd’s Expected. If you are travelling over via car we advise you to go over early to get a car parking spot you can visit which will give you prices and locations of local car parks

If you are going via Public Transport, The Jurassic Mule is running extra services on Thursday, you can find the extra times in reception or Visit the Jurassic Mule Facebook Page. Local Buses will be running as usual and you can pick up a bus timetable from Reception – Be advised local buses will be busy

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Lyme Regis Red Arrows – 10th August - August 2nd, 2017

Red Arrows over NewlandsLyme Regis is delighted to welcome the Red Arrows again this year. The Red Arrows will give a display over Lyme Bay at approx 18:15

Do not try to drive through Lyme Regis – traffic will be at a standstill in town (more so than usual). If a sign says a car park is full then it is!! There will be marshals advising where there are spaces.  See above right for more info on parking. Follow Link for details on parking in Lyme Regis


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Events in Dorset 19th July to 31st July - July 13th, 2017

19th July – 23rd – Wareham Carnival.

19th July   Safari Supper & Face Hunt – Around Wareham’s Hostelries 6pm

22nd July   Flower & Craft Show – Wareham Recreational Ground

23rd July   Grand Carnival Procession – North Street to Recreational Ground

23rd July   Fun Day on the Wareham Recreational Ground

27th July – Bridport Children’s festival, is a unique one day event for 2-7 year olds, taking place for the first time this year on Thursday 27th July 2017 on the Millennium Green at the town centre of Bridport. Cost is £10 per child

27th July Summerbreeze on the quay with Fireworks. 7pm – 10pm in Poole, Live Music, a host of street entertainment, activities for all the family, special themed nights from 7pm and a spectacular fireworks finale at 10pm

27th July – 30th Camp Bestival – East Lulworth. With music to tackle all taste buds and much more, stand-up comedy, Dj sets and a fanatic line up for the little ones this is a festival not to be missed.
Purchase day tickets in person from Discover Purbeck Information Centre (01929 552740) and Lulworth Heritage Centre (01929 400587). Day tickets and weekend tickets can also be purchased online (booking fees apply).

29th July – Leigh food fair & classic car display 10am – 4pm Sherborne

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Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week 22-29th July - July 4th, 2017

Saturday 22nd

Kit Car Display
All day. By the Apple County Kit Car Club.  Marine Parade.  Full details in the Lifeboat Week Programme available from the Lifeboat shop and Newlands Holiday Park

Bath Tub Race
Watch the fun as floating bath tubs are assembled then rowed from Cobb Gate to the harbour mouth. 
Can you stop the Firefighters winning for a 8th consecutive year?  Have a go at building a floating tub yourself!
Everyone welcome  8.00 pm.

Sunday 23rd

RNLI Community Safety Roadshow

Talking to boat owners and the general public about how they can stay safe whilst enjoying their activities around the coast.  Our free impartial advice includes lifejacket checks, training, advice on board your own vessel and, should you need to, how to call for help.

If you are thinking of kayaking, boating, sailing then please feel free to come and have a chat to us, we want to help you before you have to call a lifeboat.

Monday 24th 

Junior Deep Sea Fishing trip
for ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential. 8am – 12pm. Organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club More Info see

Lifeboat Week ‘Bake Off’  Bake a Cake on a ‘Lifeboat’ Theme
Any type of cake to reflect a Lifeboat / RNLI theme or events during Lifeboat Week.
 Simply bring your cake along to our Lifeboat Week Produce Stall,  The Shelters, Marine Parade between 10.30 & 11am,  free entry: Following Judging the cakes will be offered for sale  Two Groups: under 15s and 15s and over  Judging at 11.30am by Pam Corbin of River Cottage Fame or Bake a cake for our Lifeboat Week Produce Stall, Marine Parade Shelters,

Tuesday 25th July

The Red Devils
The British Army’s official parachute display team will be a star attraction of our Lifeboat Week. The Red Devils, based at Netheravon Airfield on Salisbury Plain, are a team of 15. They are widely acknowledged as among the best display parachutists in the world, and carry out spectacular shows at public events worldwide, promoting the British Army and the Parachute Regiment, known as ‘The Paras’. A classic Red Devils display will see up to ten team members jumping from an altitude of 10,000ft.  Trailing smoke to demonstrate their speed and movement, the highly skilled skydivers will freefall at speeds up to 120mph before opening their parachutes. Then they will demonstrate breath-taking high-speed ‘swoop’ landings and spectacular ‘canopy formations’.  2.30pm.

Charity Auction Items now include a Seagull out board engine (as found) a set of dinghy paddles. Vouchers for Mark Hicks restaurant, Town Brewery, Lyme Regis Golf Club, Taunton leisure Centre, Cellar 59, Dorset Golf Club. Wine from Lyme Bay Winery,  an Exercise vibrating machine, a one off design rug from Axminster Carpets and a Ammonite picture made from coins and lots more!

Viewing will be in the Lifeboat Station from 10 am. Bids may be left if you cannot attend the action and credit cards can be used for payment. Auction 6pm Lifeboat Station Most items can be pre-viewed before the sale on 23/24/25/26th June at Lyme Bay Auction Showrooms in Seaton.

‘Music by the Sea’ 
Lyme Regis Town Band, 8pm – 9.15pm The Shelters, Marine Parade

Wednesday July 26th

Extreme Falconry  display

Uplyme Village Hall  at 7:30pm. Tickets are £3 for adults, £1-50p for children, profits going to Lifeboat Week – Uplyme Stores, the RNLI shop, lottery kiosk or Brian Cursley on 07831 554580.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Friday 28th

Three Counties Swing Band

Performance area, Marine Parade 7.30pm

Grand Lifeboat Week Firework display
10pm The Cobb

Saturday 29th

Swimming Challenge Registration
Registration on Marine Parade from 10.00 – 12.30.  Entries can only be filled in and accepted between these times

Model Boat Display
By Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Club.  All day at the Lifeboat Station.

Swimming Challenge Adults
1pm From Cobb Gate to inside steps of North Wall

Swimming Challenge Children
1.45 pm From Cobb Gate to inside steps of North Wall

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Newlands Evening Entertainment in July - June 30th, 2017

Saturday 1st July – Caz Krelle – Acoustic Style Singer

Saturday 8th July – Simon G – Acoustic Style Singer

Saturday 15th July – Mike Ritchie – Acoustic Style Singer

Friday 21st July – Dave Curtis – DJ/Presenter

Saturday 22nd July – Lucy Harvey – Solo Vocals

Sunday 23rd July – Ben Cornish – Kids Entertainer

Monday 24th July – Mat Morgan – DJ/Presenter

Tuesday 25th July – Chris Davies – Game Show

Wednesday 26th July – Dave Curtis – DJ/Presenter

Thursday 27th July – Mark A Smith – Solo Vocals

Friday 28th July – David Andrews – DJ/Presenter

Saturday 29th July – Station Road – Duo

Sunday 30th July – Simon Mansfield – Solo Vocals

Monday 31st July – Mat Morgan – DJ/Presenter

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Charmouth Challenge on Saturday 1st July - June 30th, 2017

The Charmouth Challenge is an 8-mile fell run through some of the finest coastal scenery in the South West on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast, overlooking Charmouth’s famous fossil hunting beaches with views to historic Lyme Regis. Charmouth Challenge includes an ascent of Golden Cap which is the highest point on the South Coast of England at 191 metres. Charmouth Challenge takes place on Saturday 1st July at 14:30. This year a new event of an 8-mile walk has been introduced starting at Charmouth Primary School and following a route up to Golden Cap.

Shortly after will be the Charmouth Challenge Fun Run is an opportunity for anyone who wants a fun challenge over a shorter distance of 2 miles along the stunning coast it is for anyone over the age of 8 or anyone younger that will need to take part with an adult.

Cost of Entrance

Charmouth Challenge £14 or on the day £16 with a group discount of £35 for 3 entries

Charmouth Fun Run is £5

Charmouth Challenge Walk is £13

for any more information visit

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Dorset Festivals in June - June 2nd, 2017

Wessex Folk Festival

Date: 2-4 June

Weymouth harbourside hosts this free event showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts.

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Upton House Music Festival

Date: 8–10 June

Evening picnic concerts: Classical Night with Sir Bryn Terfel; 80s Extravaganza with Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde and Toyah, and Superstar Saturday with Michael Bolton.

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Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Date: 9–11 June

Concerts, ceilidhs, workshops and dance displays, as well as a Friday comedy night.

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Jazz by the Sea Festival

Date:11-17 June

World class jazz music comes to Poole and Bournemouth including a World Jazz Jamboree at Lighthouse Poole featuring Brazilian bossa nova singer Monica Vasconcelos and Afrobeat and reggae-influenced jazz grooves from The Soothsayers.

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My top 3 picnic Spots in Dorset - June 1st, 2017

Did someone say Picnic? Dorset and some very dramatic scenery .

I love a good picnic – if the weather is right, for me, nothing beats eating outside in the fresh air – taking in the wonderful scenery.

And our favourite county of Dorset is choc-full of superb locations to enjoy a sandwich with the children. Here is a list of our favourite location for a summer of alfresco eating.

Golden Cap

Top of the list has to be Golden Cap. There is no higher a spot along the Dorset coast. On a clear day you can see for miles along the Jurassic coast. And whether you are walking from Charmouth or Seaton you will have burned off a few calories en-route.

Lyme Regis

Anywhere in Lyme Regis is perfect for eating outdoors. Whether it’s a sea wall, or a park or the beach itself, pitching up with the family and watching the world go by or dipping you big toes into the sea whilst munching on a savoury egg is just delightful.

Corfe Castle

I have personally eaten many a cheese sandwich in the grounds of Corfe Castle.

This once majestic castle sits atop of the natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills.
There is nearly always some activities running during the school holidays whether it’s visiting the local miniature village or spotting the Steam Trains passing on it route into Swanage.

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Dog friendly beaches near Charmouth - May 31st, 2017

May is a brilliant time to bring the dog on Holiday.  Next month (June) lots of beaches start to restrict dog walking and especially dog walking without a lead on many of Dorset’s beaches.

Check out the map for all the local Dog friendly beaches and their restrictions.

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