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LoveLyme - Jurassic Coast Magazine
2015
PICK ME UP!
Part of the Jurassic Coast Magazine Series
New Sea
Defences Pg30
EVENTS Pg42 GIFT
Fun Pg76
GUIDE
Pg48
for the kids
< “The Gin Shop”
on The Cobb
#LoveLyme
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FOOD • CULTURE • ARTS • SHOPPING • EVENTS
@LymeMagazine
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Try t
h
speciae Chef’s
ls at
Fresh Fish Daily
Being by the sea, there’s lots of fish on our menu all year round
and Chef loves to create delicious, affordable specials on a
daily basis from fresh ingredients delivered to our kitchens
each day by our trusted local suppliers.
With seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and fantastic views
over Lyme Bay and Cobb Harbour, where else would you go
for your daily fish (and chips!)?
Tel. 01297 442668 www.bythebay.co.uk
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view online at jurassiccoastmagazine.co.uk
inside:
A few hours... | 6
A whistle-stop tour of Lyme if you
only have a few hours to spend here
Frocks that rock | 14
Glamorous vintage patterns and
classes by Sew La Di Da Vintage
The Town Mill | 20
Lyme’s creative heart. Have you
visited the Town Mill yet?
Boat Trips | 28
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
discover the soul
of Lyme Regis
Welcome to the 2015 edition of Lyme Magazine,
an annual publication aiming to provide a richer,
deeper, more enjoyable guide to everything that
Lyme Regis has to offer.
With Lyme’s winding streets and hidden corners, as well as the distracting views
of the breathtaking Jurassic Coast, it’s easy to miss some of the town’s best
features. We hope you enjoy this comprehensive guide to the best places to shop,
dine, relax and explore whilst visiting ‘The Pearl of Dorset’.
Adrenaline fuelled rib rides
around the bay
Sea Defences | 30
Find out about the new sea defences
of East Cliff
Events | 42
42
This year’s biggest events including
the superb Candles on the Cobb.
Gift Ideas | 48
Grab a gift to take home with you!
events
Lyme Magazine 2015
www.jurassiccoastmagazine.co.uk
Design & Print: Coastline Creative Ltd
[email protected]
Photography: Matt Austin Images
[email protected]
Editor/Features: Lucie Simic
[email protected]
the town mill
Features/Social Media: Ross Packman
[email protected]
Advertising: Marie Austin
[email protected]
Disclaimer: The information, views and opinions
expressed in Lyme Magazine are intended as a
guide only. All information is correct at the time
of going to print, and the publisher accepts
no liability for error, damage or loss.
try a
mackerel
pasty
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fossil
walks
44
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LYME MAGAZINE
2015
- O ur Publicatio ns
4 Fossils, Literature & Civil War...
Our flagship title Lyme Magazine focuses on the Pearl of
Dorset and its surrounding villages, including the fossil Mecca
of Charmouth. Lyme Regis enjoys a rich heritage both historical
and literary and events including the Fossil Festival,
Lifeboat Week and Guitars on the Beach attract thousands to
the town every year.
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O ur Publ ica tion s - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
Read our other titles:
1
2015
Part of the Jurassic Coast Magazine Series
2
www.jurassiccoastmagazine.co.uk
2015
Part of the Jurassic Coast Magazine Series
PICK ME UP!
Saving Lives
EVENTS Pg20 GIFT
EVENTS Pg20 GIFT
Pg10
Sidmouth Lifeboat
GUIDE
Fun Pg32
Pg28
for the kids
FOOD • CULTURE • ARTS • SHOPPING • EVENTS
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
@JurassicMags
#JurassicMags
PICK ME UP!
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2015
Part of the Jurassic Coast Magazine Series
PICK ME UP!
Jurassic
Beavers
on the Otter
^ Budleigh Salterton 2015
3
2015
Part of the Jurassic Coast Magazine Series
PICK ME UP!
Fun Pg32
2015
GUIDE
Pg29
FOOD • CULTURE • ARTS • SHOPPING • EVENTS
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
@JurassicMags
#JurassicMags
worst kept secret Pg8
Jurassic Pg8
EVENTS Pg20 GIFT
Fun Pg32
for the kids
^ Jacob’s Ladder 2015
Coast’s
Seaton
Pg26
EVENTS Pg20 GIFT
Fun Pg32
GUIDE
Pg21
^ The beach at Beer, 2015
FOOD • CULTURE • ARTS • SHOPPING • EVENTS
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
@JurassicMags
#JurassicMags
GUIDE
Pg24
for the kids
for the kids
^ West Bay 2015
FOOD • CULTURE • ARTS • SHOPPING • EVENTS
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LYME MAGAZINE
2015
-FEA TUR E-
A FEW HOURS IN
LYME REGIS
WORDS: Lucie Simic
L
yme
Regis
boasts
awesome
scenery and a special mystique,
making it the perfect resort for all
seasons. With its historic harbour and iconic
features, there is something for everyone.
Due to its position in Lyme Bay, Lyme Regis
enjoys its own micro-climate meaning that
even in a harsh winter, with twelve inches of
snow two miles inland, the snow rarely stays
for more than a few hours and the summers
are glorious with sun, sea and sand.
With shops, restaurants and cafés aplenty,
there are places to stop and enjoy the
breathtaking sights as you explore the town.
Home to artisan bread makers The Town Mill
– with its own working flour mill and gallery
spaces – the town centre also boasts quaint,
independent shops, you’ll be dazzled by the
wares on offer!
A trip to the Tourist Information Centre is a
great place to start, you can familiarise yourself
with the layout of the town and its highlights
including the Marine Theatre and the awardwinning museum.
2015 marks the completion of the new East
Cliff sea defences, providing much needed
^ The Cobb
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defence to the eastern side of the town,
as well as a great new walk where you can
admire the dramatic cliffs of Black Ven,
Charmouth and beyond.
^ The new
East Cliff
sea defences
On rainy days, where better to visit than the
cinema and enjoy its eclectic collection of
box office hits, live feed events and cinema
club favourites. From banks to dentists and
book shops to boutiques, they’re all here.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Banksy’s
Crane, a painting of an origami crane
catching goldfish located at a spot called the
Lynch, near the River Lym.
A few hours is simply not enough in Lyme
Regis, but it will be long enough for anyone to
realise they need to return.
Further information:
www.townmill.org.uk
www.scottcinemas.co.uk
www.visit-dorset.com
www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk
www.marinetheatre.com
^ Banksy’s Crane found along the river
The Town Mill >
T H E
T O W N
A
P L A C E
O P E N
BUT
BREAKFAST
IS
M I L L
T O
A L L
SERVED
B A K E R Y
G A T H E R
D A Y
FROM
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UNTIL
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L Y M E R E G I S • R O U S D O N • P O U N D B U R Y • P L Y M O U T H • W W W. O U R B A K E R I E S . C O M
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
- The A r tisan Q uar ter
Map: By Kind Permission
of Lyme Regis Town Council
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T he Artisa n Q ua rter - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
The
Artisan
Quarter
T O W N M I LL
– CHEESEMONGER –
The Artisan Quarter is perhaps Lyme’s best
kept secret. Encompassed by Coombe
Street and Church Street, and with the
historic Town Mill complex as the hub,
this area of the town is a treasure trove
of art galleries, independent cafés and
restaurants and specialist boutiques.
2
WIN A
Away from the more popular tourist hotspots, the area retains
a particular old-world feel, with its narrow lanes and fleeting
glimpses of the River Lym, after which the town was named.
The area is also home to Lyme’s award-winning Tourist Information
Centre, the Lyme Regis Museum and the Marine Theatre, ’The
Little Theatre by The Sea’ with arguably the best view of any venue
in the world!
– NK RARE KNITWEAR –
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N
icola kathrens is quietly becoming Dorset’s
doyen of extraordinary knitwear. You now
see her unique work on the backs of world stars
such as Julie Walters and Emma Thompson...
and you will find her in her studio on Coombe
Street Lyme Regis where you will be given a
warm welcome and see new her ideas for 2015.
Tel: 01297 444001 or 07800 879542
Web: www.kathrens.co.uk
Where: 35 Coombe Street DT7 3PY
Open hours: 11.00 - 17:00 Tuesday - Sunday
out of hours by appointment
2015
Cheese
Hamper
WORTH
£50
Town Mill Cheesemonger, at the mediaeval
Mill in the heart of the old town, is renowned
for fine cheeses and winning an impressive
array of awards, both national and regional.
It’s also well known for doing things differently
- Fromage to Eternity is the shop’s motto and
the door lintel displays a cheese-related quote
from Treasure Island.
To win a £50 cheese hamper, answer the
following question and pop it, along with your
contact details, into a special box in the shop:
“Which Dorset actor played Long John Silver in
the famed 1950 film of the book?” Winner will
be drawn from correct entries on October 31st.
Tel: 01297 442626
Web: www.townmillcheese.co.uk
Where: Find us at The Town Mill
C
ome and visit us for a wholesome
variety of cooked breakfasts,
morning tea and coffee, delicious
cakes, lunches and afternoon
teas in the delightful 12th century
cobblestone courtyard at the Town
Mill in Lyme Regis.
We also cater for special dietary
requirements and private functions.
If you have a special occasion from
wakes to weddings and would like to
book ahead, we can accommodate
up to 26 people inside and 24 in the
courtyard and garden terrace on a
warm day with a minimum number
of 12.
Serving breakfasts, locally roasted
freshly ground coffee, locally blended
leaf teas, delicious homemade
lunches and cakes with locally
sourced ingredients. Gluten free
and vegans catered for and dogs are
welcome!
Open 9am - 4:30pm. Closed on
Thursdays (term time only)
Further information:
01297 445757
www.courtyardcafelyme.co.uk
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We’re fed up about bleating on
about ourselves so we’ve asked a local
customer to tell you why she keeps
coming back. Here’s what Kate said...
“If you have a nose for good food you’ll find Aroma Coffee House &
Kitchen, a friendly bunch of reprobates nestled at the bottom of town
between the traffic lights!
Aroma has a faithful following that come for locally roasted coffee
from Coffee Factory, hot chocolate made with real chocolaty nuggets
from the KoKoa Collection (5 different strengths to choose from!) and
other delights such as the velveteen Henny and Joe’s handmade Chai.
And not forgetting all their homemade cakes, made with John’s secret
gluten free flour for all to enjoy.
So Aroma is all about quality provenance; Terry’s pampered pigs,
which go to make Aroma gluten free sausages and bacon, are amongst
a plethora of local suppliers with whom they work closely with to
create fantastic tasting dishes.
Open for breakfast, brunch/lunch and afternoon cake stops! Grilled
halloumi and mushroom ciabatta or chicken with guacamole
mozzarella and homemade Chilli jam are both popular combinations,
loads of choices as well as seasonal specials. The salads are a work of
edible art; pomegranate and secret herb dressing sparkle on the best
side salad you’ll find in town. If that’s not enough to be getting on with
all the chutneys and jams at Aroma are homemade too.
Aroma caters for all kinds of dietary requirement; they have a generous
heart here and put a lot of thought into making food for all kinds of
needs – gluten free, lactose, and vegan options usually available.
Aroma is also licensed for those that feel like a local beer, cider or a
glass of wine. There is a little kid’s area, so everyone has the chance to
unwind and relax, while you decide what delights to sample next!”
Kate x
Find us at: 6 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
Visit: www.aromalymeregis.co.uk
Contact: 01297 445914 [email protected]
aromalymeregis
NK Rare Knitwear
wearable
works of art
H
idden away down Coombe Street in the
former butchers shop, you’ll find Nicola
Kathrens and her little dog Ringo creating
something really rather beautiful.
Over the past 18 years, Nicola has built
her unique business into one of the
town’s must see shopping attractions.
Self-taught, she designs and makes rare
and exquisite knitwear for her own label,
“NK Rare Knitwear”.
Tel: 01297 444001 or 07800 879542
Web: www.kathrens.co.uk
Where: 35 Coombe Street DT7 3PY
Open hours: 11.00 - 17:00 Tuesday - Sunday
out of hours by appointment
“the Gods do not
subtract from the
allotted span of my
life the hours spent
making knitwear
”
David Manners’ Art is creating quite a stir in the art
world both in the UK and abroad.
H
e was born and lives in Lyme Regis
and is a self-taught artist who came to
painting just three years ago after a career
in the Royal Navy and education.
Despite this short time, his reputation for
peaceful seascapes and tranquil portraits
is much sought after and growing rapidly.
His style has been likened to that of Jack
Vettriano and Edward Hopper.
He paints entirely in oils and produces
diverse works including beachscapes,
animals and portraits, which now grace
the walls of homes as far apart as
Hollywood and Italy.
David has a gallery in Wilmington, North
Carolina, another in Durango, Mexico and
in May 2015 will be exhibiting in Louisville,
Kentucky.
Having exhibited in the UK and the Americas,
he under takes affordable commissioned
paintings of all subjects, offering a high
quality framing service to suit the needs of
the client and their home.
Visit his website www.davidmannersart.co.uk
and online shop to see further examples of
his prolific output where prints, greetings
cards and mugs are also available.
Online shop: www.davidmannersart.co.uk
Telephone: 01297 443999
Email: [email protected]
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Accommoda tion - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
– CLEVELAND –
2015
– SWALLOWS EAVES HOTEL –
superb
food
close
to town
M
ike and Tina would like the opportunity
to welcome you to CLEVELAND, a
contemporary and stylish bed & breakfast,
exclusively for adults. Offering comfort with
style – oak flooring, fresh décor, king size
beds, and modern, tiled en-suite shower
rooms. Conveniently situated in a quiet
close off Pound Street. Moments walk from
the town centre shops, Artisan Quarter,
restaurants, tea shops and pubs, and the
seafront, ‘Cobb’ and beach. Private off-road
parking and complimentary WiFi access.
great places
to stay...
guest accommodation
Prices from: £90 per room/night B&B
Bedrooms: 3 Doubles
No Pets or Smoking
No under 18’s
Tel: 01297 442012
Web: www.lymeregis.co
Where: Find us on Pound Street DT7 3JA
– C L O V E L LY –
– WESTWOOD –
great
views
close
to town
A
warm welcome and boutique style
accommodation is guaranteed at
Swallows Eaves, set in the beautiful small
village of Colyford a short distance from
Lyme Regis. Spacious and comfortable
accommodation
with
relaxing
décor
throughout. Delicious food served in Reeds
Restaurant using locally sourced produce as
well as home grown vegetables and herbs.
Swallows Eaves offers friendly and informal
surroundings including our outside terrace,
which provides a relaxing sunny place to read
and enjoy drinks before dinner. Excellent, free
WiFi, plenty of parking and great facilities for
walkers and cyclists.
Prices from: £110 per room/night B&B
Rating: TripAdvisor Excellence Award
2013 & 2014
Bedrooms: 7 twin, king and superking
Bathrooms: All en-suite
Tel: 01297 553184
Web: www.swallowseaves.co.uk
Where: Swan Hill Road, Colyford, EX24 6QJ
– THE COBB ARMS –
on the
beach
C
lovelly Guest House & Little Clovelly
S/C Flat – CAR PARKING ONSITE, WIFI,
GOLDEN CAP\COASTAL VIEWS – CENTRAL
LOCATION – EARLY CHECK-IN – LATE
CHECKOUT – FREEDOM TO COME & GO
AS YOU PLEASE. 3 minute walk to the
high street & 5 minute walk to the beach.
Modern, newly decorated rooms using
Laura Ashley décor and beautiful Feather &
Black Iron Beds. Each room has an en-suite
bathroom, flat panel TV, natural mineral
water, tea/coffee making facilities & DVD
library. You have access to the guest dining
room any time where you can help yourself
to fruit, cereal, fruit juice, yoghurt & juice for
breakfast at anytime.
Prices from: £77.50 per room/night B&B
Tel: 07803 574548 (Ali)
Email: [email protected]
Web: lymeregisclovellyguesthouse.com
Where: View Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3AA
W
estwood Guest House is a luxury bed
& breakfast accommodation set close
to town, with parking. Each room has been
individually designed to be comfortable,
relaxing and features stunning views from
every aspect.
All our rooms have either super king, king or
twin beds and feature large en-suite shower
rooms. Luxury studio with kichenette, lounge
and bathroom.
T
he Cobb Arms is a traditional public house,
located right by the Cobb on the beach. The
rooms are light, bright and airy with full ensuite facilities, flat screen TV’s and beverages.
All rooms have a convenient bathroom with
shower. Prices include a famously good full
English breakfast (fresh fruit and cereals are
on offer too), children are half price unless
under 5 when they can stay free of charge.
With the pub just downstairs we offer a wide
range of meals throughout the day, and can
provide packed lunches for day trips out too.
Prices from: £95 per room/night B&B
Rating: Trip Advisor Excellence Award
4 Years Running
Bedrooms: 9 En-Suite
Prices from: £90 per room/night B&B
Kids Half Price! Bedrooms: 3 En-Suite
Well behaved dogs: £10 per night
Tel: 01297 442376
Web: www.westwoodguesthouse.com
Where: Find us on Woodmead Rd DT7 3LJ
Tel: 01297 443242
Web: www.thecobbarms.co.uk
Where: Find us at Cobb Square, Lyme Regis
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Frocks
that rock!
Did you know in the cobble-stoned courtyard of the Town Mill you can find Caroline Smith,
Indie Pattern designer and teacher of all ages and capabilities. In her fully equipped Sewing Studio
sewing geeks can get a fabulous fix of sublime fabrics and take a peek at her vintage inspired Indie
Sewing Patterns designed and manufactured here by the sea side.
W
atching her students becoming frustrated by the incompatibility
between commercial patterns and our High Street sizing, Caroline
and Team set about designing patterns that fit and flatter modern
curves. The elegantly packaged patterns come multi-sized from 4-20
(and ages 4-10 in the children’s range). They are simple enough for the
novice stitcher; vintage in style but cleverly cut so that you can wear
your creation everyday or indeed for a special occasion.
“I’ve made the Sweetheart & Blitz in printed cotton and
denim and I’m now feeling confident for a fancy fabric”.
Weekly classes, weekend workshops, after school textile clubs,
children’s parties and Hen parties all take place in the chic attic studio.
People come from all over the country, and indeed Europe, to seek out
Caroline’s wealth of sewing and design experience. During her two to
four day workshops which are suited to all from the complete novice to
the more experienced, not only do you receive a free pattern, you also
leave with new friends, fond memories and a frock that fits! oh and the
confidence and knowledge to say:
“MADE IT MYSELF”
They have just launched 3 newbie Patterns: “Miss Maguire” a lovely
three piece.
BUY PATTERNS ONLINE AT
sewladidavintage.com
And “Little Miss & Me” a range of across age groups patterns for adults,
children and teenagers! Starting with “Miss Dolly” and “Little Miss Dolly”.
To buy a pattern or book a workshop visit www.sewladidavintage.com
‘Create your very own
kitchen table couture
with Sew LaDiDa
Vintage patterns’
As fresh as it gets
Now in its third year Tierra Kitchen
continues to push the boundaries of
cooking with their unique and creative
take on Mediterranean dishes using the
best local, seasonal and organic produce
in the Lyme Bay area. 2015 promises to be
a special year for Tierra, with the launch
of their first cookbook in May.
T
ierra has consistently come out top with reviews on Tripadvisor and
is a winner of this year’s Taste of the West Gold award for the quality
of its cooking and use of local ingredients. The restaurant was also
runner-up in the Best Restaurant category at the 2014 Dorset Food &
Drink Awards.
The restaurant is informal, light and airy with a lovely stream-side
terrace. The service is second to none, friendly without skimming on
efficiency and knowledge. It is proud to welcome children and is always
happy to provide smaller portions from the full menu.
The menu has a selection of fresh, healthy and flavour-packed original
dishes made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, complemented
by the Tierra Kitchen bread straight out the oven at noon. All elements
of the dishes are homemade, from pasta to ice creams.
Tierra’s a la carte menu is available all day, here you will find unique meat
free offerings with amazing depth of flavour and taste combinations to
suit vegetarians and carnivores alike. Tierra is fully licensed with a small
but thoughtfully selected wine list, local beers and ciders are available.
Booking is highly advisable; if you are looking for real quality and
something truly original, Tierra is a must-visit when in the area.
Book online: www.tierrakitchen.co.uk
Find us at: 1A Coombe Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3PY
Tel: 01297 445189
photos: Matt Austin Images
at the heart of
the Jurassic Coast
Situated on the site of the fossil
hunter Mary Anning’s home,
Lyme Regis Museum houses displays
of local history and geology.
“The girls really loved finding the
answers and at the same time learning
about the ichthyosaurs, ammonites and
plesiosaurs of the past.”
GUIDED FOSSIL WALKS
P
urpose built in 1902, the building itself an architectural gem, the
museum sits to the east of the town on what is now the Jurassic
Coast World Heritage Site.
Lyme Regis Museum has three floors to explore, each holding an
impressive collection of local fossils. You can also discover Lyme’s
literary and artistic connections, as well as the town’s maritime history.
But, Lyme Regis Museum isn’t just fossils, there is also a quirky Rotunda
Gallery showing a diverse range of exhibitions all year round, and a small
yet abundant gift shop.
Learning about the history and geology of Lyme Regis is not limited
to the indoors. The Museum operates a number of interesting walks;
including fossil walks, Mary Anning walks, rock pooling, history walks
and fossil talks too. All these activities are led by knowledgeable and
experienced guides who will give visitors the very best insight into what
Lyme Regis has to offer.
Cost: £11 adults, children/students £6
To book or for further info email:
[email protected]
or call: 01297 443370
Details of all Museum events, as well as opening times, contact details
and admission can be found on the museum website below.
Further information: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk
LYME MAGAZINE
FAMILY FRIENDLY
ITALIAN RESTAURANT
TAKEAWAYS AVAILABLE
TRADITIONAL STONE BAKED
PIZZAS, HOMEMADE PASTA
DISHES, DAILY SPECIALS
AND MUCH MORE ALL
COOKED FRESH TO ORDER
FOOD SERVED FROM
5.30pm CLOSED TUESDAYS
2015
Two of our latest
online reviews –
“Service fantastic, waiters
so friendly and couldn’t do
enough for you. Wine good
and great price. Food
outstanding.”
“Perfect - amazing food,
great atmosphere, incredibly
welcoming staff, attentive
and thoughtful. Thank you
for a fabulous night.”
(also Wednesdays out of season)
14-15 MONMOUTH ST, DT7 3PX
T H E
WWW.ITALIALYMEREGIS.CO.UK 01297 442123
NATU RAL
FAB RIC
S TORE
You can pop in here to buy fabrics, patterns
and sewing bits;
OR
You can buy a pattern and some fabric from
me and sew it here on one of my machines;
OR
You can bring in one of your own patterns
and fabric and sew it on one of my machines;
Machine Rental is £5 per hour, and at a time
that is convenient for you. Just call or pop
in and see if there is a machine free to use.
)FYOUWANTTOBOOKSPECIlCTIMESTHATISlNE
by me as you might want a regular slot to
work with your friends.
LUCY COBB, THE NATURAL FABRIC STORE, ROUSDON GARAGE & STORE, ROUSDON
T : 07785 547 968
THE NATURAL FABRIC STORE
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A taste
that you
can’t beat
When Tony Bennett croons ‘Oh the
good life’ he could be singing the
theme tune for dining at The Millside.
For sitting out in the sun at this riverside
restaurant with a glass of chilled rosé
and a bowl of olives as you wait for your
Lyme Bay Grilled Cod Fillet, it would be
hard to think that life gets much better.
T
here’s no bustle, no cars, no noise other
than the brook babbling just feet away and
the happy chatter of Lyme locals who have long
been in the know that The Millside is the place
for exceptional food in peace.
‘Exceptional’ is a word most used by the many
who have dined here. ‘Excellent’ is another.
Which is barely surprising because besides the
glorious setting, surrounded by the medieval
walls of the Town Mill the owners, Richard and
Jess Benson, set out to strive for the best.
‘
Serving quality
ingredients with
provenance
’
‘No food tastes better than when it is homemade,’ says Richard, ‘So we make as much here
ourselves as we can. Our bread, our pasta, the
cakes and even the ice cream we make by hand
and that captures a taste that you can’t beat.’
‘We have the same policy with our meat and our
fish, it’s all local, not well-travelled, from small
organic farms and the Dorset seas.’
Many of the Mill traders pop in here for a
quick snack themselves, grabbing a spot
of sunshine with sandwiches of chargrilled
bacon, Sharpham brie and wholegrain mustard
or Sirloin steak with horseradish.
Those who have the time can leisurely lunch.
Starters include smoked duck, or scallop
Carpaccio. For mains there’s a wide choice
too, including chargrilled free-range chicken
breast, crispy bacon, braised red cabbage,
fondant potato and grilled Lyme Bay cod fillet
with triple cooked chips, crushed peas and
homemade tartar sauce.
And in the evening it gets better still – lobster
bisque, lobster oil and homemade bread, slow
roasted free range pork belly, black pudding,
baked apple, calvados gravy and dauphinoise
potato or maybe Brixham bream, palourde
clams, mussels, white wine, cream and garlic
will whet your appetite?
Then, if you are in the mood for something
sweet there’s homemade ice-cream or a range
of freshly prepared deserts.
It’s a good life indeed.
Book online: www.themillside.co.uk
Find us at: 1 Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01297 445999
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
- LYME REGIS ALL CHEESE SHOPS
SHOULD BE LIKE THIS
(said the Taste of the West judges)
We specialise in great West Country
cheeses - and everything to go with them:
wine, port, biscuits, preserves and more.
We also serve Mendip Moments ice
creams - Lyme’s best! Come and visit us at
the Town Mill, in the heart of old Lyme.
MILL LANE
LYME REGIS
DT7 3PU
WWW.TOWNMILLCHEESE.CO.UK
01297 44 26 26
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Explore The Town Mill
Working waterwheel
Creative artisans
Local food and drink
We aim to open
11am to 4pm Weekends all year
11am to 2pm Weekdays from April to October
Contact us for information:
www.townmill.org.uk [email protected]
or 01297 443579
T
he Town Mill lies at the heart of the oldest
part of Lyme Regis just off Coombe Street by
the River Lym. Restored and reopened in 2001,
The Town Mill is a working watermill dating
from 1340, open all year, staffed by volunteers.
Visitors can hear the millstream drive the giant
waterwheel to turn the millstones that grind
the organic wheat. They can smell and touch
the freshly ground wholemeal flour as the
miller shovels it into bags for visitors to take
home for a small donation to bake with.
The restored watermill is at the heart of
The Town Mill’s cobbled courtyard where
visitors can sample fare from Town Mill
Cheesemonger, Lyme Regis Brewery and The
Courtyard Café. They can visit the potters,
seamstress and jewellery designer, see
exhibitions at the art galleries and explore
the XVII th century Miller’s Garden.
The Town Mill has milled flour for Lyme
Regis for over 700 years. In the 1920s
milling ceased and the Mill fell into a state
of disrepair. It was saved from demolition
in the 1990s by a dedicated group of locals
who raised money to restore it to its former
glory. When the mill reopened in 2001,
milling of flour resumed after a break of
75 years. Free tours are available all year
except July and August when they charge a
small fee. They say to their visitors that entry
to the Town Mill is free, but that they need
your help and ask them to please consider
making a donation when they leave.
Look out for MillFest on 9 and 10 May
to coincide with Real Bread Week and
National Mills Weekend when watermills
and windmills all over the country will be
open for visitors.
– TOWN MILL ARTS –
T
own Mill Arts (formally TMAG) is a limited company owned by the
Town Mill Trust. It is supported by an artists’ cooperative with over
100 members. TMA is open to artists of all ages, and we enjoy strong
representation in all media: ceramics, painting, photography, printing,
sculpture, textiles and mixed media. Exhibitions are curated throughout
the year at the Courtyard and Malthouse galleries. Work by artists from
the local region and from further afield can be seen here every day from
10:30 to 16:30. These galleries are available for hire for solo exhibitions,
for groups of artists, for the annual festivals (MillFest, Fossil ArtsFest,
etc) or for ad hoc events (pop-up Vintage fair, Traditional Craft Fair, etc).
From the dynamic and entrepreneurial ‘Just Glass’ group from London, to
the emerging talent of young students at the Woodroffe school, there’s
a space for everyone to exhibit at Town Mill Arts .’In the future we aim to
make the Town Mill Arts a focus for the visual arts in the local area.
– C O U R T YA R D C A F É –
afe/Bistro situated in the corner of
the Town Mill next to The Courtyard
Gallery. Serving Breakfasts, locally
roasted freshly ground coffee, locally
blended leaf teas, delicious home made
lunches and cakes with locally sourced
ingredients. Gluten free and vegans
catered for and dogs are welcome!
C
Open 9:00am - 4:30pm
Closed on Thursdays (term time only)
Call us on: 01297 445757
Visit us at: www.courtyardcafelyme.co.uk
– SEW LADIDA –
– LEGASSICK STUDIO –
– LY M E R E G I S B R E W E R Y –
F
rom her cosy ‘eyrie’ at the Town Mill Carolyn
King produces memorable stories and
images ‘Along came a Seagull!’’ an unusual
‘seaside’ inspired children’s book arriving this
summer to delight the ‘young at heart!’
Traditionally trained, using traditional
materials and once described as having
a ‘serious sense of fun’ Carolyn has been
successfully exhibiting in both 2 and 3D
for many years and now welcomes you to
see (and hear) the ‘artist in action’ in this
historic heart of Lyme.
Tel: 01297 23115
Email: [email protected]
Visit us at: www.westcountryartists.com
L
yme Regis Brewery produces delicious
real ales created in the traditional way
using malted barley, hops, yeast and water.
Come and watch the brewer in action and
drink our beers in the shop. Fancy a pint?
Sit outside in the courtyard, relax and
watch the world go by. That’s better.
Call us on: 01297 444354
Visit us at: www.lymeregisbrewery.com
– M AT T A U S T I N I M A G E S –
– AD LUCEM –
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T
he Town Mill Courtyard houses a haven
for the creative fashion enthusiast.
Caroline Smith’s Sew LaDiDa Vintage
stocks glorious fabrics, and is home to her
ever-expanding range of simple, vintageinspired patterns cut to fit and flatter the
modern body. Inspired by the retro charm
of the patterns, but lack the skills or
confidence to make them yourself? Enrol on
a workshop (from 2-5 days, details at www.
sewladidavintage.com) and we guarantee
you’ll have a dress by the end of it!
Visit us at: www.sewladidavintage.com
ward-winning
Photographer
Matt
Austin has been working as a press,
commercial and editorial photographer for
the last 16 years.
T
rained silversmith and jeweller, Lucy
Campbell, is a new addition to the Mill
with her shop ‘Ad Lucem’. Inspired by the
beach and sea, her contemporary jewellery
is made here on the premises; watch her
at work whilst browsing her beautiful
collection. The shop also showcases
handmade art and craft by other local
artists. Looking for something original and
beautiful? Then drop in and take a peek!
Visit us at: www.lucycampbell.net
Being a hub for Lyme Regis ArtsFest (running this year from
September 19th until 27th,) our galleries will show work from local
artists developed to a theme that was selected to reflect our times.
‘IN TRANSITION’ promises to inspire artists of all ages to the point
of overflowing.
Workshops and art classes are available on site.
For further information regarding hiring and exhibiting.
Email us: [email protected]
Call us on: 01297 444042 /445972
or 07809 831760
Visit us at: www.townmillartsguild.com
Lyme Regis born and bred, Matt is a fairly
new resident of the Mill. His work takes
him across the South West of England
and occasionally further getting his
worked published in local, national and
international publications.
Please get in touch with Matt about any
photography requirements you may have.
Tel: 07519 647 890
Email: [email protected]
maustinpics.wix.com/mattaustinimages
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Since opening their doors in summer 2007, Jonathan
and Holly have been busily seeking out unique and
beautiful handmade items for their stunning gallery by
the sea in the heart of the beautiful town of Lyme Regis
on the dramatic Jurassic coast.
W
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for art, the mix of sculpture, wall art,
jewellery and cards that they have hand
picked are so varied, you are guaranteed
to find something for everyone.
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You’ll find us at the bottom
of the town down by the traffic lights at
the end of Coombe street. See you soon!
Find us at: 47 Coombe Street, Lyme Regis
Open: 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week
Visit: www.bluelias.co.uk
Find us on: facebook
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T h e C obb & S e a f ro n t - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
The
Cobb &
Seafront
2015
Lyme’s iconic seafront esplanade and harbour have graced
a thousand postcards and made countless appearances
on television and film. To the west, the distinctive Cobb wall
shelters a busy harbour full of commercial fishers, pleasure
craft and private yachts, as well as providing a home for
Lyme’s own RNLI Lifeboat Station.
The golden sand of main beach provides a place for visitors to relax, play and soak up
the sun, while nearby pubs, bars and cafés offer easy access to food and refreshment.
The beautifully refurbished Marine Parade Shelters take centre stage on the seafront,
providing a spot to sit and take in the view in all weathers, and backed by the lovingly
maintained Langmoor and Lister Gardens.
– LY M E R I B R I D E S –
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Lyme Rib Rides with its large RIB (rigid
inflatable boat) SEA SPIRIT is the newest and
most exciting water based attraction in Lyme
Regis, offering a new boating and Eco Tour
experience unlike any other operating from
the historic Cobb Harbour.
SEA SPIRIT can deliver a more leisurely
paced scenic COASTAL CRUISE that is
suitable for the whole family or for the more
adventurous thrill seekers our special RIB
RIDES will get the adrenaline pumping!
Tel: 07790 400300
Web: www.lymeribrides.com
Where: The Cobb, Lyme Regis
Located at the end of the historic Cobb
is one of the most fascinating visitor
attractions in West Dorset.
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marine life of the Jurassic coast and
learn about Lyme’s maritime history.
Opening Times:
Open daily 1st March until
5th Nov from 10am to 5pm.
During Jan and Feb the
aquarium will be open
at weekends only
(10.30am to 3pm).
We are open daily during the
February half term period.
Save
10%
when you
buy online
[email protected]
www.lymeregismarineaquarium.co.uk
Tel: 01297 444230 Mob: 0782 598 5120
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Mackerel
& Deep Sea
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No.1 BOAT TRIP
IN DORSET
No.1 ATTRACTION IN LYME REGIS
No trip to Lyme Regis would
be complete without a fishing
trip from the Cobb.
Join Harry May for a truly
unforgettable experience.
Look for our boats:
MARIE F
SUNBEAM
Leaving all day, with line and bait included.
Fish gutted and prepared for your barbecue.
Full safety gear and life jackets carried.
If you don’t wish to fish, enjoy a scenic
trip along the beautiful coast.
ADULTS £9 CHILDREN £6
THREE HOUR DEEP SEA FISHING:
8:30am - 11:30am
Beginners welcome. Rod and bait included.
£25 PER PERSON
call Harry May on:
07974 753 287
photo: Martin Clunes
one hour mackerel fishing:
photos: Matt Austin Images
Lyme Regis’ main beach is understandably a social
hub for the town during the summer months, and the
Marine Parade’s sole free house, The Harbour Inn, is
perfectly situated to cater to those wanting to take full
advantage of the golden sands.
W
ith its enviable beachfront location
and extensive outdoor seating,
the Harbour Inn provides the ideal spot
to spend an afternoon, taking in the
breathtaking Jurassic Coast with a drink in
hand. Co-owner Mark Oldfield takes great
pride in his extensive wine list, while the
bar also boasts a number of beautifully
maintained real ales from independent
breweries in the region.
Whether you’re looking for a light lunch
or more substantial evening meal, the
Harbour kitchen, headed by Mark’s mother
Sue Steward, offers a broad selection
of dishes featuring the best in locally
sourced ingredients. Fresh fish is brought
in directly from Samways Fish Merchants
of West Bay, and seasonal game specials
take pride of place alongside variations
on classic British fare. The children aren’t
‘a nice place to loll
around overlooking the
Cobb and the beach’
Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall
forgotten either, with a dedicated menu
catering for little appetites.
A true family affair, the walls of the Harbour
Inn play host to the extensive works of artist
Julie Oldfield, Mark’s sister, her landscape
pieces echoing the natural beauty sitting
just outside the window.
Excellent food and famously friendly staff
mean the Harbour Inn enjoys plenty of
returning customers, among them River
Cottage’s own Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall,
who named the Harbour Inn as one of his
top spots for seafood dining and “a nice
place to loll around overlooking the Cobb
and the beach”.
Find us at: 23 Marine Parade, DT7 3JF
Book a table: 01297 42299
Visit us at: harbourinnlymeregis.co.uk
FIND US
ON THE
COBB!
LYME REGIS
NEWEST
ATTRACTION
Lyme Rib Rides with its large RIB (rigid inflatable boat) SEA SPIRIT is the newest and
most exciting water based attraction in Lyme Regis, offering a new boating and Eco Tour
experience unlike any other operating from the historic Cobb Harbour.
JURASSIC COASTAL CRUISE
SEA SPIRIT can deliver a more leisurely paced scenic
COASTAL CRUISE that is suitable for the whole family.
It takes in between 7 and 14 miles of the stunning
Jurassic World Heritage Coastline and millions of years
of history and prehistory. Sit back and relax in comfort
and safety whilst enjoying at close quarters some of
the most iconic views and spectacular scenic coastline
the U.K. has to offer.
Outstanding value at only £9 per person
and £8 for under 12’s.
RIB RIDE
For the more adventurous thrill seekers our special
RIB RIDES will get the adrenaline pumping! Helmed
by highly experienced skippers the boat SEA SPIRIT,
a 500 hp custom built RIB is the fastest tour boat in
Lyme Bay. Come with us for an exhilarating unbeatable
high speed adventure experience that you will want to
repeat.
Outstanding value at only £9 per person.
BOAT
SEA SPIRIT is purposely built to the highest
safety standards and regulations. It provides a very
comfortable ride along the coastline with padded seats
and handrails for all. The first class design ensures an
extremely stable ride. Top of the range comfortable
LIFEJACKETS are provided for both children and
adults. On wetter days breathable waterproofs are
available on request.
SEA SPIRIT has the unique ability, compared to other
tour boats, to cruise close inshore under the layered
Jurassic cliff areas of both the Great Landslip and Black
Venn and Charmouth to give unbelievable coastline
vistas which photographers can take full advantage of.
works parties, club outings, educational group hire or
T.V. filming. Your trip can be personalised just for you
and your group.
DOLPHIN/WILDLIFE SAFARIS
& GUIDED COASTAL TOURS
Book early online for an early bird discount. All our very
likeable staff are qualified and will help you on and off
the boat which can be found operating from its own
pontoon at the end of the harbour. You are welcome
to just turn up and we will do our best to get you on
the next available trip but at the height of the season
we cannot guarantee our availability. To make sure you
have a seat then we advise you to prebook by phone
or online where we offer some special rates or early
bird discounts.
At certain times of the year we also offer Dolphin and
Wildlife Sea Safaris and guides Coastal Tours with local
experts who will give you an informative commentary
as we move along the coast from west to east. ( Please
see our website or call for more information.)
PRIVATE HIRE
BOOK TODAY
Our boat SEA SPIRIT is also available for private hire
and commercial charter with the most competitive
hire rates in the bay. SEA SPIRIT has the ability to
operate at speed, giving a thrill ride if requested or
can comfortably cruise or even drift slowly for those
unbelievable photo opportunities. Individuals, family
groups, friends are all welcome. SEA SPIRIT is
suitable and comfortable for all ages from supervised
children to senior citizens (some restrictions may apply,
please phone if you have any questions.) If there is a
large group of you then this can work out the most
competitive way to book.
Discounts are available for group bookings from
schools, holiday homes/camp sites etc and SEA
SPIRIT is able to carry 12 passengers at a time. Ideal
as a children’s birthday party treat with a difference,
an adult party, hen or stag parties, end of term parties,
Visit online: www.lymeribrides.com
Find us at: The Cobb, Lyme Regis
Tel: 07790 400300
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NEW SEA WALL
WORDS: Ross Packman
S
ince its earliest days, the town of Lyme
Regis has fought a constant battle
against the elemental forces of the sea and
weather.
While the iconic Cobb wall has long sheltered
the town from the worst of the winter
storms, the surrounding coastline enjoys
no such protection. To the west of the town,
the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve
represents one of the largest active landslide
systems in Western Europe. The plateau on
which it sits was formed in the aftermath of
the Bindon landslip of 1839, which saw 4.2
million cubic metres of rock and topsoil slide
between 80-130m downhill towards the sea.
In 2008, 400m of cliff on the fossil-rich Black
Ven between Lyme and Charmouth slipped,
blocking the beach to walkers and ammonite
hunters alike.
The town itself is not immune to the
instability of the surrounding landscape. As
featured on the BBC ‘Coast’ programme, local
fisherman Harry May lost his family home,
situated above Lyme’s Langmoor Gardens
to land slippage in 1962. After living in a
caravan on the site for 46 years and extensive
stabilisation work, in 2006 Harry was finally
able to realise his dream of building a new
house in the enviable position overlooking
the harbour. More recently, following the
severe winter of 2012/2013, a row of beach
chalets on Monmouth beach was demolished
after subsidence in the cliffs above rendered
them unsafe.
sea wall walkway, completed in the winter of
2014, represents the fourth and final phase
of a coast protection scheme first initiated
in the early 1990s. The 390m section of wall,
stabilising the section of coastline between
Church Cliff and East Cliff, has saved 480
homes from the predations of the sea. The
finishing touches were made in October
of 2014, when the pedestrian access from
Charmouth Road car park was completed,
allowing visitors to the town full access to
Lyme’s mile of seafront esplanade and its
famed fossiling sites.
Though there is an air of inevitability around
the sea’s gradual reclamation of the Jurassic
Coast, the people of Lyme have not sat idle
in the face of destruction. Lyme’s newest
‘ stabilising the section of
coastline between Church
Cliff and East Cliff, has
saved 480 homes from the
predations of the sea
‘
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With a deck overlooking the Cobb, expansive
private gardens and a relaxing sea view
conservatory restaurant, The Alexandra Hotel
offers something for everyone, at any time of
the day.
B
uilt in 1735 for the Dowager Countess Poulett and having
operated as a hotel since 1901, the Alexandra holds a pedigree
few other hotels can match.
Under the careful stewardship of the Haskins family for over 30 years
and as winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Conde
Nast Johansens’ ‘MOST EXCELLENT WATERSIDE HOTEL’, the Alexandra
aims to provide only the highest quality accommodation and great
local award winning food.
‘most excellent waterside hotel’
Conde Nast Johansens
‘...we had an excellent meal
at the Alexandra’
Times Travel
Our head chef considers the provenance of his ingredients of
utmost importance, sourcing his seasonal produce from awardwinning local growers and suppliers whenever possible. Dorset’s
finest ingredients are then used in the creation of menus fusing
the best of traditional and contemporary cuisine, which can be
enjoyed in either the Alexandra or Conservatory Restaurants.
The Alexandra’s beautifully kept grounds and purpose-built
viewing platform provide diners and residents alike with an
unbeatable vantage point over the town’s seafront gardens, iconic
Cobb and the eastern limits of Lyme Bay.
Even day visitors can enjoy a touch of splendour, paying a visit
for one of the Alexandra’s celebrated afternoon teas, enjoying
homemade scones, local jam and Devonshire clotted cream in
elegant surroundings.
If sophisticated styling and delicious food weren’t enough, the
Alexandra Hotel also offers a full selection of health and beauty
treatments, meaning that you can feel truly pampered while
enjoying the luxurious side of Lyme Regis.
Open all day to the public and residents.
Find us at: Pound Street DT7 3HZ
Book a table: 01297 442010
Visit the website: hotelalexandra.co.uk
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– L A L Q I LL A –
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The
Town
Centre
The commercial heart of Lyme, Broad
Street and Silver Street provide all the high
street essentials you’d expect, while still
retaining a strong cadre of independent
retailers and eateries.
Whether you’re after a pint of milk,
children’s clothing, some delicious fudge or a prehistoric
keepsake, Broad Street has it all and numerous restaurants,
cafés and delicatessens cater to all tastes.
Pride of place at the top of Broad street sits the Regent Cinema, a
lovingly maintained 1930’s picture house that to this day provides
the perfect hideaway on one of Lyme’s rare rainy days!
Lal Qilla offers a variety of Indian cuisine
to enjoy in a comfy, relaxing atmosphere or
takeaway. Dishes include Tandoori, Balti,
Jalfrize, Biranies and Bengal varieties.
With such a broad menu, there is sure to be
something for everyone.
Maybe the most unique feature of Lal Qilla
is the fact you can bring your own bottle!
Making it an affordable dining experience
for everyone to enjoy. The service is also
second to none.
Tel: 01297 442505
Web: www.lalqillalyme.co.uk
Where: Find us at 61 Broad Street DT7 3QF
Quirky, colourful,
kitsch gifts, games
and homewares for
hip kids and
cool grown ups
Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist
5b South Street
Bucky Doo Square,
Bridport
Ruby Rockcake
Ruby Rockcake
56 Broad Street
Lyme Regis
www.rubyrockcake.co.uk
A wide range of Wines, Spirits, Ciders & Beers
including many local products
4 Drakes Way (off Broad Street)
Lyme Regis DT7 3DA
T: 01297
443306
www.seriouslygoodwine.co.uk
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Roly’s Fudge
...it’s crumbly!
More than 26 years ago Pete and
Lindsey took a 150-year-old Devon
fudge recipe given to them by Lindsey’s
Grandmother and started experimenting
in their kitchen. Using an old copper pan
and a marble slab to cool the fudge they
worked at making bigger batches while
keeping the original texture and flavour.
This was how Roly’s Fudge was born.
T
o this day we use the same recipe and method to
make our fudge in front of our customers, from mixing
and warming the ingredients, to cooking them and finally
turning it out on to the marble slab to cool making sure
that it is the freshest fudge available anywhere.
We stick to the original philosophy of only using natural
ingredients to flavour our fudge and, where we can, we
source our ingredients from local producers.
To keep things interesting we are constantly experimenting
with fudge to find new flavours and creative products that
you can’t find anywhere else. New to us for this summer
will be Eton Mess and Strawberries and Cream or you can
try one of our three flavours of fudge sauce - perfect with
ice cream or pancakes!
You can find us on the sunny side of the road at the bottom
of Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Come in to say hello, have a
taste and see the fudge being made! We always welcome
suggestions from our customers so if you have an idea for a
fudge flavour, come and tell us about it.
Find us at: 62 Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Tel: 07896 004278
Visit our website: www.rolysfudge.co.uk
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Keeping up-to-date with the latest fashion trends, techniques and
training, Polly and her team have succeeded in building a strong
clientele and business in the town.
With the client as their priority, Polly’s team will work with you to
create the style or colour that suits you and your lifestyle. All of the
team at Along Came Polly are trained to provide a full consultation
prior to any styling, so that you leave happy with your result, but
above all confident in how to maintain your new look at home.
Situated just off of Lyme’s busy Broad Street, not far from the
historic Town Mill and with convenient parking nearby, Along Came
Polly provides an oasis of calm on even the busiest summer’s
day. As you walk into this bright and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be
greeted with smiling faces and a complimentary coffee (or wine if
you’re feeling particularly self-indulgent!).
Open on Mondays, late nights and all day Saturdays, Along Came
Polly can provide an appointment time convenient to you, and a
touch of urban glamour by the seaside.
Find us at: 5-6 Drakes Way, Broad Street DT7 3QP
Visit: www.alongcamepollyhair.com
Tel: 01297 442750 Email: [email protected]
My hair has been
transformed from a frizzy
mess to hair I get lots of
compliments about!
Thank You Polly!
- Hilary Highett
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For those who take their coffee seriously, Lyme’s
Amid Giants & Idols is the perfect place to indulge
your passion in cosy and relaxed surroundings
T
ucked away in an intimate spot on Silver
Street, just above the hustle and bustle
of the town centre, this independent coffee
house has quickly established itself with
a reputation for unquestionable quality.
Owner and head barista Xanne certainly
has the credentials to deliver exceptional
coffee, after making it to the semi-finals of
the national Barista Championships.
Amid Giants & Idols also boasts its very
own micro-roastery where they craft
the perfect coffees from a hand-picked,
seasonal selection of beans from around
the world. Ethical trading is important at
Amid Giants & Idols and they select beans
that are not only of the finest quality, but
are also sourced through Direct Trade
relationships, which go beyond fair trade to
ensure farmers receive a higher price for a
higher quality product.
The bi-products of your delicious coffee
creations aren’t wasted either. The rich
grounds produced are upcycled to make a
gentle exfoliating scrub sold in the shop.
They are also recycled by the Woodland
Trust’s Slopes Farm Woodland Garden to
produce nutrient-rich compost.
If coffee isn’t your thing, Amid Giants & Idols
has partnered with other artisan producers
and also offers a selection of speciality teas,
handmade chocolates and cakes.
Whether you’d like to stop by for a filter
brew, an espresso or would simply like to
purchase a bag or two of the black stuff to
take home, don’t forget to pay Xanne and her
team a visit during your Lyme Regis stay.
For more information on Amid Giants & Idols,
including their seasonal roster of speciality
coffees, visit www.amidgiantsandidols.com
Find us at: 59 Silver Street DT7 3TZ
Visit: www.amidgiantsandidols.com
Contact Xanne on: 07928 790 254
Open: Sun-Tue: 10am-4pm
Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm
Founded by Keian Gillet, a chef with truly international
credentials and a passionate boardrider to boot, The
Galley Café brings a touch of its owner’s own relaxed
surf chic to Lyme Regis.
A
fter less than a year of trading The Galley has gained a popular following,
reputedly serving the best breakfasts in town, with the ‘Full Montgomery’ and
its selection of locally sourced bacon, sausages and eggs proving a winner
with regulars and visitors alike.
Keian and his close-knit team pride themselves on the fact that almost every item on
offer in the café, from the deliciously moist lemon drizzle cake to the wide selection of
savoury flatbreads, is made fresh on the premises. In fact, the only things not born
and bred in Dorset are the Cornish pasties, which come courtesy of the awardwinning Posh Pasty Company and are baked in-house each morning.
In addition to a window display full of enticing treats to take away, The Galley
also offers a broad lunchtime menu, whether you fancy a freshly-baked
baguette with your favourite choice of filling, or (depending on the
season) a warming stew or summery salad.
Coffee lovers should pay a visit too, as The Galley boasts a
traditional Italian-style coffee machine and source its beans from
neighbours and coffee fanatics Amid Giants and Idols (previous
page) who possess their own microroaster and prepare their
speciality blends on site. For those looking for something a
little stronger than a freshly-ground espresso, a carefully
chosen selection of wines, as well as some of the best
ciders from the region are also available.
With both children and dogs welcome, The Galley’s
comfy sofas are the perfect place to recharge after
an busy morning on the beach.
Find us at: 14 Broad Street, Lyme Regis
Call us on: 01297 445008
‘ why not try our
mackerel pasty
a completely
unique taste!
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- Events
events
Visit lymeregis.org
for up-to-date details
on all events, plus full
year-round listings
Event dates are
subject to change and
are correct at time
of print. We would
always encourage
you to check with the
organisers prior to
attending the event.
may
august
1st - 3rd May | Fossil Festival
1st - 9th Aug | Lyme Regis
Regatta & Carnival Week
Visit www.fossilfestival.co.uk for more information
Over 60 events throughout the week for the whole
family raising money for local good causes. Carnival
Procession & Fireworks on Saturday 1st August.
Further information visit lymeregiscarnival.co.uk
3 rd May | May Day Fête
2pm - Anning Road Playing Fields
29th - 31st May | Jazz & Blues Festival
The Marine Theatre, www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk
21st - 23rd Aug | Folk Weekend
Visit www.lymefolk.com for more information
june
30 th Aug | Candles on the Cobb
1.00pm - 5.30pm, attractions for all the family
20th - 21st June | Candles on
the Cobb Charity Bike Ride
Lands End to Lyme Regis. Joins us on Marine Parade
at 6pm to welcome the riders home.
Visit www.candlesonthecobb.org to make a donation.
september
4th - 6th Sept | Food Rocks
See www.foodrocks.co.uk for details
july
19 th - 27th Sept | ArtsFest
Visit www.lymeregisartsfest.com for information
5th July | The Big Mix 2015
1pm - 11pm- Marine Theatre Square.
Music Festival by the sea.
0ctober
18th - 25th July | Lifeboat Week
17 th - 25th Oct | Walking Festival
A week of fun, games, music and displays. Visit
www.facebook.com/lymeregislifeboatweek for details.
Visit www.facebook.com/LymeRegisWalkingFestival
for information
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SUNDAY 30th AugUST 2015
Join us for a Bank Holiday Weekend full of
fundraising activities: www.candlesonthecobb.org
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2015
november
7 th Nov | Fireworks Night
6.30pm - The harbour
28th Nov | Switch on Saturday
4, 6 & 8
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3.00pm - 5.30pm - Broad Street
december
4th - 5th Dec | Christmas Craft Fair
The Town Mill Malthouse
5th Dec | Christmas Pudding Race
11am - 2pm - www.xmaspudracelymeregis.co.uk
15th - 19th Dec | Christmas Tree
Festival
Baptist Church - Spectacular display of decorated trees
january 2016
1st Jan | Lyme Lunge
COMPETITIVE
PRICES FOR AIRPORT TRIPS
1pm - Beach - a Fancy Dress dip in Lyme Bay for charity
COSTS FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE START FROM (EACH WAY)
HEATHROW £150 GATWICK £180 SOUTHAMPTON £95
BRISTOL £80 EXETER £50 BOURNEMOUTH £80 OTHERS ON REQUEST
A 9-day
visual treat
At this year’s Lyme Regis ArtsFest, a
9-day feast of the visual arts, there will
be themed exhibitions at the Malthouse
Gallery and the Baptist Church Hall, plus
an open show at the Courtyard Gallery,
with admission free to all.
Sculpture Trail
around the town
Local & Regional
Art Exhibitions
Demonstrations,
Workshops &
Community Activities
Open Studios & Creative
Fairs at Weekends
An exciting and diverse collection of
artworks will inspire and delight visitors
and collectors. New for 2015, there will
be three sculpture trails around the town
in the months leading up to the festival,
in addition to a full year’s programme of
exhibitions at the Town Mill galleries.
Make a note in your diary – this event
is not to be missed! Full details at
www.lymeregisartsfest.com
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Jurassic
Gems
Growing up on the Jurassic Coast, I
spent more than a few summer holiday
afternoons trawling the local beaches
in search of examples of the area’s
prehistoric legacy. At the tail end of
2014, I took a trip down memory lane
with Paul Crossley of Jurassic Gems,
who lead me on a guided tour beneath
the fossil-rich Blue Lias cliffs that skirt
the edges of Lyme Regis.
‘ Paul stoops to grasp
a blue-grey token that
turns out to be the
fossilised vertebrae of
an Ichthyosaur
‘
WORDS: Ross Packman
T
hough a keen fossiler from the tender age of four, it wasn’t
until he sustained a work injury that Paul decided to make
a living from the treasures of the distant past. Opening in
March 2013, Jurassic Gems gives visitors to Lyme a closer look at
the fossils of the world, as well as chance to claim their own on
accompanied expeditions.
Before we even reach the beach proper, the signs of the dynamic
nature of this coast are clear. Behind the town’s latest sea
defence section, formally opened in November 2014, a pool of
liquid shale has accumulated, gunmetal grey and driven from the
cliffs by recent rainfall.
As we descend to the shoreline the perpetual appeal of fossiling
is clear. The stretch of beach between Lyme and Charmouth is
scattered with small groups of distant figures, all seemingly
fixated on the stones beneath their feet.
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Our first finds of the day are far from prehistoric, though no less
interesting for it. The Christmas landslip of 2008, which saw ¾
million tonnes of soil and stone slide its way down from the Blue
Lias cliffs above, revealed the site of the former town dump,
last used in the 1970‘s. Since then, relics from Lyme’s social
history have continued to appear, including gold rings, glass eyes
and as I discovered, a profusion of wave-frosted sea glass. A
decommissioned hand grenade was even found by a Swiss visitor,
who then had to be strongly discouraged from carrying it home in
her hand luggage.
As we move along the beach towards evocatively-monikered falls
such as The Cauldron and Dead Man’s, Paul stoops to grasp a
blue-grey token that turns out to be the fossilised vertebrae of an
Ichthyosaur, the marine reptile first correctly identified by famous
palaeontologist Mary Anning.
Lyme-born Anning, voted by the Royal Society in 2010 as one of
the ten most influential British women in scientific history, paved
the way for greater gender equality in the sciences with her acute
observations on prehistoric life. Alongside her discovery of the
first Plesiosaur, Anning also played a critical role in the discovery
that ‘bezoar stones’ found within certain fossils were none other
than fossilized faeces.
It’s some of this coprolite that Paul next plucks from a band of
stones dislodged and left a safe distance from the cliff base. So far,
all of Paul’s finds have been made without breaking a single rock,
but he now lifts an elliptical chunk of the ubiquitous limestone and
delivers a sharp tap on its leading edge with a hammer.
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The stone splits neatly along a fault to reveal Lyme’s archetypal
fossil, the Ammonite. Visible all around the town on shop signs
and lamp posts, around 40 different species of these extinct
molluscs are present in the local rock strata. The most striking of
these fossils are formed of iron pyrite, also known as ‘fool’s gold’,
giving these intricate forms a darkly metallic sheen.
When asked what his most impressive find has been to date,
Paul proudly tells me that an insect wing he pried from the local
rock has undergone analysis at the Natural History Museum and
has been found to be a brand new species, one ‘that’s going to be
named after me!’. On a slightly grander scale, Paul also found the
first part of the 10th example of Scelidosaurus to be discovered, a
four metre-long quadrupedal dinosaur
When I ask Paul what it takes to make such historic finds, his
answer is simple: “Be in the right place at the right time! The only
way is to put the time in - one day, it will happen.”
Of course, a little local knowledge helps and Paul recommends
that any budding fossil hunters join one of guided walks that he
and other passionate enthusiasts lead throughout the year.
Find us at: Drake’s Way, Lyme Regis
Visit: www.jurassicgems.webs.com
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Positioned at the top of Silver Street, The Mariners offers
magnificent views over the Lym Valley and Jurassic
Coastline beyond. The quiet gardens and comfortable
rooms make it an ideal base for a visit to Lyme.
T
he quaint and captivating essence of
Lyme Regis is perfectly embodied in
the Mariners Hotel. Formerly a Coaching
Inn, this charismatic 17th century
building has been lovingly renovated to
showcase everything that makes this
part of the country so special.
inspired to write ‘The Tale of Little Pig
Robinson’ while staying at the hotel
when she was just seventeen. And
many of her illustrations in the book are
based on the spectacular scenery she
encountered while visiting Lyme Regis
and the neighbouring towns and regions.
The hotel is a true celebration of interior
design, where old meets new and
contemporary fittings and the latest
technology blend seamlessly with
majestic period features. There are
fourteen comfortable guest rooms – all
en-suite – and many boast inspiring
views of the sea.
In 1805 the three Philpot sisters moved
to the area and lived in the building while
collecting fossils, for which they later
became famous. They were great friends
with Mary Anning – probably the most
renowned female geologist of all time.
The building is drenched in a rich and
absorbing history. Beatrix Potter was
The Mariners Hotel is the perfect
place to relax, unwind and plan your
exploration of Lyme Regis and the
surrounding region.
AA ROSETTE AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT
If you’re looking for a relaxing meal, and want to escape
the activity of the town and seafront, then you must
visit The Bridge Bar & Grill Restaurant at The Mariners.
Ingredients are locally sourced and make up an
extensive choice of menus to fulfill any craving.
Along with a superb restaurant menu, featuring
a host of local fresh fish, you will find; Steak &
Grill, Moules-Frites, and Sunday Carvery. Or if you
wanted, you can simply enjoy afternoon tea in the
bar or garden. The Mariners offers a free car park
for patrons.
The Bridge at The Mariners Hotel is open to residents
and non-residents all year round. Call 01297 442753
to reserve a table.
SILVER STREET, LYME REGIS, DORSET DT7 3HS
TEL:01297 442753 WWW.HOTELLYMEREGIS.CO.UK
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5 Silver St.
The home of stained glass,
creative workshops
& chic gifts
F
rom designing & making your own lampshades to furniture
restoration - needle felting, crochet, knitting & jewellery
making - the craft revolution is in full swing at MAKE. With
new tutors joining Chloe, there is a continually expanding list
of skills & crafts for everyone. A firm customer favourite is the
furniture painting class & as the local Autentico Chalk Paint
stockist there are plenty of supplies to buy or order.
As a busy Mum to two daughters Chloe grew disillusioned with
the far from family-friendly hours of retail & relocated from her
previous shop on Broad Street to open Make. With her retail &
design background, she believes as a nation we’re becoming
increasingly disenchanted with chain store offerings she is
passionate about bringing personality to interiors. “Injecting
style into a home is easy & there is no right or wrong if it makes
you happy & represents you. Some of us may need a little
guidance but a creative environment gets your magic going.”
The workshops are run from a shop within Chloe’s family
home, it’s a happy albeit sometimes chaotic home with
Elvis the dog & Chloe’s partner & children often providing
amusing distractions. There is always plenty of tea on hand
& cake... there is always cake. When the weather permits
workshoppers can decamp into the pretty little garden via the
kitchen which may involve more cake. If workshops aren’t your
thing then you’re welcome to peruse the charming treasures
on offer, cards & accessories designed to seduce you.
W
hen you get to Silver Street look out for a colourful
hand painted sign for stained glass. This is Jane
Reddington’s little workshop twinkling like a gem. Recently
arrived across the border from East Devon. Jane, self taught
began her stained glass journey 24 years ago , mostly in
snatched moments around her baby twins.
Drawing from her experience in interior design both here in
the UK and France she combines the values of design with
the freedom this inspiring local environment provides. Jane’s
preference for working with mouth blown and antique glass
adds a distinctive radiance to her pieces “the irregularity of
the bubbles and textures result in a luminosity not found in
standard glass, the light play and the magnification of colour
through water, fuels my imagination”
Working closely with her clients each commission becomes
a unique collaborative piece whether as a way of adding a
personal hallmark to a property or building or often marking a
significant person or anniversary. Jane’s personal experience
of the journey involved in house renovation is another element
she brings in her approach to commission work.
Jane is welcoming and always happy to discuss ideas large
or small, there’s no obligation & her studio is a relaxed
environment where you’re free to enjoy the extraordinary
versatility of the world of stained glass. You may be lucky
enough to see her working on a commission, she also has
plenty of individual pieces ready for sale including jewellery
and lamps.
FIND US AT:
FIND US AT:
5 Silver Street, DT7 3HR
Tel: 07749 817680
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5 Silver Street, DT7 3HR
Tel: 07979 808990
www.eastdevonstainedglass.co.uk
BOUTIQUE COMFORTS
With its enviable location within easy walking distance
of Lyme Regis beaches for fossil hunting or sunbathing,
as well as the many great local restaurants, Dorset House
B&B is a luxury retreat you’ll never want to leave.
E
very element of your stay has been
perfectly thought out – from the
underfloor heating in the en-suites to
the tasty, wholesome breakfast and the
luxurious bedding that will make your stay
the most comfortable yet.
The relaxing surroundings of this Grade II
listed Regency villa overlooking the Dorset
Coast are the perfect ingredients for that
much-needed escape to the seaside.
Newly renovated, the house combines the
best of history and modern luxury with all
the rooms benefitting from free wifi, TVs
and iPod docks – although beware, most
guests find the views so captivating they
forget the technology!
Everything at Dorset House, from the
rooms to the facilities, has been designed
to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable
as possible. Each bathroom has been
individually designed and the utmost care
taken to provide the highest quality fittings
as well as fluffy towels and robes. Guests
are also treated to the gorgeous REN
organic toiletries during their experience.
Aside from your own private room, guests
have the opportunity to relax in our
comfy snug, helping you to truly feel at
home. There is an honesty bar to enjoy, a
bookcase to browse or you can just snuggle
up in front of the log burner on those days
when the weather turns.
But one thing is for sure, whatever the
weather, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome
at the luxurious Dorset House B&B.
Find us at: Dorset House, Pound Road,
Lyme Regis, DT7 3HX. 01297 442055
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Dower House Hotel
A warm welcome awaits you at the Dower House Hotel.
This family run hotel is a relaxed Victorian country
home with all the modern trappings.
N
eil and Rosemarie have recently refurbished the The Dower House, which was built in the 1880s
by the Peek family, owners of the nearby Rousden Estate.
A stone’s throw from Lyme Regis, there are ten comfortable and tastefully appointed guest bedrooms
with en-suite bathrooms. Surrounded by rolling hills and open fields – giving guests spectacular
views from every room. And as if the view wasn’t enough, the hotel prides itself on the quality of the
locally sourced and freshly cooked breakfasts. We firmly believe that there really is no substitute
for fresh and individually cooked top quality food imaginatively prepared and beautifully presented.
After breakfast, guests can enjoy the hotel grounds with over two acres of gardens and an outdoor
heated swimming pool.
Book online: www.dhhotel.com
Find us at: Rousdon,
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3RB
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01297 21047
For those who wouldn’t dream of leaving their pooch at home, the Dower House Hotel is pet friendly
and welcome dogs in specific rooms by prior arrangement.
Situated on the border of Dorset and Devon, the hotel is conveniently positioned to discover some of
the local region. This area of coastline offers an amazing contrast, breath taking scenery and places
of interest; including 95 miles of the East Devon and Dorset Coastline – which was awarded World
Heritage Site status, ranking the Jurassic Coast as one of the natural wonders of the world.
Neil and Rosemarie invite you to come along and lose yourself in this perfect country retreat.
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Bedrooms: 3 (sleeps 5/6)
No Pets and No Smoking
Children welcome 5+ years old
Weekly rate: £420 - £1050 (Open all year)
C
harming 2 bedroomed period cottage.
Furnished and equipped to a high
standard. The property has its own balcony
overlooking River Lym. Walled south facing
garden. Quietly situated close to shops and
sandy beach.
Rating: ★★★ Visit England
Bedrooms: 2 (sleeps 4)
Riverside location
Weekly rate from: £280
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.lymbrook.co.uk
Tel: 01202 733754 or 01799 522096
Find us at: 4 Lymbrook Cottages,
Jericho, Lyme Regis DT7 3AJ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07810 698475 or 01483 283234
Find us at: 6 Coppers Knapp, Hill Road,
Lyme Regis DT7 3HN
– H AY E F A R M H O L I D AY S –
LYME REGIS
COTTAGE
Self Catering Holiday Cottage
in the heart of Lyme Regis
- 3 Bedrooms / Sleeps 6
spectacular
views
H
aye Farm nestles on the slopes of the Lym Valley and
on the edge of the historic and beautiful town of Lyme
Regis. The self catering cottages and luxury timber lodges
enjoy spectacular views over glorious hills and valleys in
an area of outstanding natural beauty, free from all traffic
and yet within walking distance to shops and pubs etc.
The sea, famous harbour and Cobb together with the town
centre are 15 minutes away via an enchanting riverside
walk. There are three stone cottages, and three luxury
timber lodges all fully equipped for your stay. Whichever
you choose, you are assured of a warm welcome and a
comfortable stay in a magical location on the Dorset coast.
Rating: ★★★/★★★★ (Hayloft and Willow lodge
awarded Gold award)
Lodges: 3 cottages & 3 Lodges (sleeps 4-6)
Prices from: £203 - £998 (open all year)
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.hayefarmholidays.co.uk
Tel: 01297 442400
Find us at: Haye Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3NH
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A peaceful and picturesque
Grade II listed cottage, one
of the towns finest gems,
full of character and
original features.
Our 200 year old cottage
features original rooms, with
all 3 bedrooms having sea
views. There is a charming
enclosed garden, split over
two levels, complete with a
BBQ area, and outdoor seating.
Kitchen
Garden
Sun Room
Lyme Regis Cottage, 37 Sherborne Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3NY
Tel: 01394 448609 | Mob: 07815 323219
www.lymebayholiday.com
Accommoda tion - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
– C L I F F C O T TA G E –
on the
beach
– MAZZARD FARM –
H O L I D AY C O T TA G E S
2015
– COR AM AVENUE –
luxury
cottages
excellent
sea views
O
ne of the delightful quaint pink cottages
overlooking the beach on Lyme’s seafront,
Cliff Cottage is a treasured seaside ‘home from
home’ for families and couples throughout
the year. See the Cobb each morning without
getting out of bed, enjoy the scenery from the
sun terrace. No hassle getting to the beach
with children and everything but the kitchen
sink - it’s less than a minute away. Perfect for
romantic weekends and escaping everyday
pressures. You’ll want to come again.
Rating: ★★★★ Visit England
Bedrooms: 2 (Double + 1 Twin)
No Pets and No Smoking
Weekly rate: £425 - £895 (Open all year)
Short Breaks: All year (apart from July & August)
Seasonal offers available.
Tel: 07533 408003 Email: [email protected]
Web: aroundaboutbritain.co.uk/Dorset/3345
Find us at: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
S
tunning barn conversions, just five miles
north of the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth.
Situated in an envious secluded spot, and
surrounded by acres of its own orchard,
gardens, play areas, fields and woodland.
The cottages sleep between 2 and 10 (24
max.), and offer a haven of tranquility for all
ages. Hugely family friendly!
Rating: ★★★★ Visit England
Weekly rate from: £350 (short breaks available)
Set in 17 acres of our own woodland
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.mazzardfarm.com
Tel: 01404 815492
Find us at: East Hill, Ottery St Mary,
Devon EX11 1QQ
Quote Jurassic Mag and get 10% off regular
rates (offer ends 30/09/15)
S
ituated in a private cul-de-sac with direct
access to the coastal path, the property
is only a five minute walk down to the Lyme
Regis seafront and town centre. The property’s
accommodation is split into two parts, the three
bedroom main house and a ground floor, selfcontained annexe with a bedroom/lounge, small
kitchen and ensuite shower room all decorated
and furnished to an excellent standard. You can
also relax on the balcony which takes advantage
of the panoramic sea views. Sunroom with a hot
tub available (for an additional fee). Free Linen,
towels, welcome basket and wi-fi.
Rating: ★★★★ (Gold Award) Visit England
Bedrooms: 4 (sleeps up to 8)
Balcony & hot tub, children welcome
Weekly rate from: £566 (short breaks available)
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.devonanddorsetholidays.co.uk
Find us at: Ederlin, Coram Avenue,
Lyme Regis DT7 3LB
The best in self catering on
the stunning Jurassic Coast
01297 20729 www.milkberehols.com
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LOVE
LYME
W
e would love to say that love-lyme.co.uk is based in or near
Lyme Regis. Sadly, that’s not the case. We’re not even close. We
are actually based a couple of hundred miles away in Lincolnshire
(a little flatter than West Dorset, a good deal windier and nowhere
near as laid back). We are frequent visitors to Lyme, and plan to
relocate when the opportunity arises.
Lyme Regis is one of those few places that has character and
soul, and this is something we have tried to capture in the images
used. On our travels in and around Lyme we have taken some
unusual photographs and applied them to a range of high quality
gifts available at www.love-lyme.co.uk. Whether it’s a cotton bag,
coaster, placemat or framed photo, simply make your selection and
we will do the rest.
Each of the pictures used has something of a story behind it. Love
Lyme was etched in the sand on Monmouth beach last summer at
6:00 in the morning, after a few attempts trying to beat the tide.
The assembled Love Lyme image is formed using several familiar
aspects within Lyme. There might only be eight letters, but it could
be difficult finding where they all are. We keep swapping some of
the letters so very few people will have the same image.
Everything is made in the UK to a very high standard and can be
posted anywhere in the world.
www.love-lyme.co.uk
[email protected]
working farm • glamping
organic meat • garden café
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
Symondsbury Estate is located
in the beautiful countryside of
West Dorset near Bridport.
We welcome all visitors.
Symondsbury Kitchen - Cafe,
Restaurant and Private Dining
Symondsbury Store - for local
produce, daily essentials & gifts
Old Times - vintage and retro barn
A wide range of local events and
fairs held throughout the year
Bike & Walking trails around the
Estate and to the top of Colmers Hill.
Holiday Cottages &
Farmhouses sleeping 2 - 17
www.downhousefarm.org
Telephone 01308 421 232
Higher Eype • Bridport
Wedding packages available in
our Tithe Barn and Farmhouse
01308 424116 www.symondsburyestate.co.uk
Symondsbury Estate, Bridport, DT6 6HG
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B! FI
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B! H
Achieving your health and fitness goals can
feel like you’re tackling a minefield. Perhaps
you’re thinking about starting, but unsure
what you want from it – or how to begin.
Maybe you’re already training, but feel like you
need a fresh approach, some new motivation
or just someone to push you a bit harder’.
Whatever your situation, B! can help.
Whether it’s about losing weight, gaining
muscle, pure aesthetics or simply feeling
better about yourself, we’ll work out exactly
what you want, establish what can be
realistically achieved and how we can help
you get there. We’ll then tailor a programme
that takes into account your time, budget and
lifestyle, help you understand the ‘jargon’ and
get you started on achieving your fitness goals
– and becoming the shape you want to B!
Whether it’s personal or group training, or
joining a session in the gym, you’ll soon
Holiday Passes available
discover we’re 100% committed to helping you
achieve your objectives.
The club prides itself on having a fully air
conditioned studio (housing a varied and
bespoke class timetable) and a separate
cardio suite on the first floor, then on the
ground floor we have the best equipped fixed
path and free weights section in the area,
including a cross fit rig. There are a range
of membership packages to choose from
starting as low as £25 per month and, we also
offer Pay As You Go and 2 week Holiday Pass
options. So whether you live locally or just visit
occasionally, there is something to suit. Call
or just pop in to the club for more information.
For experts who understand fitness
– and how to make it work for you –
contact B!
T: 01297 442266 M: 07545 891874 www.bhealthandfitness.co.uk Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3LS
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LYME MAGAZINE
2015
-FEA T U R E RAISING FUNDS FOR
LYME REGIS
YOUTH CAUSES
CANDLES
ON THE COBB
WORDS: Ross Packman
L
yme Regis’ iconic Cobb harbour wall has featured in countless
images, but few compare with the spectacle of its serpentine
structure illuminated with 5000 candles.
raised a total of £22,000, taking the total money raised to date to
around £80,000, divided equally between local youth causes and
charities including Great Ormond Street, Cancer Research & the
South West Air Ambulances.
First staged in 2000, Candles on the Cobb was the brainchild of Lyme
friends Mike Higgs and Phil Street, who found inspiration for the
charitable event after hearing Elton John’s acclaimed ‘Candles in
the Wind’ during an extended visit to the local pub. Utilising a simple
system of tealights and plastic cups, the illuminations are laid out at
regular intervals along both the main Cobb and North Wall structures
before being systematically lit, slowly revealing the contours of the
harbour in mesmerising fashion.
Returning on Sunday 30th August 2015, Candles on the Cobb will be
raising money in part for Make a Wish UK, a charitable organisation
that grants the wishes of children and young people aged 3 and 17
living with life threatening illnesses. In addition to the main event,
Candles on the Cobb host a year round calendar of fundraising
events, including charity bike rides, golf days & BBQs.
Anyone is welcome to purchase a candle, whether to support
a worthy cause or commemorate a loved one, with dedications
possible on the Candles on the Cobb website. In 2012, the event
find out more and sponsor a candle:
www.candlesonthecobb.org
T
he owner Dorothy offers the warmest
welcome to Reeds, recognised and
listed in the Michelin Guide. Friendly
staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide
the perfect venue to enjoy the delicious
choices of food on the menu, all cooked
to order. Please let us know of any dietary
requirements.
Making the most of the wealth of local
produce on offer, Reeds count on the
award-winning Colyton Butchers to provide
the best cuts of local meat. The handpicked Lyme Bay scallops courtesy of Davy’s
Locker in Bridport offer a truly fresh taste of
the sea. Reeds also take advantage of the
rich Devon soils on their very own doorstep,
with many of the herbs and seasonal
vegetables featuring in their dishes, grown
on-site in their kitchen garden. A selection
of reasonably priced wines are available as
well as a fully licensed bar.
Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford
Pre-booking is essential,
so please call 01297 553184
to book your table today.
www.swallowseaves.co.uk
www.reeds-restaurant.co.uk
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LYME MAGAZINE
2015
- FE AT U R E -
RESTORING A
LYME TREASURE
WORDS: Ross Packman
T
ake a stroll down Pound Street from Lyme’s
busy Holmbush Car Park and over an ivydraped wall, you’ll catch a glimpse of the
intricately detailed and urn-capped roof of Belmont
House, late-Georgian maritime villa and former
home of literary figurehead John Fowles.
Long before its ownership by the famous author,
Belmont was the home of the Coade family, Lyme
notables and creators of the artificial Coade ‘stone‘.
Built in the second half of the 18th century by
Samuel Coade, Belmont was in 1784 transferred
over to his niece, Mistress Eleanor Coade (17331821).
At this time, Eleanor was already an influential
businesswoman, holding ownership of the
manufactory in Lambeth, London where the Coade
stone was produced. Highly durable and retaining
detail even after firing, the material was perfect for
producing architectural embellishments and was
widely used in 18th century buildings, including the
frontage of Belmont itself.
The house stayed in the hands of the Coades until
1883, when it was bought by Dr Richard Bangay, a
GP who made extensive additions to the property
including the distinctive observatory tower, complete
with retractable roof.
In 1968 Belmont was taken on by John Fowles and
his wife Elizabeth. It was here, from his writing room
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window overlooking the Cobb, that Fowles wrote
many of his critically acclaimed works, including
’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’.
As ill health began to plague him, Fowles
approached the Landmark Trust to ensure that after
his passing, Belmont could continue to be enjoyed
by writers and might ‘have some kind of permanent
educational function’. After his death in 2005, the
property passed into the care of the charitable Trust,
who began the long journey of raising the funding
necessary to return Belmont to its former glory.
Restoration work commenced in October 2013, with
the removal of the Victorian additions to the property
and restoration of the original Coade stone features.
In April 2014, the Landmark Trust succeeded in
reaching their fundraising appeal target after a
generous bequest by the late Mrs Shelagh Preston,
in total raising £1.8m towards Belmont’s restoration.
The project, set for completion this year, and
coinciding with the Landmark Trust’s 50th
anniversary, will see the first floor become the main
drawing room for visitors, complete with writing desk
and a library of Fowles’ works. The adjoining stable
block will house a permanent exhibition celebrating
the varied lives of Belmont’s past residents.
Further information:
www.landmarktrust.org.uk/belmont
‘The usual destiny
for large houses in
Lyme these days is
to be bought up as
hotels.
I am determined to
avoid this; and hope
that the house…
may have some
kind of permanent
educational
function.’
LYME MAGAZINE
Thorncombe
Village Shop
2015
NOW IN OUR 21ST YEAR
VISIT
the promise of a warm welcome
at your local community-run village shop
General Stores • Deli • Café
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Homemade cakes • Fresh local produce
Freshly made sandwiches
Chard Street, Chard TA20 4NF
Open Mon-Fri 8:30–5:30 (to 7.00 on Thurs)
Sat 8:30–2.00 Sun 9–12:30 Tel: 01460 30282
@Thorncombe_shop
Thorncombe village shop
Pictureatframing
Traditional family-run
Italian restaurant serving delicious
home cooked Italian dishes.
For a true taste of Italy,
Come and visit Antonio’s!
7 CHURCH STREET LYME REGIS DT7 3BS
BOOK YOUR TABLE: 01297 442352
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Art & photographic frames,
collectors boxes & cabinets.
Call at the shop or phone on 078 3377 0569
35a Broad St,
Lyme Regis,Dorset
DT7 3QF
shop 01297 443824
www.onnishop.co.uk
Also at Onni,
Ladies fashion &
accessories with a
Scandinavian flavor
in lyme regis
Are you tired of that nagging low back pain, aching
shoulder, painful OA knee, post surgery weakness,
repetitive strains, persistent tension headaches or
sore muscles from sport?
As a former Physiotherapist
to the Royal Marines
Commandos, Sally has over
6 years extensive military
experience in rehabilitation
of musculoskeletal injuries.
•
Mobilisation &
Manipulation
•
Biomechanical
Assessment
•
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Kinesiology Taping
Sports Massage
Acupuncture
Sally Morris MCSP AACP
Appointments available on Mon & Thurs
B! Health & Fitness Gym, Lyme Regis
T: 07816 941 272
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D
id you know that River Cottage is an award-winning cookery school,
with over 30 inspiring courses to choose from?
Whether you are an amateur cook, food enthusiast or a full-blown smallholder,
there’s a course to inspire you. Lasting from one to four days, our courses
hosted by the River Cottage team of expert chefs and authors have an emphasis
on local, seasonal produce with a nose-to-tail approach.
We’ve got plenty of courses to inspire you – bread making, fish skills, cheese
making, curing and smoking, pig butchery, gardening, or our one day classic
cookery school courses.
We offer unforgettable dining experiences at River Cottage HQ too. Where else
do you start your meal with a tractor ride and canapés in a yurt, complete with
wood burner and hay bales?
You can enjoy one of our Friday or Saturday nights, complete with six courses,
or bring the family for Sunday lunch in our threshing barn or sixteenth century
farmhouse. Dine with a difference and book one of our special music nights,
where the finest musical talent perform for you in our intimate barn setting.
For a special occasion, you can hire our farmhouse or threshing barn with a
private chef for the evening, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, hen or stag
parties. You can even hold your country wedding with us!
Throughout the year we throw open the gates of
River Cottage HQ for a variety of exciting big events.
We host our popular Spring Food Fair in May and
our Summer Fair in August, with cookery demos,
hands-on cooking masterclasses and great food.
There’s plenty of entertainment for the kids with
pig-racing, zorbing and falconry displays.
River Cottage HQ, based at Park Farm, near
Axminster, and our award-winning Canteen and
Deli in Axminster town centre, are both just a
stone’s throw from the Jurassic Coast.
Further information:
www.rivercottage.net
or call Lucy on 01297 630300
bread making,
fish skills,
cheese making,
curing & smoking,
pig butchery,
gardening
and more...
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
A warm
welcome
extended
to all
Charmouth, nr. Lyme Regis
Bridport, Dorset DT6 6BX
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• Bar & Grill lunch or evening
• A la Carte evening dining
• Sunday Lunch
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surroundings
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weddings catered for.
T. 01297 560492 fernhill-hotel.co.uk
Pinhay House
Care Home
“your home from home by the sea”
Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3RQ
Tel: 01297 445626
info[email protected]
www.pinhayhouse.co.uk
Nestled above the sea in a wooded valley on the
Devon/Dorset border, Pinhay House has been caring
for over 30 years
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and welcoming you to our lovely home.
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CELEBRATING
THE JOY OF
GARDENING,
HOME & LEISURE
A L O V E O FG
GARDENINR
FOR OVE
50 YEARS
A
true family business, Otter Nurseries celebrated its 50th
anniversary last year. Our garden centre offers visitors to the
area a great day out for everyone, with a superb restaurant, free
parking and all year round opening.
GARDEN
Founded in 1964 by Malcolm and Marilyn White, Otter Nurseries has
grown considerably, with thousands of visitors returning each year
to discover the latest trends in gardening. Malcolm and Marilyn are
still active in the business, and are often found helping visitors in
the plant centre, such is their love of gardening and plants.
As well as the huge variety of plants
on sale, from spring bulbs, summer
bedding, hardy annuals, shrubs,
trees, fruit and vegetables – many
of which are grown on site - there is
also much more that can be enjoyed
during a visit.
Our extensive shop offers fashionable clothing and accessories,
home and garden furniture, crafts, kitchenware and bird-care
essentials. Visitors will love browsing through the many retail areas
and discovering gifts to take home for friends and relatives.
HOME
CAFÉ
Located in Ottery St Mary in the Otter Valley, Otter Nurseries has
a large restaurant serving a wide selection of food, locally sourced
and cooked in the onsite kitchens. From home-made cakes to steak
dinners, visitors can enjoy a freshly-prepared meals in the comfort
of the indoor or outdoor dining areas, perfect for a sunny day.
We look forward to warmly welcoming you to our
family-friendly garden centre.
Opening hours at
Ottery St. Mary are
9am -5.30pm Mon to Sat,
Sundays 10.30am to 4.30pm.
FURNITURE
Late night Wednesdays to 8pm
(March to December).
www.otternurseries.co.uk
Come & visit the
Sitting
Spiritually
Garden
in Lyme Regis
The only swing &
bench maker licensed
by The RHS
The
Sitting Spiritually Garden
Lyme Regis based Sitting Spiritually made
its 1000th Commission. A regular exhibitor
at Chelsea Flower Show and the only swing
& bench maker Licensed by the RHS, Sitting
Spiritually has a network of 20 plus local artisans working for
the Company and a reputation that has grown and grown.
In late
2014,
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary last year, Sitting Spiritually
was born when the owner Martin Young was refused entry
to The National Gardens Scheme because his garden didn’t
have enough seats for visitors to rest on. Having longed for a
swing seat for years and finding the only ones on the market
were just not up to scratch, he set about making his own. The
completed swing seat placed in his garden meant he was
allowed entry into The NGS and so many visitors wanted a
swing seat just like Martin’s that Sitting Spiritually was born.
Now Sitting Spiritually Swings Seats can be seen in many
notable gardens open to the public throughout the UK. These
range from all four RHS Gardens: Wisley, Rosemoor, Harlow
Carr & Hyde Hall, National Trust Properties Barrington,
Tintinhull, Washington Old Hall, The Eden Project, Harold
Hillier Gardens and as far up as Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
Much closer to home, the swing seats may be found at
Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey, River Cottage
HQ and Combe House Hotel.
Visitors are most welcome to come and see The Sitting
Spiritually Garden Showroom near Lyme Regis and try out the
swing seats for themselves. Just call first to check someone
is home, there’s no charge for seeing the garden and you can
relax experiencing the pure bliss of a Sitting Spiritually Swing
Seat enveloping you in its calming movement.
Visit us online at sittingspiritually.co.uk
Telephone: 01297 443084
Email: [email protected]
Find us at: Bramble Hayes, Yawl Hill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3RP
When love & skill work together, expect a masterpiece…..John Ruskin
LYME MAGAZINE
2015
- A ro und Char m o uth
Charmouth
Stores
Amazing Choice
Excellent Value
Food, drink, lottery - everything you need
Always great offers
“Best off-licence for miles”
Free local delivery
…and a friendly welcome too!
Why go to the
supermarket?
01297 560304
Showcasing a
selection of high
quality original
gifts from the
heart of the
Jurassic Coast
The Street Charmouth DT6 6PE
[email protected]
07478 325777
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Aroun d Cha r mouth - L Y M E M A G A Z I N E
2015
- F E AT U R E -
Fossils, beaches and
spectacular scenery in
a thriving village
with plenty to offer
CHARMOUTH
WO RDS : Phil Tritton
A
t the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic
Coast with one of the most beautiful coastlines of Britain,
Charmouth retains a graceful, old fashioned charm, perfect
for a traditional holiday or day out.
The beach is ideal for families with clean sea, safe swimming,
sand at mid/low tides and occasional surf. There really are not
many better places to be where you can take in the view past
soaring cliffs to Portland Bill in the East and, on a clear day,
westwards to Devon’s English Riviera.
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre runs guided fossil
hunting walks throughout the year offering an excellent
introduction to the many types of fossils to be found along the
shore, and the Centre, housed in a converted cement factory
at the beach, also hosts a permanent fossil exhibition. In case
of an unsuccessful search, there are two fossil shops in the
village - one under the Centre and another at the top end of the
main street - where you can buy local fossils and admire some
of the rarer finds of recent years.
Other local activities include a state of the art fitness centre at
Manor Farm Holiday Park, and the Tunnel Target Sports Centre,
built in an old road tunnel just outside the village, which has
25m, 50m and 100m firing ranges. There are swimming pools
open to the public at three of the holiday parks.
Image: Carol Tritton
Inset: Andrew Blackmore
The village has accommodation options for all budgets. There
are several bed & breakfasts and three hotels, including the
award winning White House hotel, the restaurant of which
achieved a Taste of The West Gold Award last year. Four holiday
parks cater for camping and caravanning and self-catering
options include a selection of holiday cottages and lodges.
Shops in the village include a butcher, a baker and a
well-stocked Nisa supermarket offering just about all
you need on holiday, so there’s no need to load up with
supplies before you leave home. Many enjoy soaking up
the village atmosphere in the other local shops and eating
at one of the village pubs or cafes. There is an excellent
fish and chip shop and the holiday parks also serve
food to non-residents. Charmouth’s excellent website –
www.charmouth.org – gives a wealth of information on
accommodation, events, walks, shops, events and the food
and drink options in the village.
Why not visit www.charmouth.org, browse the gallery of
photographs and find all the information you need to plan
your visit.
VISIT THE CENTRE
FREE ENTRY
• Fossil Hunting Walks and marine
events run throughout the year
• Activities and fun for all ages
For further details visit the website:
Further information:
www.charmouth.org
www.charmouth.org/chcc
Tel: 01297 560772
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GOLD
BED & BREAKFAST
AND GUEST
ACCOMMODATION
OF THE YEAR
‘ three consecutive
gold awards in the
‘Taste of the West’
restaurant and
B&B categories‘
BRONZE
BED & BREAKFAST
AND GUEST
ACCOMMODATION
OF THE YEAR
A TOUCH
OF REGENCY
For those looking to experience a touch of regency
splendour on the Jurassic Coast, the White House Hotel
in Charmouth offers both award-winning service and a
timeless escape from the stresses of modern life.
F
ollowing successful careers in providing
exceptional experiences on cruise ships
around the world, White House proprietors
Liz and Ian discovered this beautiful 19th
century villa in 2001, opening its doors to the
public in April of that year.
14 years later, the White House Hotel boasts
AA Four Gold Star status, as well as a raft of
other accolades, including three consecutive
gold awards in the ‘Taste of the West’
restaurant and B&B categories.
This success is in no small part due to chef
Ian’s insistence on using the best in locally
sourced produce, as well as daily menu
changes to make the most of seasonal
availability.
It’s not only guests of the hotel that can
reap the benefits of Ian’s flair, with the
restaurant open for dinner Tuesdays
through Saturdays and advance booking
definitely advised.
For those wise enough to take full advantage
of everything the White House Hotel has to
offer, four luxurious boutique bedrooms are
available, including a spacious family suite
sleeping up to four. Able to accommodate up
to twelve people in total, why not exclusively
hire the White House Hotel for that special
family celebration you’ll never forget?
With all four rooms enjoying a view of
Charmouth’s historic church or the rolling
green hills to the north of the village, the
White House Hotel is perfectly positioned as
a base from which to explore the local area.
Charmouth beach, famed for the quality of
its fossils is just a five minute stroll away
and Lyme Regis, River Cottage and West Bay
are all within easy driving distance.
Finally, after a busy morning sampling the
delights of West Dorset, you can always
return for a traditional Dorset cream tea
on the hotel’s front terrace, shaded by a
magnificent 100 year-old Magnolia tree.
Find us at: 2 Hillside, The Street,
Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6PJ
Telephone: 01297 560 411
Visit: www.whitehousehotel.com
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Hensleigh House is a family run guest house in
the unspoilt village of Charmouth, just 3 miles
from the centre of Lyme Regis.
Situated 300 metres level walk from the
beach and a three minute level walk from the
village centre, Hensleigh House provides a
perfect base for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
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Twin rooms
Family suites with two bedrooms.
All rooms ensuite - baths in some rooms
Quiet location
Easy access to the beach with no hills!
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Full breakfast and daytime refreshments
Fresh coffee - Espresso, latte, cappuccino
Cream teas
Pet friendly
Private off road car park
Direct online booking
Choose your room and book online at: www.hensleighhouse.co.uk
Hensleigh House
Charmouth
01297 560830
[email protected]
Wildlife Habitat
Restoration
BBQ Charcoal
& Land Art
from Charmouth
Fun, funky
and gorgeous gifts
for everyone!
Next to Charmouth Stores (Nisa)
The Street, Charmouth T: 01297 560304
John Calder
Telephone 07789 426477
www.thegreenloftproject.co.uk
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Breathtaking Countryside Views
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Superb Indoor Swimming Pool
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Idyllic Fishing Ponds
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Tennis Court
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Holiday Homes for Sale & Hire
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01297 560697
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www.woodfarm.co.uk
The Street Parlour
Charmouth
Finest sustainable fish
freshly cooked to order
Local Burgers & Pies
Freshly Prepared Pizzas
Local Beers & Ciders
Take-away or Dine In
Phone 01297 560220
Telephone orders taken before 5pm
for collection later
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Yarde Farm
Ice Cream
Hot Drinks
to take away
Posh
Thick
Ice Cream
Chocolates
Shakes
Hand-made
Westcountry
Fudge
Opposite Nisa Stores Charmouth
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Explore East Devon along this 40 mile inland route,
here is a taster from the free walking guidebook.
Colyton to Lyme Regis
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taking in three rivers, an Iron
age castle, an impressive viaduct
and ending in the bustling Dorset
seaside town of Lyme Regis. Starting
in Colyton; an ancient market town
with shops, pubs and tea rooms, the
walk crosses the wide Axe Valley,
uphill to Musbury Castle, then down
rural lanes with the spectacular
Cannington Viaduct on your right.
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Distance: 7.75 miles
Start point: Pay & display, Dolphin St
Colyton Town centre, EX24 6NA End:
Lyme Regis DT7 3PG
Map Ref: SY 247 940
Map: Explorer 116 & Landranger 193
The best in self catering on
the stunning Jurassic Coast
01297 20729 www.milkberehols.com
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KIDS ACTIVITIES
Dinosaurland
and the Town Museum
WORDS: Ross Packman
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hatever the time of year or weather for your visit, you will find plenty
in Lyme Regis to keep your little dinosaurs occupied.
Should you need to escape the rain for
a spell, Dinosaurland and the Town Museum
also hold their share of historic treasures to
enrapture any budding historian or
palaeontologist.
If you’d like nothing more than to relax on a sandy beach while the kids
build towering castles, the golden sands of Lyme’s main beach should be
your first port of call, specially imported from France for optimal castle
construction (possibly).
Regent Cinema
Fossil Hunting
Expedition
Another wet weather winner is the town’s historic
Regent Cinema, which offers daily showings of the
latest blockbuster releases in a unique period setting.
No visit to Lyme is complete without a fossil hunting
expedition. Whether heading out with your hammers as
a family, or joining one of the many guided tours available,
be sure to abide by the fossiling code (p.45), to ensure the safety of all
those around you. The annual Fossil Festival (1st - 3rd May) attracts
thousands to the town, with a number of related activities held over the
weekend aimed specifically at children.
Marine Theatre
As part of their eclectic programme of events,
the Marine Theatre regularly plays host to
entertainment aimed at the whole family, from
workshops to theatrical productions.
Paddleboarding
Finally, if you still haven’t yet managed
to exhaust your youngsters, why not take them
on a stand-up paddleboarding journey? Boylos
Watersports run daily introductory sessions
from the Marine Parade Pavilion, suitable for
all ages and abilities.
Further information:
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www.fossilfestival.co.uk
www.home.btconnect.com/dinosaurland
www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk
www.scottcinemas.co.uk
www.marinetheatre.com
www.boylos.co.uk
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from the Alice’s
Bear Shop books
colouring fun
Image courtesy of the Green Board Game Co. www.greenboardgames.com
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WEDDINGS
WORDS: Lucie Simic
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here are many fabulous and unique wedding venues on the
Jurassic Coast which certainly provide the wow factor!
This wedding location is not to be missed, if you have a keen interest
in sheer natural beauty. So, it will be no surprise that such a rare
combination of stunningly beautiful coast and seaside makes this
a truly special location for any bride and groom planning to marry
in style.
Reception venues along the Jurassic Coast include country
houses, hotels, inns and historic buildings. More unusual venues
include a windmill and botanical gardens.
See below some businesses you may find useful to plan your
dream day…
• The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is a quirky and unusual
wedding venue set in the heart of England’s first natural
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by 95 miles of
truly stunning coastline, it boasts magnificent sea views
over Lyme Bay from the both the auditorium and the
exterior balcony of the upstairs bar.
• Cranberries Hideaway is situated in the AONB of East
Devon. Set high up on a hill the venue boasts amazing
views of the Axe Valley and Jurassic Coast, giving you a
country wedding with a Jurassic coast view.
• Lady Margaret’s Medieval Hall in Honiton, Devon is
available for hire for civil wedding ceremonies. Formerly
St Margaret’s Chapel, the hall has been beautifully
refurbished in 2011 and is now a licensed venue for
intimate civil marriages.
Bespoke Cinematic Videography
across the South West and beyond.
wedding videography
(including Super 8
FLQHoOP
t: 07983 711 306
e: [email protected]
w: chestnutproductions.com
events
corporate &
promotional videos
Gemz Occasional Cakes
Beautiful cakes forr
all occasions...
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Gemma
Chapman
T: 01297 561582
M: 07798 554 303
uk
E: [email protected]
W: www.gemzcakes.co.ukk
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The only swing & bench maker licensed by The RHS
Come & visit the
Sitting
Spiritually
Garden
in Lyme Regis
Visit us online at
sittingspiritually.co.uk
Tel: 01297 443084 Email: [email protected]
Superb self-catering holidays.
Over 250 cottages in
and around Lyme Regis.
Visit our website
lymebayholidays.co.uk
Call for a free colour brochure
01297 44 33 63