Friday, 1st May
  • The Origin of Species - Tangram Theatre

    1st May 7.30pm - 9.30pm

    The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882)… more...

    Marine Theatre

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    1st May - 3rd May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology; hosts field trips/lectures in Dorset and surrounding… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Palaeontological Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Ever wondered how fossils are… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural England

    1st May - 3rd May

    Come find out more about the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on your doorstep. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Come and walk the dinosaur runway… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    1st May - 3rd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, next to Grand Marquee

  • British Antarctic Survey

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. BAS scientists at the Festival… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. With the theme of… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural History Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum in the Grand Marquee. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Lyme Regis Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Lyme Regis Museum, built on the site of Mary Anning’s house and fossil shop, is a real gem. The Museum's palaeontology collection is delightful. The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur is the best, biggest and newest specimen. Ichthyosaurs… more...

    Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    1st May - 3rd May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL

  • Discovering Microfossils

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Fossils on the Jurassic Coast… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and YHA

    1st May - 3rd May

    Dinosaur CSI A terrible crime has been committed in Lyme Regis, but who by? The culprit is over 2 metres tall, has very sharp teeth and a tendency to eat between meals!… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Rockwatch

    1st May - 3rd May

    Rockwatch is the nationwide club for young geologists. It is the junior club of the Geologists' Association and is for all those interested in things geological - rocks, fossils, minerals and landscapes. They'll have lots of hands-on… more...

  • Geologists' Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    Since its formation in 1858, the GA has actively promoted the study of geology to all who are interested in the past, present and future of the natural world. It is a friendly and inclusive… more...

    10am - 5pm

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    1st May - 3rd May

    Thousands of fossils, minerals and rocks, including Megalosaurus bucklandii, the first scientifically described dinosaur, are displayed in the Museum of Natural History’s stunning 1860 neo-Gothic building. Here,… more...

    Grand Marquee

    Free Entry

  • GeoFUN

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Art and Science of Reading Rocks   Leave no STONE unturned and ROCK up to the Geo-FUN stand. Take part in an EARTHLY blend of creative… more...

    Free Entry

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    1st May - 3rd May

    ‘The British Geological Survey (BGS) will be running an activity for all ages based around our Climate Through Time poster. Many… more...

    Grand Marquee

    10am - 5pm

  • Fossil Fair

    1st May - 4th May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Grand Marquee

    Saturday, 2nd May
  • Undercliffs Guided Walk with Natural England

    2nd May 9.00am - 3.00am

    Undercliffs Guided Walk with Natural England Saturday 2nd May 9am - 3pm This is the 60th Anniversary of the Undercliffs NNR!!! An all-day walk taking in spectacular parts of the Undercliffs National Nature… more...

    Holmbush Car Park

    Free

  • The Story of Life - Workshop for children on evolution

    2nd May 10.30am - 11.30am

    At first, nothing lived on Earth. It was a noisy, hot, scary place. Choking gas exploded from volcanoes and oceans of lava bubbled around the globe… Then in the deep, dark ocean, something amazing happened.… more...

    Marine Theatre

  • William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’

    2nd May 11.00am - 12.00(noon)

    William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’ and the map that changed the world Talk for young people Chris Jarvis, Oxford University Museum of Natural History… more...

    Town Mill

    Especially aimed at young people but open to all

  • Mapping our position in the Universe

    2nd May 12.00(noon) - 1.00pm

    Dr Simon Boxall, Southampton University   We think of the Earth as being in the Goldilocks zone in our solar system, but there is far more to why we are here and why our planet can support life.  The oceans… more...

    Town Mill

  • Mapping the Ends of the Earth

    2nd May 12.00(noon) - 1.00pm

    Mapping at the Ends of the Earth Peter Fretwell, British Antarctic Survey Antarctica is the least explored and mapped continent on earth. Topographic mapping of the continent only started in earnest… more...

  • The Story of Life - Workshop for children on evolution

    2nd May 12.30pm - 1.30pm

    At first, nothing lived on Earth. It was a noisy, hot, scary place. Choking gas exploded from volcanoes and oceans of lava bubbled around the globe… Then in the deep, dark ocean, something amazing happened.… more...

    Marine Theatre

  • Stupendous Monsters - Dinosaur History and Science in Crystal Palace P

    2nd May 1.00pm - 2.00pm

    Joe Cain, University College London & Ellinor Michel, the Natural History Museum   The famous Crystal Palace dinosaurs and Cenozoic mammals are globally important in the history of science as the first attempts… more...

    Town Mill

  • Mary Anning Walk

    2nd May 1.30pm - 3.00pm

    See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Join Professional guide Natalie Manifold for a walk… more...

  • Underlands: A Journey Through Britain’s Lost Landscape

    2nd May 1.30pm - 3.00pm

    Underlands: A Journey Through Britain’s Lost Landscape Ted Nield, Editor, Geoscientist magazine Not so long ago, our roads, buildings, gravestones and monuments were built from local… more...

  • Collecting Fossils - Intro for children

    2nd May 3.00pm - 4.00pm

    Are your children interested in starting a fossil collection? Where should they begin? What important information should they record when they find something? What are the different ways that they could organise and store their… more...

    Marine Theate

  • Fossils from the Deep

    2nd May 6.00pm

    Come and take part in a LIVE video link to Scientific Ocean Drilling operations in the Indian Ocean.  Much of our understanding of Earth History is based on the analysis of fossils. This is particularly so… more...

    Town Mill

    Entry by donation

  • Fossil Festival Cabaret

    2nd May 9.00pm - 10.30pm

    Fossil Festival Cabaret An evening of Cabaret featuring the Hip Yak Poetry Shack with special guest Elvis McGonagall, along with award-winning performers Garaghty and Thom, from Slightly Fat Features. The bar opens… more...

    Marine Theatre

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    1st May - 3rd May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology; hosts field trips/lectures in Dorset and surrounding… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Palaeontological Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Ever wondered how fossils are… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural England

    1st May - 3rd May

    Come find out more about the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on your doorstep. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Come and walk the dinosaur runway… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    1st May - 3rd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, next to Grand Marquee

  • British Antarctic Survey

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. BAS scientists at the Festival… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. With the theme of… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural History Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum in the Grand Marquee. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Lyme Regis Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Lyme Regis Museum, built on the site of Mary Anning’s house and fossil shop, is a real gem. The Museum's palaeontology collection is delightful. The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur is the best, biggest and newest specimen. Ichthyosaurs… more...

    Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    1st May - 3rd May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL

  • Discovering Microfossils

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Fossils on the Jurassic Coast… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and YHA

    1st May - 3rd May

    Dinosaur CSI A terrible crime has been committed in Lyme Regis, but who by? The culprit is over 2 metres tall, has very sharp teeth and a tendency to eat between meals!… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Rockwatch

    1st May - 3rd May

    Rockwatch is the nationwide club for young geologists. It is the junior club of the Geologists' Association and is for all those interested in things geological - rocks, fossils, minerals and landscapes. They'll have lots of hands-on… more...

  • Geologists' Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    Since its formation in 1858, the GA has actively promoted the study of geology to all who are interested in the past, present and future of the natural world. It is a friendly and inclusive… more...

    10am - 5pm

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    1st May - 3rd May

    Thousands of fossils, minerals and rocks, including Megalosaurus bucklandii, the first scientifically described dinosaur, are displayed in the Museum of Natural History’s stunning 1860 neo-Gothic building. Here,… more...

    Grand Marquee

    Free Entry

  • GeoFUN

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Art and Science of Reading Rocks   Leave no STONE unturned and ROCK up to the Geo-FUN stand. Take part in an EARTHLY blend of creative… more...

    Free Entry

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    1st May - 3rd May

    ‘The British Geological Survey (BGS) will be running an activity for all ages based around our Climate Through Time poster. Many… more...

    Grand Marquee

    10am - 5pm

  • Fossil Fair

    1st May - 4th May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • UK Onshore Geophysical Library

    2nd May - 3rd May

    The UK Onshore Geophysical Library (UKOGL) was established in 1994 in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry now the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Horace the Travelling Pliosaur Cinema

    2nd May - 3rd May

    Horace the Pliosaur is a 35 foot-long sea lizard fresh out of the Jurassic Ocean. He's 165 million years old, (older than your Grandad). Help prepare him for the day with Paleomechanic Dr Davidson and dotty Groom Jo before… more...

  • William Smith's Map that Changed the World

    2nd May - 3rd May

    An original atlas copy of William Smith’s famous 1815 map, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland … ,  kindly lent by the Department of Geology of the National Museum… more...

    Sunday, 3rd May
  • Kid's Jungle Fun

    3rd May 10.30am - 12.30pm

    A free 2-hour ramble for those aged 8 and up. You’ll need to be wearing good outdoor gear and appropriate footwear. Join in a great adventure exploring around the Undercliffs, Lyme’s very own National Nature… more...

    Meet by the Lifeboat Station

  • William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’

    3rd May 11.00am - 12.00(noon)

    William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’ and the map that changed the world Talk for young people Chris Jarvis, Oxford University Museum of Natural History Chris will… more...

    Town Mill

    Especially aimed at young people but open to all

  • Kid's Jungle Fun

    3rd May 1.00pm - 3.00pm

    A free 2-hour ramble for those aged 8 and up. You’ll need to be wearing good outdoor gear and appropriate footwear. Join in a great adventure exploring around the Undercliffs, Lyme’s very… more...

    Meet by the Lifeboat Station by Cobb Harbour

  • Mapping the Undercliffs Using UAV Photography

    3rd May 1.30pm - 2.30pm

    Mapping the Undercliffs: Using UAV photography to map landslides in the NNR Richard Edmonds, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Earth Sciences Manager The Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National… more...

  • The Origin of Species - Tangram Theatre

    3rd May 2.00pm - 3.30pm

    The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882)… more...

    Marine Theatre

  • William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’

    3rd May 3.00pm - 4.00pm

    William ‘Strata’ Smith, ‘undergroundologist’ and the map that changed the world Chris Jarvis, Oxford University Museum of Natural History Chris will give this lively talk… more...

    Town Mill

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    1st May - 3rd May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology; hosts field trips/lectures in Dorset and surrounding… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Palaeontological Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Ever wondered how fossils are… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural England

    1st May - 3rd May

    Come find out more about the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on your doorstep. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Come and walk the dinosaur runway… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    1st May - 3rd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, next to Grand Marquee

  • British Antarctic Survey

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. BAS scientists at the Festival… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. With the theme of… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Natural History Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum in the Grand Marquee. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Lyme Regis Museum

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Lyme Regis Museum, built on the site of Mary Anning’s house and fossil shop, is a real gem. The Museum's palaeontology collection is delightful. The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur is the best, biggest and newest specimen. Ichthyosaurs… more...

    Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    1st May - 3rd May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL

  • Discovering Microfossils

    1st May - 3rd May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Fossils on the Jurassic Coast… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and YHA

    1st May - 3rd May

    Dinosaur CSI A terrible crime has been committed in Lyme Regis, but who by? The culprit is over 2 metres tall, has very sharp teeth and a tendency to eat between meals!… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Rockwatch

    1st May - 3rd May

    Rockwatch is the nationwide club for young geologists. It is the junior club of the Geologists' Association and is for all those interested in things geological - rocks, fossils, minerals and landscapes. They'll have lots of hands-on… more...

  • Geologists' Association

    1st May - 3rd May

    Since its formation in 1858, the GA has actively promoted the study of geology to all who are interested in the past, present and future of the natural world. It is a friendly and inclusive… more...

    10am - 5pm

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    1st May - 3rd May

    Thousands of fossils, minerals and rocks, including Megalosaurus bucklandii, the first scientifically described dinosaur, are displayed in the Museum of Natural History’s stunning 1860 neo-Gothic building. Here,… more...

    Grand Marquee

    Free Entry

  • GeoFUN

    1st May - 3rd May

    The Art and Science of Reading Rocks   Leave no STONE unturned and ROCK up to the Geo-FUN stand. Take part in an EARTHLY blend of creative… more...

    Free Entry

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    1st May - 3rd May

    ‘The British Geological Survey (BGS) will be running an activity for all ages based around our Climate Through Time poster. Many… more...

    Grand Marquee

    10am - 5pm

  • Fossil Fair

    1st May - 4th May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • UK Onshore Geophysical Library

    2nd May - 3rd May

    The UK Onshore Geophysical Library (UKOGL) was established in 1994 in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry now the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the… more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Horace the Travelling Pliosaur Cinema

    2nd May - 3rd May

    Horace the Pliosaur is a 35 foot-long sea lizard fresh out of the Jurassic Ocean. He's 165 million years old, (older than your Grandad). Help prepare him for the day with Paleomechanic Dr Davidson and dotty Groom Jo before… more...

  • William Smith's Map that Changed the World

    2nd May - 3rd May

    An original atlas copy of William Smith’s famous 1815 map, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland … ,  kindly lent by the Department of Geology of the National Museum… more...

    Monday, 4th May
  • Food, Art and Fossil Fair

    4th May 10.00am - 4.00pm

    Now in it’s third Year Lyme Regis food festival is a fantastic showcase for some of the best food producers in Dorset, Devon, Somerset and the surrounding counties. We aim to bring you a wide selection of fantastic… more...

    Grand Marquee

    10am - 4pm

  • Art & Craft in the Tent

    4th May 10.00am - 4.30pm

    Local artists and makers displaying and selling their paintings, cards, prints, jewellery, ceramics, glass, wood and more. more...

    Grand Marquee

  • Fossil Fair

    1st May - 4th May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Grand Marquee