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Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week

A week of events for the whole family during the summer holidays which provides great entertainment while raising money for local good causes. Among the many events, highlights of the week include the Torchlight Procession, Candles Down the River, Wacky Wheelbarrow Race, Duck Race, and the Carnival Procession finale.

Fireworks – Friday 2nd August 9.30pm

Spectacular fireworks display from the Cobb to start Carnival Week with a bang.

Torchlight Procession – Saturday 3rd August 9pm

An iconic event as torchbearers make their way through Langmoor Gardens led by the Mayor, accompanied by the Town Crier. As participants head on to the beach they form a ring of fire on the sand before the torches are used to light a beacon.

Torches can be reserved from Lyme Regis Carnival website or from 8pm on the evening of the event (subject to availability) at the entrance to Langmoor Gardens. Demand is always high for this event so it is advisable to reserve your torches in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wacky Wheelbarrow Race –  Wednesday 7th August 7.45pm

Lyme’s funniest, entertaining, crowd-pleasing race, The Wacky Wheelbarrow Race, an evening of ‘wheelie’ great fun with hilarious race action for everyone.

All you need is a partner to enter as a team along, with a wheelbarrow, ideally dressed to impress and we’re hoping to see some wacky ideas! – Trophies will be awarded on the day for best dressed, not just the quickest teams. The race will start at Cobb Gate Car Park and run along Cart Road, up the challenging slope to Marine Parade with the finish line outside SWIM. All team individuals will have to switch positions (pusher & driver) at the half way point testing the skills, speed and power of everyone!  Spectators are encouraged to line the route to cheer on the runners.

Duck Race –  Thursday 8th August  Midday

Duck Race tickets can be bought online or from the purple carnival kiosk which is situated next to the Jubilee Pavilion, Marine Parade on the seafront. Duck race tickets can also be purchased from 11am at the Duck Race start at Windsor Terrace.

Candles Down the River –  Thursday 8th August 9pm

Sponsor a candle in memory of someone and watch as it drifts gently down the river in the quietness of the evening as the light fades over Lyme Regis. Candles can be bought online, from the carnival kiosk or from Jericho Bridge from 8pm on the evening of the event.

Carnival Procession  – Saturday 10th August 8pm

The carnival procession takes place on Saturday 10th August 2024 and brings colour, music, dance and entertainment to the thousands of people lining the route. The procession starts from Holmbush car park before making its way down Pound Street, Broad Street to Cobb Gate then along Cart Road, Marine Parade to to Cobb Square, ending at Monmouth car park.

See the carnival website for the full programme of events.

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