Things to Do in Lyme Regis Now That Summer is Over

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As we wave goodbye to summer for another year, with the unmistakable signs of a new season in the air, now is the perfect time to visit Lyme Regis. The Jurassic Coast goes through a spectacular transformation during the autumn; plant life and colours change, and a peaceful, natural ambience descends on the region. Fewer busy holiday crowds, quiet beaches and the town cast in a stunning golden-hour glow. There’s really no place quite like it.

Let’s take a look at some of the things to do in Lyme Regis now that summer is over.

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Guided walks with Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Regis Museum hosts a variety of guided walks throughout the autumn; something to suit all ages and interests. For a truly immersive experience that delves deep into the history and tradition of the region, a guided walk is a must-book! 

Ghost walks

Join the Lyme Regis Museum guides for a hair-raising journey through the ancient coastal town; meet Puritan preachers, pirates, smugglers, and even a headless royal duke. These entertaining ghost walks are suitable for the whole family, combining humour and spooky surprises! 

Fossil walks

Uncover the ancient secrets of the Jurassic Coast on a guided fossil hunt on East Beach and Black Ven. Learn more about the pioneering fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and take home your own fossil finds as souvenirs.

Historical walks

Everything you need to know about Lyme Regis’ fascinating past on this guided historical walk, from its connections to filmmakers, writers, buccaneers, and rebels. The museum’s knowledgeable guides will bring these captivating stories to life.

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abbotsbury subtropical gardens

Visit country houses in Dorset

As the natural beauty of the region changes throughout autumn, now is a wonderful time to explore the historic estates, country houses, and gardens along the Jurassic Coast:

Mapperton House and Gardens

Awarded the 2020 Historic Houses Garden of the Year, Mapperton's Grade II* listed gardens are a must-visit. Enjoy formal topiary gardens, an Orangery, and an arboretum set against a picturesque backdrop.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Nestled in a sheltered woodland valley, these stunning gardens possess their own microclimate. The unique plant collection, cultivated over decades, offers a unique experience for those amateur botanists out there!

Forde Abbey

With thirty acres of award-winning gardens, Forde Abbey appeals to families, garden lovers, and history enthusiasts. To experience the beauty of changing seasons in all its glory, Forde Abbey is a worthwhile visit.

Sunday lunch at the Alexandra

Starting in October, the Alexandra reopens its doors to serve traditional Sunday lunch. While the weather outside might now require a coat, inside our warm and cosy boutique hotel you can enjoy one of life’s great comforts. A traditional roast, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, complete with all the trimmings. It's the perfect dining experience to welcome in the autumn. Our Sunday lunches are extremely popular, so it’s always advisable to book in advance!

outdoor seating at the alexandra

Lyme Regis Firework Display and Bonfire Night

A highlight of Lyme Regis’ autumn season is its spectacular annual firework display and Bonfire Night. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Cobb, watching the sky light up with colourful fireworks and a beach bonfire is a truly magical experience. For the best views, head to Lister and Langmoor Gardens; a free event organised by the Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee. It’s an evening not to miss!

Book your autumn escape today!

Autumn in Lyme Regis is a truly relaxing experience. From the stunning fireworks displays to the immersive guided walks and natural wonders of the Jurassic Coast, there's something for everyone. Why not make your visit to Lyme Regis this autumn one to remember by booking a room at the Alexandra, where comfort and quiet sanctuary await!

Posted on August 31st 2023

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