There’s no better time to visit the Jurassic Coast than during the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. For the past 14 years, the Lyme Regis Development Trust has brought together experts from around the UK to share their knowledge of this World Heritage Site. The 2019 event will be held from Friday, May 3rd, through Sunday, May 5th.
Last year, 9,000 visitors from across the country and from around the world came to enjoy eminent speakers on everything from climate change to the use of plastics to fossils. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be plenty of free, hands-on activities and talks for young and old in a variety of venues. The whole town has a festival feel, with the Natural History Museum in the Hub and the British Antarctic Survey Team in the Pavilion, along the seafront.
With guided fossil walks for all levels and ages planned, there will be a chance for you to find your own fossils. Lyme Regis is surrounded by excellent fossil-searching cliffs and areas along the coastline, where you can search for ammonites, belemnites, ichthyosaur remains, and more. Both East Cliff Beach and Monmouth Beach provide a huge variety of fossils.
While you’re in Lyme Regis, don’t miss the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, the Lyme Regis Museum, the Aquarium, The Mill Art Gallery, and the great shops in town. And, of course, no visit is complete without some fish and chips and ice cream at any of the cafés, pubs, and restaurants along the seafront.
Learn more at www.fossilfestival.co.uk
This article appeared in the Beachcombing Magazine March/April 2019 issue.