This year Heritage Open Days take place in September and many historical buildings are open to the public.
The Lyme Regis Society is promoting those buildings and spaces for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, 10am – 4pm
Belmont House, Pound Street. John Fowles wrote the ‘French Lieutenant’s Woman’ here and this building is now cared for by the Landmark Trust and is available to hire. The local ‘Powder Monkeys’ sea scouts will be providing refreshments in the garden.
Please pre-book: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
Saturday 10th September @ 6.30pm
Free Talk: The Life and Times of Mrs Eleanor Coade of Lyme & Lambeth. Landmark Trust’s Historian Caroline Stanford FSA will give this free talk at in Pine Hall, the Baptist Church, Silver Street. Mrs Coade invented ‘Coade stone’ and lived in Belmont from the 1780s.
Please prebook your place: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, 10am – 5pm
The Guildhall, Church Street. A barrel ceiling, wooden panelling and a host of history are included here with stunning views over the bay. The Town Council meets here and holds civic ceremonies such as Mayor Making. Also a wedding venue.
Saturday 10th, 10am – 4pm
Montagu Lodge, Madeira Drive, off Broad Street by the side of the Galley Café. Home to the Lyme Regis Masonic Lodge and also hosts a variety of clubs and classes. In one of the most secret locations in Lyme Regis.
Town Mill Malthouse Gallery, Mill Lane off Coombe Street
Free exhibitions in one of the restored Mill buildings. 9th – 15th September: Ruth Piper ‘Emblems of Hope’. 16th – 22nd September Alison Webber ‘Shadows’
The Town Mill
Built in the 1300s and open every day to demonstrate how a mill works and produce flour in front of your eyes, have a go at using a mill wheel yourself. See the huge wooden mill water wheel turn.
See their website for opening times: http://www.townmill.org.uk/
The Sculpture Trail, Langmoor Gardens
At each entrance there’s a map showing the modern sculptures installed in the gardens. See if you can find them all.