A few snaps of our guests from Birmingham Uni - March 29th, 2012
In recent years our Dorset caravan park has become a favourite with university geology departments looking for accommodation for field trips to the Jurassic Coast. We recently put up a great bunch of students from Birmingham Uni, and we thought we’d share a few photos with you here.
The pics were taken at Blue Lias near Charmouth, and over in Lulworth.
A Guide to Lyme Regis Holidays - March 21st, 2012
What Makes Lyme Regis so Special?
So many things. The maritime magic of the old harbour, the glorious beach, the plethora of charming boutique shops and cafes. It’s all here, and much, much more besides. Perched on the Jurassic Coast in one of the sunniest parts of the UK, it’s not hard to see how Lyme Regis earned its nickname the Pearl of Dorset.
When Should you Go?
Lyme Regis is great all year round, but as you would expect, most people come during the summer months. This summer is likely to be a particularly busy one, as special celebrations are planned in the town to mark the passing of the Olympic flame through the streets, in addition to popular returning events such as the Fossil Festival and the Lyme Regis carnival.
With this in mind, if you’re hoping for a quiet, crowd-free holiday then you might want to consider a Springtime visit this year. The first buds of Spring have already appeared and we’re starting to see the weather warming up, which we expect will continue in the coming weeks.
Getting There and Getting Around
Travelling from the Western part of the country is pretty straightforward – just follow the M5 to Taunton, then head to Lyme Regis via Axminster on the A35. Coming from London direction, take the M27 and then A31 to Ringwood. The A35 will then take you through Dorchester, Bridport and on to Lyme Regis.
Once you’re staying here on the Jurassic Coast, you will probably find that you want to walk as many places as possible, in order to take in the sea air and the stunning views. If you do decide to give your legs a rest though, then what better way to see the winding streets of Lyme Regis than by taking a ride in Tukxi, the funky little tuk tuk taxi that will whizz you around the town in style!
Where to Stay?
Full Steam Ahead for Lyme Regis! - March 8th, 2012
We were really excited to hear about the plans for a top-end American cruise ship to visit Lyme Regis this May – a first for the town! 100 American tourists will arrive on 20th May on the Silver Explorer and spend a day in and around Lyme discovering our rich history and literary heritage, as well as learning about the Jurassic Coast.
The idea is to give the passengers of this first ever Lyme Regis cruise ship visitors an extra special welcome, with a party of ‘Lyme ambassadors’ planning to go on board and provide an introduction to the town, giving advice and answering any questions the passengers have before they disembark.
Once on dry land, the visitors will have the opportunity to go on a literary walk around the town, go on a fossil hunt or take a coach trip to Abbotsbury Swannery. So much here to do and only one day to do it, so hopefully they’ll go away eager to come back and spend some more time in Lyme Regis soon!
The visit of the Silver Explorer is part of the council’s strategy to turn Lyme Regis into a cruise ship hot spot and attract affluent new visitors from overseas who will help to boost the local economy. It is expected that this visit will generate as much as £20,000 for local businesses, which is absolutely fantastic in these straightened times.
Lyme Regis is also helping to boost its international profile by forming such strong links with Barfleur in France, with a view towards making an official twinning between these two historic towns. Plans are under way for a French/English food festival to celebrate our respective cuisines – think cheeses, pate and of course lots of wines to sample!
We all know how fantastic Lyme Regis is, and it feels like the rest of the world is finally waking up to its charms too. Hopefully this summer goes well and we see lots more visitors from overseas discovering the pleasures of a Lyme Regis holiday in the coming years.