There is so much to see and do at Lyme Regis in Dorset and fun to be had for the whole family. You can easily spend the whole day exploring.
As with any popular UK beach as soon as the weather gets warm everyone flocks in the masses to the beach so if you are planning a trip to Lyme Regis in the summer months then getting there early is essential to get a parking space easily.
The beach itself is mainly stones but does have a small part near the marina that has sand and it is also sheltered by the man made rock wall so it is a good swimming spot especially with young children.
There is also a lifeguard there during the summer months and safety flags to mark out where it is safe to swim. This little part of the beach can get quite packed so it may be worth building your sandcastles and doing your swimming first (if the water is not cold) then moving onto the quitter stony part of the beach, when the sandy part starts to fill up to do your sunbathing.
On the beach they do kayak hire, where you can get 1 or 2 man kayaks and take them out to explore the sea. You can hire them for 1 hour or half a day, unfortunately there being 5 of us we couldn’t really do it as one for the children would have had to go on their own and they would need a lot more practice on calmer waters before taking on the sea on their own.
At the end of the beach is the busy marina stocked full of boats, which you can walk all the way round admiring the boats on the water. This is also a good place for crabbing from what I have seen from other peoples catches, we have yet to try out crabbing here but this is on the list for the next time we return.
When it comes to lunch time, there are loads of lovely food huts and restaurants right there on the beachfront. All the food places sell fresh fish and crabs that have been caught locally, which enhances the taste and experience.
Last time we went we decided on fish and chips from the hut, we all ordered a portion each but on hindsight 3 meals between the 5 of us would have sufficed as they were packed to the brim with food and not one of us managed to finish our meal. We took our food up above the beach and sat on the grassy hills to sit down and eat whilst looking out over the sea and watching the world below us.
This is a lovely area to sit and enjoy as the children can run around freely and roll down the hills and the grownups can sit and chill and enjoy the view and the sounds of the sea. You need to watch out for the seagulls if you are sitting there with food because even if you turn your back for a minute they will be all over your chips in a blink of an eye.
From there we went further up the hill where there is miniature golf and a woodland walk. We decided to go on the woodland walk climbing up the steep hills to the top then walking through the trees where we caught glimmers of the beach below through the trees. We kept walking until we came back out near the shops.
As Lyme Regis is part of the Jurassic coast there is a lot of fossil shops throughout the town, selling anything from ammonite fossils to fossilised shark teeth and one shop even had parts of a meteorite that had fallen and had pictures on display showing it falling down to earth.
As well as the fossil shops there are lots of shops selling crystals and trinkets and also art shops with everything from sculptures, paintings, photos and pottery. If you are ever looking for some art pieces for the home Lyme Regis is a great place to go to look for that special piece.
Not to mention the fudge shops, there are two good ones in the town on opposite sides of the road selling amazing fudge in all different flavours. We always go a bit wild filling up a pick and mix bag full of the different type of fudge.
On the beach front there are a couple of huts selling deliciously tempting ice cream in all different flavours and cones to choose from. Once you have your ice cream you can go for a stroll along the beach.
There are plenty of toilets located along the beach which is great when you have little ones, as when they need to go they need to go there and then.
On the beach there are also trampolines for the children and a small arcade to keep the children entertained once they have had enough of the beach.
Round the corner from the main beach you can walk up to the rocky beach under the cliffs where you can check through the pebbles to see if you can find fossils of your own. Or just take a walk around to watch and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks and admiring the cliffs.
At the back of the shops there is a walkway through the houses that has a stream either side flowing through with the walkway in the centre. Once side is a very steep drop down and no railings so be careful with little ones. When walking through there to get back to the car we bumped into a lovely lady sitting on the bench with her 17ft pet snake called Rainbow wrapped around her. She said she had bought him out to bask in the sun and she let us pet him and answered any questions the children had about her snake.
I would recommend a visit to Lyme Regis it is a great family day out with lots to keep you entertained. I do stress through that you do need to get there early as it is near impossible to find parking later on in the day during the warmer months.
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