Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Natural History Museum Fossil History


28/04/2016 01/05/2016

01297 445021



  • Free for all


The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages.

The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery from 50p up. Meet scientists from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Palaeontological Association, UK Onshore Geological Survey, Plymouth University, Natural England, Jurassic Coast, Dorset Geologists, Geological Society, Lyme Regis Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Oceanography Centre, Dinosaur Isle and many more.Entry to the Grand Marquee is free, and there is a small charge for talks.

There will be lots of street performance, as well as theatre, music and comedy at the Marine Theatre.

  • Learn about fossils from top experts
  • Music 
  • Fossil walks and talks
  • Theatre
  • Hands-on-science
  • Hands-on-art
  • Family activities
  • Fossil fair

  • Visit the Natural History Museum
  • Explore inside a polar tent and try on cold weather clothing
  • Shop at the Fossil Fair
  • Take the Fossil Walk
  • Enjoy expert talks


Marquees on the seafront and venues around Lyme Regis.

There are two bus services which travel through Lyme Regis regularly, the route 31 which travels between Axminster and Weymouth (linking with the train service, which stop at Axminster), and the X53 which takes a particularly scenic route along the Jurassic Coast between Exeter and Poole.

If travelling on the 31, please click here for Monday to Friday (NOT including the 7th May bank holiday), here for Saturday and here for Sundays and public holidays (includes the 7th May bank holiday).

For the X53, please see here for Monday to Friday (NOT including the 7th May bank holiday), here for Saturday and here for Sunday and public holidays (includes the 7th May bank holiday).

If travelling from further away, a train service runs between Waterloo and Exeter, stopping at Axminster, from which Lyme Regis is only a short bus journey. Visit SouthWest Trains to plan your journey and choose Axminster (or AXM) as the destination station.

Routes if travelling by car
Park and Ride

Lyme Regis has a park and ride service that operates throughout the main school summer holiday period. During the festival weekend it will operate from a site on the Sidmouth Road (nearest post code DT7 3EU), to the west of Lyme Regis.

We strongly recommend visitors who are driving to Lyme Regis during busy periods to use the park and ride whenever possible.