With the New Year comes thoughts of self-improvement and enjoyment – fulfilment through experiences rather than goods. We’re lucky to have the ingredients for not only learning but socialising and relaxation at our fingertips here in Lyme Regis. As a result, we’ve put together a few suggestions that might inspire you to try something new in 2019.
Cook with the Seasons
‘A year of preserving’ at Trill Farm, a community project just outside Lyme Regis, plans to help us make the most of seasonal produce. Chef Chris Onions runs quarterly sessions on how to capture the best of the season for the coming months. So think kefir and cheese, pickles and smoking. The courses are for a full day including lunch
Maximise your Potential
Shine for Women will challenge and coach you over the course of two days to build a bigger vision to develop renewed energy for your personal and professional life. Aimed at high achieving women. The course is often described as ‘life changing’, and therefore is a serious investment in your future
Sort out that Backhand
A highly qualified tennis coach with many years of experience, Jason Martin is available to create a bespoke tennis break for you. So whether that be just a lesson or two during your stay or an intensive training course we can combine private lessons on local courts with a relaxing break. Please contact Jason on 07931743168 to talk through your requirements.
Tap into your Creative Talent
Local contemporary art gallery, Artwave West, runs a variety of courses throughout the year with the aim of unlocking your creative talents. From painting and drawing to stained glass work and jewellery making, the aim is to get creative. Highly experienced tutors encourage and steer you as well as ensuring that an enjoyable time is had by all. For a full list of available courses please see
Cook on a Fire
River Cottage chef and award-winning author Gill Meller will take you through the wonders of cooking on an open fire. From building the fire and the effect of wood choices on flavour to preparing food for optimum flavour and texture. Needless to say there is plenty of tasting too!
If cooking on a wood fire doesn’t take your fancy, here is a whole host of courses available at River Cottage so you are sure to find something to pique your fancy
Build a Boat
The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis is a unique school teaching traditional skills. Set up building frames and construct the backbone for modern and traditional wooden boats. Produce the stem, keel, hog and transom for a small dinghy and fit the components together to form the backbone. The course also covers the theory of setting up for cold moulded, strip planked and carvel builds. If a boat is not your thing, the experienced tutors turn their hand to courses on everything from basic woodworking skills to furniture making too.
Re-energise and Relax
Wake up to an energizing yoga class. Feast on locally sourced seasonal produce. Relax with like-minded companions and sleep soundly after an evening yoga and meditation session. Learn about Gut Health and how introducing fermented foods into your diet can have profound results. Workshops are hands on with starters for you to take home. And for additional relaxation, blissful massages can be arranged. Wellness breaks at Dorset House are designed to leave you feeling full of energy and to introduce positive habits into your routine. Dates are 12-14th Feb / 26-29th March / 5-8th Nov / 3-5th Dec
Local artist Gina Youens will teach you the art of Calligraphy in a one-day course covering styles and technique as well as looking at equipment. A very hands on course which runs every month. Gina also teaches Jewellery making and painting. Courses run every month – contact Gina via Instagram to find out dates.
So whether you hope to finesse skills in 2019 or start a new hobby afresh, there are opportunities aplenty. If you need help booking onto courses or require more information – please just get in touch and we will try to help where we can.
Our beautiful beaches provide great opportunities for water based learning too so later in the spring we’ll do another post with a round up of sea based activities