About Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis, "the pearl of Dorset" has become known nationally and internationally for its beautiful location on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, for its history and its importance in the development of earth sciences. Amongst many literary connections, Jane Austen set part of ‘Persuasion’ in the town and the Cobb and later John Fowles’ novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ was made into a famous film featuring the town, the Undercliff and Meryl Streep on The Cobb.
For a small town of around 3,700 people, Lyme Regis is perhaps unique in boasting a theatre, a purpose built museum, a cinema, a library, a community IT centre and a restored working water mill. The town also has a vibrant year-round life of social, artistic and cultural activities, including an ever-increasing number of festivals, designed to draw in visitors to keep the town alive outside the main tourist season but which are also enjoyed by local residents.
However, behind the façade of this small, seaside town in a superb location lie many of the issues that face small seaside and rural communities throughout the country, such as very high house prices, low local wages, seasonal jobs and geographic isolation.