Events 2022

Below are details of our programme of member events and outings till the end of the year.

You can also download a PDF leaflet for reference.

Non-members are warmly welcomed at our face-to-face events and on outings for a £3 fee each time, unless otherwise stated. For our occasional online (Zoom) events, links are sent out a few days beforehand to everyone on our mailing list.

The venue for our meetings is Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY (unless otherwise specified).

Directions: the Village Hall is in Uplyme on the B3165 between Hunters Lodge and Lyme Regis. Driving from Hunters Lodge, the hall is on the right after the mini roundabout and the filling station. There is parking in front of or behind the hall.

Programme subject to alteration.


We’re pleased to announce a full programme for 2022, subject of course to any new Government restrictions (we hope not!). We host both talks and social events, and coach and shared cars outings.

Talks and events at the Village Hall

Doors open at 7 for refreshments at our evening talks in the hall.

September 28th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Herbs: A Taste of the Unexpected’ by Mark Diacono. A look at less familiar herbs, how to grow and get the best from them in the kitchen. Mark – a writer, cook, gardener, photographer and twice winner of the Food Book of the Year – will tempt our tastebuds with a couple of garden cocktail tasters too.

October 8th (Saturday) 10am till 12 noon

AUTUMN SHOW – our fun informal show has moved to a Saturday morning. Celebrate the Autumn Harvest with classes for produce, flowers, preserves and baking.

November 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm

AGM followed by TALK about Lyme Regis Town Mill. Hear how this fully working flour mill at the centre of Lyme Regis was restored 20 years ago after the local community raised over £½ million to purchase and restore it. Flour on sale.

December 14th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL with bring and share supper. Swap your surplus seeds and join in a light-hearted quiz. Festive jumpers a must!


For all coach trip bookings, contact Jenny Harding, or 07773 604137. Coach pickups from Axminster by prior arrangement.

August 20th (Saturday) RHS Rosemoor Flower Show – depart 9am

COACH TRIP. Specialist growers, horticultural experts and artisans descend on Rosemoor to share their passion for plants and all things gardening. Enjoy the floral displays, demon­strations, and talks, with live music and food outlets. £19 per person.

September 1st and 8th (Thursdays)
Bee Nice Blooms – arrive for 10.30am

SHARED CARS TRIP to this ‘no dig’, pesticide-free flower farm at Abbotsbury with owner Sam Wood who will talk about how they grow, harvest, condition, and market their flowers. Limited spaces. Cost £30 includes tea/coffee and cake. Book with Tricia Boyd 07767 261444,

POSTPONED – September 14th (Wednesday) The Oudolf Field at Bruton – depart 9.15am

If this can be rearranged, we’ll inform people via our mailing list.

COACH TRIP. A guided visit to Hauser & Wirth art gallery and the Oudolf Field, a large perennial meadow designed by internationally renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Bold drifts of herbaceous perennials are combined with grasses on what was originally an uncultivated field behind a Somerset farmhouse. Bistro style restaurant and farm shop. £15 per person.

NEW – Wild Food Walk, Uplyme, Wednesday 21st September, 9am

Harriet Mansell, chef at Michelin Guide-listed Robin Wylde in Lyme Regis, will be guiding us on a short walk in Uplyme to look at wild edibles. This observational walk will help us connect with the nature around us and understand the principles and dangers of foraging.

There are 12 places, restricted to members only. Cost £5. To book please contact Tricia Boyd, 07767 261444, who will provide joining details after booking.

October 11th (Tuesday) NT Stourhead – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. One of the world’s finest landscape gardens in all its autumnal splendour. Beautiful lakeside walks, grottos and temples. Large NT shop, restaurant, and farm shop. £13 NT members, £28 non-members.

December 3rd (Saturday) Bath – depart 9am

COACH TRIP. A Christmas trip to Bath. Enjoy festive shopping from independent retailers at the Christmas market, the Christmas light trail, and the many food and shopping outlets Bath has to offer. £15 per person.

Find out more

Members should be receiving invitations to events by email and an occasional newsletter. If you are not receiving these (and have not unsubscribed from our emails) please contact Lois Wakeman (  If you change your email address please contact our membership secretary Monica Mellor (

You should check this website for the latest information. Jo Benke-Smith is the chair of our trips and talks group and may be contacted on / 07504 442219.

Gardening, social events, shows, and visits in East Devon and West Dorset

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