Activate Performing Arts have announced that Lyme Regis will be part of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark 100 years since Armistice Day.

About Pages of the Sea

On 11 November 2018, the public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK in remembrance of the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War. Weymouth and Lyme Regis have been announced as locations for this event, and more beaches will be announced shortly.

The events on the beaches will centre around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, which will wash away as the tide comes in. On the day, the public can join in by creating stenciled silhouettes of people in the sand and a new commissioned poem by Carol Ann Duffy will be performed by local communities.

How You Can Get Involved

Take part online and say a personal thank you and goodbye at

The local community to get involved in workshops, including one at Weymouth Library, a venue that is part of the ‘Libraries for Cultural Hubs’ project the Arts Development Company is leading on:

Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday 23rd October and Tuesday 30th October, 2pm – 4pm

Weymouth Library, Great George St, Weymouth DT4 8NN

Join a FREE two-part poetry workshop, Explore and discuss the work of war poets Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and others through reading, and create new poems using prompts. Led by Matt West from Artful Scribe.

Book now via:

Family History Workshop

Wednesday 24th October 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

Dorset History Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RP

This free event led by Maria Gayton will give you the chance to research your family history and personal connection to the First World War. With guidance from experts and access to a wealth of resources at the Dorset History Centre, you’ll have a chance to say a very personal thank you and goodbye at the Pages of the Sea event on 11th November.

Tickets are FREE but limited to 20 places only and must be booked in advance.

Book now via

ANZAC Story Cafe

Sat 27th October 2pm – 5pm

Waverley Community Hub, 121 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, DT4 0JX

Ever wondered why the streets in Westham are named after Australia? Come and find out the vital role that Weymouth played supporting Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War One.

You are invited to join local historians and residents for a free, informal afternoon discovering this fascinating time in Weymouth’s history. Bring along your own stories to share, delve into the Anzac history archives and find out more from the experts.

FREE event with no booking required. Free refreshments provided.

Open Mic Sessions

Sunday 11th November

Weymouth Beach: 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm

Lyme Regis: 2pm – 3pm

In addition to Carol Ann Duffy’s new poem, you are invited to share your own chosen words which can be on a personal level on the beach or through the informal ‘Open Mic’ sessions available during the afternoon. Contributions to share may include existing poems, letters or pieces of writing or be a new response to the First World War you have created personally or with a group.

Register your interest in sharing your words here

For more information please visit

Pages of the Sea is commissioned and produced by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and delivered with partner organisations across the UK: National Trust; Activate Performing Arts; Creative Foundation; Eden Project; National Theatre Scotland; Nerve Centre; Swansea City Council and Sunderland Culture.

Supported by The National Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.

Dorset events are funded by Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, with additional support from the Arts Development Company.