Welcome to the Bridport Hat Festival

Plans for the 2015 Bridport Hat Festival are under way, sign up to our newsletter to be among the first to know what’s happening for the sixth hat festival.

The Ropemakers have announced their events for the Hat Festival weekend (click for full details) :

  • Friday night Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywags – 9:15pm – Free Entry.
  • Saturday 5th BEMIS – 9:15pm – Free Entry.
  • Sunday 6th – 12:00 midday to 2:30pm – Mad Hatters Sunday Lunch.
  • Sunday 6th -Ash Mandrake – 4:00pm – Free Entry.


The 2015 Hat Festival Bags have arrived!

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The new colour range is: Lavender, candy pink, lime green, bayou blue, orange & pewter. The price is the same as last year (£5) and they are available now from Snook’s Hatters and Gentleman’s Outfitters in West Street and the Tourist Information Office.

The Hat Amnesty is declared!

Please donate all your unwanted hats and headwear to the Hat Festival Auction. Simply take them to the Hat Shop in West Street so that they may be sold at the Hat Auction which will be held at the Bridport & West Dorset Club in South Street, at 8pm on Thursday 3rd September 2015. All money raised is donated to charity. For more details click here!

Two new ‘Hat Festival Fringe Events’!

These are events that whilst not being organised by the Hat Festival, have been approved as part of the festival and will be donating some of their income to our charities:

The Allington Hillbillies ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’

A relaxed family event full of fun. Live music, children’s activities, food and bonfire. The Main festival event will be held in Cooper’s Field, Hospital Lane, North Allington. Starting at 5pm on Hat Festival day. Entrance is free, just don’t forget your hat! Click here for more details!

Bridport Ceilidhs – ‘for the fun of it!’

7.30-11pm in Church House Hall, South Street, on Hat Festival day, with ‘The Chris Toyne “Big Hats” Band’ and caller Steve “Flat Cap” Cunio. Click here for more details!

The Chameleonic Drummers will be performing again at this year’s festival!

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Mass Photograph 2014

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in previous Bridport Hat Festivals…

Video via Watershed PRView 2013 photos…

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Mass Hat Wearing Photographs

2012 Mass hat wearing, photograph taken in Bucky Doo Square, Bridport.

2011 Mass hat photograph taken in Bucky Doo Square, Bridport2011 Mass hat wearing, photograph taken in Bucky Doo square, Bridport.

2010 Mass hat photograph taken in Bucky Doo Square, Bridport
2010 Mass hat photograph taken in Bucky Doo Square, Bridport

More photographs…

Many thanks to all the volunteers, entertainers, activity leaders, competitors, traders, venues and sponsors who have taken part in previous years – and special thanks to all the people (and dogs) who have worn a hat and had a wonderful time. Come back again!




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