Welcome to Bridport Hat Festival

This year’s program is nearly complete and can be seen by clicking here.

hat_fest_16Our Patron, Hank Wangford opens the proceedings on Friday 2nd at Bridport’s Electric Palace. On Saturday there is a new “Moonfayre Stage” at  St Michael’s Estate and, of course, the Mass Photo and prize giving in Bucky Doo Square at 1pm. Don’t forget to see the Best Hatted Dogs’ Competition at Millennium Green where there is music all day – with seating, refreshments and a beautifully relaxed atmosphere. After the show there is music at the Ropemakers; a Casino Evening at the Marketplace (all profits go to our charities – so have a flutter!); an Alice in Wonderland themed night (Eat Me – Drink Me with Fancy Hats & Groovy Dancing to Ska , Reggae , Latin , Swing and Funk) at a “Beat Safari – Dance Party,” at the Chapel in the Garden; a Ceilidh at St Mary’s Hall in South Street, and with music at the Moonfayre stage continuing until 11pm.

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Turn heads with these exciting Millinery short courses happening at Arts University Bournemouth and starting in October.

The Art of Hat Making Develop your own style and learn different techniques for your hat and fascinator creations. Using your individual flair and imagination and a range of fabric and trimmings you will be shown the various techniques necessary to create stunning headpieces. Historically Inspired Millinery This course introduces [...]

August 26th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

Milliners & Hatters Open Competition closing date

The closing date for the 2016 Milliners & Hatters Open Competition has been extended to midnight on Monday 29th August 2016 Image shown  Tamsyn Brock's 2015 first prize winning entry which won £500 (sponsored by Snooks the Hatters)

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

Happy Wacky Hat Making Workshops for Children

With thanks to Beccas Fabric Larder for hosting the workshops These workshops will be just the thing to keep the the kids busy and let them use their skills to prepare for the big HatFest day on Saturday 3rd September! Bring an old hat, (don't worry if you haven't) and [...]

August 13th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

MoonFayre Stage at St Michaels estate

This is a HatFest Fringe Event which will raise funds for our charities. The Moonfayre stage will be situated outside the Red Brick Cafe on St Michael's trading estate and runs from 4pm until 11pm. Organised and run by the team responsible for the eclectic Moonfayre events in and around the Bridport [...]

August 13th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Raffle Prize Donors – a big thank you!

Charities supported by the Hat Festival in 2015: We would like to thank the following local businesses who have generously donated prizes for our 2016 raffles: Bridport PC Repair, Bridport Yarn, Chocolatiers Café, Frampton's Butchers, Greig & Allen, Instant Redress, Judith's, Natural Life, Pampered Nails, Rawles Butchers, Red Plum Gallery, [...]

August 10th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Best Hatted Shop Window Competition

This year the winner will be awarded this handsome engraved glass trophy, sponsored by Stags Estate Agents of South Street The trophy is for keeps and the winning shop may proudly display this in the winning window. There will also some be wine and chocolates for more immediate consumption!

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|
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