Welcome to Bridport Hat Festival. Main Day Saturday 2nd September 2017

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The Othona Community’s Open Day

A new Hat Festival "Fringe Event" is announced! On HatFest day, Saturday 2nd September, the Othona Community are holding an Open Day at their beautiful house and grounds situated on the Coast Road, Burton Bradstock. It starts at 2.30pm, after the on-street public hat competitions in Bridport town centre; from [...]

July 16th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Four Hat Making Courses Presented by Denise Innes-Spencer of the British School of Millinery

Author of the new book Tiara Headdresses launched 2017, Denise has been making headdresses for brides for 25 years. Her experience is vast and she has worked with bridal wear designers including Suzanne Neville, Ben de Lisi and Jane Bolton. Her headdresses have also been sold at Liberty of London [...]

July 15th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Spot Churchill Competition

CRACK THE CHURCHILL CODE COMPETITION! - IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ELECTRIC PALACE’S HATFEST FUNDRAISING EVENT: A SCREENING OF CHURCHILL (PG) ON SATURDAY 22 JULY 2017 AT 7:30pm. A fun treasure hunt to find where Churchill has been seen in Bridport shop windows! The entry form costs £1 and is available [...]

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Childrens’ 2017 Poster Competition

Here are the entries for the 2017 Childrens Poster Competition sponsored by Parkers Estate Agents: Parkers Property Consultants and Valuers - your local independant property experts. Approachable, friendly and knowledge, covering the areas of Bridport, Beaminster and the surrounding villages. Call us on 01308 420111 or email enquiries@parkersproperty.com Marshwood School: [...]

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Competitions|

HatFest Closing Concert with Hank Wangford on Sunday 3rd September

Hank Wangford - country music’s ‘King of Pain’ Our esteemed patron Hank Wangford hosts the Hat Fest’s closing party at the Electric Palace on Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 7:30pm Hank Wangford will appear with his all-star, hard-core country musicians, the Lost Cowboys; The line-up for the Cowboys [...]

July 4th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Hats get serious: the Milliners and Hatters Open Competition

Last year's Milliners & Hatters Open Competition entries displayed in Bridport Town Hall Ask most local folk what they think of when they hear ‘Bridport Hat Festival’ and it’s – of course – wearing hats, and fun. But Bridport Hat Festival has a serious side too: the Milliners [...]

July 4th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|
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Last year’s Hat Festival was another great day; despite some rather inclement weather the good folk of Bridport turned out en masse, bedecked in their latest festival headwear – ranging from the artistic and inventive to the weird and zany! View photos here…

2016 Bucky Doo mass photo

2016 Mass photo by Rob Reeks

A few light showers did not damp their enthusiasm and the mass photo was taken, the prizes both canine and human were awarded; and then the heavens opened!

Hat Festival Video

The 2016 Bridport Hat Festival was caught on film with this short video courtesy of Julie (of Julie Hunt Advertising) who has been made to feel so welcome in Bridport – and loves the Hat Festival!

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