TUESDAY  29th Aug 2017

  • 8pm. Quiz & Raffle at the Ropemakers, West Street, Bridport.

THURSDAY 31st August 2017

  • 8pm. Hat Auction at Bridport & West Dorset Club, South Street Bridport.

FRIDAY 1st September 2017

  • 8pm. Bridport Hat Festival’s official opening concert with RSVP Bhangra – a high-energy, interactive and fun Bhangra music experience
  • 9.15pm. Music at the Ropemakers – Free Entry.

SATURDAY 2nd September 2017

Bucky Doo Square

  • 10 am. Mayor’s welcome in Bucky Doo Square.
  • 10.05am – 1pm. ‘The Pop Club Stage’ will feature young musicians from Beaminster, Dorchester and Weymouth Pop Clubs, and solo acts and duos from amongst the members.
  • 10am – 4pm. Hat & Millinery Trade Stands in The Hat Market in Bridport Arts Centre.
  • 10am – 4pm. Hat & Craft stands plus a Display of entries for the Milliners & Hatters Open Competition, in the Town Hall.
  • 10am – 4pm. Pop-up bands, buskers and street entertainment throughout town.
  • 10am – 1pm. On-street short listing of the ‘Fun’ Hat Competitions from amongst the general public in Bucky Doo Square & the Millennium Green.
  • 12am-3pm. Music in the Bridport & West Dorset Club.
  • 1pm – 1.30pm. MASS HATTED PHOTO in Bucky Doo Square.
  • 1.30pm – 2pm. Judging and prize giving for the ‘fun’ Hat Competition: Best Lady’s, Best Gentleman’s, Best Boys’, Best Girls’, Best Hatted Family Group and the Most Elegantly Hatted Couple,
  • 2pm -5pm. ‘The Pop Club Stage’ will feature young musicians from Beaminster, Dorchester and Weymouth Pop Clubs, and solo acts and duos from amongst the members.
  • 5pm – 5.15pm. Judging of the Best Hat & Millinery Trade Stand Display at the Town Hall, prize donated by Brain Tumour Research.
  • 5.15pm – 6pm. Final judging and prize-giving of the Milliners & Hatters Open Competition, at the Town Hall.

The Bull Hotel

  • 11am – 12noon. A talk by Roger Snook
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm. A talk – subject to be advised.
  • 6pm. Cocktails and Fascinators in the Venner Bar, Bull Hotel.

Millennium Green

  • 10am – 2pm. Music at Millennium Green with local folk bands
  • 10am – 12.45pm. The Bridport Hat Hurling Challenge prizes at 12.45pm.
  • 11am – 12noon. Best Hatted Dog Competition (sponsored by Animal House) – all entries get a treat!
  • 2pm – 4pm. A concert with St Swithun’s Brass Band

South Street

  • 8am – 4pm. Bridport Market, throughout the town centre.
  • 11.00 – 11.30am. Children’s Story Time at the Library.
  • 7.30pm – 11pm. Bridport Ceilidh at St Mary’s Hall.

West Street

  • 9:15pm. Ropemakers Arms, West Street, Music – Free Entry

St Michael’s Estate

  • 10am – 5pm. The Art & Vintage Quarter at St Michael’s Trading Estate.

Bridport Arts Centre

  • 9pm – 1am. We invite you to Beat Safari @ the Arts Centre for the Official Hat Festival Fringe Event. Get ready for a night of fabulous dancing music from around the world. From Reggae and Latin to Balkan Gypsy beats and Electro Blues. Something for everyone and you can leave your HAT on!

SUNDAY 3rd September 2017

The Ropemakers

  • 12noon – 2.30pm. The Ropemakers Mad Hatters Sunday Lunch – Bottle of wine awarded for the best head attire. Normal size Sunday lunch £10.95, smaller portions for smaller appetites available.

The Bull Hotel

  • 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Tea Dance hosted by Glenn Bayliss in the Bull Hotel Ballroom.
  • 5pm – 6pm. Best Ladies Fascinator prize award in the Venner Bar – cocktails available

Bridport Electric Palace

  • 8pm. The Bridport Hat Festival closing concert with Hank Wangford and his Lost Cowboys at the Electric Palace.