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.

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.