2017 Programme, subject to change 2017-08-15T13:53:05+00:00

TUESDAY 22nd August 2017

  • Kid’s Happy Wacky Hat MakingWorkshops, 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm at The Olive Tree, 59 East St, Bridport DT6 3LB

TUESDAY  29th Aug 2017

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

THURSDAY 31st August 2017

FRIDAY 1st September 2017

The Greyhound Hotel (1st Floor Function Room.)

  • 3 Courses presented by Denise Innes-Spencer of the British School of Millinery:
      1. 9.30am-12.30pm. “Wedding Headdresses with knitted wire and metal pieces.”
      2. 1.15pm 2.00pm “Make headbands that do not slip for hats and headdresses.”
      3. 3.00pm – 5.00pm “Rolling fabric trimmings for hats.”

    For more information click here

Bridport Arts Centre

      • 8pm at Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Hat Festival’s official opening concert with RSVP Bhangra – a high-energy, interactive and fun Bhangra music experience.

The Ropemakers

      • 9.15pm. Music at the Ropemakers – Free Entry.

SATURDAY 2nd September 2017

Bucky Doo Square

      • 9am. Mass-hatted keep fit with Luke Hayter. Just turn up and wear a hat!
      • 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 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.

Borough Garden

      • 10.15am – 11am. Keep Fit with Luke Hayter
      • 11am – 11.30. Songs and story telling with “Snake Oil”
      • 11.30 – 12noon Pizza for dogs
      • 12noon – 12.45pm. A performance by Bridport’s “No Limits” performing arts organisation
      • 2pm Magdalena Atkinson (provisional)
      • 2.30pm Owen Lister (provisional)

The Bull Hotel

      • 11am – 12noon. “It’s all about hats!” A talk by Roger Snook. Tickets £5 from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Snooks the Hatters, or on the door.
      • 12.15 – 2.45pm “What to do with pre-made Sinamay shapes: stylish hats for a profit!”  A course presented by Denise Innes-Spencer of the British School of Millinery. For more information click here
      • 6pm. Cocktails and Fascinators in the Venner Bar, Bull Hotel.

Millennium Green

      • Ed Killingback, photographic portraits.
      • Robert Day, Psychic Hat Reading.
      • Petra, fast cartoonist.
      • Kids’ face painting.
      • 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!
    •  Othona Community, Coast Road Burton Bradstock

      • Open Day  2.30pm 5pm  live music, cream teas, craft stalls, natural beauty.

      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