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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|

RSVP Bhangra at Bridport Arts Centre, Friday 1st September.

The Hat Festivals opening concert this year is at Bridport Arts Centre at 8pm on Friday 1st September 2017, featuring RSVP Bhangra. RSVP is the No 1 “Danceadelic Bhangra” band presenting a high-energy, interactive and fun Bhangra music experience - that really rocks the crowd! From legendary UK festivals such [...]

June 28th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Keep Fit with Luke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLBccNHOVyY This year we have decided to give the mad hatters of Bridport some help with their fitness! Local fitness instructor Luke Hayter will be conducting what may well be the UK’s first mass hatted fitness event. It will commence at 9am before the official opening of the Hat [...]

June 26th, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

Beat Safari at the Arts Centre, Haturday Evening!

We invite you to Beat Safari @ the Arts Centre for the Official Hat Festival Fringe Event on Saturday 2nd of September - Doors open from 9pm -1am. Get ready for a night of fabulous dancing music from around the world. From Reggae and Latin to Balkan Gypsy beats and [...]

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Latest News|

The Electric Palace HatFest Fund Raising Event: ‘Churchill’

We are pleased to announce that Bridport’s Electric Palace is supporting the Hat Festival. The Electric Palace is hosting an event in support of the Hat Festival by showing CHURCHILL (PG), a newly released film about the final agonising hours before D-Day in 1944, as a fund-raiser for the festival, [...]

June 22nd, 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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