Welcome to Bridport Hat Festival

This year the Hat Festival will be on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

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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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Latest News

2016 Children’s poster competition

The judges had a difficult job in deciding the winners from the entries which are by children aged from 8 to 10 years old. 4 first prizes of a £12 book token were awarded with 3 further entries being highly commended and receiving a £6 book token. The competition was [...]

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Fun Hat Winners

This year's hats were a brilliant display of the weird and wacky world of Bridport -  that we have come to expect!   Best Girls' Hat The first prize of £30 is sponsored by Nantes solicitors 1. Gemma Fox-Worthington, Olympics hat 2. Holly Mazzel, Spoon hat 3. Mia Wood, Peacock [...]

September 16th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Photos by Erica Anderson


September 13th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Photos by Rob Reeks

September 11th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

Hat Auction 2016

Another brilliant evening hosted by Hat Festival President Roger Snook ably assisted by Symonds & Sampson's very own Jim Rowe, with all the hats sold at bargain prices! Overall the Hat Auction made over £800 - a very satisfactory result which will go to our supported charities. A big thank [...]

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

2016 Open Prize Winners

Bryony Tayler, First prize £500 first prize sponsored by Snooks the Hatters 'A Golden Age' by Bryony Tayler Bryony says: Born in Devon, I’ve grown up on the edge of Dartmoor with a love for where I live and the surrounding area. I attended the Royal Welsh College [...]

September 8th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|
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