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Main Day ‘Haturday’ 1st Sept 2018
Bridport Hat Festival is a multi-day celebration of hats, a fundraiser for head-related charities and a giant summer-ending party for the town and its visitors – all run by volunteers. The most creative, quirky, stylish and inventive headwear combines with live music, multiple competitions, demonstrations, talks, displays, shows, a hat auction, games, hatted dogs (yes, hatted dogs) and much, much more, all ‘topped’ off by a HUGE mass hat-wearing photoshoot in Bucky Doo Square on ‘Haturday’. And all you need is a hat!
A big thank you to our sponsors who make this possible. Our “gold” sponsors are shown here – hover over the logo to find out more or click to visit their website:
Here's our new flyer for the 2018 HatFest. To download a copy just click here, print it out - and spread the word!
Donations given by Bridport Hat Festival – back from left: Phil Payne (Brit Valley Rotary Club for Brainwave), Emma Cronin (Brain Tumour Research), Brian Atkinson (Bridport Hat Festival committee), Anna Golding (No Limits), Simon Williams (Bridport Mind Fest); front: Amy Carrington and Denise Greenwood (BIRT). Local organisations were [...]
Here are short clips (courtesy of the BBC) of news items broadcast by BBC Spotlight over HatFest weekend.
We proudly present the prizewinners of the 2017 Milliners & Hatters Open Competition FIRST PRIZE: 'In an English Country Garden' by Louise Clark Pictured are Louise Clark (right) and her first prize-winning hat, with Monica and Roger Snook Taking the top spot was Louise Clark, of Kettering in [...]
This year’s Hat Festival was another great day with possibly the best attendance ever. 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!
Katy Mackenzie from The HAT Magazine said:
“What a great Festival, so well organised and on many levels a really superb event. I was so impressed at the organisation and how important the event was on different levels, from the local children taking part and making their own headwear, to professional milliners competing in a prestigious competition.
Lottie from the View From Bridport shot this short video of the mass photo – you may hear some of the behind the scenes instructions on the radio coms system, to try and get the crowd to wave for the BBC!
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!