Bridport HatFest, main day ‘Haturday’ 1st Sept 2018 2018-07-06T20:27:36+00:00

There has been a bit of a glitch with our website. If you have used the website to send us a message or order a trade stand and have not received a reply – please accept our apologies and contact us on

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:

View all sponsors

Latest News

Hat making at Bridport Museum Wednesday 29th August

Take inspiration from Bridport Museum’s fascinating objects and make a hat so you are Hatfest ready! Bridport Museum is running a family event on Wednesday 29th August, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Come and dress up in some historic hats in the Museum to take a walk back in time! Then make [...]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Closing concert with Hank at Bridport Arts Centre!

Our esteemed patron Hank Wangford hosts the Hat Fest’s closing party at the Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 1st September 2018 at 8pm. Hank  will appear with a clasic all-star, hard-core line-up of country musicians, the Lost Cowboys: Martin Belmont – Stratocaster and a giant on the fearsome Fender 6-String [...]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|
Load More Posts

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!

photo by Rob Reeks

Katy Mackenzie from The HAT Magazine said:

I was prescribed 1 mg Xanax, to use half of tablet in the morning and another half in the evening. It didn’t work fast but now I don’t experience panic attack. I feel like I’m able to live my life to the fullest thanks to where you can get Xanax for a low price.

“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!

View more videos…