Bridport HatFest, main day ‘Haturday’ 7th Sept 2019 2019-01-17T17:01:18+00:00

Main Day ‘Haturday’ 7th Sept 2019

Bridport Hat Festival is a 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!

2018 was another Great Hat Festival!

The 2018 Mass Photo taken by Rob Reeks

More photos etc to follow!

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2019 Hat Festival committee

Chair- Sheena Iveson PR , media, Fun Hat competition organiser - Amanda Montague Secretary- Tracey Stevenson Treasurer- James Scott Events organiser - Carolyn Randall Sponsorship and funding -Jacqui Lovett and Elaine McMahon

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About Bridport Hat Festival

                           ABOUT BRIDPORT HAT FESTIVAL Bridport Hat Festival was started in 2009 by Roger Snook of Snook the Hatters, to foster a love of head wear and raise money for head-related charities. Since its inception, the Hat festival [...]

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2018 Shop Window Competition

Once again it has been very difficult to pick the worthiest entry, with such a wide range of differing approaches. Thanks to everyone who "hatted" their window - it does add such a lot to the atmosphere throughout the town at HatFest time. However, a winner there has to be [...]

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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:
“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!

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