Another Great Hat Festival!
More photos etc to follow!
Main Day ‘Haturday’ 1st Sept 2018
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!
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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 [...]
The 2019 Bridport Hat Festival main day will be on Saturday 7th September 2019. Further details will be announced in due course. We hope to see you there!
Here are the winners of the competition. To see the full article by reporter Matt Bell click here! or you can visit Matt at @DorsetEchoMattB
Mark Dicker once again organised the dogs' competition sponsored by Animal House. The best dog in show was Bumble: Bumble - best dog in show. All dogs received a treat!
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!