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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:
"Crown, bonnet or a hat from Locke's - a hat is the least necessary element of clothing but also the most powerful". We are pleased to announce that Clair Hughes, an independent scholar, will be giving a talk at The Bull Hotel, at 2.15pm on HatFest day. It will about [...]
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 [...]
We are starting to receive entries for the 2018 competition, and here they are!
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 [...]
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!