2017 Sponsors 2017-09-08T00:22:52+00:00

Become part of the UK’s best ever Hat Festival – Join Us Today!

Whiteley Fischer

The Whiteley name has been associated with ladies’ fashionable hats for over 80 years and today the company is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers. They have generously agreed to sponsor a new prize in the fun hat competition: ‘best hatted family or group’.


The British School of Millinery

Professional Millinery Courses for beginners or improvers.Denise hat logo British scool of Millinery
This year we are offering courses at Bridport HatFest!
Phone 07590 536402
Web: http://thebritishschoolofmillinery.com
Email: info@thebritishschoolofmillinery.com
Facebook :The British School of Millinery

Amsafe Bridport


We design and manufacture highly engineered textile products, specialising in airframe restraints & barrier solutions, cargo handling & movement systems and RPG protection for armoured vehicles. We work collaboratively with our customers to produce the best results and offer support services, including aftermarket spares. AOG and MRO. https://amsafebridport.com/about-us/

Wessex Surveyors

Wessex surveyorsWessex Surveyors are property and building surveyors across the Wessex region
12a South Street, Bridport DT6 3NQ.
01308 426 471
Branch Offices:
Yeovil 01935 609 219, Weymouth 01305 782 751, Poole 01202 355 485

Vicary & Co.


Vicary & Co. is a Licensed ARLA and RICS regulated letting agent delivering a highly professional and dedicated residential letting and management service to landlords and tenants in and around West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset. Offices at 12A South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NQ tel. 01308 459550 and 5 South Street, Axminster, Devon EX13 5AD tel. 01297 33449. e: admin@bridportlettings.co.uk www.vicaryandco.com

Kitson & Trotman

We have been advising clients in West Dorset for over 250 years with offices in Bridport, Beaminster, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. We offer expert advice and excellent service.
9 Chancery Lane, Bridport DT6 3PX
01308 427436
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Susquehana Hats

Susquehana Hats sponsors:
Best Lady’s Hat
Best Gentleman’s Hat
Most Elegantly-Hatted Couple

Huck Nets (UK) LTD

Gore Cross Business Park
Corbin Way
Bridport DT6 3UX
01308 425100

The Evocative Image

We specialise in Lifestyle and Portrait
photography and are based to cover Dorset, Hants and Wiltshire.
The style is very relaxed, rates are very competitive.
So come and say “Hello”

07896 868553

Higos Insurance Services Ltd

Higos Insurance Services is one of the UK’s leading brokers, providing a full range of insurance solutions including home, motor, travel and business insurance.  Call into the branch at 44 East Street, Bridport or visit www.higos.co.uk

Porter Dodson Solicitors – Bridport, Dorset Office

Our knowledge of local towns and villages is unparalleled. We have close ties with the local community and have done so for over 100 years. If you need a solicitor in Bridport please contact us.
21 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR
Phone: 01308 555630 Fax: 01308 427772

E-Mail: info@porterdodson.co.uk

Parkers Property Consultants and Valuers

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Parkers Property Consultants and Valuers – your local independant property experts. Approachable, friendly and knowledge, covering the areas of Bridport, Beaminster and the surrounding villages.
Call us on 01308 420111 or email enquiries@parkersproperty.com

Stags Estate Agents

Whatever your property we’re here to help!Stags
We offer quality service at a competitive fee.
29 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR
01308 428000

Pardoes Solicitors LLP

Pardoes is a progressive forward thinking law firm with our roots firmly in the community in which we live and work and we are delighted to support Bridport Hat Festival.
Contact Adam Hillier
Telephone 01308 459533
Email adam.hillier@pardoes.co.ukWebsite www.pardoes.co.uk

Wessex Jewellers

When it comes to choosing that special something, you can’t put a price on the personal touch which is why here at Wessex Jewellers in West Street, Bridport we are here to help. From Hot Diamonds jewellery to Ted Baker watches we have something for everyone.
24C West St, Bridport DT6 3QP 01308 425725 http://www.wessexjewellers.co.uk/

Battens Jewellers

Here at Battens Jewellers in South Street we endeavour to provide you with a friendly, helpful service.  We can undertake simple tasks such as a battery change in your everyday watch or greater things like building up a cherished antique ring. Call in and see how we can help you. 26 South St, Bridport DT6 3NQ 01308 456910

The Old Mill House


The Old Mill House is proud to support Bridport’s Amazing “Hat Festival”
Great fun for all!
The only B&B with a Healthy Option  Brekka!
1 East Road, Bridport, Dorset. DT6 4AG
Tel: 01308 – 422310 or 07879 – 044456
E-mail: mpt888@gmail.com
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Martin & Company

Providing a full range of accountancy and taxation services in West Dorset for almost fifty years. The first interview is free of charge, completely confidential and without obligation.
Wishing the Bridport Hat festival continued success.
2 Victoria Grove
Bridport, Dorset DT6 3AA
Call us on 01308 422131

Beach & Barnicott

Beech & BarnicottA beautiful Grade II listed Bar and Restaurant in the centre of Bridport. Nominated ‘Best Restaurant in Dorset’ in the 2006 Dorset Magazine Awards. For restaurant reservations and enquiries please telephone us on 01308 455688
6 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NQ http://beachandbarnicott.co.uk

Beat Safari

We invite you to Beat Safari @ the Arts Centre for the Official Hat Festival Fringe Event on Saturday 2nd of September – Doors open from 9pm -1am. Get ready for a night of fabulous dancing music from around the world. From Reggae and Latin to Balkan Gypsy beats and Electro Blues. Something for everyone and you can leave your HAT on!

Bridport & Lyme Regis News

The Bridport & Lyme Regis News is a multi-media business, offering platforms in print, digital and social media.  The content reflects the views and aspirations of the community.  We have been bringing you trusted news and information for more than 160 years and will continue to do so. http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/

Bridport Lighting Centre

Bridport-Lighting-CentreBridport Lighting Centre a family business established over 30 years. We have in stock a large selection of indoor and outdoor lighting.
52, West Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN. Tel:01308 422318 www.bridportlightingcentre.co.uk


LONG logo Fresh juices & smoothies, specialty coffee, breakfasts, lunches, salads, freshly baked artisan breads, free Wi-Fi and lovely courtyard.
76 South Street, Bridport Dorset, DT6 3NN
01308 422821

Oxenbury and Son

oxenbury-sonAuto crash repair centre. Reliable and professional service guaranteed. Private and insurance work undertaken.
Oxenbury and Son, St Michaels Lane,
Bridport DT6 3RA
Tel: 01308 422020

Bridget’s Market

The Fruit & Veg store with a whole lot more!
Bridgets MarketOpen 7 – 5, 6 days a week.
32 East Street Bridport DT6 3LF
01308 427096

Golden Acre Holiday Bungalows

Dog Friendly Holidays in Dorset.
Wonderful wagworthy walks to beach.
Private bungalows in delightful coastal village of Eype. Doggy treats an
And treats for you!!! More than 1 pet always welcome, free of course.
For brochure call: 01308 421521
Eype, near Bridport/Lyme Regis DT6 6AL
Contact us at mail@golden-acre.com or click for website or facebook

Smith & Smith

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Smith & Smith (Bridport) Ltd, have 133 years experience of supplying fine clothing in sophisticated styles to the discerning people of Dorset. Tel. 01308 422172
8 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP

Carpet World

  • We measure
  • We lend out our samples or bring them to your home
  • We help you with interior design
  • We use our expert fitters
  • We even move furniture and dispose of your old carpets if necessary
  • 52a West Street, Bridport. 01308 427081 email: carpetworld@waitrose.com
  • www.carpetworld-bridport.co.uk

Olive Tree

Olive Tree is a family friendly Mediterranean restaurant in the centre
of Bridport. Our food is freshly cooked to order in our open kitchen.
Information and Menus –  www.olivetreerestaurant.net

Mobile Hairdresser

Sheena’s Hair Fashions
Mobile Hair Dresser
Have your hair done in the comfort of your own home.
Weddings catered for.
Fully qualified and insured mobile hairdresser.
Call Sheena.
07703327688 or email sheenabean1959@gmail.com

The Gables

The GablesGracious Edwardian house offering luxury B & B. Just 1 mile from the Jurassic coast, with stunning walks from the doorstep. We also have a cosy self-catering cottage with private garden, within the grounds
01308 459963. The Gables,  West Allington, Bridport, DT6 5BH
Email:            thegablesbridport@gmail.com
Website:        www.thegablesbridport.co.uk
Facebook:     www.facebook.com/TheGablesBridport
Twitter:         @GablesBridport

Highway Farm

Highway FarmDecidedly Dorset. Quality Accommodation in the Countryside by the sea. Farmhouse B&B, Cottage stays and Lake Fishing. We aim to make your stay special.
Highway Farm, West Road,
Bridport DT6 6AE
01308 424321 email: bale@highwayfarm.co.uk  
http://www.highwayfarm.co.uk  highwayfarm 
http://www.specialdorsetcottages.co.uk specialdorsetcottages


Westpoint Beach Apartments

Westpoint beach apartments; a collection of six self-catering apartments, steps from the sea. Spacious, sleeping between 1 & 12 people, family, group and dog friendly. Family owned and operated. Westpoint apartments, The Esplanade, West Bay, Dorset DT6 4HE. Contact Tracey on 01308 423636,
email: tracey@westpointapartments.co.uk  webpage: www.westpointapartments.co.uk

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Bridport Cottages

A selection of self catering holiday cottages in our beautiful Bridport area.  Search up to date availability for all cottages and book online with easy links to source booking systems.
W: http://www.bridportcottages.co.uk
E: stay@bridportcottages.co.uk

Greenwich Cottage

Stylish cottage with all mod cons within walking distance to the beach and foodie pub just over the road.  Gorgeous views and ideal for couples or small family of 3.
E: enquiries@greenwichcottage.co.uk

Chideock Cottage

Well equipped self catering cottage away from the main road with amazing views and walks straight from the doorstep.
E: enquiries@chideockcottage.co.uk

Parkers Property Consultants

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Call us on 01308 420111 or email enquiries@parkersproperty.com

Warren House B&B

Come and relax at Warren House  B&B, a beautiful 16th Century Dorset Longhouse in Chideock, Dorset – between Bridport and Lyme Regis on the famous Jurassic Coast. We are at Main Street, Chideock, Dorset DT6 6JW. phone:01297 489996, webpage: www.warrenhousechideock.com email: jane@warren-house.com facebook: @warrenhousedorset

Stags Estate Agents

Whatever your property we’re here to help!Stags
We offer quality service at a competitive fee.
29 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR
01308 428000

Symonds & Sampson

Symonds and Sampson

“Buying, Selling, Renting? …  wherever you lay your hat, that’s your home!
For award winning property advice, contact Symonds & Sampson, 23 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NU. Tel : 01308 422092

The HAT Magazine

Hat MagThe HAT Magazine is the world’s only quality trade journal for the international headwear industry. For the lucky winner of our sponsored raffle prize, we hope you enjoy the read!! 170 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7247 1120
Fax: +44 (0)20 7375 2199


Aspect Counselling Service

Aspect Counselling offers affordable, confidential counselling that is open to all. It abides by the ethical principles of the British Psychological Society. Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4AJ and West One Surgery, Crewkerne, TA18 BAY. Phone number: 01308 458600

Studio in the Attic

Sally-rose-portrait-mixStudio in the Attic is the working space of digital artist Sally Davies and portraitist/illustrator Elizabeth Sporne  – prints, gifts and commissions.
Unit 10 St Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport DT6 3RR
S: 07718 178453 / E: 07810 885377

The Ropemakers

ropemakersThe Ropemakers is a traditional town centre pub offering good quality, good value food made from local produce. Lively live music venue in the evenings with festival quality acts.   www.theropemakers.com

Symonds & Sampson LLP

Residential  sales, letting and agricultural departments
23 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NU – 01308 422092   www.symondsandsampson.co.uk

Animal House

Animal House

Creature comforts and gifts for your pets, home and garden. Join our loyalty card scheme for amazing deals and check out the vinyl records out back at Doghouse Music.

T. Snook – Hatters and Gentlemen’s Outfitters

Sponsors of the Milliners & Hatters first prize of £500Snooks
Snooks have been trading as traditional outfitters since 1896.
Selling a huge variety of hats for men and women and many other accessories for the well-dressed gentleman.



Printers, stationers, copy shop, school supplies, large format printing and printer cartridges.

Bridport Radio

Bridport’s foremost, on-line entertainment, gig guide and local business listings. We also build websites (including this one).

bull_hotelThe Bull Hotel

Chic and lively 16th century coaching inn, lovingly restored, oozing eclectic style and contemporary rustic charm. Award winning restaurant, market town energy right by the Jurassic coast.