2018 Programme 2018-07-15T11:05:02+00:00

This is a provisional programme and will be updated regularly

TUESDAY  28th August 2018

  • 8pm. Quiz & Raffle at the Ropemakers, West Street, Bridport.

WEDNESDAY 29thAugust

  • 11:00am – 3:00pm. Bridport Museum family hat making event.

THURSDAY 30th August 2018

  • 7:30 pm for 8pm start. Hat Auction at Bridport & West Dorset Club, South Street Bridport.

FRIDAY 31st August 2018

  • 9.15pm. Music at the Ropemakers, West Street  – Million Dollar Bash – These chaps celebrate the fine music of BOB DYLAN and THE BAND in their own unique style!. Free Entry.

SATURDAY 1st September 2018

Bucky Doo Square

  • 10 am. Mayor’s welcome in Bucky Doo Square.
  • 10.05am – 1pm. ‘The Pop Club Stage’ will feature young musicians:
  • 10am – 4pm. Hat & Millinery Trade Stands in The Hat Market in Bridport Arts Centre.
  • 10am – 4pm. Hat & Craft stands plus a Display of entries for the Milliners & Hatters Open Competition, in the Town Hall.
  • 10am – 4pm. Pop-up bands, buskers and street entertainment throughout town.
  • 10am – 1pm. On-street short listing of the ‘Fun’ Hat Competitions from amongst the general public in Bucky Doo Square & the Millennium Green.
  • 12am-3pm. Music in the Bridport & West Dorset Club.
  • 1pm – 1.30pm. MASS HATTED PHOTO in Bucky Doo Square.
  • 1.30pm – 2pm. Judging and prize giving for the ‘fun’ Hat Competition: Best Lady’s, Best Gentleman’s, Best Boys’, Best Girls’, Best Hatted Family or Group and the Most Elegantly Hatted Couple.
  • 2pm – 5pm. ‘The Pop Club Stage’ will feature young musicians and solo acts and duos from amongst the members.

Borough Garden

  • 12noon – 12.45pm. A performance by Bridport’s “No Limits” performing arts organisation
  • 2pm – 3pm Timothy Beckett is an acoustic singer-songwriter based in Southampton. Playing a mix of folk and blues, his lyrics tell tales of personal memories, tinder mishaps and murderous ex-girlfriends.

The Bull Hotel

  • 11pm – 12noon A talk by Sue Outhwaite “Confessions from a Hat Shop”
  • 2.15 – 3.15pm. A talk by Professor Clair Hughes ” Royal Hats: Uneasy Heads” Also a book  signing of her new book “Hats”
  • 6pm.  Cocktails and Fascinators in the Venner Bar, Bull Hotel.

Millennium Green

  • 10am – 2pm. Music at Millennium Green with local folk bands
  • 10am – 12.30pm. The Bridport Hat Hurling Challenge prizes at 12.30pm.
  • 11am – 12noon. Best Hatted Dog Competition (sponsored by Animal House) – all entries get a treat!
  • 2pm – 4pm. A concert with St Swithun’s Brass Band
  • 2.45 – 5pm. The Mad Hatters Tea Party. Tea & Cakes (plus prosecco for the grown-ups!)
  • 3.30 -4pm The most Elegantly Hatted Ladies’ and Gentlemens’ competition.

South Street

  • 8am – 4pm. Bridport Market, throughout the town centre.
  • 11.00 – 11.30am. Children’s Story Time at the Library.
  • 7.30pm – 11pm. Bridport Ceilidh at St Mary’s Hall.

West Street

  • 9:15pm. The Ropemakers. Music – Tori Redd & the Tall Travelling Troubadours. Free Entry

St Michael’s Estate

  • 10am – 5pm. The Art & Vintage Quarter at St Michael’s Trading Estate.

Bridport Arts Centre

  • Concert with Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys.

SUNDAY 2nd September 2018

The Ropemakers

  • 12noon – 2.30pm. The Ropemakers’  Sunday Lunch.
  • 4pm. Music – Jim Reynolds is a guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music.