2018 Programme 2018-08-31T22:51:51+00:00

This programme is updated regularly. 
The printed programme (not necessarily the final version) may be downloaded here.
For venue locations see Map.

TUESDAY  28th August 2018

WEDNESDAY 29thAugust

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, and HatFest HQ, in Bridport Arts Centre.
  • 10am – 4pm. Hat & Craft stands plus a Display of entries for the Childrens’ Poster 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’ Public Hat Competitions: Best Lady, Best Gent, Best Boy, Best Girl, Best Hatted Couple & Best Hatted Family or Group.
  • 2pm – 5pm. ‘The Pop Club Stage’ will feature young musicians and solo acts and duos from amongst the members.

Borough Garden

  • 11am – 12noon. A performance by “Dynamic Dance” Audience participation encouraged!
  • 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

Millennium Green

  • 10am – 2pm. Music at Millennium Green with local folk bands
  • 10pm  – 4pm. Have your cartoon drawn by Petra!
  • 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! NB please do ensure that your dog is happy to join in the fun wearing a hat
  • 2pm – 4pm. A concert with St Swithun’s Brass Band
  • 2.45 – 5pm. The Mad Hatters’ Tea Party. Tea, soft drinks & cakes (plus prosecco available for the grown-ups!)
  • 3.30 – 4pm. The Elegant Ensemble Competition – for the most elegantly hatted and attired lady, gentleman and (adult) couple.

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

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.