Bridport Hat Festival, Dorset

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Probably one of the most eccentric festivals in the West Country, Bridport Hat Festival is an absolute feast for the eyes.

Bridport Hat Festival Dorset

People come from far and wide donning their handmade hats.

Bridport Hat Festival, Dorseet

There are a few events during the week, but the main event is Haturday, which takes place on the Saturday of the festival.

Bridport Hat Festival, Dorseet

Everyone gathers in Bucky Doo Square (yes, that’s its real name) to be shortlisted for the Fun Hats Competition for Best Lady’s, Gent’s, Girl’s and Boy’s Hats and the Most Elegantly-Hatted Couple.

Bridport Hat Festival, Dorseet

Then at 1pm, once everyone has arrived, there is a mass-hatted photo. This is a great time to see the wonderful hats everyone has made.

Bridport Hat Festival, Dorseet

Shortly after the mass hatted photo, the winners are announced for the much-coveted prizes in the Fun Hats Competition.

Bridport Hat Festival Dorset

There are also beautiful displays in the Town Hall from professional milliners, which are judged in the Milliners and Hatters Open Competition.

Bridport Hat Festival, Dorseet

Everyone is incredibly friendly here – this is one lovely lady we met, with her fabulous steampunk hat.

Bridport Hat Festival Dorset

I love the slightly bonkers aspects of the Bridport Hat Festival; the Hat Hurling Challenge, Psychic Hat Reading and Best Hatted Dog Competition, to name but a few!

Framptons Local Butchers Bridport Dorset

As well as all the hat-themed fun, there are fringe events, live music, and of course, the wonderful Bridport Market. Bridport is renowned for its mouth-watering local food and drink, so we couldn’t resist popping into Framptons family butcher for a deliciously warm, handmade chicken and ham pie. The perfect end to the day!

Practical details about Bridport Hat Festival


Child friendly? Yes! This is a great opportunity to get arty with your little ones, make a hat and join in the fun.

Dog friendly? Yes

Accessible? Yes

By Emma Holcombe

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