What's On and Events in Bridport & West Bay

Visiting Bridport and West Bay and wondering if there are any events and festivals to enjoy? Well you couldn't have picked a better location to visit.

Bridport and West Bay provide a year round events program celebrating everything form history and heritage, arts, food and even hats!

Shows, gigs and performances

Bridport’s network of theatres provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy live performing arts. From community led projects to productions and gigs performed by some of the UK's most popular acts.

Unique events

Bridport plays host to one of the more unique events to be held in Dorset. The Bridport Hat Festival celebrates all things headwear; well because why not?

For a weekend each September you'll see the folk of Bridport donning their finest headdress and joining in the festival fun. There are prizes for the best hats, so make sure you pack yours!

Carnival Fun

August sees the very popular Bridport Carnival take place each year. The carnival is certainly one of the key events of the year enjoyed by thousands of revellers with organisations from all over the South West taking part.

The following evening sees the torch light procession take place and it is certainly a spectacle that just has to be seen to be believed. A parade of lit torches meander through the streets of Bridport on route to West Bay where they are used to light the beach bonfire that kicks off a night of celebrations.

Foodie fun

Food lovers should certainly make their way to Bridport and West Bay. The local area is renowned for providing the very finest in local produce and the Bridport Food Festival is certainly a celebration of this.

The festival is a week long celebration of local food and drink to enjoy, with demonstrations, competitions and plenty of wonderful entertainment.

We hope that come and enjoy all of the fabulous events happening in Bridport and West Bay, for more details follow the listings below or use our events search.

Highlighted Eventsin Bridport & West Bay

Nordic Walking in the Vineyard Oct 11

Nordic Walking in the Vineyard

Get Fizzical in the Vineyard. Enjoy Nordic Walking under the experienced eyes of Julia and Paul who are UK accredited Nordic Walking intructors from The Garden Studios in Bridport. The session starts...

The Syrian Baker by Farnham Maltings Oct 17

The Syrian Baker by Farnham Maltings

With almost 5% of the world's population on the move, desperate to get away from trouble, this is a story of those who have decided to go home despite the state of their country. This show is a...

Old Herbaceous Oct 21

Old Herbaceous

Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house is Herbert Pinnegar. Now in his twilight years, he's full of...

Tales of Robin Hood by Angel Heart Theatre Oct 27

Tales of Robin Hood by Angel Heart Theatre

Join England's Greatest Outlaw as he and his Merry Friends take on the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham! Be swept along in the adventure as dynamic puppetry and colourful acting bring these...

Mark's Kitchen Table Nov 01

Mark's Kitchen Table

Join Mark Hix in his Charmouth home for an afternoon of great food, flowing wine and plenty of conversation. Pull up a seat at Mark's stunning kitchen island as he talks about local producers, his...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 07

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 08

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 09

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 10

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 11

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

I, AmDram by Hannah Maxwell Nov 11

I, AmDram by Hannah Maxwell

A story of return, reconciliation and rehearsals with mum "My voice cracked on the high note. I saw my Nan wince. The blood rushed to my cheeks – and a century's lineage lay shattered on the...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 12

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

Bridport Literary Festival Nov 13

Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival will be back for a week of events in November 2021. This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all...

The Skimmity Hitchers Nov 24

The Skimmity Hitchers

Scrumpy n western favourites The Skimmity Hitchers are heading back to Bridport. This is not a night of jam and Jerusalem, but of cider and shenanigans as the badger bothering west country heroes take...

Netherbury Open Gardens May 28

Netherbury Open Gardens

In the picturesque village of Netherbury, between Beaminster and Bridport, a 'not to be missed' opportunity to see many wonderful gardens open together on one weekend. We have an amazing...

Netherbury Open Gardens May 29

Netherbury Open Gardens

In the picturesque village of Netherbury, between Beaminster and Bridport, a 'not to be missed' opportunity to see many wonderful gardens open together on one weekend. We have an amazing...

Melplash Show Aug 25

Melplash Show

The Melplash Agricultural Show 2022 is planned to take place at the Showground, West Bay, Bridport on 25th August, and is a true celebration of rural life by the sea offering something for...