Taking place in August each year
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 from 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.
The town has its own arts centre, plus independent cinema and music venue.
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!
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.
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 fortnight long celebration of local food and drink to enjoy, with demonstrations, competitions and plenty of wonderful entertainment.
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