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.

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?

Every 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 and Torchlight Procession 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 weekend of local food and drink to enjoy, with demonstrations, competitions and plenty of wonderful entertainment.

Events coming soon

From Page To Screen Festival Apr 24

From Page To Screen Festival

The UK's only film festival celebrating the art of adaptation. Bridport’s From Page To Screen   Film Festival is back with a stunning programme of over 20 adaptations being screened...

West Bay in the War Apr 24

West Bay in the War

Our new pop up exhibition 'West Bay at War' will open on Sunday 11th November and run until just after the 80th Anniversary of D Day in June 2024. The exhibition will feature both existing and...

Earth Sea and Sky Art Exhibition Apr 27

Earth Sea and Sky Art Exhibition

Four Local Artists, Stephanie Mogg, Caroline Lewis, Jenny Penney and Wendy Hermelin are delighted to exhibit their multi disciplinary collection of art works. This extraordinary mix of talents makes a...

Coppet Hill Spring Walk Apr 28

Coppet Hill Spring Walk

Join us on Sunday, 28th April at Coppet Hill for a magical Spring Walk through the bluebells. We are thrilled to be joined by the great storyteller, Martin Maudsley, who will be regaling us of tales...

The Cabarats May 03

The Cabarats

FREE ENTRY The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the global underground, combining traditional Eastern European and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska. Using a collection of...