What’s On – Bridport

With it’s bustling Saturday and Wednesday markets, Bridport always draws the crowds. There are also an excellent array of events throughout the year in the town and the surrounding villages.

 

Easter Eggs

March

Giant Easter Egg Hunt Abbotsbury

Visit these beautiful gardens where you are able to win giant Easter Eggs along with many other prizes.

April

Mapperton Spring Charity Fair

A real gardeners day out, this charity plant fair is a great opportunity for budding horticulturalists to seek out that special plant to take home. Set in the grounds of Mapperton House, a sandstone manor in the heart of Hardy country and home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.

May

knob throwingDorset Knob Throwing

The ‘see it to believe it’ Dorset Knob (a hard biscuit made by Moores Biscuits) throwing championships started in Cattistock, West Dorset in 2008 due to popularity it moved to Kingston Maurward near Dorchester in 2017.

Spring Tide Food Festival

A foodies paradise; an exciting array of local foods producers right on the beach at Burton Bradstock.

Cygnets Hatching Abbotsbury

From the middle of May through to mid June, little balls of grey down appear from eggs that have patiently been incubated by beautiful white swans. The Cygnets have arrived! You are able to walk through the colony of nesting Mute Swans and marvel at the beauty of these birds.

June

Birds Of Prey Display Abbotsbury

Another attraction at the Swannery in Abbotsbury is the Birds of Prey display where you will be able to see Frankie the Barn Owl flying.

West Dorset Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally

This rally has a great mix of vintage vehicles, tractors and steam engines. There is also a marquee with craft stalls and exhibits as well as displays in the main ring.

Bridport Food Festival

A week of wonderful food events in and around the town, culminating in a Beer Festival on Askers Meadows on the outskirts of town. Enjoy wonderful ales, cracking ciders and a great selection of street food.

abbotsbury swanJuly

Bridport Charter Fair

A celebration of Bridport’s Borough status which was first awarded by King Henry III in 1253. This event is held in South Street and other venues throughout the town.

Jurassic Fields Music Festival

Held at Askers Meadows, this is a family day out of fun, food, comedy and music from the local area.

Pirates Day

A fun day at West Bay in aid of various charities.

R.N.L.I. Raft Race

Hundreds of people flock to West Bay to watch teams from local companies in fancy dress take to the water in seaworthy, and some not so seaworthy, rafts of varying shapes and sizes. The 200 hundred yard race up and down the River Brit is in aid of the R.N.L.I.

Ugly Ducklings Abbotsbury

The Cygnets are growing and there are now hundreds of the fluffy grey baby swans swimming and running around the Swannery getting into all sorts of trouble.

August

Vikings Invade Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

This is one weekend a year when Abbotsbury is invaded by the Vikings. There are combat display at 12:15pm and then the Vikings take on the kids at 3pm. I wonder who will win?

Band in BridportWest Bay Day

This annual event of music, food and fun is a celebration of the history of West Bay. It originates back to the mid 1800s when it was known as West Bay Regatta.

Bridport Carnival

The third Saturday of August heralds the highlight of the town’s social calendar with a procession of floats travelling along West Street then down South Street. The carnival weekend culminates with terrific Torch Light Procession where over 1,500 torches are carried by families from Bucky Doo Square down to West Bay where there is a beach bonfire and a fantastic firework display.

R.N.L.I. BBQ

Check out this great beach BBQ on Seatown Beach (near The Anchor Inn) in aid of the R.N.L.I.

 

BridportBuckham Fair

Every August since 2008, Buckham Fair has been held by Martin and Phillipa Clunes on land which has an ancient charter. The fair has grown from a small local pony and dog show to a larger event with display teams, trade stands and fair-ground rides.

Melplash Show

This is the event of the year for farmers from far and wide.  As the premier agricultural show in the South West this is really the show to attend to see some magnificent animals being shown in the rings and tents packed with exhibits of horticulture and home crafts.

September

Bridport Hat Festival

Founded by Roger Snook of Snooks The Hatters in 2010, the hat festival is now attended by thousands of hat fans from all over the country (and the world). Put on your favourite “Titfer” or make one and enter one of the competitions.

Eggardon Kite Festival

Head up to one of the most amazing beauty spots in West Dorset and take in the scenery from this Iron-Age Hillfort. You can also join in and fly your own kite or take part in kite workshops which are held through the day.

October

abbotsbury gardensEnchanted Illuminations Abbotsbury Gardens

The glorious gardens are opened up for the evening with lights to illuminate the trees of this Sub-Tropical Paradise.

Halloween Fun at Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

A special spooky corner is set up on the farm to entertain the children at this ghoulish time of year.

November

Bridport Literary Festival

This week long festival celebrates everything about reading and literature.

Bonfire Night East Beach

Guy Fawkes night on the beach with fireworks and music. Make your own Guy Fawkes and be in with a chance to  light the fire!

December

Christmas Tree Festival

Over 60 trees, decorated in different themes by local charities, community groups, clubs and schools, on display at the Bridport United Church.

West Bay Wallow

This annual event on Boxing Day sees thousands of people coming to the piers of West Bay to see the brave (or mad!) dress up and take the plunge and wallow in the waters of West Bay.

 

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