Fay Weldon CBE, Honorary Patron of the Bridport Prize

Bridport's local commercial radio station is Wessex FM, which broadcasts on 96.0 FM. Owned by UKRD, it also serves Weymouth and Dorchester. BBC local radio stations BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Solent can both be received. To bridge the gap in the county, the BBC proposed launching BBC Radio Dorset, but this was dropped following BBC cutbacks.[52] The Dorset Broadcasting Action Group campaigns for better coverage in the area.[53]

A MAYOR has criticised the district council for doing the…

Shingle, sand and pebbles. Steep shelving.

An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline’s judgement is clouded. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.

February 9th, 1964, 8:12pm EST – after a brief commercial break, four young men from Liverpool step onto the Ed Sullivan stage, changing culture forever.

Date: Wednesday 22 September 2016 Time: Doors open 6pm / starts 7pm Advance price: £10.50 (booking fee included) Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport Town Hall, South Street DT6 3LF, tel 01308 424901 Door price: £12.00

Thursday 29th September 7.00  Crowdfunding Event in Bridport Local organisations Stir to Action and Communities Living Sustainably re teaming up to bring the ‘Soup’—a live crowdfunding event and community dinner—to Bridport this autumn. Supporting community enterprise and projects, the first Bridport Soup will take place on Thursday evening, 29 September at the WI Hall.

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From Romans to rope-making. Bridport Museum tells the unique story of the town from its Saxon...

If you’re curious as to what your hat says about you, especially if you have an assortment of garden vegetables on your head, then local psychic Robert Day will give you a psychic hat reading. He can be found on Millennium Green all day on Saturday.

The Unitarian "Chapel in the Garden", on the north side of East Street, provides a neutral development resource for an open faith community.[61][62]

34 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3PX

For membership details contact: Caro Everall

The Art and Craft Fair is a great place to find gifts, unique items and inspiration. If you would like to book a pitch or for more information please contact Bridport Tourist Information: 01308 424901 or email TFoxwell@dorset.gov.uk

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Pick up a brochure from Bridport Tourist Information or visit http://bridport.greenopenhomes.net

Cymbeline is Shakespeare’s coming of age tragicomic romance. A story of power, sexuality and identity – stunningly retold for the 21st century.

Walking is popular around this area...

Visitors are welcome at a cost of £7.50 per lecture

A talk by Captain Peter Chapman-Andrews, Director of the Royal Institute of Navigation. Captain Chapman-Andrews will talk about his time navigating HMY Britannia and HMS Ark Royal.

A CRIME victim who turned private detective with the help of a smartphone app tracked down his stolen £40,000 Mercedes-Benz and led police to premises.

In the UK national parliament, Bridport is within the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented by Oliver Letwin of the Conservative Party. In local government, Bridport is governed by Dorset County Council at the highest tier, West Dorset District Council at the second tier, and Bridport Town Council at the lowest tier.

35 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NY

"Eggardon Hill Fort has impressive 360 degree views across the County. The drive up to the fort is...

And if you’re curious as to how you look to others, Petra will also be on Millennium Green and happy to draw a caricature of you, warts and all. It will be a great souvenir and is sure to bring much joy to your friends.

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In the English Civil War (1642–1651) the population of Bridport mainly supported the royalists.[13] At the end of the war in 1651 Charles II briefly stayed in the town as he sought to escape Parliamentarian forces after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.[5]

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £100.

Date: Thursday 15 September 2016 Time: Doors open 5pm / live coverage from 6pm / Film starts 7pm Advance price: £10.50 (booking fee included) Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport Town Hall, South Street DT6 3LF, tel 01308 424901 Door price: £12.00

With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

Bridport features as 'Port Bredy' in the fictional 'Wessex' of Thomas Hardy's novels, and is the setting for Eden Phillpotts' 1918 novel The Spinners. Frederick Harcourt Kitchin, under the pseudonym Bennet Copplestone, used the area in his 1922 novel The Treasure of Golden Cap.[43]

Bridport's origins are Saxon. During the reign of King Alfred it became one of the four most important settlements in Dorset – the other three being Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Wareham – with the construction of fortifications and establishment of a mint.[1]

The Electric Palace Cinema has occupied its existing site since 1926. It closed down in 1999 but an ensuing campaign to 'Save the Palace' resulted in the building being listed before being bought by a new owner and refurbished to include a digital projector, auditorium murals, a new restaurant and art deco bar.[41] It reopened in 2007 and in March 2009 hosted the world premiere of The Young Victoria.[42]

Plus World Premiere event broadcast live

London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off…

Includes a silent auction of marine paintings and prints.

The built-up area of Bridport extends into the neighbouring parishes of Allington, Bradpole and Bothenhampton, as well as covering Bridport parish. In the 2011 census the population of these four parishes was 13,568.[24][25][26][27] The 2012 mid-year estimate of the population of Bridport's built-up area is 14,697.[28]

A steep shelving beach with pebbles and shingle.