Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport Arts Centre

West Bay on the Heritage Coast is just 1 mile south of Bridport

West Bay on the Heritage Coast is just 1 mile south of Bridport

Bridport is a busy market town renowned for its local produce markets and artistic leanings. A market has been held in the town for over one thousand years. The Farmers Market is on the second Saturday of each month and there are also markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The annual Bridport Food Festival takes place in June and showcases local and organic produce. Sample some of West Dorset's finest flavours at this great food festival. Bridport's local traders and thriving literary and artistic community hold a variety of events throughout the year including the annual Bridport Literary Festival, the Food Festival, the annual Bridport Carnival and the Melplash Agricultural Show.

The town is also the perfect base for exploring West Dorset's fossil rich Jurassic Coast and rolling inland countryside. West Bay on the coast, which was once known as Bridport Harbour, is just one mile to the south. The Jurassic Coaster X53 bus service stops at Bridport, and runs the full stretch of the Jurassic Coast every two hours from May to the end of September (and every hour between Lyme Regis and Weymouth!).

Palmers Brewery

The Old Palmers Brewery in Bridport has been brewing since 1794 and is the only thatched brewery in the country. Five fine ales are brewed in the original Old Brewery and they are available in pubs across the West Country. Take a tour of the brewery (book online via the website). Tours last around two hours and are available daily from Easter to the end of October, commencing at 11am.

Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum

Museum & Rope Making

Discover the history of Bridport at the town's fascinating museum housed within a 16th century Tudor building. Collections are wide ranging, with exhibitions focusing on everything from local archaeology, geology, natural history and historic costume to fine art and the social and industrial history of the town. The manufacture of rope and netting has always been important in Bridport. The rope industry in the town was first mentioned in a document produced in 1211 under the reign of King John. Rope making in Bridport however is most famously associated with the 'Bridport Dagger' - the hangman's noose, a trade which boomed during the Elizabethan era. Rope manufacture declined in the town after the construction of Chatham Dockyard, but Bridport continues producing rope and netting today. Find out more about the history of this traditional industry at the museum.

Arts Centre

Bridport has long celebrated the arts. In 1973 The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded here which has always attracted submissions from all over the country and overseas. Many prize winners have gone on to become household names. The competition is organised by the Arts Centre which is housed within a Wesleyan Chapel and a Georgian schoolhouse dating from 1838, and contains a large theatre hosting drama productions and independent cinema screenings. The Arts Centre also hosts a variety of exhibitions in its three galleries and there is a cafe and bar onsite.

The Melplash Show

The last Thursday before the August Bank Holiday sees one of the biggest agricultural shows in the South West at The West Bay Showgrounds between Bridport and West Bay. The Melplash Show attacts huge numbers of visitors and features horse and livestock competitions and marquees with rural crafts, local produce and a variety of local trade stands.

Accommodation in Bridport

  • West Bexington   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Beautiful country manor house hotel near Bridport overlooking stunning Jurassic coastline at West Bexington. Restaurant and bar. 13 guest rooms including a four poster room.
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  • Bridport   (3.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    A scenic location with beautiful large rooms with dual aspect on a working farm near Bridport. Excellent position for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
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  • Litton Cheney   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Beautiful country cottage in the Dorset countryside, just inland from the Jurassic Coast with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Cosy log burner. WiFi, parking and pets welcome.
     
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  • Bridport   (3.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Beautiful barn conversion in a private combe valley near Bridport, a perfect romantic retreat with stunning living space. Close to West Bay. WiFi, garden, patios and BBQ.
     
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  • West Bexington on Sea   (4.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £250
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    Peaceful 4 star caravan park in pretty location of West Bexington with wonderful views of the area. Perfect base for exploring the countryside and coast. Very pet friendly. Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Chideock   (2.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Five beautifully presented self catering holiday cottages on rural farm in Dorset close to Bridport. Two miles from beaches set in beautiful countryside. Close to activities.
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  • Bridport   (1.4 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Caravan park on the historic Jurassic Coast. 200 yards from the beach and 1.5 miles from Bridport. Five types of self-catering caravan sleeping 4-6. Pets welcome. Wi-Fi and parking
     
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  • Bridport   (3.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £270
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    Three well appointed barn conversion cottages in Dorset 3 miles from Bridport & the Jurassic Coast. Ideal for both families & couples. Large grounds, modern facilities. Sleep 2/4.
     
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  • Bridport   (2.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £433
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    Charming detached holiday cottage set two miles from the World Heritage Coastline of Dorset. 3 bedrooms, lovely garden, parking & Wi-Fi service. Two dogs welcome. Short breaks.
     
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  • Burnton Bradstock   (2.3 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £335
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    Gold award winning Burton Bradstock holiday cottage with attractive courtyard garden, double bedroom, home cinema system, modern kitchen, parking & Wi-Fi.
     
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