mindfestBridport Mind Fest is an independent Festival for all ages, organised by local People wishing  to help create a caring community. Through supporting and celebrating mental health and wellbeing they hope to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encouraging people to talk about, and to look after their own mental wellbeing. 

The second Mind Fest runs from Friday 5th October through to World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th, with five celebrity events, two films and over thirty workshops, widening awareness of mental health and with the aim of reaching out to the community – the community is warmly invited to join in.

mindfestBridport Mind Fest is an independent, open access, all age Festival promoting mental wellbeing runs from Friday 5th to Wednesday 10th October. It celebrates the creative power of the mind. It offers signposts for healing it. It supports people’s aspirations wherever they are on the spectrum of mental wellbeing. Major themes this year are “Stress and the World of Work” and The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing”.

james-hollandTickets are now on sale for this year’s Bridport Literary Festival, a week packed full of fiction and non-fiction.

The 14th festival, from 4–11 November, is for all those who read books and love literature. It’s more intriguing and illuminating than ever, with an eclectic mix of authors on a variety of subjects. Writers will be sharing their thoughts about writing and looking forward to feedback.

Tradgedy strikes as fire rages through St Michael's Artist's Quarter.


The blaze broke out on the St Michael's Trading Estate in Bridport shortly after 18:00 BST on Saturday.

The Prince of Wales makes his first-ever visit to Bridport to see the newly refurbished Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute

prince-charlesHRH the Prince of Wales visited Bridport to see the historic Literary and Scientific Institute (known by locals as the Old Library) which has been totally regenerated to be once again an important part of the future economy of Bridport.   The Trustees of Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) who have been responsible for rescuing and restoring the building were honoured to have the opportunity to share with Prince Charles some of the history of the building and to show him around the new Town facility.

TeaCupFilm-Apr2018-Weldmar-PatientsWorkingAn animated film made by people attending Weldmar Hospicecare’s Day Services

The Arts Therapy team at Weldmar Hospicecare work with patients and family members using a wide range of creative activities. The aim is to offer people opportunities to express themselves, rekindle skills and maybe gain new ones.

The 30th Stanley Mansbridge Perpetual Trophy competition for Dorset town criers is to be held in Bridport next Wednesday (22nd November 2017).

Criers from Beaminster, Blandford, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Gillingham, Langton Herring, Swanage, Wareham and West Moors will be judged on diction, volume and interpretation. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed crier/couple. The first cry will be about the crier's home town (Borough Gardens 1.30) The second will be about Rope (Bucky Doo 3.00). This is the first town criers' competition to be held in Bridport since 1938.

Weldmar-cookbookAlthough many people know about Weldmar Hospicecare, not everyone knows about the full range of outstanding services on offer. The arts therapies team is just one of those services, and works with patients and family members with a whole range of creative activities.

At a challenging time it’s important to be able to express oneself and reflect on a life’s journey.

statues-legacyA new book about Dorset's statues has been published by West Dorset author Michael Russell Wood.

Dorset's Legacy in Public Statues features some well-known figures such as Thomas Hardy in Dorchester and George III in Weymouth alongside lesser-known pieces including a skateboarder by the sculptor Greta Berlin in the garden of Wimborne Library and Eric Gill's obelisk in Briantspuddle.

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