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MaypoleA bustle of activity is happening behind the scenes as we draw closer to the Ropewalk Fair which takes place on Sunday 10th May at 11.00 – 4.00pm on the Millennium Green.

Fair tickets – just £1 - are now available from Bridport TIC, or in Bucky Doo on Saturday 2nd and 9th May.  The entry ticket doubles as a raffle ticket and we are pleased to announce an array of fabulous prizes including a goal net donated by Huck Nets, a family pass to Wookey Hole Caves, family tickets to the Bridport Food Festival and Melplash show, and tickets to the Jurassic Fields Music Festival.

ShonaleighShonaleigh Cumbers returns for the third year to the Story Café at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 15 May with a tale that crosses cultures, The Diamond Girl & The Goat-Horn Bee. This is a story about a day when everything changes - what should have been the happy ending is the beginning of the nightmare. A blessing has become a curse and the only thing that can save them all is a firewolf, an icefish, a snow tear and a goat-horn bee.

A celebration of Bridport’s Rope and Net Industry returns for another year!

ropewalk-fairPlans are gathering speed for Bridport’s second Ropewalk Fair, which this year will be over the weekend of 8th-10th may.  Designed primarily to highlight Bridport’s unique rope making past, it also celebrates the current netting industry. Furthermore, the event is designed to raise much needed funds for the Museum and the Literary and Scientific Institute’s redevelopment projects.

Now is the chance for people to get involved in a variety of ways!

warren-hitchinThe Electric Palace, Bridport’s prestigious live entertainment venue, has new owners – a local family from West Dorset.

Under its new manager, Susan Warren, who grew up in West Dorset and went to   school in Dorchester, the Electric Palace will continue as a venue for great music, live comedy and film, whilst expanding its range of events for families, children, and older members of the Bridport and West Dorset community.

Check out these 360o panoramas of West Bay by Steve Powell


net-machine2Bridport Museum are seeking people to help them identify a new and exciting collection of rope and net making machinery as part of their redevelopment plans. The aim to rebuild them and display them in the refurbished museum so visitors can really see how rope and net were made.

You may have heard that we have  entered an exciting phase of re-development which has come about as a result of a bequest from the Sanctuary family of the contents of their museum which was formerly located at Uploders. Part of that bequest consisted of some rope and net machinery which had been dismantled and is now in pieces.

jurassic-fields-band-battleIf you're a band or artist with original material, who lives within 50 miles radius of Bridport, Dorset and who would love the chance to win the opening slot on the main stage at Jurassic Fields Music Festival plus 10 tickets (worth £250) this is the page for you.

Band Battles will consist of 3 rounds, an online application, 2 semi finals and a final.

Hipster Beards and Cappuccino Coffees Implicated In New MRSA Pandemic

hipster-coffeeIt has been revealed in the December edition of posh BMA journal that the trendy face hair worn by "Hipsters" to hide behind is responsible for the latest outbreak of superbug MRSA in Dorsetshire.

Dr Charalambous Beardipopolous talking via Skype from his office at the BRA (Beard Research Academy) is an expert in beard related transmittable diseases has suggested that froth from cappuccino style coffees drunk on pavement cafes is the perfect breeding ground for the superbug.


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