IBW17Independent Bookshop Week 24 June - 1 July 2017 Celebrate your Local Independent Bookshop and support your local economy.

Saturday, June 24th
11am Family Games: Ages 4+ Join us for a fun morning playing games with the little ones
3pm Family Games: Ages 8+ Join us for a fun afternoon playing games with the kids

skimmity-seaThe Skimmity Hitchers are excited to be acting as West Country Scrumpy Ambassadors this summer when they sail across the Channel to play the Festival OUT CIDER in Brittany on 7th - 9th July. But before then, on Thursday 6th July they will be playing a special "Au Revoir"  gig at the Ropemakers.

A few intrepid cider explorers are coming along to France for the adventure, and all of you are welcome to join the fun. The festival and camping are completely free so all you'll need to pay for is travel, cider and food!


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.

book-binderyJoin us on a bookbinding Journey through the many ways books have developed and evolved. You will explore materials and learn how to work with them to achieve strong useable books in a range of styles.

BOOKBINDING CLASSES are on Wednesdays from 7pm–9pm June 7th to July 12th September 6th–October 11th £145 (concessions £120)

graves-hand-cycleRobert Graves is hand-cycling 2,500 miles of the UK coastline to raise money for his favourite charities (Sea Shepherds) (SIA Spinal Injury Association) and (The Cycling Project). Scroll to the bottom to donate. Robert will be passing through Bridport on 4th July on the third day of this epic challenge so give him a cheer if you see him.

Robert's story is remarkable in that he is part paralysed; here is his story:


After more than 6 years of planning, Bridport Area Development Trust is about to start work on the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute building in East Street.  The Grade 2* listed building in East Street has been empty since 1997 and is currently on the national At Risk register.


kioskMrs Margaret Miggins' ice cream kiosk is up for rent.

The kiosk that stands on West Bay esplanade has been there since time immemorial withstanding the battering of the elements and standing the strongest of storms, with Margaret and John serving sustenance to all weary travellers.

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Images of Bridport and West Bay

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