A popular festival will invade the city this weekend.
The Bridport Folk Festival returns with over 300 musicians and dancers on five stages today and tomorrow.
The main outdoor events will take place on Millennium Green, Bucky Doo and the Borough Gardens.
Dances and concerts will take place at the Town Hall, Festival Marquee, WI Hall and Church House.
Road closures will be in place at Downes Street and Barrack Street on Saturday and Sunday for festival activities.
Expect to see Morris dancing around town, but there are no Sunday road closures on South Street this year.
Three concerts will take place and three main dances.
Friday opens with a welcome concert which will feature Reg Meuross and Helena Softley.
Saturday’s headliners are The Countrymen at City Hall, while at Millennium Green you’ll see The Captain’s Beard and Merry Hell.
Tickets and full programs are available from the TIC.
Bridport Folk Festival in 2017 and was, in the organizer’s own words, a “crappy” festival.
However, things weren’t always easy; the festival suffered a washout in 2018 and 2019 the pandemic began.
Organizer Chris Deacon said: “This festival is going to be bigger and better than ever. It’s going to be an amazing year and hopefully we get lucky this time with the weather.”
Chris encourages anyone who has never been there to come and check it out.
“Come with an open heart and a happy heart,” he said. “You will not be disappointed.”
He also wanted to thank the hard work of volunteers and Bridport City Council for helping to bring the festival together.
“Bridport is superb,” he said. “I’ve never been to a town with a bigger heart than Bridport. I called for volunteers and they came, musicians and I was inundated. That’s the nature of Bridport – it’s a place stunning. ”