Website and Programmes One of the biggest criticisms of the 2017 Festival was the Website and programme and rightly so. Many found the layout although informative, somewhat confusing. 2018 sees a new approach. The new website is being carefully constructed and new information will be updated regularly. We are developing this website with a remit of being ‘User friendly'. You will find new and easier ways of accessing relevant info and links to the various Festival activities including Camping, Parking, Sessions and Concerts along with the plethora of music and dance events. If you feel there is any information lacking on our website then please drop us a line on the 'Contact Form' Festival programmes will be available for sale from 1st June whilst a general outline of events will be available to view online providing links enabling pre-booking or planning your Festival routine.
Sponsorship Interested parties wishing to Sponsor aspects of the Festival or advertise in the Festival programme should contact (email address coming soon, or use the Contact Form for now) Sponsorship Headings will be announced shortly.
Event Sites Given the success of the stage venues, we have decided to retain all of them. However, following suggestions for an ‘Holistic’ and a ‘ Chill Out’ area, we have identified that the ‘Colmers Stage’ (Borough Gardens) would ideally suit the bill. Plans are already in place to create a warm, atmospheric and inviting zone for meditative and spiritual enjoyment. The ‘Trevett stages’ (Millennium Green) will operate in similar vein as this year with acts alternating to ensure continuity of entertainment.
Kids entertainment area 2018 will see the development of a dedicated Children's entertainment area within sight and sound of the Millennium Green. More diverse activities are planned not just to entertain children but to create opportunities for them to engage more fully with Folk festival traditions, including dance and song.
Camping A new site has been agreed for 2018 away from early morning supermarket deliveries! The new site will be accessed from Bridport’s Sea Road North bypass. Access maps will be uploaded in due course. Confirmation of Camping allocation will be will be sent out in good time accompanied with a map and written directions/Coordinates. Facilities will cater for all aspects of ‘Camping’ ; Motorhomes, Caravans or Tents; Water points, Waste disposal points, Toilets and Showers. Camping for performers / Artists will be available from Thursday 26th until Tuesday 31st July thereby providing a suitable onward route-link to Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Parking Bridport has a number of Public carparks ( Payable Fri / Sat ) with free parking Sunday. Performers / Artists not staying over and using Public Carparks Fri / Sat will be reimbursed. However, we have identified two sites for expansion parking which are currently being discussed and if successful will alleviate the above problems. Information updates to follow.
Performers registration / Check in Registration for all dance and music performers will be a the TIC Town hall. The only requirement is for one representative to register on behalf of any group thus avoiding clogging up the system with bodies! Updated or amended details of dance sites and stage allocations will be issued along with Wrist bands and tokens where applicable.
Become a part of the festival
If you have talents, skills, trades or just want to come and make a worthwhile contribution and help make this exciting festival better, then please do join our team of lively spirited volunteers and helpers. If you can spare just a small bit of time over the festival then we would love to hear from you!