Bridport has been famous for rope and net-making since the 13th century 

Bridport’s prosperity came from making netting, cordage and canvas, mainly for the navy. The town’s narrow gardens served as rope and spinning walks. Local hemp was woven into twine and nets for the Newfoundland cod fisheries, rope for the hangman and nets for Wimbledon. Bridport Museum takes you through its 800-year history.

The arrival of the railway in 1884 saw Bridport Harbour rebranded to West Bay to sound more like a seaside resort. Its rippling golden cliffs and harbourside was the backdrop for ITV’s award-winning drama Broadchurch. Gems here include The Station Kitchen where you dine in old train carriages, and Sladers Yard Art Gallery & Café.

The Electric Palace, a 1920s cinema on South Street, has screenings, gigs and performances. The Lyric Theatre on Barrack Street is home to Stuff & Nonsense, a leading touring children’s theatre company. Bridport Arts Centre, on South Street, hosts From Page to Screen, the UK’s only film festival celebrating literary adaptations.

Bridport Food Festival, in June, showcases the local food and drink scene including Palmers Brewery who have been here since 1794. Jurassic Fields, in July, is Bridport’s Glastonbury. Bridport Hat Festival, in September, is a celebration of hats. Bridport Literary Festival, in November, attracts some of the UK’s most feted authors.

This pine tree-topped near conical shaped hill is Bridport’s most famous landmark and can be seen from the main high street. It is named after a local family associated with the area in the 1600s. The 45-minute walk to the summit, via a permissive path from Symondsbury Estate’s car park, offers far-reaching views, and rivers of bluebells in April and May.

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