A popular fair celebrating the town of Bridport has returned.

Bridport Community Charter Fair is today, with stalls spread across various locations across town and events running through until around 3pm.

More than 40 community stalls, including the community shed, are involved, plus entertainment from 14 local acts.

The free event celebrates both the granting of Bridport’s Market Charter over 700 years ago in recognition of the town’s rope-making industry, and Bridport’s Citizens’ Charter, reflecting the principles of 1998 Human Rights Act, and confirming Bridport becoming the UK's first Rights Respecting Town in 2018.

Starting at Mountfield at 9.30am, there will be a performance of Maypole dancing along with the crowing of the May Queen. There will also be a presentation of awards by the mayor, and performances from the Bridport Steel Band, the Bridport Young Performers and Bridport Musical Theatre including many more. At the children’s area, there will be a magic show, face painting and creative art experiences.  

Music will take over Buckydoo Square from 10am, with performances from the Bridport Big Band, Bridport Choral Society, Silver Lining and Shiraz.

Refreshments at the event will be provided by Brit Valley Rotary, together with a bar by Jurassic Fields Music Festival.