Sunday, 8 September 2013

Bridport Hat Festival

Sorry for the absence we have been on holiday. We returned home on Friday so it gave us the chance to attend Bridport Hat Festival yesterday.


The hat festival is an annual event that has taken place in Bridport over the past 4 years. There is an amazing hat shop in Bridport called Snooks  selling all types of hats. It was the owners idea to have a day were everyone wears hats and celebrates hat wearing within the town. It has become more popular each year.


Even the band join in the fun!



 There were some amazing creations.




It was such fun to see everyone joining in with big smiles on  their faces. We were watching films last week about Britain in the 1950's and it was noticeable how many people were wearing hats all the time, whatever their occupation. I remember my parents and grandparents often wearing hats. I won't mention the uncomfortable boater I had to wear for school in the summer! Of course we joined in although we weren't very imaginative. My husband wore his Van Morrison hat and I had my canvas hat that I decorated with daises and the brooch of the West Highland terrier that Emma made me. One of my followers Heather that often comments here also attended, sadly we didn't see each other. Daisy declined to attend she doesn't like wearing hats and wanted a rest after her holiday! There were however many dogs that took part, so maybe we can persuade her next year!



Do you have any stories of hats to tell?
Wishing you a happy week, it's going to be hard going back to work tomorrow after a weeks holiday, but next time I will tell you all about the holiday.

Sarah x

33 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun. I think hats are wonderful. Too bad we do not wear them more. I do wear a hat in the garden. I have a nicer summer hat that I wear if I'm going to be out in the sun. Good to hear that you had a nice day.
    Blessings,
    Bobbie Lynn

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  2. Ooh Sarah it looks very nice the different kind of hats. It looks like a special festival. Enjoy work after a week holiday. Have a nice week, greetings Petra.

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  3. OH I LOVE HATS SARAH! That is you in the photos? You are lovely! And I thought that was Daisy....but of course the canines must participate! We have a dog festival here called, WOOFSTOCK! and the dogs get all decked out in hats and costumes. On Halloween, we go to a rabbit party called HOPPY HOUR; this year they are dressing up the rabbits! One must keep themselves amused.

    HAVE FUN! Anita

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    1. Hi Anita,
      Yes that is me but with my hair staightened for a change. Daisy is opposite me, she tried my hat on while we were on holiday!Your festivals too sound like fun.
      Sarah x

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  4. So funny!I would like to join you with a very special hat on my head, I love this kind of happings!!!Ι could have a crazy fun!Υοu look great with the straight hair Sarah,I'm sure you have had a lovely holiday.
    Kisses!
    Olympia

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  5. Isn't it great that new traditions are born, especially such lovely ones as this! I have a dozen or so felt hats I used to wear in winter in the 1990s and I've been planning to revive that habit for a couple of winters now without success. Perhaps when I turn 60 I will become a lady and never leave the house without a proper hat of some sort. Or 70, that is the ultimate limit!

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  6. What a wonderful new tradition and what fun. I love hats and it must be great to see all these people wearing them. I sometimes miss the olden days that people used to wear hats most of the times.
    Have a nice week

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  7. What a fun event. I would love to have taken part, I have lots of hats-mostly winter ones and now two summer hats. I have a straw cowboy hat, which I decorated with lavender from the garden. I have worn it so many times on all our holidays so it reminds me of all those lovely times.

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  8. Hi Sarah

    Didn't see you on Saturday, we were on our market stall, outside the health food shop, we had a great day and it was extremely busy. Julie.xxx

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Unfortunately we didn't walk up that side of the street and so missed you. Glad you had a great day we will have to pop over to Bridport again soon and visit your stall. I haven't seen you since before Christmas, where does the time go!
      Sarah x

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    2. Hi Sarah
      gosh time does goes so quick, you might like the Eype event on 24th November, we have moved the venue to Highlands End Holiday Park (where you park your car) it is a much bigger venue, so more stalls and somewhere to have a nice sit down and coffee and warmer and more comfortable. Also we are doing a Autumn Craft Fair at the Donkey sanctuary on the 13th October, cant wait for that one!
      Julie x

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    3. Have put both dates in the diary!
      Sarah x

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  9. how fun! looks like a great day.
    x

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  10. What a great idea! In theory I love hats, but in practice I rarely wear them :( I regularly put bonnets on my little girls, however. Sarah, thank you for your gifted blogging! It is a pleasure to view the world through your words and lens. Blessings to you and yours.
    Gracie xx

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  11. Hi Sarah! Oooh I LOVE hats so very much.....They make me smile :) on these jolly photographs...hehe! I own a beret or two and love wearing them when it goes a little chillier.....I even wear them in work! hope you had a holiday to recharge those batteries,life can be soo busy! ..We are off tomorrow! Our first adult holiday across the sea....EXCITED! hugs and kisses Maria x

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  12. Ahh we tried to visit too, but couldnt find a parking space for our van!
    Maybe you saw us driving around xx

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    1. What a shame you didn't find a car parking space. We parked and walked in, I think they were doing park and ride from West Bay it might be worth trying that if you try next year.
      Sarah x

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  13. What an amazing festival! Very colourful and must have been great fun. I've never heard of a hat festival before. I used to hate hats, perhaps because I always had to wear one to church when I was young. But when our 2 daughters were married I wore a hat each time and absolutely loved them.

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  14. What a fun day it must have been, looks great.

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  15. Bridport is a fabulous town I love it. And what a great idea to have a hat day- some of those creations were amazing. I wear hats all the time in winter. There used to be a brilliant milliners shop in Lyme which was sadly closing down the last time I went. We used to go every Spring and I always came back with a new hat!

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  16. That sounds and looks like a fun event and some people were very imaginative with their hats. I like your type of hat very much.

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  17. I just adore hats Sarah and this sounds a marvellous event to attend. I think it's lovely when everyone joins in on these occasions. Look forward to hearing more about your holiday. Have a good week and hope work wasn't so bad.
    Patricia x

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  18. That sounds like so much fun. I don't wear hats often but I like them a lot. I think they're a really fun fashion statement.

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  19. What a fun festival.

    I rarely wear hats, but I remember my mother and father both always wearing hats.

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  20. Sounds like lots of fun. Have you changed you blog around? I love the colours!

    Leanne xx

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    1. I just changed the background it does make such a difference!
      Sarah x

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  21. What a lovely festival, I love all the hats, It is such a shame they have slipped out of fashion, I love your new hairstyle too
    Thea xx

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  22. What a wonderful idea! I hope it goes from strength to strength. I don't wear hats, but when I was a student I had a big floppy straw hat that made me look like a mushroom...
    All the best :)

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  23. Yes, a wonderful idea and looks to be such fun. Am quite partial to hats and did like the look of the white one in the first photo! As for the other photos...some people are so creative!!

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  24. Dear Sarah,

    What fun your hat festival would be and was great to see your photo, you look lovely in yours.
    My mother went to a millinery night class and made herself a few hats that we always used to love dressing up in.
    I am enjoying the book you gave me, merci beau coup again.

    Sending hugs from Gordes
    Carolyn

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  25. Just back from Dorset!! Hat Festival was FAB!! Have to agree about the parking though!! We toured a couple of 'full' car parks and in the end Hubby dropped us off and came back later for us!!I do think he was very relieved though, as it's not his 'thing' at all!!! Everyone chats and it is just a wonderful atmosphere, thoroughly recommend it!!!! Roll on next year!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, we were have to make sure we meet next year!
      Sarah x

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  26. Thanks very much for the lovely comments (parking situation noted), and we hope to see you (and your friends) back in Bridport for the next Hat Festival on Sat 6 Sept 2014. NB we'd love to check out Woofstock, it sounds fab - where is it?

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