Bridport Literary Festival
Festival Venues 2017
The Bull Hotel, Bridport
Step in off the bustling market-streets of Bridport, West Dorset and discover the wonderful world of the Bull Hotel. Easy-going, informal and bursting with life, this former 16th century boutique coaching inn, lovingly restored by owners Richard and Nikki Cooper, oozes eclectic style and contemporary-rustic charm. Only a short distance from the epic Dorset Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site) and the seaside attractions of West Bay and Lyme Regis, a stay at the Bull offers the perfect combination of market-town energy, rural loveliness and coastal beauty that makes it just about the most perfect place to be.
The Electric Palace, Bridport
Originally built as a cinema in 1926, the Electric Palace was the jewel of Bridport’s crown, decorated proudly with beautiful murals hand painted in the 1930s by local artist George Biles (who incidentally painted nearly all the Palmers pub signs) and outlined with the stylish deco terrazzo flooring. The original murals, old fashioned ticket booth and ice-cream style lights all still decorate the Palace, making it as one of the prettiest buildings in Bridport and a much loved entertainments venue. Our beautiful deco interior is also an increasingly popular and totally unique venue for weddings and social events. After a period of closure the Electric Palace was bought by Peter Hitchin and reopened in 2008 as a commercial multipurpose entertainments venue.
Sladers Yard, West Bay
Sladers Yard is one of the top art galleries in the South West for contemporary British art, handmade furniture and designer craft. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, it is five minutes walk from the beach and harbour in West Bay, Dorset. Changing art exhibitions are accompanied by ceramics, sculpture, Petter Southall’s woodwork, jewellery, glassware, leather and textiles by leading British designer craftspeople.
The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock
Overlooking the majestic sweep of Chesil beach and the wide expanse of Lyme Bay on the world heritage site of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast the Seaside Boarding House is an oasis of relaxed sophistication. A fine restaurant, proper bar and eight luxurious fully serviced bedrooms all with a view of the sea. Open all year round, visit for a cocktail, long lunch, dinner feast, weekend break, summer holiday or extended stay, it is the idyllic best of British destination come rain or shine…
The Lyric Theatre, Bridport
The Lyric Theatre is a very special old building. Built as an Independent Chapel in 1746, it has been a Temperance Hall, the Liberal Hall and was the original Electric Palace Cinema. It was listed in 1950 and was used as the Bernard Gale School of Dancing for many years. From ballet to salsa and pantomimes galore, Bernard taught hundreds of pupils in his time here until 2002 when he passed away leaving a great legacy of dance in the town. The building was left empty for 4 years until it was bought in September 2010; saving the building from property developers whose intention was to turn it into flats. Upstairs is now an artist's studio and a space for creating puppets and costumes for productions.
Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport
Situated in the heart of town, Bridport Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of productions in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film alongside an exciting programme of exhibitions. They have an innovative and vibrant participatory programme featuring take part events and activities for all age groups.
Soulshine Cafe, Bridport
Soulshine. It looks kinda small from the front. But come inside and you discover a wonderful café. There’s a neat place for lots of people to sit and a sunny courtyard. When it’s sunny.
Bridport Youth and Community Centre, Bridport
A centre that provides a positive environment for young people to learn and play, offering experiences that support them to achieve their potential and to help them lead healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. It also provides meeting and activity space for a wide range of local community groups and aims to become a centre for the development of the arts for the whole community.