The Electric Palace

In 1926 the local brewing family JC and RH Palmer, took the courageous and enterprising step to build an opera house in Bridport.  A new venture in every way, but particularly because it was powered by electricity, a rare commodity for many at the time.  Generating its own power, it enabled the people of Bridport to experience the wonder and glamour of a new age of cinema, as well as opera and other stage shows.  Bridport is fortunate to have not only a cultural gem but an architectural one too. The building retains many of its original features in the Art Deco style and the centrepiece of the building is the collection of stunning ‘art deco’ murals painted by George Biles in 1936. The Electric Palace has been operating almost continually since 1926 with great success.  It has recently undergone a  extensive renovation retaining and enhancing the original features and improving the cinema technology, stage equipment and other facilities to bring it into the 21st century.  The building is still owned by a local family  and continues to provide first-class film and live entertainment for the people of Bridport, West Dorset and beyond.

Bridlit audiences love the atmosphere and all the comforts of the Electric Palace.

35 South St, Bridport DT6 3NY / 01308 424 901 /

The Bridport Library

The Bridport Library in South Street is a state of the art new building housing a wonderfully varied collection of books for those who love reading, learning and literature.  It is of enormous value to the people of Bridport and should be cherished.  Its proactive Librarian, Claire Leech,  is constantly looking for ways to attract young readers and we are delighted to be holding two of our BridLit Kids events here this year.

South St, Bridport DT6 3NY / 01308 422 778

The Bull Hotel

The beautifully restored 16th century coaching inn with its charm and character in the centre of town, has become the natural ‘hub’ of the Festival.  Many of the events take place here and it is a good watering hole for audiences moving from event to event.  There is an excellent restaurant and an affordable Pizza and Pie eaterie in The Stables next door.  A perfect place to stay during the festival week along with the Bridge House Hotel in East Street which you will find featured on our Places to Stay page.

34 East St Bridport / 01308 422 878 /

Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard was opened as an art gallery in 2006 by the designer craftsman Petter Southall and his wife, curator and gallery director, Anna Powell.

Sladers Yard is a private art gallery dedicated to exhibiting and selling contemporary British art, handmade furniture designed by Petter Southall and designer craft by leading artists, designers and makers. Sladers Yard presents a high quality changing programme of selling exhibitions throughout the year. We sell work directly from the artist so customers know when you buy from us that the artwork is genuine and that the money you spend directly supports and provides a living for some of the most talented artists and makers working today. Between exhibitions we represent artists, often holding their artworks in stock and available to buy from this website, and where appropriate taking commissions for bespoke pieces. Please see individual artist pages for more information or contact the gallery on

Sladers Yard Gallery and Café Sladers, West Bay, DT6 4EL / 01308 459511 /

Mercato Italiano

Mercato Italiano was established as a weekly market stall supplying high quality cured meats and cheeses to the general public directly imported by Ilaria using her Italian produce contacts. This expanded out to include tasting experiences and food festivals. Trading now in Bridport Market twice a week and Axminster Market on a weekly basis, Popular produce include Gorgonzola Dolce, of which, Mercato Italiano is the only importer from this particular producer in the UK. Almost 10 years on the market stall is as much a Bridport staple as it is an authentic Italian experience.

Unit 3B Dreadnought Trading Estate / 01308 459274 / 

Bridport Art Centre

Bridport Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and films and screenings. Located in the heart of Bridport we serve audiences across Dorset and the South West.

South Street Bridport DT6 3NR / 01308 424 204 /