Bridport is one of the liveliest market towns in the area, and a trip to the town on a sunny Saturday morning is well worth the effort of getting there at 9am so you can park. The three main streets are thronged with an eclectic range of market stalls, selling locally made or grown food, art and craft, antiques and collectables, homewares and furnishings, music and books – take a leisurely stroll along the wide pavements and you are almost certain to find something to tempt you.
Pause in Bucky Doo square by the town hall to watch the entertainment – there’s almost always a brass band, folk, jazz or contemporary group to listen to, then make your way to one of the many streetside or pavement cafés for a coffee and cake.
Even on a rainy day, there are so many individual shops to visit, as well as artists’ studios in St Michaels, not to mention the Electric Palace cinema, or the museum with its focus on rope and net making. Bridport is a world away from the sterility of a modern shopping centre and all the better..er for that!