Spring Tide Festival 2016

There are a few local events we look forward to each year, Dorset Knob Throwing Festival, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and Spring Tide Festival.

The knob throwing and Fossil festivals have both been and gone, but this weekend was the turn of Spring Tide Festival at Burton Bradstock, just outside Bridport, Dorset.

This West Dorset seaside village, set next to gorgeous sandstone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast, is taken over by this National Trust event which showcases an eclectic mix of local food and drink, an exciting array of local producers, artisans and crafts and was held over Saturday and Sunday.

Looking at the weather, we decided the best day to visit was Sunday and set off from home nice and early to avoid the rain that was forecast for the afternoon. We arrived when it opened at 10am and got to explore what was on offer with just a handful of other people.

Spring Tide

There were around 60 stallholders attending including lots of food producers who tried to tempt and tantalize us to try & buy
food and drink from across the county. We found an all-star line-up of locally made artisan bread, jams, chutneys, tea, coffee, beer, cider, cheese, cakes, pies, confectionary, charcuterie, meat and veg and the kids first choice was one of Mrs T’s gingerbread shapes.

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There was also a good selection of local art & crafts on sale including some really impressive fish rubbings which were then put onto plates, mugs and tea towels.

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The kids got stuck into the activities laid on for them including painting some jurassic themed pottery, decorating stones and learning how to make wool bracelets with a pinwheel.

Spring Tide

No trip to Burton Bradstock would be without exploring the delights of the beach and we spotted a break in the clouds and some glorious sunshine that we had to take advantage of, so wandered down to explore the almost empty beach.

Burton Bradstock

The kids enjoyed a spot of stone throwing and wave chasing before deciding they wanted to build a stone tower which was soon converted into a mermaid, complete with sea weed hair and stone jewels.

Burton Bradstock

We played on the beach for over an hour before heading back to the festival to pick up some of the chilled produce I had been eyeing up.


The weather surprised us and we sat outside in the sunshine eating the most amazing salted caramel ice cream from Baboo Gelato (sadly only available in West Bay) and watching the Morris Dancers doing some fabulous dance routines.

Spring Tide

Well done to the National Trust and all the organisers who put on a wonderful event. You kept us entertained all day and we are looking forward to next year already.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

22 thoughts on “Spring Tide Festival 2016

  1. What a lovely little festival sounds like u had a lovely time. It’s great that there was some fun activities for the kids and you got to also go to the beach too.

  2. Never been to an actual festival before so looking forward to going to one this year. Spring tide festival sounds like it was a lot of fun.

  3. Oh those pies look really tempting. It looks like a fab event. I wonder if there is anything like this near us as I know the boys would love it

  4. A wonderful looking day. I remember the other two favourite events from previous years but not this one. It looks very local but in a good way. Not too big to worry about loosing the kids but enough to keep you going. Looks like you picked a great day for your visit and all the food there looks scrummy!

  5. Morris dancers always make me laugh, but those pies look delicious! You commented on my post about fairs and festivals with kids that you only had a donkey derby in your area but it looks like you’ve got a nice selection of festivals to go to.

  6. What a lovely little festival, reminds us of the Goose Fayre outside Lyme. It’s great you managed a quick trip to the beach while you where there and those handmade pies look amazing!

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