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The Charter Fair celebrates the granting both of the first Market Charter by Henry III in 1253 and the reconfirmation of the right to hold a market by Elizabeth I in 1554. It also celebrates the Citizen’s Charter, which in 2018 confirmed Bridport as the U.K.’s first “Rights Respecting Town.” The former, with the market now listed as one of the top markets nationally, has helped shape the Town’s character over the centuries – the latter will be influential in determining the future identity of our community.

The Fair seeks to reflect this community – what it does, who does what – with a focus on a single day of music, information and demonstration based in the Arts Centre and Bucky Doo Square, followed by an evening showcase of diverse entertainment in the Arts Centre.

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For information about the Citizens’ Charter and the Rights Respecting Programme contact


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