Bridport Mind Fest

A Festival for all ages to celebrate the power of the mind, be aware of its vulnerability and how to heal it. Make it happen in Bridport.

We did it!

On 13th Sep 2017 we successfully raised £4,357 with 58 supporters in 49 days

A Festival for all ages

to celebrate the power of the mind,

be aware of its vulnerability and how to heal it.

Make it happen in Bridport

 From Thursday 5th - Tuesday 10th October

Celebrate. Educate.  Communicate. Participate.

World Mental Health Day is on 10th October each year. To mark the occasion, we’re hosting an all age family festival to raise awareness. Plans are underway for Bridport Mind Fest to take place 5th – 10th October 2017. The festival aims to get the community celebrating the mind, educating each other, and participating together.

To make Mind Fest happen, we need funding,

and we need you to get involved!

We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has pledged so far

Please tell your friends about us

The problem

One in four adults and one in ten children is likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This has a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, affecting relationships, work, or a person’s ability just to get through the day. The population of Bridport is 13,000 -That’s 3,250 people who may be suffering from a mental health problem….No-one should suffer alone, and no-one should feel ashamed.

Sadly, an ill-informed and damaging attitude around mental health still exists, which can make it difficult to talk about, and difficult for some to seek help. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the UK receive on-going treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, or dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

How can we challenge this?

We want to make Bridport a community that looks out for one another, that is well informed and unashamed to talk about mental health. We are confronting this stigma and providing a place of support through hosting a 6 day event – Bridport Mind Fest.

We want Mind Fest to be an event for all the family and every age group!  We want to raise awareness of mental health, giving local people a chance to express themselves with engaging workshops, and to enjoy film screenings, discussion, guest speakers, performances, stand-up comedy, yoga, and more! 

What we want to happen

We are trying to reduce the stigma and taboos that surround mental health and increase understanding of it. Through this we hope that people will have more empathy and those who fear they may be suffering will seek help earlier than they otherwise would. Early intervention can reduce the severity of the onset of mental illness and we hope that these will be the results of the festival.

What will the festival involve?

The Festival’s packed programme kicks off on Thursday, October 5th, 2017.

Have a look, This is our programme:

This is what we need your help to fund
















Most events are ticketed. We have to do this as numbers are limited at the events. We want the Festival to be accessible to everyone regardless of means.


There is a suggested donation for each, or you can give what you can afford, or pay nothing when you book. Do not reduce the number of events you want to attend because you feel you “ought” to be giving more and can’t afford it

You will find stands around town, for instance the Tourist Information Centre, to get your programme. Please don't forget to make a donation.

For more detail see the website at

Also our leaflet is being widely distributed Please pick up a copy at the Tourist Information Centre The town hall or elsewhere.



Who designed our Logo and Posters? 

Students from The Sir John Colfox Academy have already embraced 

the challenge of designing our logo and posters.

Head of Art at the Academy, Louise Burgess, was thrilled with the effort her students had made.

“I am so pleased that they embraced this challenge. This competition has provided them with a fantastic opportunity to further their creative and technical skills.  “Enrichment activities' such as this helps create an understanding of how art and design plays an important part in the local community.  A local project such as 'Mind Fest' is a great opportunity for them to get involved in something that many of our students feel strongly about, and which is a very important issue in our society.”

This is some of their work!


The festival is taking place across locations at the heart of Bridport: 

Where will your money go?

We need to raise £6,000 to make the festival happen. It cannot happen without your help. Your kind donations will all be going on essentials (No one is getting paid, we are all volunteers) Your money will help us to:

Promote the event (printing, banners, website)

Pay for some amazing workshops

Host an exciting exhibition

Fund a brilliant live music concert

Open up competitions

Hire rooms for the event in locations across Bridport

Keep us insured


The Minds behind Mind Fest

Simon, chair of HUGS, the Hughes Unit Group Supporters, having witnessed the effects of mental illness on peers and loved ones throughout his life, thought it would be a good idea to have a festival of the mind. Led by Simon, the event has been organised by members of HUGS and a wider team drawn from Bridport including the Creative Minds Team.


If you have ever suffered with a mental illness, or know someone who does…

If you care for our community

If you are passionate about mental wellbeing

If you are interested in a brighter future for attitudes to mental health

We want you to take part!

We’ve organised it,

We need you to make it happen,

We want you to take ownership of it!

Every penny you donate is a step closer towards making Bridport Mind Fest happen

We appreciate your contribution and generosity, and look forward to seeing you there

Thank you!

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