How to get to Asker Meadow for the Main Food Event (Saturday) and the Beer Festival (Friday evening and all day Saturday)
From the Midlands take the A34 towards Winchester. Follow the M27, then the A31 to Ringwood. Join the A35 to Dorchester and head west towards Bridport. Follow the signposts for the Festival.
From the South East take the M3 then the M27 at Bournemouth and then on to the A31 & A35.
Asker Meadow is situated next to the Bridport By-Pass (A35) close to Morrisons. Their car park must not be used until at least 8pm. For Blue Badge holders there is parking on site Post Code DT6 4DL (opposite Pasture Way) We do ask all visitors not to park on this estate as there is almost no free safe place to park and crossing the A35 on foot is not easy as the event is in the busy holiday traffic season.
There is parking available on the Bridport Leisure Centre Rugby Pitch (Fee £2) courtesy of Bridport Leisure Centre, Palmers Brewery and not least the Rugby Club! It closes for new entry as space becomes available in the Football Car park opposite. The Car park is signed from the Bypass use Post Code DT6 5LA the walking route from there is signed and there is an excellent footpath right to the festival entrance.
Visitors walking can access the site from all sides and there are four entrances to the site its self. There is a path along the River Asker from East Street by East Bridge from the Town Centre via Folly Mill Lane and via South Mill Lane as well as lower down in South Street across the River from near Jewsons. There will be signs in place on Saturday.
By Bus First route X31 (alight at East Bridge). Last bus towards Dorchester 18.15 and to Axminster is 18.05 and Lyme Regis 18.53 Route X53 stops right by the Festival in Sea Road South (Pasture Way) last bus to Weymouth 19.52 and Lyme Regis at 18.20. The Damory route 40 (alight at East Bridge) now serves Beaminster (last bus 17.42) Crewkerne and Yeovil (last bus 15.52) PLEASE check bus times before you travel as the early summer timetable will be in use during June. www.travelinesw.com covers all operators
By Train The nearest train stations are Dorchester South (from London Waterloo) Bus X31 terminates in the station, Dorchester West from Bath & Bristol then Bus X31and Axminster from Waterloo and Exeter again the X31 terminates at station Care must be taken as bus connections now cease quite early (see above)Timetables are on http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Hotels and Camping there are many small and medium size hotels and guest houses, also camp sites for both tents and camper vans nearby.
Please see map below.
For parking options in Bridport, please see here.
For parking rates and a handy pdf map please see here.
Where to Stay
www.westdorset.com features many places to stay in the Bridport area and beyond.
www.visit-dorset.com has a wide range of accommodation ideas across the county.
www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk features a range of information for visitors.
www.bridportradio.co.uk an informative and fun resource of what’s on and where to go in Bridport.
Bridport Arts Centre runs over 100 events each year and attracts a fantastic range of artists and performers through its doors each week. www.bridport-arts.com
The St Michael’s Trading Estate includes a host of creative enterprises and businesses including designers, film and media production, sculpture, upholstery, printing, illustrators, metal works, stone masons, vintage cars, net-making, an auctioneer house, hairdressers, interior design and antiques. and various specialist retail outlets; textiles, blinds, tiles, furniture, bathrooms, carpets, electrical appliances, timber, flooring, essential oils, installations. www.enterprisestmichaels.org.uk