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Bridport – One of the Best Places to Live in the UK

Posted on July 6, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
Bridport – One of the Best Places to Live in the UK

According to the 2022 edition of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, Bridport is one of the best places to live in the UK.  Unsurprisingly the Mayor of Bridport agrees.

“Our wonderful town has everything you could possibly want and more, in fact if you can’t get it in Bridport you don’t need it. According to Ian Bark;

“Bridport is a great place to live, work and relax, surrounded on three sides by beautiful rolling hills and the coast with the stunning West Bay cliffs making up the fourth side. We’ve got it all: Excellent schools, a great range of employment opportunities, a diverse mix of independent and high street shops, the best street market in the country, a year round calendar of events making us ‘Dorset’s Eventful Town’, some outstanding places to eat and socialise, a lively and extremely creative art and craft scene, plus cinema and theatres”

Where is Bridport ?

In the county of Dorset, Bridport is 14 miles from Dorchester, 15.5 miles from Yeovil in Somerset and 22 miles east of Exeter in Devon.  The town is a few miles inland from the English Channel at West Bay.  With a short journey to Axminster, and you can pick up the 3-hour train ride into London Waterloo.  Closer to the Somerset and Devon borders than Hampshire and Wiltshire, Bridport is a true West Country market town.

Coast, Culture and Countryside

In its profile, the Sunday Times wrote: “Festivals, independent shops, beautiful landscapes and the rugged Jurassic Coast just a walk away make Bridport a dream combination of coast, culture and countryside.” Indeed, the recent rise in house prices, a growth of 27 percent since 2020 would confirm Bridports growing popularity.

  • Coast

The neighbouring village of West Bay is ideal for a seaside day out. West Bay and East Beach form the two ends of the mighty Chesil Beach. Chesil beach extends 18 miles southeast to the Isle of Portland.  This stretch forms some of the most distinctive features of the Jurassic Coast. Born from landslides that eroded after the last Ice Age, its stunning cliffs and shingle shore are a striking reminder of geological history.

  • Culture

Where to begin? The  Bridport Arts Centre is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed stone building which was once a Methodist chapelToday, it’s a thriving multi-arts complex with a theatre, gallery, and cinema. With an eclectic programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, there is no shortage of culture here.  Live music, spoken word, and poetry all find sophisticated expression here, representing a wide range of voices.

If that wasn’t enough to get the culture vultures circling;

“The elegant ArtDeco interior of the Electric Palace hosts a packed programme of film, theatre, music and comedy” – Dorset Magazine

The Lyric Theatre, which describes itself as a hotbed of artistic experimentation hosts quirky theatre, puppetry, comedy, clowning and music. It is also the base of the children’s theatre company Stuff and Nonsense. Unsurprisingly, Bridport is hailed as Dorset’s Most Eventful Town.

  • Countryside

While the dramatic coastline is a magnet for walkers, there are other places to delight in the West Dorset landscape.   Colmer’s Hill is a conical 417-foot high hill, topped with a cluster of trees, Colmer’s is a beautiful spot for a hike and one of the best things to do near Bridport.  Once you are at the top there are excellent views of Dorset and the chance to find local wildlife. Access is through the Symondsbury Estate where you can also find worthy refreshments.

A quick browse of the Alltrails site will show the many walking options around the coastline here.  Including West Bay to Weymouth, and Golden Gap, there are walks here that you can measure according to your capacity.  Situated in Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it will take years to explore these in depth.

Markets and Antiques in Bridport

Wednesday and Saturdays are market days in Bridport. With over a hundred stalls the market takes over the three main streets.  On Saturdays there are lots of bric-a-brac and antiques stalls found in lower South Street.

St Michael’s Trading Estate is filled with artists’ studios and vintage shops. There is also a Vintage Market on the last Sunday of every month from April to October. A mecca for vintage and collectors, Bridport is a place to find the preloved, eclectic, and forgotten treasures of yesteryears.  To delve deep into the local history Bridport Museum can walk you back through time.  Located in one of Bridport’s oldest buildings you can learn the ropes of Bridport’s history.

Community Spirit

Bridportians agree with Mayor of Bridport and the Sunday Times magazine.

“Above all Bridport is a very friendly and incredibly supportive town. People in Bridport care, they care for each other, the community they live in, and the environment. I have lived in various places over the years but none of them can hold a candle to Bridport the place I am proud to call home.”

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor explains that the criteria they use is not just statistical. To get into the spirit of the place she considers these factors;

“For that you need to visit to take into account that “you have to be here” feeling.  Is the pub dog friendly, for example? Can you live car-free? What are the schools and houses like?

Though currently experiencing a frenzy of interest due to the TV series Broadchurch, which is filmed at West Bay, some locals are disturbed by the increase in house prices.  As “Notting Hill by the Sea” has magnetized Londoners and celebrities in the last years, it is likely that those prices will continue to increase.  However, the spirit is strong in Bridport and the cultural melting pot only enhanced by these new arrivals.

Moving to Bridport

Moving in Dorset is so easy with Woods Removals. With 140 years of experience of local experience we have this down to a fine art.  We know the town and area like the back of our hands, so we can guarantee a smooth move and accompanying moving plan.

Our BAR-certified movers, drivers and packers are friendly and professional, and they always know what they’re doing. And since we’ve encountered every pitfall and problem a move can throw up, we’ve got all the solutions at our command, ready to come into action so that the problem never occurs in the first place. We’ll attend to your move with calm consideration and forethought, and we’ll take the time to pin down the unique details of your job.

With our storage facilities in Bridport we can offer you various options to tailor your move, in order to save you time and money.  We have Large Removals services and Man and Van options, so whatever your needs, we can put a plan together.  Contact us for a free quote and we can advise you on the best route to take.