Tolpuddle, near Dorchester, Dorset

This annual festival where thousands of people come together to celebrate trade unionism and remember the role of the Tolpuddle Martyrs offers a full programme of traditional and contemporary music and other attractions. In 2021 it was to run from Friday 16 July to Sunday 18 July but will now be virtual with an online celebration.

The planning team met in February 2021, including representatives of 20 different unions, villagers and partners, and considered all the options for this year’s festival, with the safety of villagers and attendees being paramount. Everyone wanted to get back to meeting each other at Tolpuddle but the reluctant, and overwhelming, conclusion was it would unsafe to do so, and therefore, a physical festival is not going to be possible in 2021. The planning team is exploring ways to bring the best of the festival online in 2021, so save the dates – July 16-18 – and visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum website or the festival event page for details and more..

Find out more from the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7EH or call 01305 848237.