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. Hopefully the new normal will enable Tolpuddle to take place in real life in 2022, put the date - 15-17 July 2022 - in your diary. 

Tolpuddle online event in 2021

In 2021 Tolpuddle ran from Friday 16 July to Sunday 18 July but was virtual with an online celebration.

The 2021 festival opened with a joint discussion led by the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom (and The People's Assembly to link the Tolpuddle story with current battles over rights and how to build a better life for working people after the pandemic. The mixture of protest songs from Billy Brag and inspiring speakers including mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and the IER’s Keith Ewing made for a great evening. Watch the session

The Saturday saw a series of debates, commentary and musical theatre including a round table discussion on Resetting the word of work with Angela Rayner, Kate Bell and Dan Norris plus a second discussion on All change for food production. Check out the discussion on Saturday and check out the music.

The final day of the 2021 festival featured Tolpuddle Unplugged, the wreath laying at martyr James Hammett’s grave, plus the procession and rally which heard from Unite’s Gail Cartmail who is also TUC president 2020/21 as well as Bev Clarkson, Unite food and drink national officer and TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady. The Sunday session concluded with a set from folk songwriter Beans on Toast. Check out the recording from Sunday

More details

Visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum website or the festival event page for details and more on plans for the 2022 festival. Find out more from the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7EH or call 01305 848237.