In 1834, farms workers formed a trade union, and their story is now part of the development of a free and democratic society. It is celebrated in the small museum in Tolpuddle and at the festival on the weekend of the third Sunday in July with the climax being a march through the village. Organised by the TUC, this festival takes place in the village of Tolpuddle, Dorset and takes place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2019.
The event offers seminars, and talks during the day, and some smaller music spaces, with the main music happening in the afternoons/evenings. On the Sunday there is a large processional march from the festival site to the nearby village of Tolpuddle, followed by a few major music acts and speeches.
Expect a weekend of speakers and debates. In and around the Martyrs Marque at the festival there will be stalls selling ideas as alike.
The Sunday welcomes lots more people who come for the day and the grand procession of banners through the village. Wreaths are laid on the grave of Martyr' James Hammett.
For the programme details please see the Tolpuddle website.
Tickets for 2019 are not yet on sale.
The traditional Sunday Rally Day is open to all and free - apart from the parking fee of around £10 a vehicle. Please respect the Festival and the local community by using the car parks.
The area for camping is restricted and will fill to capacity. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
No caravans. If you are planning to camp with friends, travel together, as spaces are allocated on arrival. Hot showers and breakfasts are available. No cars on the campsite. Each tent or gazebo needs a tag.
There's plenty of stuff for young comrades to enjoy. The Woodcraft folk will provide activities, there's also workshops, circus skills, fun games and activities, and there's usually five a side football.
Car parking in the TUC or church car park is priced at around £10 per vehicle on Sunday. Coaches free, drop off and park to the east of the village.
The TUC organise coaches to this event, drop off and park to the east of the village.
Tolpuddle shuttle from Dorchester South Station on Friday 7.45pm and Sunday 11.35am returning from Tolpuddle 5.20pm and 6.30pm is priced at around £3 each way.
More information will be here when available.
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