Tolpuddle festival

There has been an annual gathering to mark the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs since 1930s. It began as a Sunday afternoon event with wreaths laid on the grave of James Hammett, followed by a procession of banners and speeches. Today, the annual event sees thousands of trade unionists from around the UK and the world descends on the small village of Tolpuddle in Dorset to celebrate the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the legacy they left behind. The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival reflects the spirit of those prepared to stand up and be counted, and for those just learning about its history. It is a joyful celebration of solidarity.

  • The Festival kicks off midday on Friday as campers arrive in Tolpuddle to experience a weekend for supporters of the labour movement.
  • On Saturday there are lots of speaking sessions throughout the day and across the site, including the village, with great entertainment and live music into the night.
  • On Sunday, the tiny village of Tolpuddle gets even more visitors as they arrive to take part in the big procession to commemorate the Martyrs. The road is closed to allow for the many unions banners march through the narrow road.
  • Great music keeps the vibe of the Festival going as we also welcome some big trade unionists to rally the thousands of visitors on the Main Stage.

If you are planning to attend to please also sign up here so the RCM can include you in their any plans.

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival from 15 to 17 July Tickets, Fri 15 Jul 2022 at 09:00 | Eventbrite