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St. Mary's School is fortunate to be set in Bridport - a vibrant, lively market town in West Dorset. it is situated one and a half miles inland from the coastal resort of West Bay which is a major gateway to the famous Jurassic Coast.

Bridport has lots to offer for both its residents and visitors to the area. It has a famous street market on Saturdays and Wednesdays and a monthly Farmers' Market held at the Bridport Arts Centre.

Bridport also boasts several arts and crafts and gift shops as well as the familiar supermarket chains and high street stores, a library and a Museum. The Bridport Museum which is located in South Street exhibits an extensive exhibition of the town's long history of net and rope making. The hangman's rope being made in Bridport giving birth to the saying "stabbed with a Bridport dagger".

The town has three theatres: Bridport Arts Centre, the "Electric Palace Cinema" (opened in 2007) and the Lyric Theatre (reopened in September 2010). Each offers a different type of entertainment: The Arts Centre holding a more traditional, seasonal programme with events from poetry to music; The Electric Palace promoting regular music gigs, comedy nights and films. and the Lyric offering quirky theatre, puppetry, comedy, clowning, comedy and music. In March 2009 the Electric Palace hosted the world premiere of The Young Victoria.

Beautiful rolling hills and stunning countryside surround our town.

Bridport and the surrounding area was used to film Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Channel 4 television programme River Cottage and the BBC dramas Harbour Lights starring Nick Berry  and Rockliffe's Folly starring Ian Hogg  and most recently of course Broadchurch  starring Olivia Coleman and David Tennant.

There are many local attractions in the area including the famous Abbotsbury Swannery, Weymouth and Portland, Forde Abbey, Cricket St. Thomas. Corfe Castle, Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Golden Cap to name but a few.


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