Spring Tide Food Festival at Hive Beach

The Spring Tide Food Festival is an annual celebration of Dorset's finest local produce held at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock on a weekend in May.

If you haven't already discovered the delights of Spring Tide, it's a family-friendly festival with a brilliant atmosphere, entertainment for all ages and a spectacular setting on the Jurassic Coast. It is also a paradise for food lovers, with a mind boggling array of the finest local produce available to try and buy.

The events gets bigger and better each year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the strong community emphasis and the opportunity to discover and meet local food producers.

" It's so good to see this festival going from strength to strength and continuing to attract such high quality food and drink producers from the local area."
- Dorset Food and Drink Co-ordinator Katharine Wright

The next one

The festival returns for its eighth year on the weekend of 20 and 21 May 2017. Sarah Kennedy, Outdoor Experience Ranger with the National Trust’s West Dorset team, and Caz Richards, who is the volunteer manager of the festival, have a busy weekend planned.

Food and drink

Over 60 stall holders serve up a mouth-watering array of locally made artisan bread, preserves, tea, coffee, beer, cider, wine, cheese, chocolate, cakes, charcuterie, fish and meat.

Other highlights

You can also browse and buy a selection of products from local craftsmen and artists, while live music and family entertainment add to the laid back festival feel.

Bring cash

We highly recommend that you come with a good supply of cash. Our amazing producers and exhibitors have so many great things to buy and the signal for card machines and technology is intermittent and very limited here. All our exhibitors take cash.

Dogs allowed

We appreciate that dogs are part of the family too so we don’t mind you bringing along your pooch, but as an event with food and children it is essential that you pick up your poop and keep your dog under close control. Dogs will not be allowed into the Main Food Marquee, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.

Useful information

Open on both days from 10am-4pm. Free parking for National Trust members at Hive Beach. £2 entry per person including National Trust members, under 12s are free (all money raised is spent on conservation work at local National Trust sites.)

We have two email accounts set up for event enquiries: