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 descend 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.

Read the Story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs here.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival online 2021

With Covid restrictions still in place, the 2021 Festival remained online for the second year running. We recorded much of the Festival from the closed site and continued to invite speakers, musicians and more from across the union and labour movement to join in the fun. Catch up on all the action right here

The dates for 2022 Festival are: Friday 15 - Sunday 17 July 2020