With lots of speaking sessions throughout the day and across the site, including the village, with great entertainment and live music into the night.

Radical Cinema

The War Game • 1966 • Dir: Peter Watkins • 48 mins

Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror • 2003 • Dir: John Pilger • 51 min

Waltz With Bashir • 2008 • Dir: Ari Folman • 1hr 30min

Come And See • 1985 • Dir: Elem Klimov • 2hr 16min

Tangerines • 2013 • Dir: Zaza Urushadze • 1hr 27min

Oh, What A Lovely War • 1969 • Dir: Richard Attenborough • 2hr 24min

In the Village

Village Trail
11.00am and 1.00pm
Guided walks through Tolpudddle, Meet at the statue.

Village Hall teas 2-4pm

The NASUWT Kids Area is the perfect place for children to play, explore and have fun. With lots of activities to keep children of all ages happy and entertained all day long. 

Plotgate crew will help you make your own delicious Pizzas using produce from their organic community supported agriculture farm.  

Woodcraft Folk provide an amazing range of exciting crafts and collaborative games for all ages to enjoy.

Drum It Up bring high energy drum circles and rhythm games.

With dizzyingly daft and dangerous stunts, Wolly the clown will amaze and delight children and adults of all ages, afterwards improve your own clowning skills with Wolly’s circus skills workshops. 

Have a go at HapaZome an ancient Japanese art of transferring the natural pigments from leaves and flowers onto fabric or paper to create a botanical image by bashing them with a mallet!  

Join The Big Cardboard Build and let your imagination and creativity run wild.  

This year our storyteller Amy Douglas is a word-hoarder, a word-storer, a word-catcher and a word explorer.  She likes hide-and-seek, jumping in puddles, getting muddy, treasure hunts and has a favourite tree where she likes to sit with a book and an apple.You will find her in the bell tent telling her beautiful tales and when she is not around, she very kindly leaves a lovely chill-out space to shelter from the sun. 

The BearCat Swap Shop is bursting with a staggering array of clothes, toys, knick-knacks and lots more. Bring something along to swap to get something new to you or give a donation.

Don’t forget to get your face painted for free by the amazingly talented artists from Diamond Faces provided by NASUWT who also sponsor theTolpuddle Kids’ Area every year!  

So, come along, have fun, make some noise be part of this year’s Kids Area!

Tolpuddle International University

30-minute ‘teach-in’ sessions by UCU academics and international solidarity campaigners


Organising precarious creative workers

Equity and the Musician’s Union talk about the challenges of organising and representing workers in the creative industries.

Unite Marquee

In its new location at the bottom of the slope, the Unite stall will host a menu of discussions and music.


Birmingham Clarion Singers will perform a rendition of Rob Harper’s ‘Asbestos Song’.

Focus on members’ services, including the work of Unite’s legal team in support of Thompsons Personal Injury Unit and asbestosis mesothelioma as an example


The migrant worker’s story — the rise and fall of the Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority

Chair Amanda Campbell Unite Landworker Editor; Stéphanie Kasprowski South West Unite Regional Committee member; Chris Kaufman ex-Unite national officer; Kristjan Bragason EFFAT; plus voices of Unite migrant workers and other Unite speakers.


Climate Change and Food Production

Chair Amanda Campbell Unite Landworker Editor; Bev Clarkson Unite national officer; Steve Leniec Unite agri sector chair and farm worker; John Burbidge Unite rural campaigner and farm worker; Gareth Lowe Unite regional officer and Sue Longley IUF general secretary


Skimmity Hitchers

The self-styled ‘denizens of Dorset and weirdos of the West Country’ with songs dedicated to cider drinkers and badgers everywhere. Bring your badger suits and dancing shoes.

GMB field

Enter your cricket team for this fun contest.

Townsend Theatre

Look out for a programme of radical theatre



POA Hike

Catch the bus from Tolpuddle to Dorchester and walk back.



Fringe Tent debates

A packed programme of discussion and debates – details to be confirmed


Tolpuddle Talent – open mic sessions

No advance booking – get your name on the board

12 noon – poetry
1.00pm-4.30pm – music


Tolpuddle unplugged

Acoustic session with Steve White


Martyrs’ Marquee

Talking in tents: A packed programme of discussion and debates – details to be announced soon





Stallholders speak out hosted by Tim Lezard







Martyrs’ Marquee Saturday night


Jack Valero  

Former frontman of The RPM’s Jack has come a long way since playing his first gig at a youth festival in Dorchester with Teenage Wasteland. Now based in Brighton and signing songs that mix emotionality with a bit of social commentary Jack is coming home to Dorset to showcase his latest work.

Negra Santa 

Revolutionary punks from Argentina!! Three wicked albums already and on their 3rd European tour playing Ska, Reggae, Cumbia, Ragga, Reggaeton & Punk. 


The great American radical singer/songwriter, David Rovics makes a welcome return to Tolpuddle.





Rhoda Dakar 

Best known as the lead singer of The Bodysnatchers, who were signed to the 2 Tone record label. In 2015, she released what has been hailed as “the lost 2Tone album”, where she sings The Bodysnatchers’, and many previously unrecorded tracks. In 2018, The LoTek Four, Vol I EP was released featuring her regular band playing live, all together and vibing off each other. It has a great old skool feel; wonderfully mixed with Ska/Reggae and dubbstep, with some jazzy undertones and a nod to blues dance. An in-demand DJ, Rhoda is sure to bring her eclectic musical taste, with a sprinkling of the unexpected, to Tolpuddle.