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Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival


The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival is an annual festival which celebrates the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were six agricultural labourers from the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset, England, who, in 1834, were convicted of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. They were arrested on charges under an obscure act during a labour dispute against cutting wages before being convicted and sentenced to penal transportation to Australia. They were pardoned in 1836 after mass protests and returned to England.The Tolpuddle Martyrs became a popular cause for the early union and workers' rights movements.

With Covid restrictions still uncertain for large events, this year's event will be online. 

From Friday 16 - Sunday 18 July 2021, there will be discussions, debates, radical history lessons, lots of music and all the best of the Festival. Visit for more information. 

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