This year’s carnival princess will be officially crowned next week.

Kaitlyn Wellman of Shipton Gorge wowed the judges with everything she does and has already achieved in her 14 years and was named Bridport Carnival Princess, with her two attendants Elsie Hannam and Lily Tancock.

Bridport mayor, Cllr Barry Irvine, will officially crown Kaitlyn on Monday at 1pm at Bridport Arts Centre forecourt. Kaitlyn and her attendants will then be taken down to West Bay in an open top car.

Kaitlyn really makes to the most of her time, participating in a number of groups and achieving so much.

Kaitlyn, a student at the Sir John Colfox Academy, participated in the Schools Rock Challenge dance competition back in March, helping the school secure third place. She is also participating in both the bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards, which concentrate on volunteering, physical, skills and expedition sessions, and the Bridport Lions Award, which involves 100 hours of working within the community.

In the evenings, Kaitlyn can often be found working at the Marquis of Lorne pub in Nettlecombe.

In her spare time, Kaitlyn helps Teresa Grinter run some of her tap dance and ballet classes, is a member of Nikki Northover’s Bridport Youth Dance and is a Bridport Youth Performer and will take part in the upcoming show, High School Musical.

Kaitlyn is also a volunteer young leader for the scouts and has helped the group with their carnival float since she was five years old.

She was also one of 80 candidates from Dorset to be chosen from hundreds of applicants to attend the 25th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA, and Canada this summer. She has had to raise £3,700 to be able to go and she has achieved this by bag packing in Waitrose, baking cakes and selling refreshments at local fetes and competitions, a sponsored cycle ride, collecting clothes for recycling and many others.

Bridport Carnival takes place on Saturday, August 17 and for more information, visit

Join in with the carnival fun by having a go at the misplaced article competition or getting crafty.

Participants are tasked with finding the odd object in each Bridport shop window listed on the entry form. Fill it in and send it to A. G. Down, 66 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN by September 1.

The misplaced article entry forms are available from A. G. Down funeral directors in South Street and Bridport Tourist Information Centre or downloaded from

On Bridport Carnival day – Saturday, August 17 – there will also be activities from 4pm to 6pm. Try puppet making at the Lyric Theatre in Barrack Street, which costs £5 per puppet, with all materials provided, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

You can also have a go at cupcake decorating at Moore Than Tea in West Street, chocolate decorating at Aleksandras Chocolate Cafe in East Street and facepainting at the Chapel in the Garden. Bridport Museum will also be offering rope making and knot tying from 3pm to 4pm.