11 July 2012
Coinciding with the Durham Miners' rally, which takes place this weekend, the Tolpuddle Martyrs' festival, which has been held in Dorset every year since 1930, commemorates the arrest and sentencing to seven years' transportation in 1834 of six union leaders for taking an oath of secrecy.
Popular with trade unionists, campaigners, families and historians, festival-goers will gather to listen to a wide range of speakers including: Owen Jones, Tony Benn and TUC general secretary-elect Frances O’Grady.
Live music is also central to the celebrations, with radical new performers joining more established acts to entertain the crowds. On Saturday tributes will be paid to the great Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The enclosed kids' area will host a new menu of fun for children of all ages.
On Sunday wreaths are laid on the grave of the only martyr to return to the village, James Hammett, following a grand procession of banners through the village.