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Next Carnival 20th August









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Welcome to the Bude Carnival Website

Take Part

Click the Entry Form button to take part


Entry Form

What's Happening

Click the Timetable button to find out what is happening on the day




Visit the gallery to see previous Bude Carnivals


Link to the Gallery

Bude Carnival

What’s it all about?

Bude Carnival dates from 1920 when it was held on Thursday, 2nd December. Events included a Grand Torch-Light Procession, a Grand Masked Confetti Fete, Hourly Concerts by four Jolly Sailor Men and an Exhibition of War Trophies. The grand sum of £34.16s.7d. was collected with Stratton Cottage Hospital being one of the main beneficiaries.

The tradition of a Winter Evening Carnival continued up to 1938 when the 1939 Carnival was postponed due to the outbreak of war. The first Carnival after the war was held on August Bank Holiday 1946 when as well as a Carnival Queen there was also a Carnival King, two pages and seven attendants, quite a turnout!

There has been a Bude Carnival every year since though it is now held on the third Saturday of August. Money collected on the day, after expenses, is donated to local charities and organisations.

What happens?

Afternoon events start at 2:00pm with Charity Fete in the Castle Grounds. Judging starts at 5.30 and the procession leaves the Lower Wharf at 6.30. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. Click the following link for the Timetable 2016

How can you take part?

You can take part in the carnival by completing an Entry Form, or come along and cheer the participants on the carnival route.

Competition Time

In the lead up to the 2016 Carnival on Saturday 20th August, there will be two competitions taking place in the town.

  1. Best Dressed Window – Entry fee £3
  2. Spot the Wrong’un – Entry Fee £3 (or £5 for both competitions)

We would like many businesses to take part in these.

  1. The window displays will be judged during the week prior to the Carnival. The window judged the best in the town will receive a trophy.
  2. Please place a “Wrong’un” in your window, an item that is not normally connected with your business. We will encourage the children to find the item, and record on their free entry form. There will be a prize for the child who finds the most “wrong’uns”.

Free entry forms will be available from Bude Laundrette, Tasty Pasties and Bude Tourist Information Office from the beginning of August.

For your business to enter, or for more details, contact us via our Facebook Page, the contact form or e-mail

What date is the Carnival on?

The Carnival will take place on Saturday 20th of August, 2016 Timetable 2016


How do we take part/apply?

You can take part by downloading the Entry Form and then looking at the On The Day Instructions

Which route will the Carnival take?

The Carnival route can be viewed here

Get Involved

Would you like to help with the carnival, have a float, join the procession or just find out more information?

Contact Us