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Next Carnival 19th 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 2017

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.

Latest News

Carnival Programme

Following on from the improvements made to the Carnival Programme last year, we are hoping to continue even further with the improvements this year. If you are interested in advertising in the Carnival Programme please click the following link.

Carnival Programme Advert Information 2017

Carnival Competitions

In the lead up to the Carnival there will be two competitions taking place in the town, Best Dressed Window Competition and Spot the Mistake Competition. If your shop or business is interested in taking part please click the following link.

Invite to Businesses 2017

What date is the Carnival on?

The Carnival will take place on Saturday 19th of August, 2017 Timetable 2017

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?
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