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Next Carnival 17th August 2024









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Welcome to the Bude Carnival Website

Take Part

Click the Entry Form button to take part

What's Happening

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


Visit the gallery to see previous Bude Carnivals

Bude Carnival 2024

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?

Judging starts at 5.30 and the procession leaves at 6.30. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. Click the following link for the Timetable 

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

Are you able to help us fund Bude Carnival this year?

Hi, I’m Sarah, chairlady for Bude Carnival.
Last year we celebrated the 100th Bude Carnival and it was monumental! We had a record number of floats take part in the Carnival procession and the community turned out in their masses to line the streets!
We want to thank the Bude community for assuring that our annual carnival is able to continue, especially with the cost of living stretching our pockets. Last year we raised £3,150 from the carnival, which was donated to 27 local charities to help their own project continue to develop.
We’re hoping that the generous people of Bude will support us again this year with this new modern version of funding, and we are incredibly grateful for any donations made. We hope to produce a genuinely memorable carnival for us all to enjoy once again.
As usual, any surplus money raised will be distributed to local organisations and charities.
Thank you very much for your support, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please click here to donate  

Or visit https://gofund.me/72d81ea9


What date is the Carnival on?

The Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th of August, 2024


How do we take part/apply?

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