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Next Carnival 17th August 2019









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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 2019

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

Bude Carnival Raffle

Raffle tickets for the Bude Carnival Raffle 2019 will be available at St Petroc’s Family Summer Fete Saturday 22nd June 12-3 and Bude Heritage Day Sunday 21st July 11-4.


A Letter from the Committee

Winners of Carnival Competitions 2018

Spot the Mistake:
Winner – Noah Snook
Runner-up – Zara Trick-Salmon
Runner-up  -Lucie Bell

Winner – Alexa Lyon
Winner – Reet Kapur

Best Dressed Window:
1st – Toymaster
2nd – Aspect Holidays
3rd  -Emma’s by the Sea

Highly Commended
Children’s Hospice S.W.
Coastal Pets
Jaunty Seagull

A big thank you to the shops and businesses who took part in the competitions this year, to those placing a “mistake” in your windows, to those who decorated your windows, and of course to the children who took part in “spotting the mistake”.

Well done, all of you!!

Cheque Presentation Photos


The gallery has been updates with photos of the cheque presentation from the 2017 Bude Carnival.

View the Gallery

What date is the Carnival on?

The Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th of August, 2019 Timetable 2019


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