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Next Carnival 20th August 2022

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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

Gallery

Visit the gallery to see previous Bude Carnivals

Quick Links

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Route

 

Timetable

Bude Carnival

2022 – Our Centenary Year!

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 (coming soon)

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.

After almost three years of covid-enforced hibernating, Bude Carnival is ready to return this year with a big bang to celebrate the 100th carnival!

As this year is extra special, we want to commemorate the carnival to two special local people who have made Bude Carnival what it is today, the great Margaret Frost and Stu Bell. As these two amazing local heroes are no longer here to celebrate, it’s down to the people of Bude to make it a carnival to remember.

So why are we fundraising? The committee usually spends all year planning and raising money for this event, but as we have only recently just had the green light to proceed, there’s simply not enough time. In previous years we would produce a programme that local businesses sponsor or sell draw tickets to the public in the Post Office, but alas time is of the essence.

We’re hoping that the generous people of Bude will support us 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 donatePlease click here to donate  

Or visit https://gofund.me/5f785d65

 

What date is the Carnival on?

The Carnival will take place on Saturday 20th of August, 2022

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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?