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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


Visit the gallery to see previous Bude Carnivals

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 

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 donate  

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


How Your Shop Can Join In The Carnival Fun!


We are thrilled to announce that after missing the Carnival for a couple of years, Bude Carnival will take place this year on Saturday 20th August.  In the lead up to the event, we wish to hold a Best Dressed Window Competition in the town, and did you know this will be our 100th Carnival. So remember this when planning your window display.

We would like many businesses to take part in this, and the window displays will be judged during the week prior to the Carnival. Due to the short notice of this there will be no fee charged this year and you will receive a notice to show that you are taking part in the competition. The window judged the best in the town will receive a trophy.

It is hoped that both young and old alike will enjoy looking in your windows at the displays.

Please contact me to enter, or for further information, on Margaretburch82@gmail.com  

Kind Regards

Margaret Burch

On behalf of Bude Carnival Committee

What date is the Carnival on?

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


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?