Next Carnival 20th August
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Welcome to the Bude Carnival Website
Bude Tourist Information
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.
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 2016
How can you take part?
In the lead up to the 2016 Carnival on Saturday 20th August, there will be two competitions taking place in the town.
- Best Dressed Window – Entry fee £3
- Spot the Wrong’un – Entry Fee £3 (or £5 for both competitions)
We would like many businesses to take part in these.
- The window displays will be judged during the week prior to the Carnival. The window judged the best in the town will receive a trophy.
- Please place a “Wrong’un” in your window, an item that is not normally connected with your business. We will encourage the children to find the item, and record on their free entry form. There will be a prize for the child who finds the most “wrong’uns”.
Free entry forms will be available from Bude Laundrette, Tasty Pasties and Bude Tourist Information Office from the beginning of August.