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Welcome to the Bude Carnival Website
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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 2018
How can you take part?
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
Children’s Hospice S.W.
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.