Celebrating Our Community with Free Events

Throughout the year, The Castle, owned by Bude-Stratton Town Council, host and organise a number of events. All these events are for the local community to enjoy and helps celebrate our heritage and being a part of Bude & Stratton and the surrounding area.

There are three key annual events which are Bude’s Literary Festival, Heritage Festival and our Christmas Fayre. All of these are centred around The Castle, The Castle Lawn, Bude Library and The Parkhouse Centre. For the remembrance of past wars, we a host a wreath laying ceremony on the anniversary of the Battle of Stratton in May and facilitate the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.

This year we will see a bumper packed summer season of activities and workshops. The majority of these are free, but some may charge a small price for resources and entry. We will advise where this is happening.

You can follow all our updates on our social media pages. Follow us on Facebook. You can also get a quick view of our events calendar, which is now online by visiting the What’s On page.


The annual Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival has become a firm favourite in the town’s events calendar. Originally called ‘Gurney Day’, which celebrated our famous Victorian inventor, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the festival has gone from strength to strength and not only celebrates the wide and varied heritage of Bude and Stratton but also the many community groups the area has to offer. It’s all for fun and a great way for the community to get involved! Find out more by visiting our dedicated page here.

This year we have a multitude of events that can be enjoyed for all your family members. Not only do we have some inspiring and interactive exhibitions, but we also have events on the lawn throughout the summer. Our summer programme starts from 21st July until the start of September. You will find Flotsam The Fool Circus Skill Workshops, Bounce and Play inflatable fun, workshops, the Gurney Explorer Activity and The Fossil Fish Trail (follow Neet & Strat around the Museum inside) as well as more, being added weekly.

Our wonderful face painter, Claire Taylor will be on hand to paint those little (and big) faces all day and DJ Andy King provides some much loved tunes to allow people to spend the day with a picnic. These events are enjoyed throughout the summer holidays. Check out our dedicated page where you can find out all the information on what’s on this summer.

You can also join our Heritage team for free walks and talks and find out more about Bude’s Heritage.

You can also visit our online calendar to see all the events throughout the season.

As we celebrate our Christmas Fayre, we invite you and your friends and family to join us in a day of fun, entertainment, community and festivities. On Sunday 3rd December 2023, we will be joining with The Parkhouse Centre to come together and enjoy a day of festivities to support our local community. This year we are changing things a bit by adding workshops and tours at The Castle for you to enjoy, with live music in Café Limelight. So what’s in store this year…

Find out all that we have planned on our dedicated page. Click here to discover the wonders of the Fayre!

We look forward to hosting this years event on Sunday 3rd December 2023 from 11am until 4pm once again. 

We are currently full for stall holder, but if you would like to enquire about being put on a reserve list you can contact our Events Officer via email: KTaylor@bude-stratton.gov.uk

The Castle Lawn is the perfect place to sit and enjoy an array
of live music throughout the warmer months. Starting in April each year, we have a timetable of live music acts that will be performing on our Bandstand stage.

Please come and support local music. Some are raising monies for charities, others for themselves, with merchandise to sell. 

You can also visit our online calendar to see all the events throughout the season.