Join in the Fun!

As we get ready to celebrate the Bude & Stratton Heritage Festival, we invite you and your friends and family to join us in a day of fun, heritage, community and entertainment.

On Sunday 21st July 2024, we will join with Tamar Vets and several local groups to come together and celebrate our heritage and community. This year you can expect to find historical displays, workshops, talks, live music and a wealth of stalls and entertainment. entries.

What have we got planned so far……….

Starting at 11am we will have displays about Sir Goldsworthy Gurney and local history, as well as our newly opened Storm Tower room. There will be children’s and family entertainment on The Castle Lawn. Flotsam the Fool’s Circus Workshop and interactive circus skills, along with Raymond’s Amusements will be open all day. Claire Taylor will be providing free face painting alongside The main marquee, which will host workshops, heritage activities, Magic Shows and a Ballet performance throughout the day. 

On the Bandstand, there will be live music from Bude Metric Brass, The Barrel Seagals and Double Cream. New this year is The Castle Heritage Tours, featuring The Lower Basin History Walk with our Outreach Officer. Tamar Vets will be back to deliver the exciting Community Dog Show to take part in the local dog show with prizes and we have another visit from the Bude Barrel Morris troop!

There will be a host of community and commercial stalls over The Castle Lawn, The Parkhouse and Methodist Lawn, a perfect opportunity to find out how you can get involved in the community, as well as food and drink available from our local producers and WWII jeeps outside The Parkhouse . The whole event is organised by the team at The Castle on behalf of Bude-Stratton Town Council and the majority of the events will be free entry.

We are adding new acts and details weekly, so be sure to check in and see what else we are doing. If you are interested in becoming a commercial or community stall holder, or think you have something you could add to the festival get in touch with our Events Officer: KTaylor@bude-stratton.gov.uk

What's On - Activities and Workshops

Bude Area Toy Library will be with us for the whole day on The Castle Lawn. They usually open on Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am and Saturdays 10-11am, based at Neetside Community Centre. They provide a voluntary service to allow its members to borrow from a large selection of toys. Membership and any donations are welcomed to help sustain the running of this important community service.

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Claire Taylor will be on hand all day to provide FREE Face Painting for all those smiley faces!

Claire is a firm favourite at The Castle events and will be here from 11am until 4pm.

This activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

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Raymond’s Amusements are a feature activity for our events on The Castle grounds. 

They will be situated at the bottom of the drive and open to the public to use. There is a small cost to the rides, but the friendly team will be on hand to provide a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

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Flotsam The Fool Circus Skills will once again be brining us their family orientated fun, giving you the chance to drop in and have a go at a variety of skills in a friendly space – no experience necessary!

Pop up to the mini-top and experience their expertise in instruction to in Juggling, Diabolo, Devil Stick. Poi, Hula Hoop, Pedal-Go, Spinning Staff, Spinning Plates, Skipping and Chinese Ribbons!

This activity has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Heritage Acitivites

Our Outreach Officer, Matt Thomas will on hand during the day to provide a wealth of knowledge and heritage related activities with demonstrations and free crafting opportunities.

There are multiple activities going on through the day – be sure to come along:

Kids Heritage Workshop at 11am for 45 minutes.

Kids Heritage Workshop at 1pm for 45 minutes.

Kids Heritage Workshop at 3.15pm for 45 minutes.

These activities have been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Local Medical Herbalist Linda Moran will be celebrating the heritage and tradition of herbal medicine. Throughout the day the folklore, tradition, historical and medicinal use of many plants that grow in our local environment will be explored, through a choice of herb walks, talks, workshops and demos.
Timetable of herbal medicine events:

11am: Family Herbal Workshops. Herbal potions. Come and have a go at making a few simple remedies under the guidance of the herbalist. You will be able to take away what you make.

12 noon: Short family herb walk (Max 18) ‘Medicines from the Hedgerow’. Come and join us for a hedgerow forage along the canal. 

1.15pm: Talk and demonstration ‘Wild Food, Wild Medicines’. A short talk on a few common local plants that can be used to make simple remedies and recipes. 

2pm: Family Herbal Workshops. Schedule as at 11am.

3.30pm: Short family herb walk (Max 18) ‘Wild Food, Wild Medicines’. Come and join us for a forage around the Heritage Centre, canal and coastal area/dunes.

These activities have been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Emma Banford

Framed Weaving with Natural Materials in The Blanchminster Room starting at 11am for two hours.

Join Emma Banford to learn where and how to collect natural weaving materials and how to prepare them for use. You will learn weaving techniques for each material while you design and make your own weaving design on a drift wood frame.

Whilst you weave, you will learn what the local plant life would have been used for throughout history.

All materials provided. All ages welcome, under 13s must be accompanied by an adult.

This activity has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. However, we do ask that you book your FREE space using the following external link:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/624980

Hermione Swinford

Tarot – The Gift of Illumination Workshop in The Blanchminster Room starting 2pm for two hours.

This FREE workshop will focus on Pamela Colman Smith’s iconic 1909 illustrations for the Rider Waite tarot deck-come and explore the symbolism and mythology hidden within its seventy-two cards

The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, The Tower, The Empress, Death, Strength and the Wheel of Fortune are just a few of the archetypal images waiting to be deciphered and understood in new ways.

Incorporating the swords, cups, wands and pentacles of the Minor Arcana- we will work with unique juxtapositions in various spreads -seeing how they can illuminate complex situations-and help us find perspective and resolution in our own lives.

Suitable for complete beginners or experienced readers and offers the chance to experiment further with interpretation- using tarot’s imagery as a springboard for intuition and vision.

This activity has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. However, we do ask that you book your FREE space using the following external link:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/624981

 

Our Outreach Officer, Matt Thomas will on hand to deliver two exceptional history walks, where he will delight you with tales of Bude’s Heritage. 

There will be two walks during the day, starting and finishing outside the Library. This guided walk will follow a circular route around the Lower Canal Basin, Matt pointing out places and buildings of Historical interest, with information and old photographs. The walk will run for approximately 45-60mins. (NB Fairly accessible, flat walk but will need to be able to cross over the Lockgates).

These activities have been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. However, we do ask that you book your FREE space using the following external link:

Morning Walk starting at 10am at Bude Library: 

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/624982

Afternoon Walk starting at 2.15pm at Bude Library: 

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/624983

What's On - Performances

Jason Thomas Ballet at Bude

Jason Thomas Performing Arts Studio was founded for students with the technical ability and passion for dance who wish to excel within the dance profession learning challenging high-powered dance routines in Street, Commercial Lyrical and Musical Theatre. The company performs regularly in community events and will be performing once again on The Castle Lawn to honour the tradition of this happening in times past.

The Ballet performance will be in the main marquee on The Castle Lawn at 12pm. There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Please note that this performance is a standing event, due to the space limitations. 

The Barrel Border Morris group will be with us to delight in their traditional dance and music. 

A familiar group of talented creatives for Bude, we welcome the addition that this group will be to our event. Come by and see them in action!

The Bude Barrel Morris troop will be performing twice during the day, at The Bude Light. First performance will be at 12.30pm an the second at 2.15pm. There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Please be aware there are no seats provided, so please do bring your own.

Every child should be made to feel special and Adrian Ward Magic makes sure that that happens in his shows. It’s the children that make the magic happen. Adrian will invite those with their legs crossed, arms folded and the biggest smiles to help make the magic happen.

Sadly not everyone can come up to help so several tricks involve ALL of the children but we have two shows for you throughout the day to entertain the whole family.

Adrian Ward magic shows will be running twice in The Main Marquee on The Castle Lawn. First performance will be at 12.30pm and the second will be at 2.15pm. 

There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Please note that this is a standing event for the accompanying adults, children will be asked to sit on the matted floor.

What's On - Live Music

Bude Metric Brass was formed in 2003 by a group of like-minded brass musicians who wished to pursue their hobby in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, playing challenging, stimulating music of mutual choice.

The ensemble play for their own pleasure, and for the enjoyment of others in support of charities, institutions, schools, and further education establishments.

Bude Metric Brass will be playing on The Castle Bandstand at 11am. Please be aware there are no seats provided, so please do bring your own.

There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Barrel Seagals - outside

The Barrel Seagals – an all-women shanty group from Bude and the surrounding areas are delighted to be performing at this years Heritage Festival. Having only formed in April 2023, it was straight in at the deep end as their debut performance was broadcast on BBC.

Their songs include unique takes on traditional shanties to represent the female perspective, songs written by Cornish women such as Brenda Wootton, and original material based on local legends such as Nanny Moore and The Wreck of the Bencoolen – written especially with the proud folk of Bude in mind. 

The Barrel Seagals will be playing on The Castle Bandstand at 1pm. Please be aware there are no seats provided, so please do bring your own.

There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

Double Cream Bude

Bude’s own talented musicians; Gary McCausland and Stuart Marshall. Individually brilliant but together as ‘Double Cream’ the sum becomes greater than the parts! 

Described as “strident vocal harmonies, driving rhythm and all round acoustic goodness”, be sure not to miss this talented duo closing Bude’s Heritage Festival on The Castle bandstand at 3pm. Please be aware there are no seats provided, so please do bring your own.

There is no charge or booking needed as this activity  has been subsidised by Bude-Stratton Town Council  so there is no cost to the public for the duration of the day. 

What's On - Food and Drink

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We’ve got you sorted for food and drink for the day. Café Limelight will be on the grounds to provide delicious snacks, cakes and sandwiches. You can order picnic boxes from them too. To top it all off, they will be selling coffee, tea and cold drinks. We’ll also be open all day, so you can pop in to The Castle, or sit our on the decking. Our Cafe is open all year round, seven days a week and is dog friendly.

The Outside Inn

The Outside Inn will be on hand throughout the day at The Parkhouse Centre to serve delicious bakes and treats, along with a fully licensed bar and hot drinks.

Castle Lawn & Marquee Stall Holders

The Castle Lawn and marquee will host our commercial stall holders. Treat yourself and your loved-ones with locally crafted gifts and drinks!

The marquee will be open from 11am until 4pm. Please note that there are performances during the day inside the marquee and outside on The Castle Lawn. We will have programmes up for you to view so you can plan your day.

Find out about our Community groups - The Parkhouse Centre

During the day at The Parkhouse Centre, there will be a hub of community excitement as our local groups showcase what they have to offer. Come and chat, to the teams throughout the day, learn what they are all about, how you can help in the community and find out what an exciting town we live in. There are so many teams on board that you will be spoilt for choice! 

This is the perfect time to get involved in the exciting projects that Bude has to offer as well as have the time to directly talk to our community teams about what they are doing for the benefit of those that live locally.

The groups below are attending both in the Parkhouse Centre and on the Methodist Lawn area. The Outside Inn will be onsite to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, whilst there will be demonstrations, videos and displays a plenty to peek your interest. The links to find out more about the groups involved are in the buttons. We look forward to seeing you – don’t forget, it’s free admission!