Our Events

Celebrate our heritage and enjoy the many events in Bude-Stratton.

Throughout the year, Bude-Stratton Town Council, of which The Castle is owned and run by, 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 Day 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.

 Bi-annually we celebrate the Battle of Stratton with a re-enactment performed by members of the Sealed Knot and the twinning of Bude with Ergue Gaberic in France with the Twinning Association and delegates from France.

The Castle grounds are also host, via private hire, to a number of events throughout the year by local groups or organisations. Some of these include the Christian Family Fun Day, Bude Carnival, a Food Festival and Bude’s very own RNLI Day.

Anyone wishing to inquire about hire of the grounds should contact The Castle & Communities Manager on thecastle@bude-stratton.gov.uk.

Heritage Festival

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.

Christmas Fayre

This used to be held on The Castle lawn in a marquee on the first Sunday in December. Due to bad weather but mainly in part to its popularity, the Christmas Fayre is now held in The Parkhouse Centre where many more stalls can be accommodated. Also as an all-weather venue, shoppers can enjoy browsing for Christmas gifts in comfort. This has gone from strength to strength and the last one had a myriad of over 50 stalls to entice.

Literary Festival

Having started out as the very successful Bude’s Earth Festival, this has now morphed into a festival where the written word is celebrated. Local and national authors and speakers come together to discuss their work and their new releases. A number of workshops, spread over a number of days, include song writing, story writing, poetry and writing a graphic novel. Plays and music provide entertainment throughout. Caring for our environment still features with a day dedicated to ecological authors and workshops to inspire and encourage better, healthier living. The inaugural festival was due in 2020 but due to the pandemic was postponed to 2021.