Our Events

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

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, Food Festival’s, Bude Pride 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.

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.

This year will see the addition of a celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration on Thursday 2nd June, a programme of Summer Activities on the Lawn and Live Music on The Bandstand.

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.

This years event is on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, from 11 – 4pm. 

We are looking at a return to show classes, community stalls, live music and lots of entertainment around The Parkhouse and The Castle. Keep up to date with what’s going on on our Facebook page. Booking forms for the show classes are now available to download. If you have any further questions please email our Event Officer: LRedhead@bude-stratton.gov.uk for more information.

It’s all for fun and a great way for the community to get involved!

The Castle Bandstand Bude Presents

The Castle Lawn is the perfect place to sit and enjoy an array of live music throughout the summer months. Starting in April, 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. 

If you are interested in performing on the Bandstand, please contact Luna Redhead on lredhead@bude-stratton.gov.uk

You can download all the availability of the live music slots here as well as the programme of live music that we have this season.

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.
This year the Christmas Fayre is on Sunday 4th December 2022, 11am to 4pm.
If you are interested in having a stall with us, please email:
LRedhead@bude-stratton.gov.uk with details of your products.

Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022

What an achievement! 2022 heralds what will be the 70th year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. This historic event will reflect on her reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.

In celebration, the Government announced that the May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.

The Castle is hosting a ‘Family Picnic’ to celebrate this milestone. ‘Petticoats and Rockabillies’ will start from 11am on The Castle Lawn. There will be ‘live’ music throughout the day, featuring Bude Barrel Rockers, Betty Bluebird, The Flat Caps, Play it Cool and Bude Metric Brass. Family entertainers will be with us all day by Adrian Ward Magic, Rob Pudner of ‘Entertainingly Different’ and Facepainter Claire. There will also be entertainment from Raymonds Circus! Special guests will be joining us throughout the day, as well as a number of stalls.

The celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place on Thursday 2nd June 2022. The event is being hosted by Bude-Stratton Town Council and will be free for all the family to enjoy!

You can follow all the details of the festival on its dedicated Facebook page here: 


Literary Festival

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.

The Bude Literary Festival will take place from 18 – 22nd May 2022. The event is being hosted by Bude-Stratton Town Council and organised by Richard Wolfenden- Brown. If you would like to be part of the festival please email Richard directly on info@northcoastarts.co.uk 

You can follow all the details of the festival on its dedicated page here: