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.
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.
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.