Celebrate Our Community and Enjoy the Many Events at The Castle


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 we saw some new additions to our events from The Big Lunch Coronation Ceilidh and our Summer Programme of events. Next year will be just as impressive with a line up of fun activities for you to be involved with. 


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

Crafters Connect at Bude

This community group is aimed at creative individuals who like to craft. The Castle, Bude have a dedicated space for those who like to craft and connect with other, like-minded beings. So bring along a project or two, grab a cuppa for a fantastic chance to make new friends and learn new skills. These weekly Wednesday sessions are free to come along and join in and are based at either Bude Library or The Blanchminster Room. To check which location, please look at the online diary.

The spaces we use may be used by other artists to showcase and exhibit their work, as well as used for events. This means that we have a few restrictions about what can be brought in to do as a project. Most things are fine, but generally any ‘wet-crafting’ is prohibited. If you would like to check with us, please email LRedhead@bude-stratton.gov.uk

Christmas Fayre 23

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

Live Music on The Bandstand

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 find out more by visiting our Bandstand page, where you can also download a booking form.

You can also visit our online calendar to see the availability of the bandstand for booking, as well as what is on.

Bude Lit Fest 2024

We’re coming back!

Save the date for 2024 Bude Lit Fest from 16th until 19th May 2024. Following the success of the inaugural Bude Literary Festival in 2022 and 2023, we are delighted to be back with a packed programme of individual literary events, talks, walks, workshops, competitions and more to inspire, engage, entertain and motivate people of all ages and interests.

As the widely proclaimed ‘gem of the West’, Bude is a beautiful setting for a literary festival with a multitude of venues across the town to accommodate all that is on offer over the four days in May. The event is being hosted by Bude-Stratton Town Council and programmed by Richard Wolfenden-Brown and The Event Team at The Castle.  

You can follow all the details of the festival as they happen on its dedicated page: budelitfest.co.uk

summer circus skills events

This year we had three fun filled free family entertainment days with Circus Skills with Flotsam The Fool Circus! With the expertise of Doug and Amber showing you how it’s all done, many visitors enjoyed a day of fun-filled newly found skills!

Our wonderful face painter, Claire Taylor was on hand to paint those little (and big) faces all day and DJ Andy King provided 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 online diary to find out more. Dates for 2024 will be programmed in the online calendar from early February.

If you would be interested in having a stall on The Castle Lawn on these days please get in touch with our Events Officer, Katie on KTaylor@bude-stratton.gov.uk.

Bude 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. It’s all for fun and a great way for the community to get involved! Find out more by visiting our dedicated page here.