Join in the Fun!

As we celebrate our Heritage Day, we invited you and your friends and family to join us in a day of fun, heritage, community and entertainment.

On Sunday 16th July 2023, we joined with Tamar Vets and several local groups to come together and enjoy a day of free entertainment and celebrate our heritage and community. This year we changed things a bit by adding Castle Heritage Tours for you to enjoy, finding out about our local culture and history. Unfortunately due to lack of interest in the past few years, we took a break from the local showcase entries.


We will be back next year for another day of culture, heritage and entertainment on Sunday 21st July 2024.

So what happened this year……….

Starting at 11am we had children’s and family entertainment with us all day. Flotsam the Fool’s Circus Workshop was on hand to deliver some fun interactive circus skills. Raymond’s Amusements was open for rides, as well as Claire Taylor providing free face painting all day. The main marquee was a host to workshops and activities throughout the day and Bude Croquet Club was on hand for a game or two. There were inflatables on the lawn to enjoy and we invited you to check out the Classic Cars at the bottom of the lawn.

On the Bandstand, there was live music from 11am, ending with The Countrymen. During the day, we had Magic Shows with Adrian Ward Magic and Heritage Activities with The Castle Team. New to this year is Castle Heritage Tours. Tamar Vets delivered the opportunity to take part in the local dog show with prizes and we had a visit from the Bude Barrel Morris troop!

There was a host of community and commercial stalls over The Castle Lawn, The Parkhouse and Methodist Lawn, this was 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 . The whole event was organised by Bude-Stratton Town Council and was free entry!

What's On


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 Countrymen are a Cornish Folk Rock Harmony group of five seasoned musicians. Performing with harmony vocals, their relaxed and light-hearted presentation style takes their audiences through a journey of Cornish culture and history. They sing their own arrangement of traditional and temporary songs, interspersed with the occasional pop cover. 

The band was formed at The Countryman Inn near Launceston, which is where the band’s name originates, where they soon found a mutual love of singing in harmony.

Every child should be made to feel special and Adrian 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.

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.  Steph Small and Jennifer Bassett are the choreographers and specialise in “Isolation Technique”, the students also stretch and will develop muscle control. 

Students learn 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.

Claire Taylor will be on hand all day to provide facepainting for all those smiley faces!

In addition, there will also be a craft area for children to create their own crowns for the day.

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

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.

Bude’s talented singing group come together weekly at Bude Methodist Church. They performed last year at our Heritage Festival and are set to join us once again on Th e Bandstand.

Flotsam and his family will once again be brining us their circus 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!

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!

Find out about our Community groups - The Parkhouse Centre

During the day at The Parkhouse Centre, it 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!