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What’s it all about?

Bude Carnival dates from 1920 when it was held on Thursday, 2nd December. Events included a Grand Torch-Light Procession, a Grand Masked Confetti Fete, Hourly Concerts by four Jolly Sailor Men and an Exhibition of War Trophies. The grand sum of £34.16s.7d. was collected with Stratton Cottage Hospital being one of the main beneficiaries.

The tradition of a Winter Evening Carnival continued up to 1938 when the 1939 Carnival was postponed due to the outbreak of war. The first Carnival after the war was held on August Bank Holiday 1946 when as well as a Carnival Queen there was also a Carnival King, two pages and seven attendants, quite a turnout!

There has been a Bude Carnival every year since though it is now held on the third Saturday of August. Money collected on the day, after expenses, is donated to local charities and organisations.

What happens?

Afternoon events start at 2:00pm with Charity Fete in the Castle Grounds. Judging starts at 5.30 and the procession leaves the Lower Wharf at 6.30. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. 210/0

How can you take part?

You can take part in the carnival by completing an Entry Form, or come along and cheer the participants on the carnival route.

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