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.
Afternoon events start at 2:00pm at the Castle Grounds. The procession leaves the Wharf at 6:30pm. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. Starting at 2pm with events all day. Judging starts at 5.45 and the procession leaves the Lower Wharf at 6.30. Each year the carnival is given a new theme.
How can you take part?