Events

THE CANAL BARGE WORKSHOP AT HELEBRIDGE OPEN SUNDAYS

Sunday 2nd July to Sunday 24th September 2pm to 4pm

The Bude Canal and Harbour Society have announced the Canal Barge Workshop at Helebridge will be open from 2pm to 5pm every Sunday from 2nd July until 24th September 2017. Located at Helebridge, just off the A39 approximately two miles south of Bude (EX23 0JA), visit the workshop to see the famous Bude Canal Tub boat. Other heritage artefacts on display include the collection of late C19th and early C20th items from the Gregory Engineering Workshop.

An absolute must see and do for canal and engineering enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in learning about our past. There is no admission charge.

Visits to the Canal Barge Workshop at other times may be made by arrangement with the Town Clerk. Please ring 01288 353576 or email office@bude-stratton.gov.uk

 

BRASS ON THE GRASS 2017

Selected Sundays as listed below, all from 2.30pm

Free Sunday afternoon sessions for your enjoyment on the Bandstand in The Castle Grounds. For your own comfort we suggest you may wish to bring a chair or blanket with you. Dates and bands performing are:

Sunday 2nd July        Bude Metric Brass

Sunday 16th July       Camelford Town Band

Sunday 23rd July      Bude Town Band

Sunday 30th July      Heritage Festival performances from Bude Town Band and Bude Metric Brass – timings to be announced in the Heritage Festival programme

Sunday 6th August    Bude Metric Brass

Sunday 13th August   Bude Town Band

 

Please call 01288 354993 if you require further information.

 

THE CASTLE HERITAGE CENTRE, FREE GUIDED TOURS

EVERY TUESDAY THROUGHOUT AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

Have you never visited The Castle before? Or are you a frequent visitor who’s curious to know more? Then why not join us on Tuesdays at 11am throughout August and September for a free guided tour led by our knowledgeable volunteers. No booking neccessary.

 

FABULOUS FOSSILS

FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITY on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th

We are offering a fantastic fun and free school holiday activity on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer break.

A superb hands on replica fossil handling session. Find out about the fascinating range of fossils that can be found around the UK and our very own Bude fossil fish, Cornuboniscus Budensis. This activity will take place in the Heritage Centre at 11am. The session lasts for one hour and is free.

SWANSKIN – SUMMER SHOW

POP UP EXHIBITION – Tuesday 1st August to Thursday 31st August 

Swanskin are a group of professional artists living in North Devon and Cornwall who all use printmaking within their work. It’s our pleasure to be hosting a pop-up exhibition as their summer show.

VICTORIAN TOYS DISCOVERY SESSION

FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITY on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays August 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

We are offering a fantastic fun and free school holiday activity on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer break.

Discover how Victorian children kept themselves amused! Handle replica toys from the era and learn new skillls. Join us for our Victorian Toys discovery session in the Heritage Centre at 11am.
The session lasts for one hour and is free.

 

SMITE!

FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITY on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st of August

We are offering a fantastic fun and free school holiday activity on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer break.

Join us on The Castle lawn at 11 am for a game of Smite! (Weather permitting).

A Cornish interpretation of a traditional Northern European game, skittles based Smite can be played by everyone and enjoyed as a family game. Have you got the might to Smite?

 

OPEN AIR CINEMA and LIVE MUSIC with Silent Summer Screenings

MAMMA MIA Saturday 30th September 6.30pm to 10.30pm

A movie night with a difference organised by Silent Summer Screenings. An event experience where the local community are positively encouraged to be involved.

The evening begins with live music followed by a movie screened on a big inflatable screen, which can be viewed comfortably by hundreds of people. Sit on the ground or bring your own chairs, blankets or seating.

Uniquely the choice of film is that of the local community. Silent Summer Screenings  created a poll on Facebook, where the suggested choices were put to a vote and the movie chosen was Mamma Mia. Tickets are available online only and are priced at £12 per person or £4 for the Under 12s. Please click here to buy.

Fuller details can be read on your hosts website www.silentsummerscreenings.com/blank-open-air-cinema

 

 

PAST EVENTS

BUDE-STRATTON HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Sunday 30th July 10am to 4pm

Please put the date in your diary for the 2017 Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival. Full details of stallholders and exhibitors and a schedule of activities and demonstrations can be found on our dedicated event page www.thecastlebude.org.uk/heritagefestival

OPEN AIR CINEMA and LIVE MUSIC with Silent Summer Screenings

Friday 21st July 8pm to midnight

UPDATE – The Facebook poll has closed and the community’s choice is……….Grease. Tickets for the open air cinema and live music session are now available to purchase here.

A movie night with a difference organised by Silent Summer Screenings. An event experience where the local community are positively encouraged to be involved.

The evening begins with live music followed by a movie screened on a big inflatable screen, which can be viewed comfortably by hundreds of people. Sit on the ground or bring your own chairs, blankets or seating.

Uniquely the choice of film is that of the local community. Silent Summer Screenings have created an ‘event’ on Facebook,  you are invited to comment what movie you would like to see, the suggested choices are put it to a vote and the movie with the most votes will get played. Visit Silent Summer Screenings on Facebook to discover more and cast your vote!

https://www.facebook.com/events/440108356331274/

 

PETER BROOKS – FUSED GLASS

POP-UP EXHIBITION – Friday 14th July to Wednesday 26th July

 

Having moved from the Midlands to Cornwall in May 2015, Peter has spent many hours exploring the beaches and coastal walks in the area which have inspired his work.

Peter says ‘ I love experimenting with glass and there are endless possibilities when introducing different mediums such as copper or silver leaf, glass powders or even bicarbonate of soda which when sprinkled between 2 pieces of glass and heated to temperature will form substantial bubbles. It is always exciting to open my kiln after a firing and even if things do not quite go as intended I can still learn a lot from different results.

Typical fusing temperatures are around 850 degrees Celsius but can be as high as 1000 degrees. At high temperatures heated glass will become soft then start to flow like warm toffee and different pieces will fuse or weld together. At lower temperatures prepared pieces of flat glass can be slumped into pre-formed moulds to form bowls and many other different shapes. Care needs to be taken with different heating stages because glass will crack very easily if temperatures of the heating and cooling process are not carefully observed.

I believe that colours are often what makes a piece of art stand out and the Cornish coastline along with the unique landscapes is certainly the place to be to watch the ever changing hues of the sky, land and sea.’

‘CAPTURE THE CASTLE’

Community Art Competition

Entries open from Monday 26th June 2017 to noon on Wednesday 26th July

On July 29th 2007 The Castle officially opened it’s doors as a community space. Bude-Stratton Town Council are celebrating this 10 year milestone anniversary by launching a community art competition, ‘Capture The Castle’.

Open to amateur artists of all ages, we haven’t created too many complicated rules. Simply depict The Castle in your style and the medium of your choice, all we ask is completed artwork does not exceed A2 size.

There are 3 age groups: under 12s, 12 – 18 years and 18 years plus.

All entries will be exhibited at The Castle on the weekend Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite pieces in each category and place their voting slips in a ballot box.

The winners will be announced at the end of The Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival on Sunday 30th July. In the event of a tie, Bude-Stratton Town Council will hold the casting vote.

All entries must be delivered to The Castle by noon on Wednesday 26th July 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to all age category winners as follows:

Under 12s – Goody bag from The Castle

12 – 18 years – The Castle Bude £15 gift voucher

18 years plus – Individual membership of The Friends of The Castle scheme

We hope you feel inspired to take part whether as an artist or visiting voting member of the local community.

Should you need any additional information please contact Mark Berridge, The Castle Manager, by calling 01288 357300 or emailing thecastle@bude-stratton.gov.uk

CHRISTINE DURRANT – ONE OF A KIND ART

POP UP EXHIBITION – Tuesday 20th June to Wednesday 12th July

Visit our pop-up exhibition room on the ground floor of The Castle to see this colourful show by Devon based artist, Christine Durrant who loves creating fun, vibrant textured art using a collage of new and vintage fabrics.

Christine says ‘ I hope to evoke happiness from my work and love how people take the time to look into the detail of each piece.

I don’t always choose a conventional subject, pose or composition as I like things to be unusual and different, which is also supported by the colours I use.

I hope that people enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it.’

TSUNAMI TRAIL RACES: ULTRA – MARATHON – SIXTEEN

Saturday 17th June

 

A Tidal Wave of Trail Running organised by PureTrail running. The TSUNAMI series of trail races is due to hit the North Devon and Cornish coastline this summer.

We’re delighted to be hosting the finish of the Tsunami: Ultra – Marathon – Sixteen an exceptionally demanding trail race that’s not for the faint-hearted! PureTrail event village and finish line will be in The Castle so do come along to cheer the runners as they finish.

 

PureTrail have chosen the most rugged, wild and remote section of the North Devon and Cornish coastline for some extreme fun along the clifftops and cliff trails between Westward Ho! and Bude (Ultra-Marathon, 36 miles), Clovelly and Bude (Marathon), Hartland Quay and Bude (16 miles). 36, 26 or 16 miles on June 17th 2017.
Iconic Clovelly harbour is the start of the Marathon…uphill on the cobblestones through the village to reach the Coast Path and finish on the lawns of Castle Bude – taking in almost 2,000m of ascent along the route. It’s a tidal wave of endurance trail running.

To read more or enter this epic endurance trail running event visit www.puretrail.uk/tsunami

SMITE! – FREE HALF-TERM ACTIVITY

Tuesday 30th May, Wednesday 30th May, Thursday 1st June 11am to 12 noon (weather permitting)

Join us on The Castle lawn during half-term for a fun and free activity, Smite!

A Cornish interpretation of a traditional Northern European game,  skittles based Smite can be played by everyone and enjoyed as a family game. Have you got the might to Smite?

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY

Sunday 21st May 10am to 4pm

Bude-Stratton Town Council are delighted to bring the English Civil War Living History Camp to The Castle Grounds on Sunday 21st May 2017. The dynamic cultural heritage event organised by Heritage Development Officer, Janine King and delivered by the award winning, Devon based Historical Promotions and Event Management, will be a free, fun, informative and educational day with a huge range of demonstrations and activities suitable for all ages.

The Battle of Stratton, a battle of the South West campaign of the First English Civil War took place on 16th May 1643. Fought between the Cornish Royalist forces of Sir Ralph Hopton and the Parliamentarian troops of the Earl of Stamford, it resulted in a defeat for the Parliamentarians, despite their greater numbers and ‘defendable’ position, confirming Royalist control of Cornwall whilst destroying the Parliamentarian field army in Devon. The battle site on Stamford Hill was purchased by Bude-Stratton Town Council in 1997 to not only preserve this important historic site but equally to provide free community access for leisure purposes to walks and an environment full of wildlife, flora and fauna.

Janine explains, ‘An annual commemoration of the battle is marked with a private wreath laying ceremony attended by members of the Town Council and the Sealed Knot kindly hosted by the current owners of Bevill House on Stamford Hill. However, for 2017, we want the public to be part of this notable local historic occasion and have organised an amazing costumed interpretation event, reflecting the daily life of people living in the 17th century.’

‘We are hosting a living history camp in The Castle Grounds which will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 21st May. The encampment presents key aspects of 17th century history in a fun interactive way. Visitors can learn about cooking using herbs, vegetables and ingredients found in a 17thCentury Kitchen Garden. Watch musket ball making. See how embroidery, weaving, braiding, spinning and knitting were common place every day activities whilst lace-making by contrast was a complicated, expensive luxury item. There’ll be period games for all whilst younger family members will undoubtedly wish to join the children’s sword school.’

She concludes, ‘We are working with the Sealed Knot to produce a spectacular full battle re-enactment to celebrate the 350th anniversary in 2018 but I’d encourage everyone to let the past capture their imagination by visiting the Living History Camp on Sunday 21st May.’

The Living History Camp is free to attend. For those with further interest in the Battle of Stratton, an information board at the Battle site gives much more information on the conflict, whilst The Heritage Centre at The Castle houses a resident exhibition as well as a large original painting of The Sealed Knot by the celebrated artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.

For enquiries or further information call The Castle on 01288 357300

KAFFE FASSETT EXHIBITION hosted by Coastalyarns

Sunday 30th April to Tuesday 2nd May 

This fantastic Kaffe Fassett exhibition is touring the country and we’re delighted to be able to work with Coastalyarns to host this simply amazing unique collection.

Guaranteed to lift your mood as well as encourage you to get knitting – this exhibition focuses on the work of Kaffe Fassett’s classic designs.

In 1988, Kaffe became the first living textile artist to have a one man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition attracted such crowds that the Museum doubled attendance figures during the run and the show proved so popular that it was subsequently converted into an international travelling show, which visited nine countries including Iceland, where 5% of the total population attended.

So, whether you are a colour and pattern addict, are maybe looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing or just want to see these classic vintage garments, don’t miss this exhibition.

Supporting the exhibition, Avril Best – Rowan Design Consultant, will be running three two-hour colour workshops over the Bank Holiday weekend in The Castle Blanchminster Room. Booking is essential for these workshops and more details can be found at www.coastalyarns.co.uk/workshops.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Sunday 30 April

2 – 4pm Fairisle – Booking Essential

Monday 1st May

1030 – 1230 am Fairisle – FULLY BOOKED

1330 – 1530 pm Intarsia – FULLY BOOKED

 

Wedding Open Day 2017

Sunday 2nd April 11 am – 3 pm

Full details of our exciting Wedding Open Day may be seen on the dedicated event page here