Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival 2017

The popular annual Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival will take place on Sunday 30th July 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Organised by Bude-Stratton Town Council, the free community event celebrates the people, places, inventions and achievements influencing the past, present and future cultural heritage of the town and wider area.

All attractions and activities are centred around The Castle, its grounds, The Bark House Lawn on the Bude Canal Wharf and the Parkhouse Centre. Firm established favourites will exhibit or perform alongside exciting new additions, with a programme of walks and tours designed to engage event visitors of all ages.

The Festival will  also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Castle Bude as a vibrant community space on Saturday 29th July 2007. The Town Council has organised Capture The Castle, a community art competition, plus a fun 10 questions activity trail on the day to mark this magnificent milestone

View or download the Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival site plan and schedule of events Heritage Festival Brochure

View or download the Bude-Stratton Heritage Fun Family Dog Show schedule

Stallholders, Exhibitors, Performers and Attractions.

The Castle Lawn  (area A on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Bude Town Band – performance at 10am to 11am on the Bandstand


Musical entertainment from Bude Town band.

Bude Metric Brass – performance at 3pm to 4pm


Bude Metric Brass was formed in 2003 by a group of like-minded brass musicians who wished to pursue their hobby in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, playing challenging, stimulating music of mutual choice.

Originally there were 10 musicians in the ensemble, hence the name ‘Metric’. However, as word spread about the new band other players joined and there are now 28 musicians who can play a wide variety of music from classic to pop, as well as more traditional marches and hymns.

The band rehearse on Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Parkhouse Centre, new members or visitors are welcome.

Bude Toy Library

Stay and Play for one £3 fee – Bude Toy Library invite under 5s and their parents or carers to play with some of the toys which are available through the library. Stay as long as you like or return at several times during the day. (Hands will be stamped). All children must be accompanied by an adult please.

Bude Toy Library has over 70 outdoor toys which can be loaned by members and reserved, subject to availability, for parties, weddings and special occasions. Membership is only £15 for a whole year and you will be able to borrow five items for up to two weeks. This includes the outdoor toys and all sorts of great resources for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from sensory play, story bags, tuff tray packs, treasure bags, jigsaws and games, make believe, dressing up, music making building and vehicles. With the help of grants from Cornwall Council and B & M Stores, the Toy Library have recently purchased many new toys which are proving very popular.

Bouncy CastleFree activity


The bouncy castle has been provided by Bude-Stratton Town Council for your on the day entertainment. Owned and operated by South West Bouncy Castles, the on the day operator will endeavour to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy a bounce!

Cornish Crepes


A local maker of the most delicious sweet and savory crepes, made with a range of fillins, from the simplest traditional crepe with only lemon and sugar, to smoked sausage, cheese and tomato chutney. Seasonal specials will be available on the day.

Devon Face Painting – Free activity

Devon Face Painting have been booked by Bude-Stratton Town Council for those family members who love this fun way to dress up without the costume!

‘Just The Tonic’ Gin Bar


Brought to you by Anna and Rio, two life-long friends and Cornish entrepreneurs, who share an enjoyment for a good old-fashioned G & T, Just The Tonic is a mobile gin bar in the guise of a professionally converted horse box, easily transportable and perfectly at home at small intimate events or large festival locations.

Serving high quality, specialist gins is a passion and expect to find a vast variety of this wonderful botanical fusion with plenty of Cornish blends and a special heritage Festival cocktail.

Linda Moran – Medical HerbalistFree activity

Local Medical Herbalist Linda Moran will be celebrating the heritage and tradition of herbal medicine. Throughout the day the folklore, tradition, historical and medicinal use of many plants that grow in our local environment will be explored, through a choice of herb walks, talks, workshops and demos.

Timetable of herbal medicine events:

11am: Family Herbal Workshops. Herbal potions. Come and have a go at making a few simple remedies under the guidance of the herbalist. We will be making either sleepy pillows, warming foot soaks, herbal teas or fizzy flower bath bombs. You will be able to take away what you make.

12 noon: Short family herb walk (Max 18) ‘Medicines from the Hedgerow’. Come and join us for a hedgerow forage along the canal. We will look at a diverse range of medicinal and edible plants and also meet some of the deadliest plants in the UK.

1.30pm: Talk and demonstration ‘Wild Food, Wild Medicines’. A short talk on a few common local plants that can be used to make simple remedies and recipes. Come and watch the herbalist make a hedgerow ointment.

2.30pm: Family Herbal Workshops. Schedule as at 11am.

3.30pm: Short family herb walk (Max 18) ‘Wild Food, Wild Medicines’. Come and join us for a forage around the Heritage Centre, canal and coastal area/dunes. We will look at a diverse range of edible and medicinal plants.

Mazed North Free activity


Mazed North is a project to recollect and revive the folktales of North Cornwall. The group will bring Cornishibia street storytelling to the lawns of The Castle, featuring among the tales the story of The Piskey Who Rode In A Pocket, as chosen by the children of Bude Infant School. Drop by to see and hear a tale of two.

Passing Showers Free activity

Enjoy family entertainment with established Heritage Festival favourite – Mr Showers. 11am – 1pm Mr Showers will be on a walkabout to entertain visitors, you can’t miss him as he’ll be jolly tall! 2pm – 4pm a fun circus skills workshop for all to enjoy.

Surf Simulator Free activity

Brought to you by Bude-Stratton Town Council for your on the day entertainment, have a go at surfing without the worry of making a big splash if you slip off the board. Provided and operated by Plymouth Bouncy Castles, a trained and approved operator will be on hand to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride.

In the marquee

A Drop in The Ocean


Giftware created from upcycled items sourced from our beaches. Kilkhampton-based Krysia Wood crafts driftwood sailing boats, handpainted driftwood cottages and creates paintings, depicting beach scenes, on to driftwood. Peruse pictures made from pebbles and driftwood and delight in the handmade greetings cards depicting beach scenes.

Bude Brewery – TBC

Castle Exhibitions

Browse two of our exhibitions, the history of the Castle and the life, times and achievements of its Victorian creator, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney beautifully presented on exhibition boards.

DeW Beaded Jewellery Designs

Handcrafted in nearby Whitstone, by designer Deborah Williams, the product range consists of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from natural stone, semi-precious jewels, glass and crystal beads. A selection of re-strung vintage necklaces and other upcycled beads will also be available.

Fair and Funky Skirts


Unique, handmade reversible skirts with detachable bags and adjustable waistbands, lovingly created in Bude. No two skirts are the same! Other items on sale will be organic, fair Trade t-shirts designed by West Country artists, fair trade bags, belts, leggings, socks and more. All items have ethical credentials.

Tumbled Treasure


Handcrafted jewellery and other bespoke items using locally found sea glass and other beach found treasures.


The Bude Light Lawn (area B on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Raymonds Amusements – ride fares apply

Traditional fairground rides and amusements provided by an established Heritage Festival favourite. Boats, swing chairs and a candy floss trailer can all be found on the lawn just outside the entrance to The Castle near the Bude Light.


Community Fire Station Lawn (area C on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Andrew Medland vintage tractors

A static display of vintage tractors and vehicles to delight visitors young and old!

Holsworthy Lions Charity BBQ

The Holsworthy Lions will be serving food from their BBQ throughout the day. All proceeds will be distributed to causes and groups in Bude and Holsworthy.


The Bark House Lawn (area D on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Bude Twinning Association

Find out more about our twin town and have a go on the tombola.

Bude Friends of The Earth

The local group will have displays showing local projects, such as the biodiversity trail, which visitors can discover in and around The Castle grounds. Hear the news and see the results on air quality monitoring recently carried out in Bude-Stratton. Find details of the upcoming Green Infrastructure for Growth project which aims to involve community groups in improving the town’s green spaces.


The Bude RNLI are an active group protecting and rescuing those who may be in trouble on the shore or at sea. The stall will promote the charity and offer items from sale which will be from their Bude shop.

Cancer Research UK – Bude and Stratton committee

A local group raising vital funds towards research and cures for all types of cancer. Fundraising sale of items including books, bric-a-brac and handmade greetings cards.

Childrens Hospice South West

An information stall run by the local volunteer group, also offering books and jigsaws for sale to help save precious lives.

Granville Masonic Lodge 

Granville Lodge is a masonic lodge in Bude that has met regularly since 1909. It comes under the Masonic Province of Cornwall and The United Grand Lodge of England. The Lodge is aiming to be more involved in the local communities and support good causes. 

Trevithick Society

An industrial heritage society and publisher, visit the stall to discover amazing facts and astounding inventions.


The Parkhouse Centre (area E on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Bude Art Society

A local based group of amateur artists, the Bude Art Society are regular exhibitors in the Castle galleries. Visit their stall to view their work on sale or watch members as they provide demonstrations on various techniques at the easel.

Bude Canal Trust

A partner organisation with the Bude Canal and Harbour Society with the specific preservation of the archaeological aspects, the ongoing development of the wildlife environment and increasing the level of visitors to the area of the first five and a half miles of this important and historical part of Bude’s earlier development.

Bude Canal and Harbour Society

Our local waterway society whose aims are to support and encourage the conservation and regeneration of the beautiful Bude Canal.

Bude Jive Club

Bude Motor Club

Come to see the static display of vintage motor cars parked outside the main entrance to the Parkhouse centre.

Bude-Stratton Old Cornwall Society

A Bude and District historical heritage society.  

Bude W.I.

A super display of photographs, magazines and craft work made by local members.

Caen Model Boat Club

Model making display of radio controlled models and static models covering boats, trains, sci-fi, military and dioramas.

Cats Protection League – Launceston branch

Literature on the work of the Cats Protection League and the activities and projects of the local branch. Sale of childrens knitwear, mugs, cards, jigsaws and books.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust – Bude group

A local wildlife group working to promote awareness of the wildlife, flora and fauna in the locality by means of evening talks (wintertime) and walks (summertime). Fundraising activities are also undertaken for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, their parent body.

Exercising for Mobility

A well-known local group who provide free social exercise classes particularly suited for those with impaired mobility but enjoyed by all. Annual Grand Draw tickets will be on sale to raise vital funds. Group members will take to the stage in the Ivor Potter Hall at 2pm for approximately 30 minutes to demonstrate to the community what they do.

Friends of Bude Sea Pool

The iconic Bude Sea Pool is immensely popular and dependent on grants, fundraising and volunteers to secure its future. Visit the stall to see how you can help preserve and protect one of Bude’s most famous treasures.


Neetside – Methodist lawn (area F on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Fun Family Dog Show with Tamar Vets

Animal Free Research – Bude group

Formerly known as Dr Hadwen Trust, the charity and local group work towards achieving animal free research. Pop along to try your luck on the tombola or lucky dip and learn about their charitable work.


Canal side (area G on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Bude Pilot Gig Club

Join the effervescent members of the Club by the side of the canal on the Wharf to enjoy demonstrations and take part in ‘have a go’ sessions from noon until 4pm.


The Forge (area H on the Heritage Festival Site Plan)

Bude – Stratton Town Council have restored the Old Forge, which is situated on the Canal Wharf, and it will be open to view as a static display on the Heritage Festival day.

The original blacksmiths forge and shop stood alongside the Canal. Both the Canal workers and local farmer’s horses were shod here, and the Blacksmith provided a very important service to the community. During the 1880’s Robert Broad was the resident Blacksmith, followed from 1910 by Fred Staddon. Mr Staddon was the last Blacksmith to work the forge, after working there for many years. He was a much-loved local character, selling ‘lucky’ horseshoes and becoming a tourist attraction of sorts as Bude’s increasing number of visitors watched him work the forge.

A selection of fascinating photographs and more information can be seen in The Castle exhibitions in the large marquee on The Castle Lawn.


The Castle

The Costume Rooms


Established six years ago, The Costume Rooms make and research Georgian costume, documenting the underwear, the construction methods and the fashions. The company recently opened a shop in Bude where they have a workroom for costumes and a gift and stationery shop, along with books on fashion and history. Highlights include a Jane Austen section, patterns and sewing methods of costume and a growing historical novel selection.

Heritage Centre Tours

Would you like to have a personalised tour of our Heritage Centre? Then join us by The Castle entrance at 11am or 1pm for a guided tour around The Castle’s Heritage Centre. Led by our knowledgeable and welcoming volunteer team, each tour will last approximately one hour.