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


 Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival 2016

The annual Bude-Stratton Heritage Festival takes place on Sunday July 24th from 11am to 4pm in and around the town’s most significant built heritage – The Castle and the Bude Canal.

It a fantastic celebration not only of the area but the wider Cornish culture – showcasing our past, present and future with a huge variety of exhibits, stalls, free demonstrations, workshops and activities for visitors of all ages and interests to enjoy.

Traditional favourite annual exhibitors include a static display of vintage cars, steam engines and tractors whilst the achievements of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney are celebrated in the resident exhibition at the Heritage Centre in the Castle.

Canalside, on the Bark House lawn, members of the Bude Canal Trust and the Bude Canal and Harbour Society will be on hand to field questions and share their in-depth knowledge of one of the most unusual canal systems in the U.K. While Bude Pilot Gig club will be on the water, offering the opportunity for bystanders to have a go at rowing as well as presenting a short activity which will begin in the Castle grounds and end up at the wharf.

One of the town’s most popular and iconic attractions will be represented by The Friends of Bude Sea Pool while Cornwall Wildlife Trust will host a marine themed stall to promote their exciting newly launched Your Shore Beach Ranger Project.

There’s a host of free attractions including a play area hosted by the Bude Toy Library, a bouncy castle and giant garden versions of popular games. Younger family members will undoubtedly enjoy having their faces painted, glitter tattoos or joining in Mr Showers’ circus skills workshops.

A variety of live performances are scheduled to take place throughout the day at various locations on the event site from traditional story-telling from a bard of the Gorsedh Kernow, brass bands and acapella, to a traditional Punch and Judy Show from Professor Goodvibes.

Opportunities to try something new abound with a static land-based surf simulator and Smite, a traditional rural game combining the skill and dexterity of boule with the cunning and guile of croquet.

An exciting addition to the programme this year is a fun family dog-show, being run by the Tamar Veterinary Group, formerly Locke and Preston, to raise funds for the popular local wildlife rescue sanctuary, Born To Be Wild.

The Mayor of Bude-Stratton, Councillor Lea Deely says ‘We are a vibrant, diverse and talented community. I’m absolutely delighted so many local individuals and groups have chosen to take part in this years’ event.’

‘I look at the Heritage Festival programme with a sense of pride. It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s engaging.  It celebrates not only our past achievements but highlights our place in future history by showcasing so much of what makes Bude-Stratton such a tremendous place to live’.

The full programme including timings will be published soon.