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Bude is Cornwall's most northern town and has been a popular seaside resort from Victorian times. In the l9th Century, the town was notorious for wreckers who plundered ship wrecked off the coast - over 80 vessels in the fifty year up to 1874.

Present-day Bude is a pleasant small town with character. It has two beaches with excellent broad sands close to the town itself, and is a good centre for adjacent beaches. Its sea front faces west and the Atlantic rollers make for good surfing when conditions are right. The main access road in and out of Bude is the Atlantic Highway (A39)

Notable buildings include the Perpendicular parish church (St Olaf's) in the village of Poughill just outside of Bude, the parish church of St Michael and All Angels (built in 1835 and enlarged in 1876; the architect was George Wightwick), Ebbingford Manor, and the town's oldest house, Quay Cottage in the centre of town. Bude Castle was built about 1830 for Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney and is now a heritage centre.

Upcoming Events

Folk Festival - Friday 22 May 2020 to Monday 25 May 2020

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival is small friendly and very welcoming

This Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk events held on the late May Bank Holiday weekend 22-25 May 2020. It features music, song, dance, and storytelling, and there is a small programme of children’s events. The programme is published in April.

Our friends at the Falcon Hotel have a special festival Beer-Fest that adds carefully curated speciality ales to the musical menu.

The 2020 guest list so far... Flats & Sharps, Pete Morton, Rob Murch & Geoff Lakeman, Reg Meuross, Road not Taken, Hannah Cummings & Jonny Dyer,  Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs plus more to be announced.

What’s it all about?
The Festival welcomes numerous talented guest performers, many internationally known, who give concerts and appear in other events during the festival. Local dance sides perform, and we are delighted to welcome children from local schools, who give a dance display on Saturday morning. There are concerts, sing-arounds, sessions, a folk club, a barn dance, open-mics, fringe events, storytelling, a folk service and workshops.

What happens?
The Falcon Hotel hosts several concerts including the ‘Cream of Cornwall and Devon’ showcase of local talent, the barn dance and workshops. The Falcon and other local venues welcome participants in impromptu music sessions

The Rugby Club is the home for singers. There are sing-arounds, a Folk Club evening, short concerts, late night sings, workshops and informal gatherings.

Children's events start with instruction in school leading to demonstration dances on Bark House Green. They are provided at no cost to schools or parents.

St Michael’s Church has wonderful acoustics and hosts daily open-mic sessions. This is a great place to listen, for free, to the great talent the festival attracts and have a coffee and home-made cake or a light-bite lunch in support of church funds. There is a non-denominational folk service on Sunday.

This friendly Festival has always had a “joining-in” ethos. We are grateful to the core of professional artists who do just that outside of their formal events. But we encourage everyone’s participation. There are workshops for musicians and singers of all abilities and a special concert on Monday showcases some of these.

In other local venues free Fringe Events feature selected quality performers.

How can you take part?
The Festival offers weekend tickets and individual event tickets at very fair prices. Book on the WEBSITE or call 07736 374003. Camping is available at the Rugby Club for weekend season ticket holders. Local campsites and accommodation can be found through Bude TIC.

The team at Bude & Stratton Folk Festival are most grateful to their Festival Patron Jim Causley and all their guest performers, for the continuing support of Bude’s Town and County Councillors and Festival Friends. Thanks are also due to the Committee and staff of Bude Rugby Club and to the new owners of the Falcon Hotel for their commitment and encouragement.

01288 354240

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
The Falcon Hotel and various venues in Bude
EX23 8SD