Over 70 Events Over Three Days, with a Free Funday Sunday and a Five Day School Programme!

Bude Literary Festival becomes a best seller and returns for 2024!


This year’s festival is running from Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th May 2024 with an additional Schools Programme running from Monday 13th through to Friday 17th May 2024. Sunday Funday on 19th May will see a celebration of the Festival with a FREE community Funday with a multitude of activities for you to partake in. You can see all the details for this on our dedicated page.

We’re currently getting excited with the diverse and cultural range that will be joining us in this year’s programme with over 70 exciting events this year. We currently have a fantastic Schools Programme, where local businesses have supported a programme of free author workshops in schools to inspire and encourage hundreds of young people. This year sees a range of authors, poets, directors, podcasters and a chef providing in-school workshops. Find out more on the dedicated pages.

This year’s festival would not be possible without the support and organisation of Bude-Stratton Town Council and its dedicated team based at The Castle, our Event Programmer, Richard Wolfenden-Brown, the team at Bude Library, our team of volunteers, our local venue supporters and our local business sponsors. 

Bude Literary Festival, presented by Bude-Stratton Town Council, broke box office records with demand for the 123 events, workshops, talks, walks, and competitions at an all-time high in 2023. This year we will see more inspirational authors, both local and national. A range of cultural creative minds that will take us all on a literary adventure and a host of workshops and live music events happening around the town.

If you would like to sponsor us or get involved with our volunteer team, please visit the Support Us page, where you can find details of how to be involved.

Download our full Festival Brochure in the link above!