Our Instagram Breakthrough

InstagramAs we build our publicity campaign for Chudfest 2016 (or #chudfest16, as we like to call it), we are aware we have to use a variety of different channels to reach different sections of the community. We produce a hard copy brochure that goes to every house. We send out press releases to newspapers. We put posters all over the place. And we increasingly explore the online world. Continue reading

Bioblitz Update

Bioblitz 2We now have more details of the activities that will take place during the 24 hour Bioblitz on Friday and Saturday this week and how YOU can get involved. Whether it’s by bringing pictures or specimens on unknown species for identification; providing data on the flora and fauna in your garden; or taking part in one of the guided walks, there’s loads going on to interest children and adults alike.

See all the details by clicking here. See you in the marquee on Friday and Saturday.


Open Gardens Update

Gardens 3 (2)The weather forecast for the weekend is very promising – a great weekend to visit ten gardens in Chudleigh. They are all looking wonderful, and their keepers are looking forward to meeting you! For the best value lunch in Devon, make sure you visit Woodlands (see menu here), while cream teas are available at several gardens, including The Appleloft (Saturday), Woodlands (both days), Watercress Farm (Sunday) and Oakfield Coach House (Sunday).

Tickets at just £5 are valid for both days and take you into all ten gardens. And if you want to get the kids interested in gardening, remember that under-16s go in for free.

Note these recent programme updates:

The Rock Garden is open, but is not going to be manned and will NOT be selling tickets.  Tickets can be obtained at the Chudfest Box Office on Saturday morning, or on the gate at all the gardens apart from the Rock Garden.

Oakfield Coach House will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, although the cream tea will only be served on Sunday afternoon.

Literary Festival: Programme Change

DamienWe are delighted to announce that crime writer, Damien Boyd, will be speaking at the Literary Festival on Wednesday 6th July. Damien, a solicitor who formerly worked with the CPS, writes the DI Dixon novels. He is currently riding high in the Amazon charts, with 4 books in the Kindle Top 100.

Damien will be speaking at 8.30pm, after the ‘In Conversation’ with Veronica Henry and Fanny Blake. You can find all the details by clicking here.

Chris Sleeps Out

Sleepout 2aEvery year, during Chudfest, individuals and organisations raise money for good causes. Town Councillor and former Mayor, Chris Webb, is a staunch supporter of vulnerable young people and each year, he finds a novel way to fund-raise. This year he will be spending two nights, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July, sleeping rough under the stairway at Chudleigh Town Hall.

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Prize Draw

Calling all parents and grandparents. Do you know a child who would like this beautiful lorry?

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Made by the talented Richard Marks and donated by Gina and Jon Sherwood, the lorry is the prize in the draw taking place across the whole of Chudfest week.

But you don’t have to wait until then to get your tickets. They are on sale, at just £1 per strip, at the Chudfest Box Office every Thursday and Saturday morning in the market, outside the Town Hall. Get your tickets now, with the chance of making your favourite child very happy.

A Concert for MIND

MIND ConcertFast forward to the last evening of the Chudfest calendar: you can pop along to the Parish Church and let your ears be delighted by an evening of music from 7pm. This concert celebrates all styles of music and is organised by Ellie Rowles.

The evening is free, but donations are invited in aid of mental health awareness and MIND. What a wonderful finish for our week of fun! Get all the details by clicking here.

Willow Weaving

Willow WeavingHave you ever fancied turning your hand to a new craft? How about trying an age-old craft as a new hobby? Friday 8th July brings Shan Palmes to the marquee to demonstrate and entice you to the world of Willow Weaving. You could try a basket, or a 2D sculpture, maybe a garden tripod. You could make all of this year’s Christmas Gifts!

There is a £3 charge for adults, but all materials used will be included. Kiddies come for free, but must be accompanied by an adult. For full details, click here.