Chudleigh Bioblitz

Bioblitz 5We are all very excited about a new addition to this year’s programme. The 24 hour Bioblitz is an attempt to catalogue the huge diversity of flora and fauna in and around our town. There will be lots to see and do; plenty of opportunities to get involved – and it’s all free. Read all about it by clicking here.

Ready, Get Set…

It may be a sign of age, but this year is just flying by. It barely seems like yesterday since we were standing in the rain watching the lights go on during the Christmas Fayre, yet here we are, just seven weeks from the arrival of the marquee.

Chudfest brochure cover compLeah Sambrooks won the competition to design the brochure cover and her illustration is currently being printed. The brochure will be with you before the end of this month.

The programme is now finalised and the web pages will be up very soon.. Over the next few weeks, we will introduce each of the events: what’s happening, where, when and where to get your tickets.

We’ve  got some exciting new events this year plus lots of old favourites. we’re very excited about Chudfest 2016 Summer Festival and we hope you are, too.

We’re On Our Way

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The competition to design the cover for this year’s Chudfest brochure is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who entered; we will be announcing the winner very shortly. The brochure is currently being prepared and will be with you towards the end of next month.

And in the meantime, the Save the Date leaflet is being delivered to all the houses in town over the next few days. This is your chance to see what’s on the programme and get the key dates in your diaries. We’ve got some exciting new events coming up, plus a whole load of old favourites (and I don’t just mean the Committee Members!).

It may not seem like it, especially when we’re being battered by wind and rain, but summer’s just around the corner. You are going to hear a lot more from us over the next three months. Here’s to another great Summer Festival.

Food at the Christmas Fayre


As a break from shopping make the most of the variety of food available at the Christmas Fayre. Try out our local places to eat and drink: Bishop Lacy, Chudleigh Chippy, Harvey’s, Mei Wah, Old Pottery Court Café, Rominoss Pizza, Sangers, The Globe, The Phoenix, and The Ship Inn.

For one night only you will be able to get mulled cider (Twinning Association, Town Hall forecourt), Coffee and mince pies (Women’s Institute, Rest Centre), doughnuts and candyfloss (Town Hall forecourt), Spanish snacks, and coffee and crepes.

Chudleigh Christmas Fayre, Thursday 3rd December, 5 pm onwards: shopping, lights, food and entertainment.

Shop Local at Christmas Fayre


At the Christmas Fayre on Thursday 3rd December there will be many opportunties to buy those difficult-to-get Christmas gifts.  Many retailers will be open, including: Angie Holmes; Bracken Gallery; Chudleigh DIY; Chudleigh Laundrette; Co-operative Food; Cutting Room; Dandelion; Fido Sassoon; Forever Tattoo; Furniture Barn (offering mulled wine); Gillett’s SPAR; Gill’s; Lloyds Pharmacy; Paradise; Passion Boutique; Pet’s Corner (with gift bags for dogs and cats); Post Office; Sawdye & Harris (offering a children’s col-ouring competition); Second Hand Store; and Sugar Mill.

There will be a craft market upstairs at the Town Hall in the Large Room.   Two indoor Christmas Markets will be available, one in the Woodway Room and one at the Youth Centre.

On the street and on the Town Hall forecourt there will be stalls selling a variety of items.

Food and Drink will be available at many venues, including: Bishop Lacy; Chudleigh Chippy, Harvey’s Coffee Shop and Delicatessen (turkey or pork rolls; mulled wine); Mei Wah Chinese Take-Away; Old Pottery Court Café; Rominoss Pizza; Sangers; The Globe; The Phoenix; and The Ship Inn.

Other Food and Drink will be available at various stalls: Mulled cider (Twinning Association, Town Hall forecourt); Coffee and mince pies (Women’s Institute, Rest Centre); doughnuts and candyfloss; Spanish snacks; and coffee and crêpes.

All this and entertainment too! So why not do your Christmas shopping and help the community at the same time by buying local .

Chudfest Summer Fete


The fete on the Village Green is one of the classic parts of a British summer. Here in Chudleigh, we don’t have a Village Green; and, in fact, we’re a town, not a village. But we do have the Play Park, and we do have the fete, which will once again mark the official end of the summer festival on Sunday 12th July. Continue reading

Chudleigh Sings!

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One of the new events in last year’s Chudfest was the Singalong evening hosted by Chudleigh Community Choir. A small, but very enthusiastic audience joined in with a programme of well known songs from the musicals, the pop charts and elsewhere. In fact, so vocal was the crowd that when the prepared programme was finished, we paused to refill our glasses, then started all over with another set of songs. Continue reading

Community Church Service


On Sunday 5th July, there will be an informal summer service of celebration in the Chudfest Marquee. This annual service has been held in Chudleigh for many years and was originally linked to the Carnival. It is organised by members of the Baptist and Parish Church organisations.

With leaders and musicians from both churches, we seek to give thanks to God for our community, celebrate all that is good about our town and pray for the needs of those around us, and in the wider world.

Everyone is very welcome to attend this service in the Marquee; light refreshments will be available afterwards.