Open Garden – Updates

It’s set to be a beautiful weekend so support the Open Charity Gardens. If you haven’t already got tickets, you can get some from No 1 The Square both on Saturday and Sunday – the team there will also be able to provide some advice on getting to gardens.

Milestone Cross

With the road closure of Old Exeter Street, you need to approach Milestone Cross up via Milestone Lane (the first turning on the left past the Highwayman’s Haunt) – though of course we would encourage you to make the most of the weather and walk instead.

Woodlands (TQ13 0DR)

The owners have at Woodlands have prepared a superb menu for both days to make your trip even more worthwhile – click here to have a look.


Carnaby Street ‘Sounds of the Sixties’

Tickets will sell fast for this night of SIXTIES SWINGING TUNES from renowned Exeter band CARNABY STREET

Saturday 13 April 2019
Chudleigh School Hall

TICKETS £12.50 Box Office (Chudleigh Town Hall)
See Facebook or email for details

Back by popular demand after a Fantastic Live Show last year.

Chudfest bring you the South-Wests’ BIGGEST Sixties Tribute Live
Music Band for another foot shuffling night of hits. You’ll be
singing, dancing and arm waving all night. Guaranteed! Book

Fancy dress optional. Bar. Sore feet guaranteed!



Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre

Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre on 6th Dec 2018
The Christmas Fayre is a partnership between Chudfest and other local organisations, particularly the Chudleigh Carnival. The Carnival Queen and her attendants will walk with Santa to lead the Christmas Lantern procession from St Martin & St Mary Parish Church and join in with the big  countdown for the switch-on of the  town Christmas lights. The Fayre will feature the 2018 Carnival Float which has been given a Christmas make-over. The float and the Royalty will be positioned outside The Ship pub. Everyone is encouraged to visit the float and see this years winning theme of “SCHOOL OF ROCK” with music  that was performed during Carnival plus a selection of seasonal tunes.
Committee member Annie Holman said:
“We will have application forms on the float for 2019 Royalty and want to see lots of applications returned. I want to thank all of the supporters and Friends of the Carnival, without whom we could not put together a carnival week”. Annie is also extending an invitation to anyone who would like to join the Carnival Committee AGM at 7.30pm on January 31st 2019 at Chudleigh Town Hall.
After the Royalty we have six local soloists who will entertain with Christmas Tunes aboard the float.
We begin this years procession with an indoor seated mini concert of music and song provided by the KS2 children of Chudleigh Primary and our talented singers, Choir and Orchestra. Warmth and great acoustics in the Church promise it to be a lovely start to the evening that still offers the Lantern Procession from the Church Tree up to the War Memorial, the lighting of the town and late night opening and outside stalls selling wonderful goodies. Don’t forget our Christmas Fayre, with a fabulous selection of stalls in the Town Hall, Woodway Room, School Room and Youth Centre. Santa will be in the care of his Elves at the Grotto in the Youth Centre with a gift for every visitor and then pop into the library to hear the Shanty Men and Tena Ladies serenade you in their inimitable style!
Look out for dancing from Girls Allowed Out in the Phoenix and the handbell ringers in the Woodway Room.
The Chudfest stall at the Town Hall will be selling the final  pound a pop envelopes for the big draw on the Friday. You can enter now at shops in the High Street displaying a blue box. You can also enter the grand draw to win a Delux Winter Duvet and other prizes at our stall on the night and also from Gemma in Dandelion up to the end of the night .
Food, atmosphere music and shopping and lights to light the way. It’s what the Summer Spectacular is all about and we look forward to seeing you there on the night!
Bring your lanterns if you have them and a Festive Dog or two are always welcome at the Procession. You can enter them into the Festive Dogs Competition at Fido Sassoon at 6:30pm once the carolling around the main tree  is sung!
Enjoy the evening – stay safe & warm
A very Jolly Christmas to Chudleigh
Chief Elf
Timetable of Events:
5.15pm Parish Church – Orchestral music and choir from KS2 Chudleigh Primary School plus soloists singing seasonal tunes OPEN TO ALL
6.00pm – Church Christmas Tree Countdown to Lights switch on
followed by procession to war memorial Christmas Tree
6.10pm ( approx) Carols accompanied by orchestra
Late Night opening of Local Shops
Santa’s Grotto and Stalls in the Youth Centre from 6.30pm
Tena Ladies and Shanty Men singers in the Library
Soloists Christmas Songs on the Carnival Float from 7.15pm
A road closure will be in place from 6pm to 8pm.

Christmas Fayre Bookings

Booking Information

The late-night shopping/Christmas Fayre will take place this year on Thursday 6th December, with road closures between the War Memorial and Oldway from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. The Christmas Fayre will run from 5.00pm to 8.30pmand will be located in the Large Upstairs Hall, Woodway Room and School Room in the Town Hall, along with the Youth Centre. The latter will also be the location of Santa’s Grotto. Setup can be from 2.30pm onwards.

The deadline is getting information into the Christmas Fayre brochure is Thursday 18th October, so do make sure you get your booking in before then, in order to take advantage of the free publicity.


Tables will be charged at: £15 for a 6 table in the Upstairs Hall of the Town Hall, £8 for a 4’6″ table in either the Woodway Room or School Hall in the Town Hall, or the Youth Centre. Charity tables are £4 per table.

If you wish to book a table, please print and complete the form below as soon as possible, since spaces are limited. Bookings will generally be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, in order to ensure the widest possible range of goods on offer, we reserve the right to refuse applications where duplicate stalls have already been confirmed.

Public Liability Insurance

Stall holders need to be covered by public liability insurance. Please supply a copy of your own PLI, if held, when sending in your completed booking form.

Any traders who don’t have their own public liability insurance (i.e. those who are not professional traders or charity organisations) can sell at the event on behalf of Chudfest and will be covered by our own insurance policy for a small donation of 10% of your evening’s takings. This can either be given direct to us at the end of the evening in cash or paid by BACS direct to the Chudfest account (Account Number: 37007760, Sort Code: 30-84-67) before 12th December including your name/trading name as your payment reference.

Bookings will only be accepted upon receipt of the fee, the booking form and supporting documents where applicable.

Send your booking form, together with a cheque made payable to ‘Chudfest’ and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance to:

Chudleigh Christmas Fayre, c/o Sharon Nickels, 1 Willake Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5AB.

Queries via email:; or via text: 07974 450495.

Chudleigh Craft Fayre Booking Form 2018

Lantern Workshops

Come and make a Lantern for the Christmas Parade.


Wednesday 14th November at the Town Hall from 7.00pm until 9.00pm

Saturday 17th November at the Town Hall (accompanied children welcome at this session)

10.00am until 12.00 noon

All Materials and instructions provided.

£2.50 per person

and you will be able to take your completed STAR with you and then come and be part of the parade on 6th December at 6.00pm

Booking and further information from Leah Stirrat 852771

Variety Show Update

Please note that the Variety Show has been cancelled for this October as many of those usually involved are also taking part in the numerous Centenary commemorations around town.

But it will be back for 2019 with a fabulous theme.

Chairman’s welcome to Chudfest 2018

This is the eighth year we’ve run this ten-day festival of fun. As always, we have tried to build on our experience and your feedback from previous events and we hope this year’s programme will be our most popular yet, with events all through the week to appeal to everyone. We are not having any “big ticket” items this year – all events are priced at £10 or less.

We have always worked very closely with Chudleigh Carnival, as shown by the joint brochure, and as last year the two weeks are being jointly marketed as Chudleigh’s Summer Spectacular.

Regular favourite events for this year include: a Family Disco on Friday 6th; the 80s/90s Throwback party on Saturday July 7th;  the Church Open Day (featuring an Exhibition); the Community Church Service; Board Games NightQuiz NightLiterary Festival; Live at the Chudleigh Apollo60s/70s Disco and the Grand Summer Fete, which closes the whole thing down on 15th July – just in time for the start of Carnival Week.

A new addition to the programme this year is a Barn Dance (Monday 9th), featuring the ever popular group, Spinach for Norman. On Friday 13th we are putting on a traditional tea dance. And for the nimble- fingered, there will be craft sessions for adults on Monday 9th and Friday 13th, and for Children on Saturday, July 14th.

Some events provide food as part of the ticket, but at those which do not the bar will be selling Hotdogs (Chuddogs!!) to help keep body and soul together. The bar will also be selling Chudbest, locally brewed beer from Black Tor brewery!

Once again we’ve arranged a number of free activities for the younger members of the community, including  Animal Encounters for the year 5 children at Chudleigh Primary School, the ever-popular (and very noisy) Under 5s Tea Party. The Chudleigh Phoenix junior reporters will be out and about once again throughout the ten days, so make sure you are smiling when they take your picture for the paper.

And don’t forget that although the Marquee doesn’t go up until 5th July, the Open Gardens event will be running over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June: a chance to admire some of the special local gardens and learn from their owners – or just sit under a tree and take in the sights while sipping a glass of something cool.

As always, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our advertisers and other sponsors, without whom Chudfest would not take place.

Chudfest runs events throughout the year and we are always looking for suggestions and support. If you can help, please get in touch.

Mark Macnair

Chair, Chudfest Committee

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

Saturday 5 May 2018

The Rest Centre – Chudleigh Town Hall


Join us for our coffee morning!

Hot drinks, cakes, biscuits and maybe win a prize in the raffle and help raise funds for Chudfest.

Everyone welcome.