Members of Chudleigh Writers Circle work on a group story during Chudfest 2015

This is the ninth 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 lless.



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. On Thursday 11th, there is a new event organised jointly with Chudleigh Carnival – a Fashion Show.

Regular favourite events for this year include: the 80s/90s Throwback party on Saturday July 6th; the Church Open Day (featuring an Exhibition); the Community Church Service; Barn Dance; Quiz NightLiterary Festival;  60s/70s Disco and the Grand Summer Fete, which closes the whole thing down on 14th July – just in time for the start of Carnival Week. On Friday 5th we are repeating the Traditional Tea Dance which proved so successful last year. And for the nimble-fingered, there will be Craft Sessions for adults on Monday 8th and Friday 12th.

New additions to the programme this year include a Pig Racing Night on Friday 5th and a Murder Mystery Evening (Friday 12th), which will combine a 3-course meal with a murder mystery produced by CADS. On Saturday 13th the Marquee will be turned over to a Craft Fair featuring many stalls of local craftsmen.

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 a Storytelling Workshop for children at Chudleigh Primary School and the ever-popular (and very noisy) Under-5s Tea Party.

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 22nd and 23rd  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. Our aim is to provide a range of activities to suit all taste and all pockets. Chudfest is financed by the tickets we sell, advertising in the brochure, competitions  and raffles and through sponsorship.  We are proud that Chudfest is a self-financing operation.

We keep things fresh and would welcome more people who are willing to organise events. So, come join the team; if you want to take part you can contact us at chudfest@yahoo.co.uk