Bright Futures Festival





  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults


Indoor & Outdoor




Bude’s Bright Futures Festival, 2nd July 2022 is a free, family event that is being held at The Castle and The Parkhouse Centre, Bude from 11am until 5pm. As well as fun and entertainment for all the family, it’s a chance for the local community to learn more about what the Partnership is doing to future-proof the town and to secure a bright future for generations to come. The festival will be completely free for everyone to enter and enjoy! This includes an exciting itinerary of live music, a sustainable marketplace, magic shows, storytelling and entertainment for children, a sustainable fashion workshop, art exhibitions, dance performances, eco-focused workshops, environmental keynote speakers and a plethora of fun activities.

BCP is nothing without its local community and this festival is our way of saying a big, “Thank You” to you all.


11am The Festival Opens
A rousing celebratory dance from the URBN Streetz Dance Group will open the festival on The Castle Lawn. The dance will celebrate the group's founding principles of Unity, Respect, Belief and Nurture. This will be a dance not to miss….11am - 5pm The Sustainable Business Marketplace!

Local sustainable, artisan and organic businesses will be selling their products and services from stalls on The Castle lawns. Please come along and support the local economy.11am- 5pm Live Music from the Bandstand.James Dixon has arranged a stunning line up of musicians to entertain you throughout the day. They include:- James Dixon, Clotted Cream, The Cobweb Crew Sea Shanty Singers, The Fiddle Fit Folk Duo, Ezmay Grace and FFord 5.The Barrel Border Morris Group will also be keeping us entertained between artists with their spectacular dancing prowess.11-am - 5pm Sustainable Arts TrailCome along and take part in the sustainable arts trail showcasing sustainable arts pieces from schoolchildren in and around Bude.11am -5pm Willow-weaving with Angelique Medland - one for all the family.2-3pm Face Painting for Children


1130 - 12 pm The Blanchminster Room, The Castle - A free magic show by the ever popular magician, Adrian Ward.1200pm - 1pm The Studio - A talk by Sue Read about Environmental Art. Professional local artist, Sue Read will be speaking about the inspiration behind her environmental art’s piece that will be on display in The Parkhouse Centre. She will also be giving advice on how artists can be more sustainable and have less environmental impact during their creative art process.
1pm - 1.30pm The Blanchminster Room - A second free magic show by Magician, Adrian Ward.3pm - 4pm The Blanchminster Room - Storytelling for young children - Ellie Jackson books will be read to children. Perfect for ages of two and up. Ellie is a successful author who has written a series of books to help educate children about the impact of plastics on our ocean ecosystems. These stories will be fun and interactive.


11am-5pm The Bude Climate Partners will be taking over the Parkhouse for the entire festival and will each have a room to showcase their projects and provide fun environmental activities for children and adults alike. Partners taking part include: - The Cleaner Seas Project, The Refill Shop, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Bude Coastal Community, The Repair Cafe, The 2 Minute Foundation.11am-5pm Environmental Art Exhibition showcasing the work of local professional artist, Sue Read.11am-5pm
Environmental Talks - A schedule of keynote speakers in the sustainable living sector will take to the stage to entertain, inspire and discuss the exciting opportunities we can embrace to bring about a brighter future. These will include the following :-11.00 Mukti Mitchell - First Steps To Reducing Your Carbon Footprint .A zoom presentation by Mukti Mitchell founded around his belief in ‘being the change you want to see in the world’. In 25 years of pioneering work, low-carbon expert Mukti Mitchell has shown that cutting your carbon footprint makes you happier, healthier and gives you more joie de vivre. Many of you will have seen him on the TV recently.12 Midday - 1pm Yvette Curtis - Women and Environmenstrualism.

Yvette is the founder of Wave Wahines CIC a female surf therapy and empowerment surf club in North Devon. She is also the South West Ambassador for Environmenstrualism and will be talking about the changes women can make to their lifestyles to have less impact on the environment.1pm - 2pm Chris Hines MBE Chris Hines MBE Hon.D.Sc. - Use Every Tool, Use Them Better.Chris has been working and campaigning for the environment for 30 years and revels in inspiring positive change. He was a Co-founder and then Director of Surfers Against Sewage from 1990 till 2000. Regarded as “some of the Government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” by the BBC and “Britain’s coolest pressure group.” By the Independent, the SAS helped deliver massive environmental improvements. Chris was then Sustainability Director at the Eden Project for 5 years. This included conceiving and delivering “Waste Neutral”, an early version of the circular economy and helping embed the triple bottom line of sustainable business practice throughout the organisation. He’s given evidence to the UK parliament, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the European Commission, briefed the President of the European Parliament, been a special advisor to the Minister for the Environment and appeared on a wide range of media from BBC World Service and Panorama to CNN.

In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for “services to the environment” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth. Surfers Path Inaugural Green Wave Award winner (a global award).He now aims to deliver positive change by working with clients with a shared vision, including sitting on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group.

Chris works on strategic planning, communications, leadership and embedding sustainability principles as part of a profitable business, and strongly believes that business can be a force for good in a challenging world.…and he still gets plenty of surfing in!

2pm- 3pm Rob Hopkins, Founder of Transition Network - From What Is to What If: why the next 10 years need to feel like a revolution of the imagination.

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘ which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality. In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events.

An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. In 2020 he was a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He blogs at and and tweets at @robintransition. In his spare time, he sometimes does lino prints 

3pm- 4pm Nick Rosen - How to get planning permission and go off-grid in the UK countryside. Nick Rosen is an expert on micro-grids, and other forms of off-grid energy. He is editor of and author of HOW TO LIVE OFF GRID (Bantam). Nick will be launching his latest book on living off-grid and also showcasing his most recent film animation, entitled, ‘A Brief History of The Grid’ You may contact him at

BUDE LIBRARY11.15 - 12.15 — Bude Library are very kindly supporting our event by providing this lovely environmental storytelling activity for young children. 

A big thank you to Sally and Kymble.