Posted by Paula Woodward in Festivals, Local Events, What's On,

We are in a great location for the festivals and live music events that take place in both Cornwall and Devon throughout the year, with some incredibly popular events located a very short driving distance from our hotel. Whatever genre of music or type of festival you enjoy the most, you can take your pick from laid-back acoustic music on the beach, lively gigs in a transformed quarry surrounded by tropical plants and DJ sets in a cliff-top field.

Port Eliot Festival – 26 to 29 July


Described as a literary festival, but much more like a garden party, you name it, this festival has it. With live music, fashion shows, yoga sessions, comedy, food, science demonstrations and even rentable hot tubs. The festival is popular with locals, tourists and celebrities alike, drawing a swarm of creative and talented people to one location over the summer. There is also an array of really interesting workshops to get involved in, from mixology and advice on which cheese to pair with which cider, to working with botanical inks and writing beautifully in a calligraphy class.

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26 – 29 July 2018 in St Germans, an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Bude – porteliotfestival.com/

Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze – all summer

Held weekly throughout the spring and summer months, the free Woodburner Sessions on Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay are the perfect way to spend a sunny evening, with great music, food and drink, served in a relaxed beach setting. In the peak summer months, there are also larger scale ‘Headliner Sessions’, with past performers including Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner.

Each year, the North Cornish beach also welcomes the 37 piece Cornish Sinfonia Orchestra for a ‘Symphony By The Sea’, an evening of classical music, performed in Lusty’s very own natural amphitheatre, and the entertainment coming to a close with a spectacular cliff top firework display. Note before, there is only one access point to the beach, and this is via 133 steps, which may be difficult for less able guests.

For line-ups and dates, go to www.lustyglaze.co.uk/events100/. Lusty Glaze is an hour’s drive from Bude.

Eden Sessions – June & July

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/apexnewspix.com. 15/07/08. Eden Sessions 2008.

Set within the amazing grounds of the Eden Project, amongst the exotic plants and towering biomes, the Eden Sessions bring people from far and wide to see some world famous acts, previously hosting Elton John, Paloma Faith, Spandau Ballet, Ben Howard and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.

This summer welcomes Madness and Bryan Adams to the stage, along with Manic Street Preachers and Jess Glynne, adding to the amazing line-up that the Eden Project has managed to secure every year. More than just a music venue, with yummy food and an incredible atmosphere, the valley in which The Eden Project is nestled truly comes alive.

To purchase tickets and keep an eye on the ever-growing line-up, visit the website – http://www.edensessions.com/. The Eden Project is an hour’s drive from Bude.

Into the Wyldes / Leopallooza


The Wyldes is a festival, event and party venue hosting an array of exciting music and comedy events this year. The prime location near Bude has been home to Leopallooza Festival for the past 10 years, a critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning festival known as ‘The Greatest House Party…in a field’. The music event has drawn numerous international artists including Bastille, Seasick Steve, Crystal Fighters, Kodaline, Jamie Lawson, Izzy Bizu, James Vincent McMorrow and many more. This year the event will be taking place from the 27 – 29 July, and will be celebrating its eleventh year of live music and care-free fun.

The Wyldes, a 25 minute drive from Bude – http://www.intothewyldes.com/

Boardmasters – 8 – 12 August

Boardmasters Festival, credit Alex Rawson

This summer welcomes Boardmasters back to Newquay, with some of the biggest names in music gracing the multiple stages throughout the festival, which sit atop Watergate Bay’s cliffs, boasting unspoilt views over the sea.

The festival also hosts multiple skating, surfing and BMX competitions, which are held at another venue, Fistral beach, and are completely free to attend. The festival is hugely popular for locals and visitors alike, and the headline acts get bigger and better every year. This years acts will include James Bay, the Kaiser Chiefs, Foxes, Example and plenty more.

8 – 12 August 2018 in Newquay, an hour’s drive from Bude – www.boardmasters.co.uk

Bude Jazz Festival – 29 August to 1 September

Centred in Bude and with every venue within walking distance from our hotel, the annual festival takes over the town for four whole days, bringing some talented jazz singers, bands and solo musicians together to celebrate everything jazz. This will be the 39th year that the festival has come to Bude, and the line-up is pretty impressive.

28 – 31 August 2018 – http://www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk/