Budleigh Salterton’s Gala Week of fun for all

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 April 2018

Budleigh Salterton Gala Week parade from 2016. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton Gala Week parade from 2016. Picture: Alex Walton


The life and times of Sir Walter Raleigh are the theme of this year’s Budleigh Salterton Gala Week.

The fun-packed programme of events of family activities, from Saturday, May 26, until Sunday, June 3, is now on sale throughout the town, costing £1.

Geoff Paver, Budleigh Salterton Lions Club member, said: “There are new events, plus the old faithfuls. Each charity or organisation taking part now raises funds for themselves.

“We have moved the children’s cycle competition from the Wednesday to the last Saturday in the hope that more children will take part.

“There is also the ‘Spot the Stranger’ competition on throughout the whole of Gala Week, but you will need to buy a programme to take part.

“This is a great fun for all the family to have a go and introduces everyone to all the shops and business in our town.”

Traditionally, Cancer Research UK kick-starts Gala Week celebrations and this year is no exception, the Big Breakfast is now in its 18th year.

The town’s royal family will be crowned later in the day as part of the annual children’s procession.

Budleigh Journal and Exmouth Journal editor Stefan Gordon has the honour of opening the fete and Gala Week 2018.

New to this year’s packed programme is Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club’s horse racing night, which promises to be a fun night for all ages with prizes for winning jockeys. Also new is a jazz concert at the Public Hall, an African drumming workshop, a pamper and wellbeing evening and a ‘swim-with-a-mermaid’ experience.

Family favourites returning to the programme are the dog show, with rosettes for winners, and prizes for have-a-go-agility.

The family fun run, children’s pavement art competition, a cycle contest, pebble building competition and children’s fancy dress contest are also on the bill.

They join coffee mornings, craft activities, bingo and whatever-the-weather family fun, quizzes and a murder mystery.

A free showing of Disney film The Lion King has been arranged.

The week of fun ends on Sunday, June 3, with a family treasure hunt and an evening quiz night.

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