Packed programme for Budleigh’s Gala Week

PUBLISHED: 16:59 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 24 April 2017

The Budleigh Salterton Gala Week queen and her assistants at the Late Night Shopping event

The Budleigh Salterton Gala Week queen and her assistants at the Late Night Shopping event


New attractions join old favourites when Budleigh Salterton celebrates its annual Gala Week.

The Lions club has revealed a fun-packed programme of events taking place from Saturday, May 27, to Sunday, June 4.

New for this year is a free-to-enter young persons’ art competition, with a farm theme, and an adult poetry competition. Also debuting this year is a ‘Songs of Praise’ event to sing a selection of the nation’s favourite hymns and storytelling told through dance, performed by children and adults. Exmouth RNLI is holding a coffee morning with stalls, Budleigh Salterton carnival will host a disco and Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir is in concert with guests Worcester Male Voice Choir.

Traditionally, Cancer Research UK kick-starts Gala Week celebrations and this year is no exception. Now in its 17th year, the Budleigh big breakfast and brunch, followed by cream teas in the afternoon, also marks the charity’s 30th anniversary.

The town’s royal family will be crowned later in the day during the annual children’s procession. Councillor Alan Dent will perform the honour of opening the fete and the start of Gala Week.

Family favourites included in this year’s programme are the dog show and have-a-go-agility. Greedy dogs, waggiest tails and handsome and pretty dogs are invited to take part, with rosettes to winners. The children’s pavement art competition makes a welcome return, as does the pebble building event on Budleigh beach. There is plenty on the schedule for all ages - a children’s fancy dress parade and competition, Budleigh in Bloom coffee morning, and evening of nostalgia and whatever the weather family fun of craft, stalls, a bouncy castle and refreshments at Temple Methodist Church hall.

A children’s cycle competition, fantastical fun – play all day - activities for all ages, cash bingo, a summer fair, family disco and big interactive family quiz are a few tasters of what to expect from the packed programme.

Keep your eyes peeled throughout the week for a ‘spot the stranger’ competition, where a host of shops in will display a number in the window and an item not normally sold there. The winner can scoop a £25 top prize.

The week ends with the traditional family fun run, followed by the family treasure hunt. Those who have any energy left can finish Gala Week at the Dog and Donkey, in Knowle, for the annual quiz night.

Programmes (£1) with a full list of events are available throughout town.

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