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Things to do in Bude

Bude Canal

Are you an adrenaline junkie or kick-back kind of person? Escapist or adventurist? Whatever your personal agenda while visiting north Cornwall, Bude has it covered in winning style with a brilliant bevy of things to do.

Whether you wish to walk, cycle, watersport or eat your way round the stunning seaside town and its environs, rest assured there’s oodles to satisfy everyone from the kids and grandparents to couples and dogs.

Spectacular scenery: tick. First-rate facilities: tick. Family-friendly amusements: tick. In short – and as gold winner of 2015 British Travel Awards ‘Best UK Coastal Resort’ – Bude boasts all the box-ticking credentials you’ll need for an ultra-memorable stay.

A water wonderland

Sandymouth Beach

Not only does Bude back onto the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, but it also offers a plethora of other aquatic places to enjoy. From beaches to pools and even a canal – the town has a unique mix of watery spaces for all the family.

Bude Sea Pool is set in the rocks at the town’s centrally-located, Summerleaze Beach, providing a safe sea environment with its part natural, part man-made structure – making it especially ideal for children.  Free and open all year, the tidal pool is seasonally manned (depending on the conditions) and deck chair hire is also handily available.

Bude Sea Pool

Stacked with seaside spoils, Bude’s beaches are a particular highlight. Crooklets presents a wide golden expanse of sand and rock pools, while Northcott Mouth Beach is equally as stunning, offering rock pools, a stream and fine soft sands.

Sandymouth, Duckpool, Black Rock and Millook beaches fall on the wilder, more dramatic spectrum of sandy stretches, while Widemouth Bay Beach is a easier, family-friendly alternative.  You’ll also find a good selection of beaches suitable for surfing in Bude.

Widemouth Bay Beach

Hit the ocean or canal (or nearby Tamar Lakes Country Park) for the energised likes of surfing, rowing, coasteering, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding, or opt for a different on-the-water adventure with a trip to offshore playground, Lundy Island.

Festival fun

A year-round schedule sees everyone from food and film lovers to music and cinema fans satisfied as Bude continues to gain repute for its event and festival scene.

From foodie favourite, Bude For Food to the ever-popular Bude Jazz Festival, Bude & Stratton Folk Festival and regular Rebel Cinema evenings, markets, tours, craft fayres, socials and workshops – Bude is always buzzing with things to do.

A landlubber’s paradise

With walking and cycling trails aplenty such as at the stunning South West Coast Path and nearby Bodmin Moor, Bude and its surrounds offer a great variety of scenes to explore at your own pace.

And with a huge selection of sports and activities available, including rock climbing, golf, horse riding, archery and shooting all in the mix – you can pick a pastime or individual pleasure to suit.

Then there’s the gardens and nature reserves, allowing kids, adults and dogs alike the opportunity to relish the great outdoors and all it has to offer. Bude Marshes is a popular choice, where wildlife and soul-stirring scenery is in abundance; as is the likes of Lower Lewdon, Marsland Mouth and Dunsdon Natures Reserves.

Attractions aplenty


Spoil the family to an action-packed day out in and around Bude either as a special treat or rainy day adventure.

In the vicinity, you’ll find a fabulous mix of places to visit, including The Big Sheep, Tamar Lakes Country Park, Harlequinns Leisure, National Lobster Hatchery, The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Haywood’s Cider Farm and Camel Creek Adventure Park. Read more on places to visit in Bude, including Tamar Lakes Country Park.

Bringing your dog along? Have a read of dog-friendly places to visit in Bude.

Have a look at our Holiday Cottages in Bude.

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