The Bude Bucket List – Top Things to do in 2020

When you’re staying at Court Farm, you’ll find that there aren’t many other places to stay with so much variety nearby. Bude and the wider area has exciting events, beautiful places to visit, the cracking coastline and fun family attractions, all close to our tranquil cottages. There’s so much to choose from that it’s hard to know where to begin when you stay with us! Our bucket list should help you narrow down your choices for things to do while you’re staying at Court Farm in 2020!

Get your groove on to live music at The Wyldes

Thanks to The Wyldes and The Eden Project’s summer concerts, more and more of the biggest acts are coming to Cornwall to play live! Some amazing acts are pencilled in to play a series of Live In The Wyldes in 2020, including Keane, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and many more. The Wyldes also throws the amazing Leopallooza Festival, taking place in July 2020.

Immerse yourself in Cornish culture

Fancy a truly Cornish experience that goes deeper than eating a pasty or a cream tea? The Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, being held in Bude this year, celebrates Cornish history and literature, art, dance, music and sport. There’s a wide range of events, usually including a Ceilidh, concert, chance to learn some Cornish and much more! It runs from Wednesday 2nd September to Sunday 6th September.

Take a tour with Vicko

Sometimes on holiday you just wish you had a local to show you around — luckily Bude has Pete ‘Vicko’ Vickery! A Bude boy born and bred, Vicko brings history alive on one of his guided tours of the town, filled with personal memories as well as fascinating information about our wonderful area. His walks take in sights like the sea pool, Bude Surf Life Saving Club, breakwater and much more!

Celebrate Cornwall’s patron saint

One of the biggest days of the year in the Cornish calendar is 5th March, St Piran’s Day. Events take place throughout the county to celebrate Cornwall’s patron saint (that’s his flag above); Bude is home to the traditional piped St Piran’s Day Walk along the cliffs attended by hundreds of people each year. It’s a sight to behold and well worth attending if you’re staying with us this March!

Explore the UK’s most unusual canal

The Bude Canal used to transport mineral rich sand to the poor agricultural land surrounding the town – it was the first canal in the world to use permanent wheels on tub boats. For people wanting to explore it, guests can walk to Helebridge from Court Farm or park their car there for free and find a two-mile walk that follows the line of the water. The flat tarmac path makes it an accessible walk for wheelchairs, pushchairs, families and dog walkers any time of year.

Get up close with some amazing animals

Otters are notoriously reclusive in the wild, so the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre gives a rare chance to get up close to these beautiful animals! The centre also has plenty of other creatures to see, including owls, wallabies, Muntjac and fallow deer, meerkats and more; the centre is great for a family day out and is also important for conservation and animal rehabilitation.

Get the sand between your toes

If you’re wanting sand, sea and surf, you’re spoiled for choice with beaches around Bude. Summerleaze Beach is one of the main spots to visit, with its famous sea pool. Crooklets Beach is perfect for rockpooling, while Widemouth Bay, Black Rock and the area’s other beaches are all worth a visit too! A day at the beach in Cornwall is definitely one for the bucket list – and most of the beaches are dog friendly too!

Pay a visit to Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden

When you’re in Cornwall you HAVE to try an authentic Cornish cream tea. There’s nowhere better than Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden at Northcott Mouth Beach, which is easy to walk to down Court Farm’s lane. Not only is the food fantastic, but the café is run by Margaret Frost, one of Bude’s most prominent characters. She’s been president of the Bude Carnival Committee, raised thousands for Bude Town Band, fundraises for the RNLI and much more, being awarded a BEM for her contribution to the community.

Pop in to see our neighbours over the border

Cornwall has so much to do, but we’re close to the best of North Devon too! We recommend starting at the gorgeous fishing village of Clovelly, that stands on a 400ft cliff on the north Devon coast, followed by a visit to the Hartland Quay and Peninsula, which has recently provided filming locations for both The Night Manager on BBC One and the recent Netflix adaptation of Rebecca. A tasty dinner at The Farmers Arms at Woolsery is the perfect way to end the day!

Take in the beautiful biomes of The Eden Project

We’re about an hour away from The Eden Project, but it’s an essential part of a trip to Cornwall if you’ve never been! Those striking biomes are home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, stuffed to the seams with plants, exhibitions and more. The summer concerts and winter ice rink make it worth the trip any time of the year.

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