Our Top 5 Things To Do for FREE in Bude

Bude offers a great selection of things to do and see. And better still, the best days out don’t need to cost a fortune. We’ve chosen our top 5 things to do for free to keep you entertained during your stay.

1. Swim in Bude Sea Pool

The iconic Bude Sea Pool is one of the last remaining truly tidal lidos in the UK. Whether you choose to paddle in the shallows, dip your toes in over the edge or swim its length, we promise you’ll be impressed!

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Bude Sea Pool

Created in the 1930s as a safe swimming environment for the people of Bude, this unique semi-natural, part man-made pool has enduring appeal. Set amid the rocks on Summerleaze beach nestling under the curving cliffs, it’s the perfect place to take a safe salt water dip. Measuring 91 m long by 45 m wide the majestic Atlantic Ocean tops it up twice a day.

Bude Sea Pool is open throughout the year but check the tide times before visiting to avoid disappointment. Entry is free. But keeping the pool open is dependent on donation, fundraising, grants plus the support of local businesses, residents and visitors.

2. Visit The Castle Bude

The Castle Bude, Free entry, free things to do in Bude
The Castle Bude

Grade II listed, steeped in history, The Castle Bude offers lots to see and do for free, whatever the weather. Originally built as a private residence by arguably Bude’s most famous resident, the Victorian inventor, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. Now home to the Heritage Centre, two art exhibition rooms and a cafe. And on selected summer Sundays, sit on the lawns in front of the bandstand, to enjoy free live music.

The Heritage Centre offers a fascinating insight into Bude’s history, from the English Civil War to the canal and railway of the Victorian era. And highlights the inventions and achievements of its founder, Gurney. Children will love the interactive models and displays.

Discover the work of local artists, craftspeople and artistic collectives in the Willoughby Gallery and Blanchminster Room. The programme changes regularly throughout the year.

The Castle Bude regularly offers free workshops, discovery days and hands on fun learning for children during school holidays.

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Entry is free.

The Castle Bude, Lower Wharf, EX23 8LG Tel: 01288 357300

3. Stroll Along The Bude Canal

The Bude Canal system was one of the most unusual in Britain. A unique pioneering Victorian engineering feat with a sea lock and six inclined planes. The first canal in the world to use permanent wheels on tub boats.

Celebrating its bi-centenary this year, the canal now offers a pretty scenic stroll as well as water-based fun. The level towpath makes it an ideal amble for little legs and those with less mobility.

In town start from the vibrant regenerated wharf area. And guests staying at Court Farm can also walk from the village to pick up the canal path at Helebridge.

The busier section by the wharf and Falcon bridge is a great place to feed the ducks and admire the waterside homes on the opposite side. But stroll a little further towards the Marhamchurch end to discover the locks and weir.

The Canal is home to otters and kingfishers. While the adjacent Bude Marsh with its reed beds is a habitat rich in flora and fauna.

4. Go Rockpooling

Rockpooling is a fantastic activity for people of all ages to enjoy. Traditionally associated with summer holidays, in fact you can explore this hidden world at any time of the year. Grab your bucket or borrow one from our boot and laundry room. And you’re ready to go!

Rockpooling, free activities, Bude, Cornwall, Court Farm Holidays
Discover rockpooling – fun for all ages

Bude’s cliffs have a unique geology. And as the tide draws out the rocky shore is exposed, ready for exploration. You need to get stuck in to have the best chance of spotting something.

Gently inspect seaweed to find what creatures are hidden within. Slowly lift rocks to discover what lies beneath. Investigate cracks and crevices to find shellfish. Then submerge your bucket slowly and see what’s inside when you pull it out. Don’t forget to return all creatures to their home!

As well as the area between Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches, we recommend visiting Northcott Mouth, Duckpool or Sandymouth beaches.

5. Do a #2minutebeachclean

We love where we live and hope you will too! Bude has been at the forefront of the beach cleaning and plastic movements. And we’re proud to be the home of the 2 minute beach clean, founded by Bude resident Martin Dorey.

The idea is simple. Every time you visit the beach spend 2 minutes (or more if you want to!) picking up litter, with the focus on plastic. You can take your own bag or if visiting Crooklets beach find bags on the sponsored #2 minute beach clean board.

#2minutebeachclean board at Crooklets beach

Every piece of litter removed will make a difference. And helps to reduce marine pollution as well as keep our beaches clean.

For further information on this fantastic initiative visit https://www.beachclean.net

Blazing Bonfires and Fabulous Fireworks

Love them or loathe them, fireworks are an integral part of Guy Fawkes night.

So firework fans read on to discover family friendly local organised displays. Enjoy blazing bonfires and fabulous fireworks safely!

We strongly advise checking ahead with event organisers before travelling.

 

Saturday 3rd November 2018

 

St Petroc’s School – 40 Ocean View Road, Bude EX23 8NJ

 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

Annual Fireworks Display from TNT

Westcountry Inn – Burdsdon Moor, Near Hartland EX39 6HB

Display at 7 pm

Offering Firework food to eat in or take outside. With sparklers and a few treats for children also available.

Full restaurant menu is also available.

Should adverse weather conditions prevail, the display will be on Sunday 4th or Monday 5th. If in any doubt, please contact the Inn on the day – 01237 441724.

Suggested donation for this event is £2 per person or £5 per car.

 

 

Saturday 4th November 2018

 

The Bay View Inn – Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AW

 

Join in the fun from 5 pm for the annual Bay View Inn Fireworks Spectacular. Hot food and drinks on sale for those braving the elements outside; full new Winter menu available in the seated restaurant.

A FREE event but everyone is asked to dig deep and donate to their very worthy local charity for 2018, Talan’s Trust.

Discover more about this fantastic cause raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer www. talanstrust.org

Fireworks Display, Bonfire Night

 

Monday 5th November 2018

 

Fireworks at The Rydon Inn – Holsworthy EX22 7HU

 

6 pm Drinks and hot food – hog roasted meat baps, soup, jacket potatoes

7 pm Firework display

Bar and restaurant open all night.

 

Clovelly Bonfire Night and Fireworks Display

 

Clovelly Parish Hall and Social Club – Pillowery Park, Clovelly EX39 5RR

 

6 pm start. Bouncy Castle, barbecue, teas, coffees, bacon rolls and cakes. Licensed bar also available. Entry fee of £2.50 per person includes entry into a small prize draw. Under 14s go FREE.

The bonfire will be lit at around 7.30 pm and the fireworks display will follow.

 

 

 

Halloween at Court Farm

We are quite excited with the approach of Halloween, we’ve already put up the decorations in readiness for some spooky shenanigans.

During October Half Term week, each cottage will receive a pumpkin to carve then on Thursday 26th October , as detailed above, we will be hosting our Annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, pumpkin carving competition and Marshmallow Toasting around the fire.

Dress to impress!

Be sure to visit our October Events Page to see what other great Halloween activities are being hosted by our local attractions during the October Half Term week.

10 Best Things to do during your stay at Court Farm Holidays

UNIQUE CASTLES & CURIOUS CAVES

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1    Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

Said to be the birth place of King Arthur, the thrill of visiting this Cornish castle comes from its natural topography.  Its split across an eroded headland, so part of the castle is perched on an island while the rest remains on the mainland.  In the wards on the mainland, search for Dark Age pottery, before crossing the chasm to the island and climbing stone steps to the castle’s Great Hall and chapel dedicated to local saint St Juliot.  Also on the island are rectangular huts and the Iron Gate, which guards the only landing-spot on the isle.  Its and ideal day out for avid explorers and history buffs.

Merlin’s Cave is located below Tintagel Castle, Merlins Cave is best explored at low tide when you can fully access it.  The cave was made famous by Tennyson in his Idylls o the King, describing waved bringing young Arthur to shore and Merlin carrying him to safety.

Open from 10am – 4pm daily, 15-21 Feb and weekends 22 Feb – 24 Mar.  Entry fees are £7.20 for adults and £4.30 for children (english-heritage.org.uk)

 

EXPANSIVE GARDENS

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2    Lost gardens of Helligan, Pentewan, St Austell

Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, the Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

Visitors can explore Cornwall’s only outdoor jungle garden, duck and dive under giant rhubarb, banana plantations and avenues of palms before passing ponds on a raised boardwalk. The sub-tropical environment also contained a 100 foot high Burmese rope bridge, which is not for the acrophobic. Keep an eye out for the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady on the Woodland Walk before stopping off at the Heligan Kitchen and Bakery.

The gardens and estate are open every day from 10am – 5pm until 31st March, when closing extends to 6pm. Garden admission costs £12.50 for adults, £6 for children and is free for under 5’s (heligan.com)

 

SEASIDE CYCLING

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3     The Camel Trail, the Camel Estuary, Wadebridge

This renowned cycle route runs between Wendfordbridge & Padstow, passing through Bodmin & Wadebridge.  The 18 miles trial follows a disused railway and routes through a Special Area of Conservation, which makes for stunning surroundings.  Most of the trail is free from traffic and steep inclines, so it a family-friendly cycle ride, and it offers spectacular views of the Camel Estuary, which are ideal for picnic backdrops.  There is free access all year round and bikes are available to hire from Padstow and Wadebridge (visitcornwall,com)

 

SUSTAINABLE SEAS

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4    National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow

Sustainable seas are something that we should all be striving for.  The work of the National Lobster Hatchery – a marine conservation, research and education charity – is helping us preserve marine biodiversity by aiding baby lobsters through their early life and releasing them into the wild.  On a visit to the lobster hatchery, you will learn all about marine conservation, see young lobsters (as well as the resident giant lobster) and take part in fun activities, which are available for all ages.  Don’t forget to visit the Little Shop of Lobsters and , if you like, adopt a lobster for yourself.  The visitor centre is open daily from 10am.  Admission fees are £3.75 for adults, £1.75 for children and under 5’s go free (nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk)

 

RESCUED WILDLIFE

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5   Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Surrounded by 40 acres of undulating countryside, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a haven for stray, sick and injured seal pups that are discovered along the coast of Cornwall.  The centre provides educational talks about how seals are rescued, rehabilitated and released.  Look out for the sanctuary’s beloved cross-eyed Ray, who is suspected to be brain damaged and Babyface, who is living with one eye at the grand old age of 32.  If tums get hungry the Seal Sanctuary Cafe provides tasty titbits and i Summer, a BBQ.  Open daily from 10am – 4pm.  £10.46 for adults & £8.75 for kids (visitsealife.com)

 

ICONIC BIOMES

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6   The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell

The eco-friendly site is speckled with biomes, Mediterranean and rainforest ecosystems, and outdoor gardens brimming with plants and sculptures.  Don’t miss the giant bee amidst the flowerbeds, the WEEEE Man (a 7 metre high sculpture showing how much electronic waste a British household discards in a lifetime) or the chance to treat the rainforest canopy walkway.  For adrenaline seekers, the Eden Project is home to England’s longest zip wire and giant swing.  The site is open 10am – 4pm daily.  Tickets cost £22.50 for Adults and £12.50 for kids (edenproject.com).

 

NAUTICAL HISTORY

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7    National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Packed with historical arfefacts, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall will not disappoint. Current exhibitions include Mermaids: Women at Sea (ends 21 February) and Viking Voyages – where treasured relics sit alongside a full-scale replica Viking cargo ship and visitors lean about myths and legends – which runs until 2 January 2017. The museum also provides activites, workshops and lectures. Open from 10am – 5pm daily. Adminssion is £11 for adults, £8.50 for children and under 5’s go free (nmmc.co.uk)

 

SEA POOLS

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8    Bude Sea Pool, Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Created in 1930 to provide a safe swimming haven, Bude Sea Pool has become a much loved feature of the town.  Nestled under the rugged North Cornish cliffs, this semi-natural pool is created using the curve of the cliffs which fills itself up twice a day at high tide.  (budeseapool.org)

 

WATERSPORTS

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9    Bude, Widemouth Bay, Sandymouth Beaches

Bude has a thriving surfing community, primarily due to the consistent beachbreak peaks. Whilst all of our beaches are great for surfing, most popular are Widemouth Bay, and north to Duckpool, Sandymouth and Northcott beaches. In the town itself, Crooklets and Summerleaze both face west, work on all tides and hold swells up to about eight feet. Local surf shops and tutors offer advice, and we highly recommend our local surf schools and outdoor activity centres for both surfing and for more activities below…

Surfing is what Bude is famous for, but there is so much more to do on, and off the water! including Kayaking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Coasteering.

 

SHORELINE THEATRICS

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10    The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

This waterside open-air theatre thrives during the summer, when a programme of drama, musicals, opera, comedy and storytelling takes place. The 1930’s-built theatre is made from granite boulders, its construction orchestrated by Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House on the clifftop at the time. The theatre’s first performance was The Tempest in August 1032, but today you can catch the likes of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends and The Three Bellies. Shows start on 15 March.

The theatre is open 10am – 3.30pm daily until 31st March, when it opens 9.30am – 5.30pm Entry Fees are £4.50 for adults and £2.20 for under 15’s (www.minack.com)