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!
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Dogs welcome – whatever the season!
Dogs welcome and relaxing carefree holidays don’t always sit comfortably together at the same time in the same place. But at Court Farm Holidays we understand the bond between you and your dog. We know inevitably your pup has stolen your heart and is a much-loved family member. So, if the thought of leaving your playful pal behind whilst you and your family enjoy a break leaves you feeling gut-wrenched and guilt-ridden, we offer the supreme solution. Bring them along too!
We welcome dogs throughout the year at 10 of our 18 self-catering properties with a waggy tail point scoring bonus…. all of them have a private, fully-enclosed garden. There’s acres of space to explore around Court Farm and our Northcott rural retreats. Whilst the wealth of walks on the doorstep and dog friendly beaches and eateries nearby will ensure you and your furry friend are in holiday heaven.
Tried and Tested
But don’t just take our word for it! Meet the Court Farm Holidays ‘Paws on The Ground’ research team, Archie and Caspar, seen here doing their own style of radical rock-pooling at nearby Sandymouth beach, where dogs are welcome all year. Keep an eye on our blog during the coming months for their canine capers and paws up recommendations for great activities for you and your cherished companions to enjoy during your stay.
To book your canine Cornish country retreat visit our availability grid or call us on 01288 361494 to chat through all we can offer.
Act now, or before 5th January 2018, to take advantage of our 5% discount, by quoting ‘earlybird18’.
And remember, unlike other holidays cottages, here at Court Farm Holidays we’re proud to say ‘dogs welcome – whatever the season’.
Our Black Friday offers are here!
Discover our cottages, barns and houses HERE
Terms and conditions
The Black Friday offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers.
This is a time limited offer for bookings made between 6 pm on Thursday 23rd November and midnight Monday 27th November 2018.
20% discount applies to all stays taken between Wednesday 3rd January and Saturday 24th March 2018 with the exception of stays booked between 9th to 23rd February 2018 where 10% discount will be given.
We will require a 25% deposit with the balancing payment due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Please quote the code BF17 when placing your booking. We will adjust the price down before processing any payments.
We would prefer you to make your booking online, but if you are experiencing any difficulties please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 01288 361494.
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.
Why holiday in Bude? Here's just a few reasons..
It will come as no surprise that here at Court Farm Holidays we are big advocates of visiting Bude- but we’re not alone! Bude has been named as the Best UK Coastal Resort for the past two years! So, why holiday in Bude?
For a little town Bude has an abundance of activities to offer, from romantic weekend breaks to fun filled family holidays- there is something for everyone to enjoy.
There have been a lot of changes taking place over the last few years and we think the town is going from strength to strength. Exciting new businesses such as La Bocca and The Beach (to name a few- there are a lot, lot more! You can view these on our Out and About page) have set up in the town and have brought a fresh and unique aspect to Bude for locals and tourists alike.
Despite these changes, however, the essence of Bude being a friendly coastal town have not changed. The charm that has always surrounded Bude has not been lost with development like many other places may have done in recent years. Also big believers in providing the warmest welcome to people that may not have visited before, Bude offers child friendly, dog friendly and access friendly walks, restaurants, cafes, beaches and activities.. the list goes on.
The spotlessly clean beaches and wild coastline remain just that, spotlessly clean and wild (also one of the many reasons surfers, swimmers, ramblers and thrill seekers return year upon year). Lesser known are the Golf Courses with spectacular views and the sea and course fishing.
Also, being located right at the most Northerly part of Cornwall means that you can avoid the extra hour or so that you would otherwise have to spend on the A30 when you arrive in Cornwall. This also means that staying around Bude puts you in a central position to explore either Devon or Cornwall (which can only be a good thing, two for the price of one!).
Within a 30 minute drive you can visit:
Within an hours drive you can reach:
Other places you may wish to spend the day:
Take a look at this Video that We Are Bude created:
So, why would you not want to visit? To book your break with us, please visit our availability grid (this will show you all of our remaining 2017 and 2018 availability and their prices) or call us on 01288 361 494 if you would like to discuss the different options.
For the latest news and to keep up to date please see our Facebook Page!
Winter in Cornwall
Winter in Cornwall
Here at Court Farm Holidays we are strong believers that Cornwall is just as exciting in Winter as it is during the Summer months- not only do you get the beaches and views to yourself (even if it is a little more chilly!), you also get to experience Cornwall from a different perspective.
Aside from the vastly different landscapes you can visit: the dramatic hills of Bodmin moor, charming lanes of Padstow, any of the beaches (take your pick!), there are also a lot of exciting things going on across the County that might capture your interest. So we have put together a little guide of some of the events taking place this month…
14 Jan 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > St. Austell
Eden Project, near St Austell, for puzzle lovers who will have a chance to try one of the most perplexing team challenges in a live escape room
11 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > Falmouth
Plan your mission to space this February Half – Term. If you fancy getting up close to our planets, there’s an actual space portal in Falmouth? Want to come? Join the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and voyage through space with Space Odyssey Plane
11 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > St. Austell
Half term fun for all the family Eden style.
Week of 11th February 2017, Near Wadebridge
Celebrate Cornish Week at Camel Creek Adventure Park, one of Cornwall’s leading family attractions. There will be Cornish Pasties, Cornish History, Steam Engines and much more! For more information visit Camel Creek Adventure Park website.
Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th February 2017 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pmBuild a shelter, learn how to safely light a fire and practice some handy survival skills. This activity has been specially designed by the National Trust and their partner Serious Outdoor Skills to be fun, informative and hands-on. Booking essential. Suitable for children ages 7-15. This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather on the day. All tickets £6. More Information: Cotehele, 01579 351346 press 0, email@example.com
13th February, 2017 – 17th February, 2017, Pendennis
Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in the Tudor fort of Pendennis this half term. Warm yourself by the roaring fire in the castle keep with demonstrations and displays from our Tudor cook, learn about the diet of Pendennis’ Tudor residents and help prepare provisions for the troops, then step outside to try your hand at sword skills and cannon drills.
As well as the many beaches and restaurants in Newquay, you can also visit Newquay Zoo , with the opportunity to participate in animal feeding too!
National Trust Properties…
You really are spoilt for choice for National Trust locations across Cornwall- a few examples include: Pendennis Castle from 13 – 17 Feb it’s Terrific Tudors and a Childrens Garden trail at Lanhydrock house near Bodmin. For more information on these and all of the other options, do head to the national trust website!
For the under 5’s the Maritime Museum in Falmouth are running Museum for Minnows every Monday at 11 o’clock with a lively half hour of stories and songs (Free with Museum ticket)
Lost Gardens of Heligan…
If you love wildlife then visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan on 11th February where you can explore the gardens and discover more about it’s wildlife. See more details on the website site here
Eden’s ice skating rink is still open until 19th February and if you fancy rescuing a dying Alien, then visit their new attraction The Escape room until 19th Feb – see more details on the website here
Are you convinced yet? Don’t just take our word for it- come and stay with us and experience Cornwall for yourself!
Our Favourite Group Activities for 2016
Try something different and test your taste buds with a spot of wine tasting. A great way to start the night at your holiday cottage or Farmhouse. Cornwall Wine School can arrange tasting events in the comfort of your own Holiday Accommodation, for groups of 10+ people.
‘An introduction to wine tasting’, ‘Sparkling wines and Champagne’ or a themed event ‘Italian’ or ‘Spanish’ whatever you choose it will be fun and informative. All events last 2 hours, tasting 6-7 quality wines with tasting notes. All events are run by a WSET qualified wine professional.
Our fantastic therapist Vicky Barnes has her own treatment room at Court Farm and offers a variety of treatments using Spiezia Products. She can also bring another therapist and conduct pamper parties at our Farmhouses or large houses, making everyone feel special during their stay!
Before you even arrive at your accommodation, you can pre-book our catering service from either pre-prepared meals delivered and waiting for you in the Farmhouse, or dinner parties will waitress services. An example of her meal delivery menu can be viewed via THIS LINK which can be adjusted according to season and dietary requirements.
Contact Nicky Vereker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01288 361530
Clay Pigeon Shooting or Archery
Test yourselves against friends and family with this adrenaline and competitive activity! You can do at every one at Northcott Farm.
We have invited ‘Dandelion Events’ to come in to host Group Events at Northcott Farmhouse, having a huge amount of experience and knowledge in creating fantastic and memorable events. They have an extensive and versatile range of both indoor and outdoor activities including Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Crossbows & Air Rifle Shooting, all of which are perfect for hen & stag parties, family gatherings and corporate events.
What better way to break up your weekend than with a few hours of fun and energetic activities?
They can create a package to suit your requirements, whether you are looking for target sports, motor sports, team challenges…or a mixture! They have some excellent multi-activity offers, allowing you to book a few activities at an affordable price.
Murder Mystery or Casino Evenings
If you want the fun to continue into the evening, then Dandelion Events can provide a range of entertainment options. A Murder Mystery themed event is a fantastic way to spend one of your evenings at Lower Northcott Farmhouse. Using professional actors, your group will be whisked away to a World of murder and mayhem. There are various themes to choose from including 1920s, Medieval Murder and Hollywood. They can run this in a format to suit you, pre/during/post dinner and the actors will mingle with the guests in order to give clues.
All in on red? Twist on 16? That’ll be your call when you participate in one of their fun Casino events! They will provide Roulette, Blackjack and Beat the Banker (an adaptation of blackjack) to one of our Farmhouses, provide a hosted casino event and provide a memorable night. They supply fun money to the guests who will then exchange it at the casino tables for chips. The person who has won the most chips at the end of the night will be crowned the casino King or Queen and will win a bottle of champagne. Fun casinos provide all of the rush you get from betting without the heartache and pain of losing your own cash
Telephone: 02477 676 479
10 Best Things to do during your stay at Court Farm Holidays
UNIQUE CASTLES & CURIOUS CAVES
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
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)
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)
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.
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)
AND THE WINNER IS ….. Please note that this competition is now closed and the we are delighted to announce the Winner is Sarah Louise Baker.
WIN A FREE HOLIDAY!
We are offering you a chance to win a 3 x night stay in Stables Barn, one of our lovely 2 x Bedroomed courtyard Barns!
All you have to do is to LIKE our Facebook page AND SHARE our competition status to be entered! Simple as that.
Terms & Conditions Apply: The Free Holiday cannot be taken during school holidays or during May & June (don’t worry we are still fully open and functioning at those times of year!) and needs to be taken before the end of 2016.
The winners name will be chosen at random on 31st January from those who have ‘liked’ our Court Farm Holidays Facebook page and ‘shared’ the competition status.
HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY LIKING AND SHARING!
Evie & Issey's Adventures : Winter walks
These are my girls; Evie-Mae who is 2.5 and Issabelle who is 1.5 …. The wind and rain does not deter us during the winter months, we just togg up and choose a sheltered walk … one of our favourites during the winter months, during the wet and windy weather being Stowe Woods, Nr Duckpool, a lovely woodland walk , 14 miles by car from Court Farm, Marhamchurch, or 9 miles from Northcott Farm.
This is an annual event, the 3rd picture below was taken there last year, when Issey was just 8 months old, Evie 20 months when she too preferred to be carried than walking too far! … good ol Daddy! … now seeing them both this year walking and running hand in hand up the path in the woods makes all the effort of getting all the gear together, last minute nappy changes, dealing with temper tantrums as I couldn’t find Rabbie , Evie’s ‘cannot live without’ toy and actually making it out the door! …..worthwhile ..
The walk basically consisted of more re-tracing steps rather than actually getting anywhere but a) we were well out of the wind b) there were lots of muddy puddles to enjoy splashing around in and c) Job done, tired out, they slept right through last night!
A to Z of Christmas at Court Farm Holidays
A is for Availability – We still have some! just enter your chosen dates into our Availability Search Box on our home page or give us a call or drop us an email. We are very flexible with arrival and departure dates. See our Christmas & New Year page to see at a glance exactly which cottages are still available over the festive weeks.
B is for Beaches – Its a growing tradition to not only hit the beaches on Christmas Day, but take a swim in it too! For many its a case of popping along to their favourite beach, but for hundreds this refreshing dip in the sea helps raise money for our local Surf Life Saving Club at Crooklets Beach in Bude, the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest SLSC! Swimmers from 8 to 80 (wetsuits for the under 12’s only) don their Christmas headgear and head into the water when the klaxon goes off at 11am.
C is for Carols – The Brendon Arms in Bude are hosting Christmas Carols by the Christmas Tree with Bude Town Band which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit as will the mulled wine & mince pies on 21st December at 7pm. Join the local residents of Marhamchurch to sing Christmas Carols around the Village Christmas Tree outside St Marwene’s Church in Marhamchurch on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm
D is for Decorations – Over the festive weeks, all of our Cottages are decorated with Christmas Trees and Garlands for guests to add to (or reduce!) depending on your taste. We also have fairy lights dotted around the grounds with ornamental reindeer poking their noses out from the bushes.
E is for Eating – Christmas would not be Christmas without lovely things to eat and Cornwall is foodie heaven for many of its visitors and residents. Christmas is a great chance to buy local – whether meats, cheeses, sweet stuff, breads, locally grown beg or posh preserves. A great place to stock up is Truro Christmas Market which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with seven separate festivals throughout December. The world food fair takes place from 4pm – 9pm.
F is for Festivals – There are many festivals in Cornwall this Christmas, but we’ve picked one of the biggest – Padstow Christmas Festival (3-6 December) which boasts three days of entertainment, activities, food and shopping. For 3 days this Cornish Fishing Village comes alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.
G is for Goats – Our Goats! Molly & Polly who live in our Animal Field, they need visiting and feeding and petting all year round whatever the weather so be sure to pay them a visit during your stay at Court Farm.
H is for Hampers – Over the Festive weeks, we provide a festive hamper to help you get the party started, including wine & mince pies
I is for Illuminations – One of the benefits of heading towards the shortest day of the year is it gives us more opportunity to enjoy the Christmas lights which usually spark the start of the festivities in our towns & villages. Our local town of Bude has its lights on already, Clovelly’s switch on is on 6th December…
J is for Jingle Bells – Learn the Cornish Bells – Cornwall’s very own Christmas Song! – O merry ring the Christmas bells across the western land, From Launceston Town to Michaels Mount, from Bude to Sennen Sand, The joyous echo sweeps along far spaces by the sea, And church bells answer church bells with their “Gloria Domine!”, O Cornish bells ring far, ring fe, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine!”, 2 High O’er the ridge of Bodmin moor, Grey Towtor kept guard, His age long cross of granite crag by wind and storm is scared; But here, as once in Bethlehem, the Christmas stars shine bright, And moorland men are wending far to church on Christmas night. O Bodmin bells ring far, ring free, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine! ..etc etc …
K is for Kernow – Something you can sit and do at home is learn some Cornish seasonal greetings; Merry Christmas! Nadelik Lowen! Happy New Year! Bledhen Nowyth Da!
L is for Lanterns – Lantern making workshops are being held during November in time for Bude’s lantern parade on 4th December, or why not make your own and pop an LED light inside to light up your cosy cottage windowsill
M is for Markets – Christmas markets are a sight to behold with small makers and artisans setting up stalls selling gorgeous and unique homemade wares that couldn’t be further away from you online shopping cart.
N is for Nativity – Falmouth comes alive with the starts of Christmas with its annual live nativity. Leaving Events Square and walking to The Moor, stopping at various places for scenes to be acted out, the Live Nativity tells the story of Christmas with animals. The final scene will be played out on The Moor in a marquee with lots of animals, from horses to goats and a petting corner. 13th December from 1.30pm.
O is for making your OWN ….The Kitchen Front in Bude offers Creative Workshops allowing you to design and create your own kitchenware designs. With a Christmassy theme leading up to Christmas they are running “little Elves workshops” for children aswell as adult session on Saturday & Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. No experience necessary, as all equipment is included. Sessions at The Kitchen Front are perfect for friends and families, and there are great savings on group bookings.
P is for Peppa & Georgie – our piggies – they are always waiting at the gate for their morning animal feeding and petting
Q is for Queues – or avoiding them with late night shopping, Bude’s late night shopping evening is on 4th December with many other local evenings, with Truro opening its shops until 9pm 5 x nights per week during December with festive street markets from 5pm until 9pm every Wednesday & Saturdays running up to Christmas There will be entertainers, brass bands & carol singers all adding to the Christmas feel.
R is for Reindeer – Visit the Eden Project who have live reindeer in residence as part of its Christmas Festival running from 28th November through to 3rd January
S is for Santa – Alongside the opportunity for young and old to see the main in the red suit, Father Christmases are set to take over our roads with the annual Santa Runs. The next one on the calendar being held in Newquay on 12th December (surf & Beach run)
T is for Treasure Hunt – We’ll be holding our very own Court Farm Christmas Treasure Hunt around the grounds followed by mulled wine & mince pies on 23rd December, fun for all.
U is for Unwinding – in the lead up to Christmas its also important to relax a little and take it easy, that is why we offer Spa Treatments at Court Farm, conducted by a wonderful therapist Vicky Barns, who will ensure that you are relaxed and rejuvenated after one of her treatments, whether it be an indian head massage, or hot-stones. Visit her website for full details. www.vickybarns.co.uk
V is for Victorian – Not only did they invent the Christmas tree, Christmas cards & crackers the Victorians practically invented Christmas and you an relive a Victorian Christmas Lanhydrock. Enjoy the magically decorated gardens and visit the house to celebrate the Christmas traditions which originated in the Victorian period. Children can enjoy Christmas trails, craft and a visit to Father Christmas. The cycle trails and estate will also be open for winter bike rides and walks. Father Christmas is available weekends throughout December. 1 December – 3rd January 11am-4pm every day except Christmas Day.
W is for Wadebridge Christmas Festival – Wadebridge holds its Christmas shopping weekend alongside a host of activities & entertainment. The town boasts around 150 shops, cafes, restaurants & pubs, of which 85% are local or Cornish businesses. Activities include choirs, a samba band, town brass band & musicians playing through the town. Santa will be here in his grotto at 6pm on a steam engine!.
X is for X marks the spot – Join the Cornish Pirates for a spot of outdoor activity – even if its simply jumping up and down on their stands as they do all the hard work at their last home game of the year – 19th December.
Y is for Year as in New Year – we’ve still a few small cottages left to welcome in 2016 … if one isn’t large enough then just book 2 or 3 as they are very close to one another
Z is for zzzzzz sleep – a good nights sleep after all your celebrations are over.
Pet Friendly Holidays in Cornwall
We are very much a dog friendly holiday destination. At Court Farm Holidays we understand that your pet is one of the family, so you won’t need to leave your four-legged friend behind when you stay in one of our beautiful Pet Friendly properties.
There are acres of space around Court Farm and a host of wonderful walks on the doorstep for your and your dog to enjoy. Step out of your door and take a stroll along the fascinating Bude canal, take shelter on a windy day and take a loop around our local woods, or explore the footpaths across the fields to the stunning beach of Widemouth Bay. Guests staying at Northcott have direct access from our farm lane on to the Cornish Coast Path and the local dog-friendly beach of Northcott Mouth.
We are in one of the most dog-friendly regions in the UK, most of our local beaches allow dogs on leads even during summer. Each beach has different restrictions regarding dogs but, off season, dogs are allowed on all beaches …Nothing beats walking along the shoreline as the sun goes down watching, your dog playing in the waves or chasing in circles around the beach having a wonderful time.
For information on dog-friendly beaches, please visit www.thecornishcoast.co.uk or cornwall.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/beaches-in-cornwall
There are also a number of dog-friendly restaurants and pubs nearby aswell as many local attractions also now allowing dogs as follows …
Generally speaking any attraction that’s animal related do not allow dogs for obvious reasons but all is not lost as they may offer shaded parking, onsite kennels, dog walking nearby or flexibility in returning to your car as often as you need to.
At the end of the day, holidays are for all the family and its never quite the same if someone is missing. So bring your dog with you, they will have more fun visiting dog friendly Court Farm Holidays than staying at home without you.
Here are a few suggestions from us to get you started but its the tip of the iceberg. If you want to pick our brains for more ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us
The Milky Way Adventure Park Just over the border into Devon, this family friendly park has a bit of everything, roller coasters, slides, massive ball pools, its own mini train track and maze to get lost in! Dogs are allowed on site but not inside the building or to the live shows and the bird of prey display.
Clovelly Village Dogs are allowed into the village and there are 2 superb scenic walks from the visitor centre of between 3-4 miles.
The Eden Project Has allowed visitors to bring dogs for sometime now. (There are restrictions, they are not allowed in the biomes or other eating areas.) They have also added more covered parking in the car park and dog waste bins around the site.
Hartland Abbey and Gardens No dogs in the house, but you can go into the gardens and they have a lovely walk through the woods down to the beach. They do ask that dogs are kept on a leads at all times.
Docton Mill Garden and Tearooms Allow dogs on leads, as they have their own resident dogs. In addition to the garden there is a lovely walk to the coast of about 20-25 minutes to Spekes Waterfall this links onto the South West Coast Path and Hartland Quay if you’re feeling energetic and want a longer walk.
Pencarrow House and Gardens Dogs need to be kept on a lead around the immediate vicinity of the house and Peacock Cafe. However, once you are approaching the woodland walks, you can let them off the lead for a good run. There are designated shady car parking spaces in the car park for dog owners, the gift shop staff can advise if you cant find one.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway Dogs are allowed for free, but must remain on the floor and not the seats. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the dining train.
Bude Bikes Located in Bude next to Petherick Mill and the traffic free cycle trail for Bude Canal, they have dog trailers that attach to bikes. They also offer bike hirer at Tamar Lakes has a cycle track around the lake, but even without the bike, it’s another good dog walk.
Bridge Bike Hire based in Wadebridge offers the same which give access to the traffic free cycling on the Camel Trail.
We welcome well-behaved dogs at the following properties, each with enclosed gardens; 3 of Our Cornish Cottages, namely Honeysuckle, Wheelwright & Lilac each with 2 Bedrooms, sleeping up to 4 plus 2 dogs; Southpark, our modern bungalow, featuring luxury hot tub, sleeping 6 plus up to 3 dogs; The Cabin at Northcott, also with luxury hot tub, sleeping 2 plus 1 dog; Little Northcott, luxury hot tub, sleeping 8 plus up to 4 dogs; Northcott Farmhouse, with 2 luxury hot tubs, sleepings 17 plus up to 4 dogs
Brilliant Bude Wins Gold Award for “Best UK Coastal Resort”
We are thrilled to be able to tell you that our local town of Bude has been awarded the above price at this year’s British Travel Awards.
To mirror an article from Bude’s Tourist Information Centre, please read on ….
This award caps a fantastic recent renaissance for the town, which has more great things to see, do, taste and experience than ever before. Whether it comes to great attractions and activities, stunning wild coastline or amazing local food and drink, Bude has raised the bar. In truth, many locals have known the resort’s potential for years; but to see the realisation of this capped by an award is fantastic
From old favourites to new additions
Besides raising the bar for the resort as a whole in recent times, Bude has also raised the curtain on some of the biggest and best events the town has ever seen. Musical specials such as Bude Jazz Festivaland Folk Festival continue to thrive, while new highlights like Bude For Food have helped cement the resort’s reputation for excellent food, with an unbelievable variety and quality of restaurants, pubs and eateries packed into a single cute seaside town.
Ongoing redevelopment has also been vital however, and continues to improve the town. Our cracking new beach huts are a prime example, delivering these elegant, classic looking seaside shelters to more holiday makers.
Similarly, our base at Bude Tourist Information Centre is better and friendlier than ever, whether you want to book a local trip, explore some fascinating local history or buy a quick souvenir or an ice cream.
Last but not least, we believe that Bude has succeeded through developing in harmony with its surroundings. From young kids right through to avid ramblers and wildlife spotters, guests love the leafy walks, unspoiled beaches and sense of seclusion. How many British seaside resorts have otters, wild orchids and even the odd pine marten just footsteps from the town centre?
One of Britain’s best resorts, as voted for by you!
It is fantastic for Bude to be officially recognised at a big event with guests that included big names in tourism and hospitality. However, the real pride for Bude is that these particular awards are voted for by the most important people of all: you, our visitors and the public! So perhaps you can forgive us for being in a celebratory mood; no longer is Bude a beautiful but unsung location, but now officially recognised as an excellent destination.
Don’t take it from us or the awards however, but come and see for yourself what makes Bude such a vibrant place to visit. We guarantee you a warm welcome and stacks to enjoy and experience here in the prettiest and friendliest of Cornish resorts.
Escape to Cornwall this winter for a last minute getaway. While it is certainly a little cooler and a bit windy at times! It’s a magical time of year when you can indulge your inner child. Rediscover the simple pleasures of kicking your way through piles of crunchy, colourful leaves, collecting conkers in the woods, or listening to the fizz and crackle of fireworks as they light up the night sky.
Wrap up warm and head to the coast to enjoy long walks on the beach – or if you’re feeling adventurous, go surfing, coasteering or kayaking. With cheeks aglow and windswept hair, head back indoors to sit by the fire in a cosy pub and relax.
Here are our suggestions for fantastic Winter activities in Cornwall
Sink back and relax
Take advantage of our on-site Therapist Vicky Barnes and book yourself in for a treatment whilst your partner or friend swims in our lovely warm pool and meets you back in your Cornish cottage, cosy barn or luxury house. Sink back into your Hot-tub and let all your cares float away.
Go sunset spotting
Head to one of our local beaches and watch the sun goes down – at Widemouth Bay or Bude’s Summerleaze or Crookelts Beaches. For a really indulgent evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of our restaurants overlooking these beaches, starting with cocktails at the very least at The Beach Hotel or Life’s a Beach both overlooking Summerleaze Beach or The Beach House or Bay View Inn both overlooking Widemouth Bay
Grab your walking boots
Sunny Winter days are perfect for walking in Cornwall. There are miles of coast path and woodland walks just waiting to be explored. Take a look at the South West Coast Path website for some seasonal inspiration.
Winter short breaks at Court Farm
Fancy snuggling up in front of a roaring wood burner in one of our self catering Cornish cottages or luxury houses with hot-tubs … Recharge your batteries with a weekend away or a mid-week break, or stay for longer and let Cornwall work its magic on you and ease away any lingering tension.
If you need help deciding which cottage is right for you or planning your perfect break, just give us a call on 01288 361494.
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Christmas Breaks With Court Farm Holidays
There’s always a crisp, magical and enchanted feeling in the air at Christmas in Cornwall. It surrounds the community of Bude and it’s neighbouring towns of Stratton and Marhamchurch, immersing visitors into a culture of family and togetherness. This Christmas you can feel the magic of a festive break like no other with Court Farm Holidays.
Our self – catering accommodation, made up of cosy Cornish cottages, full of home comforts, are perfect for a festive family holiday or romantic break. With wood burners and hot tubs our cottages will keep you warm this Christmas, leaving you with no excuse not to take part in the Christmas day swim.
500 people usually take part in this character building event, with all proceeds going to the Bude Life Saving Club. Its character building because there are no wetsuits allowed, its swimsuits only folks. Fear not though there will be mulled wine and mince pies and of course you can head back to your cosy Cornish cottage, to relax in your hot tub with some indulgent and well earned fizz.
Don’t worry though, not all of our local Christmas festivities come with the caveat of a character building challenges. A visit in early December, the 4th to be exact, will enable you to immerse yourself in the magic of our late night Christmas shopping. Where the community combines like no other in support of its local stores. The very foundation of Christmas is formed by a community spirit that you and all visitors will soon be enchanted by.
Plan your festive break around our Christmas Calender , to ensure adults, children and loved one’s alike are enthralled by the magic of our North Cornwall wonderland.
Whatever your reason for visiting North Cornwall this Christmas, Court Farm’s family friendly facilities and cosy accommodation will ensure a magical festive holiday is had by all.
Halloween at Court Farm
Oh didn’t we have fun at Court Farm Holidays this October Half Term. We held a mid-week Marshmallow Toasting evening around the campfire
The play area and games room decorated in a Halloween Theme, all of our guests were given pumpkins to carve with spooky sweet parcels for each child.
We had a scavenger hunt on the Wednesday morning with 10 clues for the children to find around the play area involving searching for objects and wriggling around in pumpkin flesh and leafy ponds to find the missing objects.
Witchy flew in on her broomstick then took a rest in the outdoor play barn where she cooked up a stew of eyeballs, fingers and snakes in the outdoor play barn – whilst the ghosts and bats hung around overhead, until moving on until next year.
Firework night marks the start of a bonfire bonanza here in Bude and North Cornwall. Immerse yourself in the festivities of this family and community extravaganza whilst staying in one of our cosy Cornish cottages. Some cottages are still available, for short breaks, check availability for up to date details.
Court Farm Holidays is a family run business based in Marhamchurch, Cornwall and a short distance from the coastal town of Bude. Placing family and memories at the heart of everything we do here at Court Farm, we understand the magical moments that can be created at this time of year, in the run up to Christmas. We feel Halloween and Bonfire night mark the start of a very special time of year for families, couples and friends alike. So, throw yourselves into our community festivities starting with a Bonfire and Fireworks Night at Bude Rugby Club on 6th November, with Guy Fawkes judging, a bar and a BBQ. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with fireworks following at 7pm!
The Bonfire and Fireworks night is followed by a Firework Spectacular at The Bay View Inn, Widemouth Bay from 6pm. Enjoy a comforting hot chocolate, an indulgent toffee apple or a fulfilling hot dog, whilst sharing in a breathtaking display.
Or if you’d prefer, stay warm within our cosy cottages or relax in a hot tub and take in your wonderful surroundings. This truly is a magical and meaningful time of year and whatever your reason for visiting North Cornwall, we know you’ll enjoy the festivities and we will do our best to ensure that you have a memorable stay.
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