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.

 

 

 

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!

Don’t be jaded in January, fed-up in February or mardy in March! Take a break from the norm with our Black Friday offer.
 
With 20% off all bookings on stays taken between Wednesday 3rd January and Saturday 24th March (*10% during half term), our Black Friday offers are the ultimate post party season pick-me-up or the most glorious Christmas gift for cherished family and friends.
 
From houses with hot tubs, farmhouses, traditional cosy Cornish cottages to converted courtyard barns. Perfect places to explore coast or country….to relax, unwind, have fun.
 
But hurry our offer is sure to be popular and only applies to bookings made from 6 pm on Thursday 23rd November to midnight on Monday 27th November. Quote discount code BF17
 
We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Discover our cottages, barns and houses HERE

BOOK NOW

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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 info@courtfarm-holidays.co.uk or give us a call 01288 361494.

 

 

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:

Tintagel

Boscastle

Launceston

Crackington Haven

Within an hours drive you can reach:

Hartland Peninsula (Devon)

Padstow

Wadebridge

Rock

Polzeath

Other places you may wish to spend the day:

Newquay

Truro

Falmouth

St Ives

Lands End

 

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.

 

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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)

 

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.

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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 ..

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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!

Vicky