As the Tourist Board, we are very aware of the value of tourism in the Bude area. It is something of great importance to us all.
This year, due to the restrictions placed upon overseas travel under the COVID-19 pandemic, we are receiving an extraordinary amount of enquiries from people looking to visit the Bude area.
It has been reported that the RNLI are not able to operate at all beaches (understandably due to the pandemic), and that in fact only two beaches in Bude will be provided with lifeguard cover (we’ve heard locally that these will be Summerleaze and Widemouth Bay). We are concerned that the volume of visitors will put huge and unprecedented pressure on non-patrolled beaches. From a tourism point of view, whilst many people are already fearful, the last thing that our community needs is a tragic incident on one of our beaches. It is vital that we support beach safety organisations to be able to do their job.
With this in mind, we proposed the creation of a group, working to ensure that a consistent and strong safety message is created and agreed, with the aim of protecting our greatest assets, our beaches; and our visitors.
The message needs to go beyond the “Swim between the flags” phrase and every shop, accommodation, business, organisation and the local community need to be seen to be working from the same message.
We can do this via a clear campaign:
- where to swim
- surf safely
- information about local groups, businesses and organisations
A Zoom meeting has been scheduled for 18:30 on Tuesday 26th May. If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org