Bude retains title as Best UK Coastal Resort

Praised for its fantastic activities, beautiful beaches and brilliant hospitality, we are thrilled that Bude has once again scooped the coveted Gold award at this year’s British Travel Awards. It marks some great progress over recent years, during which the resort has blossomed in so many areas. 

It 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, each year the bar is raised.  In truth, many locals and visitors have known our resort’s potential for many years; but to once again see the realisation of this capped by an award is fantastic.

From old favourites to new additions…

Besides raising the bar 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.  Without doubt, our fantastic festivals, quality places to Visit, Stay, Eat and Play have helped turn Bude from a cute seaside town to the Best UK Coastal Resort.

Similarly, Bude’s central hub (the Bude Tourist Information Centre) is better than ever following its Gold award at the Cornwall Tourism Awards for Best Tourism Information Service.  Whether you simply want to grab a coffee, pick up a few gifts and souvenirs or get some advice on how to make the most of your stay in Bude, you really should visit the TIC.  Staff can book accommodation, local trips and guided walks too!

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, visitors 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?

Britain’s best coastal resort, as voted for by you! 

It is fantastic for Bude to be officially recognised, but 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; we’ve succeeded in our aim of turning Bude from a beautiful but unsung location, to officially being recognised as the Best UK Coastal Resort…

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.

Media enquiries to Bude Area Tourist Board.

  • Information about the Tourist Information Centre’s Gold award at the Cornwall Tourism Awards, click here…
  • Information about the award winning beaches, click here…
  • Information about other awards won in 2015 by Bude and Bude Businesses, click here…
  • Download the winning logos, click here…


24 November 2015

Bude and Cornwall named the Best UK Coastal Resort and Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards 2016…

Bude and Cornwall have once again enjoyed success by receiving the majority of the public votes in the prestigious British Travel Awards.

“We couldn’t be more delighted with this award. All the vision and local investment that is going into the Bude area – creating new places to eat, places to stay and exciting things to do for visitors to Bude, is clearly appealing to day visitors and holiday visitors alike. 

The fact that this award is based on real votes by real people makes it even more special.  Consider the fact that any UK coastal town could be voted for, but the majority voted for Bude.   That’s pretty special! 

Earlier in the month the Tourist Information Centre scooped another gold award in the Cornwall Tourism Awards for Best Tourism Information Service, and has been shortlisted for the South West Tourism Awards in February 2017. 

Bude Area Tourist Board operates the Bude Tourist Information Centre and VisitBude website.  We’re proud to represent many tourism businesses, working together to provide a thriving and continually improving visitor destination – we look forward to welcoming even more visitors in 2017!”

Mark Hibbard, Tourism Officer and a Director of Bude Area Tourist Board.

It’s not just Bude as a resort and Cornwall as a destination… it was a triple gold win as the Eden Project also won Best UK Leisure Attraction.

 “Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before – but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business.  The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton

For more information visit britishtravelawards.com.


About Us…

Bude Area Tourist Board (BATB) is the official organisation responsible for encouraging visitors to Bude. BATB works closely with the public and private sectors to deliver a programme of targeted marketing initiatives aimed at increasing visitor numbers, growing visitor spend and creating jobs. We receive no public funding. All of our income is derived from booking commission, shop sales and membership fees.

Through our Tourist Information Centre, website, guide publications, social media, targeted marketing and extensive PR campaigns, we are able to reach a large audience, spreading the news about Bude and what it has to offer and promoting the Bude area as the number one place to visit.


Further information

Mark Hibbard
Tourism Officer
01288 354240

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