What’s Open in Bude?

An up-to-date list of attractions, activities and restaurants in Bude and nearby in Devon and Cornwall who are open and adhere to the government COVID-19 Guidelines.

We are over the moon that you are now able to stay in holiday accommodation in Bude from the 4th July.  We really are looking forward to giving you a ‘proper Bude welcome’, but we need you to understand that things will be different and you’ll need to plan your time and activities in advance.

If we all keep to the government guidelines (especially those on social distancing and hand washing), have extra consideration for the people around us and understand that things are different, your holiday to Bude will be enjoyable.

VISIT:  Pre-booked tickets are required at most attractions.  Do not drive to, or visit an attraction without a ticket.  The list below will take you to individual websites where you can confirm the latest visiting instructions.

STAY:  You can book accommodation on the VisitBude website, or at the Bude Toursit Information Centre (TIC) – but we strongly advise that you secure your accommodation BEFORE you arrive. If you’re looking for accommodation participating with the VisitBude COVID-19 Booking Guarantee, please click here…

EAT:  Most eateries will require a reservation as you will not be able to turn up and get a table.  Restaurants are running at around 50% capacity so we strongly advise you book ahead ASAP.  If you can’t book a table, please remember that most of our local restaurants now offer a take-away, and some offer a delivery service – you wont find them all on the Just Eat or Uber Eats App – you’ll need to use the links below and do it via their website or phone.

PLAY:  Most activity sessions have always required pre-booking and operate with small groups – so not too much has changed here.

Places to VISIT

Bude Castle Heritage Centre:  Opening on 13th July – limited admissions, but plenty of space to wait in the Castle Grounds.

Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Gardens:  Pre-booking essential for allocated slots and admissions include refreshments.

Hartland Abbey: Tearoom, gardens, grounds and walks will be opening on Sunday 5th July

Hidden Valley Discovery Park:  Book tickets online or by phone before arrival

Pencarrow House & Gardens:   The gardens are open from 10 – 5, daily

Clovelly: All open but book ahead to avoid disappointment (Clovelly’s Special Events are all postponed till 2021)

Bodmin Keep: Open from 12th August, 3 days a week offering VIP private visits to groups of 12 people from 2 households or bubble groups.

War Horse Valley:  Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Cornwall at War Museum:  No bus tours, but the museum is open

Merry Harriers:  Open 10am to 5pm

The Big Sheep:  Online advance bookings only.

The Milky Way:   Online advance bookings only.

The Arthurian Centre: Open as usual with some adaptations to cafe and shop.

Lundy Island:  Advance bookings only.

Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre: Open 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Trethorne Leisure Park: Reopens Saturday 1st August for outdoor fun, animal barns, dodgems and more.  Advance bookings by phone please.

Visiting the BEACH

We have several beaches, and when the tide is out (low), there is a huge expanse of sand.  Our main beaches at Summerleaze, Crooklets, Sandymouth and Widemouth Bay are patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards and are always the most popular.  Travel a short distance (walking on the Coast Path or by car) and you have many more to discover – such as Northcott and Millook.  Have a look at our Beach Guide.

You’ll need to plan your visits to the beach around the tide times (a booklet is available from the Bude TIC).  The amount of beach will noticeably reduce in size as the tide comes in, so perhaps plan to pack-up and leave around two-hours before high tide.

Beach Huts are available for weekly hire at both Summerleaze and Crooklets.

Places to EAT

Rosies Kitchen :  Open 10am – 8pm everyday for ice cream, food and booze to take away. Indoor eating area open from 13th July.

The Bank:    Fully opening from 4th of July  Tues – Sun 12noon – 11pm. Book online for inside table reservations please. Takeaway and collection service by phone.

The Barge:  Open 11-5 for take away.  Some outside seating is available

The Beach: Restaurant, bar and terrace open to hotel residents only

The Shack:  Open from 10th July.

The Surfin’ Frog:  Open from 4th July. Tables can be booked and its yours for the whole evening!

The Weir:  Open daily.  Reservations are recommended but not required

Docton Mill:  Open from Monday July 13th, the garden will be operating as per usual and the tea room will be virtually the same with  tables for outside eating.

Rectory Farm Tea Rooms:  Open for take away cream teas, sandwiches and cake.  Thursday to Sunday 11am – 4pm. Pre order picnic boxes.

Olive Tree:  Open 10am to 9pm every day.  Card payments only.  Table bookings only inside, first-come, first-served outside

Bayleaf Indian Restaurant:  Open evenings or lunchtimes bookings please.

Molesworth Arms:  Open from 8th July and closed Monday and Tuesdays.  Pre-booked tables only

Brendon Arms:  Open 11am to 10pm, food served 12-8pm. Pre-booked tables inside only.  Beer garden tables are first come, first served.    Takeaway food and drinks available.

Merry Harriers Garden Centre and Cafe. Open 10am – 5pm

Falcon Hotel:  Indoor Tables must be reserved

Life’s A Beach – To be updated

Break Beach Bar: Open for table reservations

Cafe Limelight at Bude Castle:  Limited takeaway menu and alfresco dining on the decking only.

Ilfracombe Aquarium:  Pier Cafe and Funky Fish Gift Shop open

Things to DO

Outdoor Adventure Pre book on line for Surfing and Coasteering or give them a call. Also offering Archery, Sit on Kayaks and Canadian Canoes along Bude Canal.

Big Blue Surf School:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Running small group lessons, daily

Bude Surfing Experience: Daily surf lessons, Stand Up Paddle Board lessons and equipment hire available.

Saltwater Safari:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Running surf, SUP and Coasteering sessions

Bude Geo Walks: Pre-book via phone or online.

Shoreline Extreme Sports:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Operating for small groups of coasteering, kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, surfing and archery.

Segway Bude:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Sessions are limited to one group (max of five) so, it will only be your group and a member of staff participating

Caving Experience:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Sessions are limited to one group (max of five) so, it will only be your group and a member of staff participating

Climbing Wall:  Pre-book via phone or online.  Sessions are limited to one group (max of five) so, it will only be your group and a member of staff participating

Countryside Hawking:  Pre-book bird experiences by email, via the website or by phone.

Bridge Bike Hire: Pre-book via phone or online.

Beau Nidol:  Open and running glass workshops by prior appointment, shop open for browsing gifts.

Moon Hare Studios: Mosaic workshops due to start from 25th July. Call to discuss private group options.

North Devon Wake Park: Pre-book via phone or online.

Broomhill Manor Riding Stables: Pre-book via phone or online.

Atlantic Pursuits:  Pre-book via phone or online for Surf and boogie board sessions at Widemouth Bay and Canadian Canoe tours along Bude Canal.

Pottery Box: Pre-book via phone or online.  Aiming to open from 10th July.

Keypitts: Pre-book via text, phone or online for Keypitts Off Road Adventures around their 200 acre site on quad bikes, also battlefield archery, axe throwing and Landrover Experience

Bude Rowing Boats:  no need to pre-book

The Kitchen Front: Pre-book via phone or online for daily craft sessions, drop in sessions for children primary school age Monday-Thursday 10-12.30. 1940’s Tea Encouter most days and lots of items for sale in the shop.

St. Eval Karting: Pre-book via phone or online

Tamar Lakes: All car parks, toilets, footpaths/cycle track, angling and takeaway from cafe open from July 4th.  Pre-book launch online, hire and launch of canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and sailing boats on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Yoga with Vika:  Small-group outdoor clifftop yoga sessions-pre -book via phone or website.

Bude Bike Hire: Daily hire from 9-5pm. Delivery by arrangement.

Zuma Jay Surf Shop: Independent surf shop offering a wide range of boards and wet suits for hire and to buy. All the staff surf and are very knowledgeable.

Places to SHOP and browse

Beau Nidol:  Open and running workshops by prior appointment

Bude Farmers & Craft Market:  Open every Friday, 10am – 3pm until the end of September

Refil Shop:  Open daily for click and collect

The Kitchen Front:  Open and running workshops by prior appointment

Zuma Jay Surf Shop: Independent surf shop offering a wide range of boards and wet suits for hire and to buy. All the staff surf and are very knowledgeable.

Atlantic Glass Studio:  Open Tuesday to Sunday on dry days

Ilfracombe Aquarium:  Pier Cafe and Funky Fish Gift Shop open

Welcombe Pottery: Stunning work from Alice Gare and David Westcott based near Hartland. Open Tuesday-Sat up to 1pm other times by arrangement.

Getting around and TRAVEL

Bayside Taxi and D&D Taxi are operational

Bus services are changing frequently.  The only way to keep up-to-date is to use the Traveline SW website or pick up a VisitBude Bus Booklets from the Bude TIC.

last updated 10am 28th July

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