Post-Lockdown Visits to Bude

On 26th November, government announced that Cornwall would be placed into Tier 1, and Devon would be Tier 2. This is great news for the hundreds of hospitality businesses in and around Bude.

Whilst we welcome this news, we are mindful of our location near the Devon and Cornwall border, and that may of the local attraction loved by Bude’s visitors are in fact located in Tier 2 Devon.  Visitors must not be complacent, and it’s vital that everyone keeps to the restrictions applicable to their hometown Tier.  Doing so will enable us to ensure cases in Bude do not rise so we are able to stay in Tier 1, our local community can begin to prosper once again, and our hospitality business will not face the prospect of facing further restrictions.

It’s important to remember that when visiting Bude, you must continue to follow the rules applicable to the Tier in your hometown region.

We look forward to welcoming visitors from Tier 1 and 2 for a safe and sensible holiday!

We’ll be updating this page as we confirm which attractions, restaurants and activities will be operating in the runup to Christmas.  Accommodation bookings and enquiries have already started to increase, so the ‘Search & Book’ facility and links below will only show you propeties which are available and bookable.

if you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey
if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

Find the perfect place to stay in Bude

Please use the ‘Search & Book’ facility, or the quicklinks below for key weekend dates.

Stay for a week on Sunday 6th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Friday 11th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Saturday 12th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Sunday 13th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Friday 18th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Saturday 19th December – click here for availability

Stay for a week on Sunday 20th December – click here for availability

Book a place to stay for your Christmas Bubble.  Click here for availability…

Find the perfect place to visit and things to do in Bude

The Castle will be open from Wednesday 2nd December, 10am to 4pm. We will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and then again on NeyYears Eve and New Years Day.

Visit The Castle Website

Open now and (weather permitting) onwards towards Christmas.  Boat hire and takeaway pasties, hot and cold drinks and fresh doughnuts.

Hunt the naughty elves and take a festive ride on the Milky Way train … we’re providing a sprinkling of Christmas fun here at The Milky Way Adventure Park this season!

On the weekends of the 5th & 6th and 12th & 13th of December you can visit our garland festooned train station made jolly with festive music and giant Christmas tree for hot chocolate and shortbread straight from Mother Christmas’ kitchen. Meet our larger-than-life Station Master who’ll welcome you onto the newly adapted outdoor train with separate carriages for each family, for a quick ride round the route– and see if you can spot the elves as you chug round!

Then enjoy all the other attractions at our award-winning adventure park but keep an eye out for more hidden elves as you go. Father Xmas won’t be visiting this year as he’s got so much to do at The North Pole … but some of his naughty elves have made it here! He’s asked us to round them up and send them back, so we need your help. Spot them getting up to their mischievous antics in some most unexpected places, jot down where you spotted them, and then let us know when you leave – each child will receive a small sweet treat for their trouble.

In addition to this little bit of festive fun there’s plenty to keep the whole family safely entertained this winter, including the NEW Ninja Stars play arena, dodgems, Ziggy’s Blast Quest and newly-updated Planet Play area. Younger children will particularly love the Little Stars play centre and and there’s plenty for them plus older children and adults to do outdoors too including the Cosmic Typhoon and Cosmic Caterpillar rollercoaster, large bouncing pillows, maze and Gravity Rider donut slide.


Due to reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing we use an online booking system for all visits. All visitors, including those with annual /class passes and VIP tickets, will need to book online.

*Please note that after consulting with our staff, the dates for our Christmas themed opening are intentionally reduced and timed to take place earlier in December than normal, as we want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a relaxed and happy Christmas keeping everyone, including elderly relatives, safe this year.*

What’s on at The BIG Sheep?

Pre-booking is essential! Please see our booking page for more information about available dates and times.

Our on site activity currently includes:

  • Two hilarious animal shows, presented either at our new outdoor social safe area (in good weather) or our indoor show arena.
  • North Devon’s biggest highest Rollercoaster.
  • Our animal barn with super cute puppies and even our first lambs of the summer!
  • Lakeside train rides from EWEston station.
  • Outdoor play on our jumping pillows.
  • Our newly opened farm track with lots of animals for you to meet including llamas, alpacas, goats, pigs and more!
  • Food kiosks open for you to purchase light refreshments
  • Our Barn Cafe serving delicious cakes and sandwiches
  • Sheepy Shop

We will be kindly asking you to wear face masks when in any indoor areas, whilst on rides and watching shows. Face masks will also be available to buy onsite.

You are very welcome to bring your own food to eat on site – our outdoor safe social space is a perfect picnic area.

See ewe soon!

Please note that some of our attractions remain closed due to government restrictions and guidelines.

Due to the seasonal nature of our business and the current guidelines for socialising and hospitality venues we have taken the decision to open on Thursday 17th December when we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Leisure Park open 10am – 5pm from 17th December to 3rd January.

Ten Pin Bowling open 10am – 11pm (6pm Sundays) from 17th December.

We will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

Bodmin Keep will be opening again for two weeks prior to Christmas.  It will be a pre-booking system as before.

All visitors need to do is go to and book their slot, and all the covid safety regulations and safeguarding are noted on the booking system.

We will be open on the following days in December:   9th, 10th, 11th, 16th,17th and 18th  10am – 5pm.

After the 18th Dec, we will then be closed to the public until February half term.

The studio is a collaboration of 4 local artists specialising in working in glass, pearls, silver and other metals and materials. December opening Tuesday – Sunday 11-3pm. For Christmas opening see website on online ordering.

With a wide choice of bikes the whole family will be able to enjoy cycling along the Camel Trail. Open from 5th December.

At Keypitts the say, “The wetter the better” for your off road adventure in the fantastic Devon countryside!  Quad bikes for 6 years and upwards plenty of exciting experiences to chose from. Also available  4 by 4 Landrover expereince and Axe Throwing.

Open daily advanced booking only either on line via the website or by email or telephone.

With a world famous “traffic free” cobbled street,  Clovelly Village is built into the side of the cliff, and the whole area is awash with facinating history.  Situated in an Area Of Outstanding Beauty it’s a walkers paradise and a special place for anyone wanting to reconnect with nature.

Open daily 10-4pm book a time slot on line via their website or give them a call.

The Kitchen Front is open weekdays 10-5pm and late nights until 8pm on Tuedays and Thursdays for all of December.

A wide choice of daily creative workshops for all ages,  mornings and afternoons. An opportunity to make unique gifts for family and friends in a variety of mediums. Or plenty of lovely gifts to buy made by Clair .

1940’s Tea Room

Classical Jazz Christmas Concert Sunday 13th & 20th December booking essential.

See the website for a full list of workshops and shop and tea room opening times.

Merry Harriers Garden Centre is a wonderful place to visit anytime of year but at Christmas it’s brimming with gift ideas and a must for any garden lovers. They are open daily from 9.30am ( 10am Sunday) and an online shop.  The Mad Hatters Resturant over looks the delightful gardens with stream fed pond and water wheel. Please check opening times before you travel to avoid disappiontment.

Adela at Moon Hare Studio is passionate about mosiac and teaching the skills to others. She runs workshops for up to 6 people so get in touch if you want try your hand at this relaxing art. She now has kits available which would make an idea gift for anyone creative or maybe treat yourself.

Visit Moon Hare Studio or more information.

Thoughout December Bude Segway is open for Segway Tours, Axe Throwing and Climbing between 10-4pm.

Book on line via their webite for the following days Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.The week leading up to Christmas, Tuesday 22nd December is available.

The segway trails are very family friendly a great way for making memories together.

Enjoy Tamar lakes for exercise and fresh air along the waters edge and spoting all the different wildlife along the way.  Suitable for walkers and cyclists. Open everyday parking fees apply.

For anyone wanting to manage their stress levels leading up to Christmas then Yoga With Vika can help you. She teaches small classes on different days including a zoom class. In the summer she has “cliff top” classes but for the winter she’s back inside. No experience necessary options and variations will be offered to suit you.

The institution that is Zuma Jay is open for all your surfing needs either to buy or hire.

As one of the oldest Surf shop in Europe they have everything you could possible want relating to water sports equipment.

Open between 9 am – 17.30pm everyday, slightly later start on Sunday at 10am, the staff are extremely knowledgable about the products on sale and the area in general.

For a unique experience why not book a “Close Encouter” and get up close and personal with birds of prey accross the world here in North Cornwall.

Book by appiontment direct with Countryside Hawking

Gift vouchers are available, could make an ideal present!

Camel Creek is open 5th/6th, 12th/13th, 19th to 23rd December for their “All Wrapped Up” extravaganza!

Met Santa, Elves workshop, story times with the Elves. Craft stalls, music, soft play and selective rides open.

booking is essential via their website.

Find the perfect place to eat in Bude

The Coachman’s Bar will be open from 10am serving coffee, cake & drinks and then hot food from 12-noon until 8.30pm daily.

Please note that we will ask for your town and county to confirm which Tier you reside in for all reservations. We will be following the restrictions applicable to you during your time with us (for dining and accommodation).

If you would like to make a reservation for a stay or dinner, please call the hotel. During lockdown our phone lines will be answered between the hours of 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday.

We will re-open on the 2nd of December from 3pm!

In light of the new allowed opening hours The Bank will be adjusting our opening hours till 10:30pm. However last drink orders will be 9:45pm, allowing sufficient time to enjoy your drinks.

As prior before Lockdown #2 we are fully committed to providing a safe and COVID-Secure dining experience for all our customers and we will continue to do so. Our aim is to serve delicious Tapas in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

We can’t wait to see you all on the 2nd and thank you to everyone who has supported our Takeaway service over the last four weeks.

We are starting to fill up fast so click the link below to book a table at Bude’s most popular restaurant!

Open now and (weather permitting) onwards towards Christmas.  Boat hire and takeaway pasties, hot and cold drinks and fresh doughnuts.

The decorations are up and we are really excited to be able to welcome you all back to join us for some festive celebrations from Friday 4th December, we will be serving our festive menu alongside a limited regular menu.

If you are unable to get to us this year for your annual Christmas Party, why not treat yourselves or your staff to our delicious Christmas picnic box?

As we will be operating to strict covid guidelines our tables are limited, so bookings are strongly advised. Please call on 01288 331251 or message us on Facebook to make your reservation.

Food will be served 12-9pm with last drinks orders at 10pm.

Molsworth Arms will be opening up on the 9th December.

Located in Tier 2 Devon.

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