Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational, family attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe's picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, just over an hours drive from Bude, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Visit the Lobster Hatchery and see for yourself how science is helping to conserve the fishing tradition in Cornwall and beyond. The main attraction has to be seeing the young lobsters growing up ready to be released.
Countryside Hawking is a private falconry centre based in the scenic moorland and woodland location of North Cornwall. Our falconer Julian Clement, proprietor of Countryside Hawking, has been a qualified and experienced falconer for over 25 years and is well known around the West Country for his skills and talents with birds of prey.
One of the most pleasant and active ways to take in the sights of Bude is on two wheels. With roads and trails that are generally quiet and accessible, you’ll find us a great place for cycling breaks in Cornwall. There are some challenging places to conquer, but also pleasant, level routes such as the Bude Canal towpath and nature reserve.
A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore Bude and the surrounding towns, moor and villages in North Cornwall and North Devon with a self-guided themed walk.
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the archeaology sites to the Battlefield, riverside woodland and King Arthur's Stone. Also see the 18th Century Lady Falmouth's Garden, now undergoing restoration.
With so many spectacular walks in the Bude area, it can be tough deciding what to do. Harry McConville B.A.(Mod.) Nat.Sci. who is a local artist, historian and naturalist will pick the very best route for the season and sights, which could include the SWCP, canal, nature reserve or battle site. Children will love the pond dipping and rockpool ramble sessions.
Bringing you right up to date, you will learn all there is to know about Bude, including the history of the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, Bude's natural seapool, the sea Lockgates, the Breakwater and Pepperpot. If you are lucky, you might get to meet other characterful locals along the way such as the harbourmaster, the lifeguard, coast guard or the countryside ranger.
Nestled in 111 acres of Cornish countryside, Camel Creek is a haven of family-friendly rides, giant play areas and animal encounters. With Cornwall’s only 5D Simulator, and outdoor undercover play the Adventure Park is an all-weather attraction suitable for the whole family, rain or shine.
Come and see our wonderful collection of classic aircraft, just ten minutes from Newquay, next to RAF St Mawgan. You can actually sit in the cockpits of iconic jet fighters or enjoy a scenic flight over Cornwall with an unforgettable flight experience. We have indoor and outdoor exhibits, a 1950s style café, a gift shop and a picnic area.