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).
Crabbing remains a family favourite pastime on the beaches in Bude. It’s cheap, fun and a great way for children to learn about the animals that live on the sea shore.
Exploring rockpools is like discovering a hidden world that children (and adults) might otherwise overlook. There's are a wide variety of species, with complex relationships all living in this secret habitat. They can be a fantastic way to learn about marine organisms that would otherwise be very difficult to see and learn about.
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.
All the rides, shows and play areas are included in the entrance fee with no hidden extras, and it’s fun for parents as well as kids. With over 110,000 sq feet of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, this is a truly out of this world experience .
Trethorne has something for all ages, whatever the weather! We feel we offer more activities on one site than anywhere in the West country - and are delighted to welcome and entertain you and your family.
Lundy Island is a great day trip from Bude. Spend a day on the natural & historic National Trust island of Lundy, 3 miles long, ½ mile wide, 12 miles off the North Devon coast serviced by the Lundy passenger & supply ship MS Oldenburg.
On your visit to the 21 acre site you will see British & Asian Short Clawed Otters play, eat and sleep in their enclosures. Enter the "wildwood" and you will see Wallabies, Meerkats, Servals, Polecats and various Birds of Prey. Bird of Prey talks at 11.30 & 2.30. Otter talk and feeding at 12pm and 3pm. Award winning tea room on site.
Tamar Lakes Country Park near Bude on the North Cornwall coast these two lakes offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling, walking and relaxing.
Canadian Canoeing with Atlantic Pursuits is a great activity requiring a little bit of team work and learning steering skills as you paddle up Bude Canal, an area of outstanding natural beauty.