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).
Merry Harriers Garden Centre. A place to visit for all the family come rain or shine! Our nursery is a hive of activity with something different happening all the time. Award winning carvery and homemade or home grown produce wherever possible.
Hidden Valley Discovery Park is a unique and fun attraction for the entire family. Explore the Forbidden Mansion, discover secret passageways, an upside down dining room, shrinking corridor and Moriarty’s Missions. There’s a Sherlock detective trail and Indiana trail; plus miniature railway, maze and gardens and Tibbohton, an enchanting and magical place waiting to be discovered.
Atlantic Glass Studio is an exciting workshop and studio situated alongside the edge of the canal at Bude in Cornwall, with views out across Summerleaze Beach to the Atlantic. It's a collaboration of four local artists, Lesley Ann Taylor, Jane Trotman, Marie Glossop and Lotti Rains; who specialise in working in glass, pearls, silver and other metals and materials.
Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born. Fantastic WW1 exhibition and replica trench, with an audio-visual presentation by award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo. Loads for the children to do: tractor trailer rides, vintage farm machinery, watching the milking, feeding calves, meeting Joey the horse and lots of different farm animals. There’s an indoor kart track and picturesque farm trail and tearoom.
Our Bude Beach Guide provides all the information you need with full details of local facilities, lifeguard times and much more. Full information about Millook Beach, Black Rock Beach, Widemouth Bay Beach, Summerleaze Beach, Crooklets Beach, Northcott Mouth, Sandymouth Bay and Duckpool.
Beau Nidol is a small shop and craft unit alongside the Bude Canal with a gorgeous selection of art and jewellery made from glass and bone. In addition to the shop, Hannah offers four types of workshops throughout the year in fused glass, Tiffany glass, bone carving and stained glass. All of the equipment is provided, along with expert guidance. Take home what you make!
On your visit you’ll will see British and Asian Short Clawed Otters playing and being fed close at hand. Wallabies and Muntjac Deer roam the 21-acre grounds. There are Fallow Deer in a woodland enclosure, and you’ll come across Deer and Birds of Prey in the the wildwood. Check out the Meerkats from the walkway and see the Servals before walking to the Old Quarry and tranquil Quarry Pool. There are picnic areas and a fantastic Tea Room. The Centre, its conservation efforts and rehabilitation activities are funded entirely by the income received from visitors.
Historically, Bude’s Lower Wharf was constructed to allow sailing vessels into the Lower Basin. Back in 1923 the area was a hive of activity as people went about their daily business from the surrounding warehouses that supported the workings of the Bude Canal. Today, the use of the buildings may have changed, but the Lower Wharf area is still a buzz with people who now enjoy the delicious food both on and off the water from the many cafes and restaurants. Designer makers demonstrate their craft skills and sell beautiful handmade gifts or if you’re feeling energetic you can hire a rowing boat or pedalo and take to the water.
Visit Better, Bude Leisure Centre with the whole family this summer. Enjoy a workout in our new, high-spec gym, take part in a fitness class – timetables or on demand in our virtual studio, or bring the family along for a swim in our 33m swimming pool with fun features such as flume and wave machine. The poolside café offers soft drinks and food after your activity and really is the perfect space to watch the fun unfold if you would prefer to relax whilst the others burn off some energy.