Things to do in Bude

With a wide range of fun activities, sports and adventure pursuits available, Bude is one of the best places in Cornwall to enjoy your favourite pastime.  With so many great facilities and professional coaches nearby, however, it is also a great place to learn something completely new.  This is why you’ll also find details for friendly experts and service providers in the area.

Bude Rowing Boat Hire
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Bude Rowing Boat Hire

Welcome to Bude Rowing Boat Hire, a cherished family-run establishment with a rich history spanning almost a century under the care of the Sampson family. Nestled along the scenic Lower Wharf, adjacent to the enchanting Bude canal, you’re invited to embark on a timeless aquatic adventure.

Choose between a classic rowing boat or a delightful pedalo and immerse yourself in the serenity of Bude’s distinctive waterway, navigating at your own pace. Whether you’re a family seeking quality time, a group of friends in search of a memorable outing, or a couple seeking a romantic escapade, our boats offer the perfect setting for a splendid experience.

Rest assured; safety is our priority – buoyancy aids are readily available for your peace of mind. And for those with furry companions, we extend a warm welcome to dogs, ensuring that everyone can share in the joy of exploring Bude’s waterways.

Come join us and create lasting memories on the water at Bude Rowing Boat Hire!

Surfing with Atlantic Pursuits
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Surfing with Atlantic Pursuits

SURFING AND BODY BOARDING WITH ATLANTIC PURSUITS
Ever wondered about the differences between surfing and body/boogie boarding? Allow us to shed some light on the nuances:

Surfing:

The objective is to catch a wave substantial enough for you to stand on the board and ride the wave. By using long boards, extending up to 9 feet, these are easier to balance on and control. It’s a thrilling activity where you typically remain within chest-depth waters to catch a wave. Our instructors are on hand to assist you in catching the perfect wave, providing you with the optimal opportunity to ride the board with style and skill.

Body/Boogie Boarding:
On the other hand, body or boogie boarding employs a much smaller board, especially suitable for smaller children. This activity is typically confined to the safe swimming area, offering a secure and enjoyable experience.

In essence, whether you choose the exhilarating ride of surfing or the family-friendly fun of body/boogie boarding, Atlantic Pursuits ensures a memorable aquatic adventure tailored to your preferences.

Why opt for Atlantic Pursuits?

Owner Sam Roberts: a 30-year Outdoor Expert:
With over three decades of experience, Sam Roberts is a seasoned trainer in surf life-saving and served as an RNLI helmsman for 20 years. His expertise as an excellent waterman is dedicated to delivering enjoyable, safe, and informative sessions.

Exclusive Small Groups/Private Family Experience:

Enjoy a session with just 6-8 people, ensuring a more personalized and intimate setting.

Premium Equipment:
Our equipment is top-notch, updated annually. Wetsuits, surfboards, and bodyboards are all in excellent condition, sourced from reputable providers such as Gul, Sola, and C-Skins.

Maximized Water Time:
Our groups prioritize time in the water, ensuring you make the most of your session. Informative introductions and warm-ups are concise, allowing you to fully enjoy your time.

Safety First:
Owner Sam Roberts: a 30-year Outdoor Expert:
With over three decades of experience, Sam Roberts is a seasoned trainer in surf life-saving and served as an RNLI helmsman for 20 years. His expertise as an excellent waterman is dedicated to delivering enjoyable, safe, and informative sessions.

For All Ages:
This activity is suitable for everyone, starting from the minimum age of 5. Age is no barrier—whether you’re 60 or 6, this is an exciting and inclusive activity for all.

Teylu Glass
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Teylu Glass

The inspiration for our creative endeavours is drawn from the Cornish word for family, “Teylu.” Together, as a family unit, we have ventured into the world of fused glass art and workshops, creating pieces that reflect the beauty and warmth synonymous with the Cornish spirit.

In the heart of our artistic journey is Beau Nidol, a space where two sisters, fuelled by a passion for cutting glass and crafting fused glass art, collaborate with their mother, Julie. Beyond being a family-run venture, it’s a place where creativity flourishes, and the unique charm of Cornwall infuses every creation.

From these roots, Teylu Glass emerged—a testament to the bonds of family and the pursuit of a life where moments with loved ones take precedence. We invite you to join us on this extraordinary adventure, where art, family, and the Cornish spirit converge to create something truly exceptional. Welcome to Teylu Glass, where every piece tells a story of family, love, and the beauty of Cornwall.

At Teylu Glass, our customers are an extension of our family. Our aim is to create an atmosphere where you feel entirely at ease and relaxed during workshops. We want you to derive the utmost enjoyment from your time with us, crafting beautiful, fused glass items. Your comfort is our priority, and we look forward to welcoming you into our creative space. We have an array of workshops, including engaging sessions tailored for primary-aged children, workshops designed for those aged 12 and above, and exclusive private parties ideal for hens, stags, team-building events, and birthday celebrations. We’re also equipped to accommodate small school groups or clubs such as scouts and youth clubs.

Ocean Soul Sauna
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Ocean Soul Sauna

Welcome to Ocean Soul Sauna, a mobile seaside retreat in Bude, Cornwall. Nestled by the beach, this wood-fired sauna offers a unique outdoor experience with breathtaking sea views through a panoramic half-moon window.

Whether you prefer solitude or the company of others, Ocean Soul Sauna accommodates your needs. Just steps from Crooklets Beach, this idyllic location comfortably hosts up to 8 people, making it perfect for intimate gatherings, families, friends, or special occasions. Embrace the tranquility and warmth of a seaside sauna for a rejuvenating experience.

This unique beachside wood sauna is an opportunity to relax and connect with the soothing ambiance of the sea.

Saunas offer a range of benefits, promoting overall well-being.

  • Pain Relief: Saunas have been known to alleviate pain, providing relief for sore muscles and joints.
  • Relaxation: The heat in saunas induces relaxation, helping to reduce stress and tension in both the body and mind.
  • Positive Impact on Blood Pressure: Regular sauna use may contribute to a positive effect on blood pressure, promoting cardiovascular health.
  • Mood Enhancement: Saunas can boost mood and contribute to a sense of well-being, thanks to the release of endorphins and the overall relaxation they provide.
  • Mental Health: Saunas are associated with improved mental health, offering a tranquil space for relaxation and contemplation.
  • Muscle and Joint Recovery: Saunas aid in muscle recovery, promoting flexibility and easing stiffness in joints.
Parsons Pottery
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Parsons Pottery

Parsons Pottery stands as a testament to the genuine passion and shared commitment of the husband-and-wife team, John and Rosie. Drawing from a background in production throwing, John has meticulously honed his skills over the years, becoming a master in his craft. Meanwhile, Rosie has embraced the role of painter and glazer, adding her artistic touch to their collaborative endeavours.

In 2020, embarking on a new chapter, John and Rosie relocated to the picturesque north coast of Cornwall, in setting the stage for the evolution of Parsons Pottery. Here, against the backdrop of Quinceborough Farm, at Widemouth Bay, just outside of Bude they established a dedicated workshop, marking the official founding of Parsons Pottery. This move not only signified a change in location but also a significant leap forward for their creative project.

While they persist in sharing and selling their unique creations, a delightful shift has occurred. John and Rosie now find immense joy in connecting with the local community and holidaymakers alike.

Parsons Pottery has become a hub of creativity, hosting a variety of making and painting workshops. These interactive sessions not only showcase the artistry behind their pieces but also provide an opportunity for others to immerse themselves in the craft, creating lasting memories and unique works of art.

Join Parsons Pottery, where the beauty of Cornwall’s north coast meets the artistry of John and Rosie. Whether you’re a local resident or a holidaymaker, their workshops invite you to become a part of the creative process, turning your inspiration into tangible, handcrafted masterpieces.

Pottery Painting:
Start on a creative journey at Parsons Pottery with their pottery painting sessions, designed to cater to individuals, groups, and families alike. You don’t need to be an artist to join in – sessions are crafted for everyone, regardless of artistic experience. Friendly staff are dedicated to ensuring you have a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Select from a diverse range of pottery, including pieces skilfully hand-thrown by John himself. Whether you’re a seasoned painter or a first-time creator, full instructions on how to make the most of our vibrant underglaze paints will be given. And fear not, our staff is always on hand, ready to share ideas and techniques, ensuring you feel supported throughout the process.

Pottery Throwing:
Begin a pottery adventure with a throwing session, catering to both individuals and groups of 2-6 people. Each session unfolds with a detailed demonstration, paving the way for personalized one-on-one tuition. In group sessions, participants rotate, taking turns on the wheel for an inclusive experience. Individual sessions offer the opportunity to glaze and fire 2 pots, while group sessions involve the firing and glazing of one pot per person. Whether crafting solo or in a group, our pottery throwing sessions promise a blend of education, creativity, and the joy of hands-on artistry.

 

 

 

 

 

SUP Yoga with Bude Surfing Experience
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SUP Yoga with Bude Surfing Experience

Discover the tranquillity of SUP Yoga, a truly mindful experience suitable for all abilities. No prior experience in either paddleboarding or yoga is necessary, making it accessible to everyone. However, if you’re a dedicated practitioner, our instructor Emma can tailor the session to your level of expertise.

Join us for early morning sessions designed to immerse you in nature, providing a break from the chaos of daily life. As the world awakens, paddle out to a serene spot to begin your yoga practice.

Meeting at our trailer near the Bude Tourist Information Centre, come prepared with yoga or comfortable clothing, swimwear underneath, and any necessary medication.

Once you experience the serenity of SUP Yoga, we’re confident you’ll be drawn to join us again!

The Big Sheep
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The Big Sheep

At The BIG Sheep Theme Park, you’ll discover entertainment tailored for all ages during your visit to North Devon! Thrilling rides, delightful farm animals, and fantastic dining options guarantee a day filled with family-friendly excitement.

Experience the adrenaline rush of North Devon’s largest and longest rollercoaster, RAMpage. Enjoy entertaining animal performances that will leave you in stitches. Interact with adorable farm animals, including newborn puppies, lambs, piglets, and goats (available April – October). Explore the picturesque safari farm track and meet the charming alpacas, llamas, and more. The Big Sheep promise to create unforgettable memories during your North Devon getaway!

Throughout the year, they host uproarious live shows such as our duck trials and sheep show! Regardless of whether you’re 7 or 70, The BIG Sheep in North Devon has something special for everyone. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available during your visit, ensuring you never miss a moment of the action because their website is always at your fingertips.

Don’t let inclement weather dampen your spirits for a fantastic day out! At The Big Sheep, there’s plenty to keep you entertained rain or shine.

Step into EWEtopia, the indoor playground, where you can revel in hours of fun regardless of the weather outside.

Meet and greet the friendly animals in the cozy confines of the petting barn, catch captivating live shows, and refuel with a delicious meal at either Bo Peep’s Cafe or The Barn Cafe.

For the grown-ups seeking some extra enjoyment, a visit to the Big Sheep brewery is a must! Indulge in tastings and savour the flavours of their craft brews.

Coasteering with Saltwater Safari
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Coasteering with Saltwater Safari

Coasteering with Saltwater Safari

Embark on an exhilarating coasteering adventure with Saltwater Safari, tailored exclusively for you. Simply gear up in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, safety helmet, and old trainers, and immerse yourself in the thrill of scrambling, climbing, swimming, grinning, and cliff jumping along Cornwall’s breathtaking rocky coastline.

Saltwater Safari coasteering activities are conducted as private sessions, ensuring a personalized experience just for you. Whether you’re seeking a unique family bonding experience in a supportive setting or an adventurous outing with friends, Saltwater Safari has you covered.

“Although jumping is optional, the majority find it hard to resist the excitement!”

To prepare for an invigorating coasteering experience with Saltwater Safari. You’ll be equipped with everything you need, including a winter wetsuit, buoyancy aid, and safety helmet.

Just bring along your swimmers, some old trainers or winter wet suit boots, boardshorts if you have them, suncream for your face, a towel for convenient roadside changing, and warm clothes to change into for post-coasteering comfort.

Saltwater Safari happily accommodates children for coasteering, but request that an adult joins in to share the adventure together. Get ready for an unforgettable coasteering experience.

Discover the joy of exclusive experiences with Saltwater Safari. All our activities are tailored as private sessions Just For You, providing the ideal opportunity to craft shared memories with family and friends. These moments will stay with you, ensuring your holiday lives on in your stories long after you’ve returned home!

 

Poundstock Gildhouse
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Poundstock Gildhouse

Between the 1300s and the mid-1500s, church houses emerged throughout the country, serving as hubs for the more communal aspects of church life. These structures provided a dedicated space for social gatherings, fundraising activities, and leisure pursuits, allowing the church building itself to remain focused on worship and prayer. According to a dendrochronological report, Pounstock Gildhouse is estimated to have been constructed around 1550, marking the culmination of this architectural trend.

Crafted from a blend of cob, stone, and slate, Pounstock Gildhouse originally featured a spacious interior with a prominent fireplace at one end. The lower floor likely accommodated areas for cooking, baking, and brewing, while the upper floor housed a hall reserved for social gatherings. One of the most noteworthy events held in such venues were the church ales – festive occasions characterized by abundant feasting and merrymaking, especially during Whitsuntide and May Day. These gatherings saw the brewing of ales and the preparation of food, all sold to generate funds in support of the church’s endeavours.

The Gildhouse has many roles over the years but it was thanks to a timely bequest and a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, complemented by additional smaller grants and extensive local fundraising efforts, a new restoration project became feasible.

The funding allowed for a splendid Feasting Hall, upstairs a fully functioning kitchen awaits, equipped to cater for a variety of events. Meanwhile, downstairs, a cozy meeting room and a modest yet functional kitchen provides additional space for gatherings. Both levels boast facilities designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities, ensuring inclusivity for all.

Throughout the restoration process, meticulously care was taken to preserved old, and possibly original, features, honouring the rich history of the Gildhouse. Notably, tucked away in one corner of the ground floor, you’ll discover a charming relic: a small stable where the schoolmistress once tethered her pony.

To address contemporary transportation needs a much-needed car park located at the top of the cemetery was added to ensure convenient access for all visitors, seamlessly blending tradition with modern requirements.

You can visit Poundstock Gildhouse for free on Wednesdays and they have a active programme of talks and events through out the year.

 

Bridget Winterbourne - Art to inspire
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Bridget Winterbourne - Art to inspire

Bridget Winterbourne is a professional artist and has a passion for creating art in many forms. Splitting her time between Cornwall and Somerset enables her to immerse herself in nature and natural surroundings. Her seascape paintings are full of colour with layers of paint to create the depth of the Cornish seas and the drama of the moving skies.

 

Easiglide Segway
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Easiglide Segway

Welcome to Easiglide Bude Segway Experience

Looking for a unique adventure? Come and put your skills to the test on our two-wheeled Segway experience!
Located in the picturesque coastal town of Bude, our Segway adventure offers breathtaking scenery, from sea views to rolling countryside, and you might even spot some alpacas!

Segwaying is fantastic fun for the entire family, from the little ones (7+) to nan and grandad!

Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before—show no fear. Our instructor will guide you through the basics, and you’ll be cruising around on two wheels in no time. We guarantee you’ll be hooked and eager for more!

We also accommodate larger groups, so if you have a birthday party or special event approaching, give us a call, secure your slot, and let us provide the entertainment!

What are you waiting for?

Book your Segway experience now and dive into some serious fun!

Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Rooms
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Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Rooms

Welcome to Docton Mill Tea Rooms & Gardens, a hidden gem in the heart of Hartland, North Devon.

Discover the captivating story of Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens, nestled in a stunning valley just 1000m from the coast. Originating in the 1930s, the garden faced a period of neglect in the 1970s. The resurgence in 1980 brought about the renovation of the Mill, extensive planting, and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, accompanied by the planting of numerous trees. The new millennium ushered in further developments, including the Magnolia Garden, expansive Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden, and a Greenhouse area for extensive plant propagation.

Our Wild Flower Gardens follow a theme of natural simplicity. In spring, witness displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas, all framed by the enchanting presence of bluebells. Summer brings a profusion of roses, including a rose bank of Felicia and Pax, alongside the Herbaceous border. Explore a field boasting 25 varieties of magnolia, ensuring a garden that captivates throughout the seasons.

Garden Entry:

  • Adults: £5.00
  • Children (U18): Free (Under 2.3m in height)

Awards and Accolades:

  • Voted Best Tea Room in North Devon (North Devon Food & Drink Awards)
  • Gold Medal Winner at Devon County Show
  • Voted Best Cream Tea in Devon (North Devon Food & Drink Awards)

Garden Features:

  • Spectacular narcissi display in spring
  • Enchanting river walk with naturalised narcissi, bluebells, and wild garlic
  • Superb bog garden, celebrated in Rosemary Verey’s “Good Planting”
  • Extensive 140m herbaceous border
  • Wildflower gardens

Tea Room Delights:

  • Award-winning tea room serving light lunches with specialty salads
  • Locally sourced ingredients
  • No entry charge to use the Tea Room
  • Last teas served at 4:30 pm

Pet-Friendly Atmosphere:

  • Dogs allowed on short leads

Additional Offerings:

  • Plant sales area
  • RHS Partnership Garden every Saturday throughout the season

Disabled Facilities:

  • Due to the topographical layout, the garden is not suitable for wheelchairs or those with serious walking disabilities. For further details, please call 01237 441369.
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