DISCOVER NORTH CORNWALL'S BUDE

PUBLISHED: 15:07 10 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:06 30 August 2017

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From its infinity sea pool to its new Bude for Food festival, The town of Bude is a great place to visit

Bude is home to an iconic Cornish landmark (or three) and some of Cornwall’s favourite beaches and has a growing calendar of festivals. So what better reason to visit this stunning North Cornwall coastal town?

Its locals and businesses are promoting it as Cornwall’s up and coming seaside town. promote Cornwall’s most up and coming seaside town: so what does it have to offer?

Our first stop, as with many visitors is the famous sea pool. Constructed in 1929, the Sea Pool looks out on to Summerleaze beach is one of Cornwall’s most well-known landmarks and the town’s favourite visitor attraction. The Sea Pool refreshes itself twice a day at high tide with water from the Atlantic Ocean, and not only provides safe bathing, but is an incredible experience swimming there on a less tranquil day when the nearby waves crash – although the storms in 2013/14 caused damage and a the Friends of Bude Sea Pool (budeseapool.net) – formed in 2011 to secure the Pool’s financial future.

We know that as Bude's number 1 visitor attraction, our visitors to North Cornwall enjoy the pool for safe bathing, and we aim to keep it free to use for many future generations. It is essential to the economy of Bude,’ says Fay Hargreaves one of the friends. Of course many people were struck by the storms this year, our damage was considerable, but with the generosity of a few we are slowly picking up the pieces to get ready for the season.’

It is one of few remaining tidal pools in the UK and is semi natural with rocks formed on the east side.

This September will see the first Bude for Food festival () in the iconic setting of the castle lawns (another incredibly popular landmark, and number two on our stop) to showcase Bude as a foodie’ destination. A marquee will house 75 exhibitors including local artisan food and drink producers as well as a demonstration kitchen theatre with celebrity chefs, a real ale bar and big-name evening entertainment.

Visitors can get their fill of Cornwall’s fantastic produce at the festival’s food village, while entertainment will be provided by celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth, Camper Van Man Martin Dorey, Emma Gunn, Redas Katauskas and Sanjay Kumar who will be cooking some great food in the kitchen theatre.

Bude for Food is a not for profit enterprise and all surplus income from the event will be invested in next year’s festival and other food related activities, such as promoting local artisan food producers and raising the profile of Bude’s outstanding restaurants.

The Bude Carnival (budecarnival.org.uk) in August is a chance for everyone to get together, whether locals, visitors or those from further down the coast.

This year the event on 16 August this year is unthemed, but expect plenty of imaginative costumes in the big fancy dress event and the crowning of the Bude Fairy Queen on the Castle grounds – along with a variety fete – and carnival procession in the evening on the LowerWharf.

Bude for food

This September will see the first Bude for Food festival. Located on the iconic Castle lawns, the large marquee will house 75 exhibitors including local artisan food and drink producers as well as a demonstration kitchen theatre with celebrity chefs, a real ale bar and big-name evening entertainment.

There will also be a separate food village with tabled seating selling a variety of hot snacks and meals to cater for hungry visitors.

Taking place over the weekend of the 20 and 21 September, the Bude for Food festival has been created to showcase Bude as a “foodie” destination for locals and visitors alike and to promote Cornwall’s most up and coming seaside town.

Celebrity chefs will include Paul Ainsworth, Martin Dorey (Camper Van Man), Emma Gunn, Redas Katauskas and Sanjay Kumar who will be cooking some great food in the kitchen theatre.

Evening events will include Freshly Squeezed, the well-known South West eight piece funk band who never fail to get the audience on the dance floor.

Three-minute history

In 1909 Bude was famous for its Sewage Day Parade, yes you did read that right. People celebrated the opening of the new sewage works (which once discharged sewage into the sea) by making a day of it.

Today people are more likely to celebrate St Piran’s Day in March or gather at Bude Light for Lifeboat Day in August which raises finds for the RNLI who are based there since 1837.

Lifeguards are a regular sight on Cornwall’s beaches during the spring and summer months, but it all began in Bude.

The BudeCanal was once an important shipping route, and a major factor in Bude’s existence. Today its history is kept alive by the BudeCanal and Harbour Society.

Bude Sea Pool is not the only outdoor swimming experience – Tommy’s Pit at the end of the breakwater, was created as a gentlemen’s pool before the sea pool was constructed.

The Bude breakwater was built in the mid 19th century and is now Grade II listed. It is a popular walk during low tide – but beware the waves!

One of Bude’s most famous sinkings was the barque Bencoolen, headed for Bombay it was lost off the coast of Bude – its crew of 33 made a raft from fallen debris but only six were rescued alive.

Read more of Bude’s fascinating history in Dawn Robinson-Walsh’s Bude through Time published by Amberley Publishing amberleybooks.com

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