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Bude is very nice surprise. We went there for the first time last year and we revisit given the chance. Upon arrival the car parks are well signposted and resonable priced. The car park we used was bang next to the beach and had the option of both long stay and short stay. In this car park there was some public toilets and an rnli shop with a cafe near by. From the car park we made our way into the town via the bank. In the town there are plenty of shops. One our favourite shops in bude was one called wroes. This is a large independent department type store that sells alsorts. Another type of shop you will see a lot of here is surf shops. For surf shops these are resonably priced. If you want a supermarket there is a somerfield at the top of the hill and also a chemist if needed. There is plenty of indivdual shops selling lots of different things. As we were in cornwall we decided we just had to try a cornish pasty. Here we found a good pasty shop that sold very nice cornish pastys although there are plenty of other pasty shops that all cook them fresh. We sat down and ate this in the mini park area. For afters we sampled the delicious ice cream which was made locally from the shop half way up the hill. This shop sold over 30+ flavours so plenty of choice. After shoping and eating we had a game of putting on the putting green. This putting green was very well looked after (and the best one my mum who is a gardner has seen). Next to the putting green is also tennis courts, bowling greens and a crazy golf. We then made the short walk over to the cannal. Here there is a museum but this shut when we went as it was being renovated at the time. After this we decided it was time to go on the beach. There are two beaches at bude one called summerleaze and one called crooklets. The summerleaze beach is the one nearest to the car park and on it is a sea pool though it depends on tides as when you can use it. The sea pool is lifeguardered as are both beaches. There are plenty of surfers using the waves. After going on the beaches it was time to head to back to where we were staying via the petrol station at morrisons on the outskirts of the town. I would definefinatly recommend a visit to bude if you are in the area. The only downside was sometimes there could be heavy traffic in the town caused by a one way system.
Sorry about the title. Up until recently, my summer holidays from university were into something of a rut. The pattern was simple and pretty boring: Work in pub, work at cinema, spend the money in the same places, around the same people who don’t even say thank you when you open a door for them. On your days off, become bored and lazy, sometimes not even getting dressed. Yes folks, that time had come once more when I needed an emergency HOLIDAY. But where to go? And who with? It was then that I was visited in a dream by a midget fire-breather who looked strangely like my dad but smaller and a little scarier. “John,” he said, “John, you must get away from all this, take refuge, if only for a week, in a land which is alien, and fantastic!” And with that he disappeared in a whoosh of his own firey breath. Strange, I thought when I woke up, but the next morning my dad asked me whether I wanted to attend the Bude Jazz Festival this year. It’s a sign, I thought, and asked a few of my friends whether they were up for a relaxing weekend that was a bit different from the usual stuff. A friend from university jumped at the chance, and I bought tickets straight away for most of the week. I then booked transport, booked time off work, and looked forward to my escape from the south-east. The time eventually came, and so I booked the maid monkeys into the monkey kennel for the week (they hate jazz, and last time I left them on their own to maintain the house, they just drank all the sherry and trashed the joint). THE JOURNEY THERE Well, this could be easier but it’s not too bad depending obviously on where you are travelling from. From Reading, I had to get the train to Exeter, and then the bus to Bude. Going by car is quite easy, but it only cost me £30 for a week return doing the train bus thing, and it’s less hassle than driving. THE JAZZ FESTIVAL This ta kes place every year in Bude, and has so far been going for fourteen years, at about the last week of August. You can buy “stroller tickets”, which enable you to go in and out of the various stroller-only pub and club venues as and when you please. I had one which was valid from the Tuesday through to the Saturday, and this cost me £36. There are also free venues, and a couple which you can pay extra to see. But with a stroller ticket you will be able to sample more jazz than you can shake a washboard at. The people at this festival do average an age of about 72, but my friend and I were welcomed and embraced into the circle of remarkably cool cats we met. Nice vibe! Smokin’… THE PLACE & THE PEOPLE First test: Open a door, and hold it open for someone going through it behind you. I did this, and much to my surprise, everyone who went through said thank you, a total novelty to me. But seriously, the people in general in this area seem very friendly, open and relaxed. The place itself is beautiful, right on the coast in the south-west, with sandy beaches, cliffs, a castle, and a nicely kept high street area. Particularly in summer, it is a lovely place to walk around and visit, whether you are there for jazz or not. THE ENTERTAINMENT Jazz aside, there are plenty of pubs and sights around Bude. The pubs are again friendly and unthreatening. Being an exercise conscious kind of guy, I am partial to a game or five of pool, which I am delighted to tell you costs a mere 50p - a whopping half the price of a Windsor game, where the pool tables and strength of gravity are no different. Beer too is a little cheaper, rarely being more than £2, usually being under that price. The local ales are pretty nice too. THE SHOPS Being a sea town, there are lots of surfing shops and lots of little trinket shops too. If this isn’t your thing, there are some book shops, including a great litt le second-hand bookshop (the books, not the shop being second-hand) which sells all sorts of books such as novels, old annuals and back issues of American comic books, all at very good prices. If this still isn’t your thing, try the various clothes and shoe shops. If this still isn’t your thing then buy stamps at the post office and send yourself a postcard. THE TREATS Aah, the treats, I have saved the best till last!!! Being in Cornwall, Bude has an abundance of cream-tea cafes simply begging for your custom, and boy oh boy did they get it! Fresh scones, smothered in jam and clotted cream, washed down with a cup of tea, a delight which made my arteries stiffen almost instantly and I could hear my heart actually sobbing because of the cholesterol. Cornish ice cream is also very nice, and probably just as bad for you, but hell, you’re on holiday, go mad! Just phone an ambulance and tell them you’ll need it in about 20 minutes! Bude is the ideal destination for a short break on a fairly restricted budget. It is a charming place, fresh and inexpensive, with plenty to do and see, and it is a seaside town without those horrid seaside houses or organs. Tintagel and Okehampton are nearby, and only a bus journey away, so there is no need to stay in the town all the time, go and see some castles! That’s an order!
Having lived around Bude basically all my life, perhaps I'm a little biased - I find it hard to admire it in the same way a visitor would, but all the same have a certain fondness of the place. I'll try and write this opinion from the point of view of a tourist... The first and most important feature of this town which makes it what it is today is the sea! With at least two main beaches in the town itself, plus many others nearby if it's sand you want, you've got it. The beaches are clean and generally well maintained, with the usual lifeguards and flag-systems in use - but be warned on sunny days they can be pretty busy. The town has become a mini-mecca for surfers who can use the wide bays for a safer thrill - and for those who want to sample the sport Bude is an ideal place. The waves aren't amazingly high so it's easier- plus there are schools, hire-shops etc throughout the town. In terms of the town itself, I don't think it has much more to offer than any other sea-side town. It's a relatively recent town, so there's not a great deal of history to be found. However, Bude Canal is an attraction for the less sporty visitor - be it sitting on the bank angling, taking a leisurely rowing boat down it, or reading about it in the local museum, the canal is probably the oldest man-made feature that can be found in Bude! There is a reasonable golf-course ( although I've never used it ), a 'fun' but rather swimming pool ( with slides, wave machines etc ). A lot can be said for Bude in terms of a base to explore the vicinity. Being close to the Devon border means that it's not a problem visiting some North Devon coastal towns which can offer a great deal of history, or try descending into Cornwall to explore other towns ( Newquay being roughly an hour's drive away, along with the edge of Dartmoor a similar distance ). If you've been to Cornwall before and fanc y something different, try Bude - it's not so 'quaint' and 'olde worlde' as some of the other Cornish hotspots, but especially if you live in some landlocked city you'll find the change of scenery a great experience. So either take it easy on the beach ( providing the weather is up for it ), or go gallavanting around North Cornwall exploring all returning to Bude every now and again for a pasty and a pint - it's up to you. But at least at Bude you have the choice!
Cornwall as a whole is a spectacularly beautiful place, full of beaches, restaurants and a spendid local culture which sometimes makes you feel you're not actually in the UK. If you don't fancy a trip abroad, love the beach and need a little peace from the city, I would recommend the North Cornwall town of Bude. It lies right on the border with Devon by about 10 miles and is perfect for being able to explore both Cornwall and Devon. Bude over the years has not attracted the commercial attention that the likes of Newquay have and has kept its heritage and culture perfectly. When you go there do not expect to see large shopping centres, MacDonalds or Marks and Spencer. Because although there is a Boots, the town is mostly dominated by local gift shops, restaurants and pubs. But the town is not why you go to visit a place like Bude. There are two main beaches, Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach which both pass the national pollution tests and are patrolled daily in the summer by trained lifeguards. The beaches have it all, vast stretches of sand, cliffs, and very safe waters which are clearly marked. Also there are beach cafes, beach huts can be rented out to store your things in. And just off Summerleaze Beach there is a fabulous fish restaurant. Between the two beaches are the Downs, offering amazing views of both the Atlantic Ocean, the beaches and the town. Also long strolls can be taken across these Downs which stretch for miles and miles. Entertainment other than the beach are grass tennis courts, hard tennis courts and clay tennis courts. A Pitch and Putt course which opens only in summer. The Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club, which has 18 holes and plays host to some of Cornwalls most prestigous tournaments. But golf can become expensive if you are not a member. A swimming pool situated half a mile out of town, a small cinema about 5 miles away in the village of Poundstock. And a multi-facility sports hal l near the swimming pool. If you fancy having a few pints there are a host of pubs and bars to choose from. And Bude even has a couple of small nightclubs which are actually not bad. If you're planning on staying a long time then two big cities are only an hours drive away. Exeter and Plymouth provide you with shopping facilities you can't get in Bude only a short drive away. The people are friendly, although sometimes their accent is hard to comprehend, and they will help you with any query you may have. The weather in Bude varies. In summer sometimes you can expect to have boiling rays of sunshine, but still remembering that we're in England, the weather is very unpredicatable and it may pour with rain for many days at a time. And Bude has a strange tendency to become overcast very quickly. The trip down there, if you come from outside of Cornwall or Devon could be quite different from anything you've driven on before. Because with Cornwall being a very poor county the roads are quite twisty turny and hazardous at times. Signposts are sometimes hidden behind overgrown hedges and the odd tractor may reverse out into the road infront of you. Also if you have no car, the train routes fly past Exeter and on to Penzance missing Bude by 50 miles. So a bus must be taken from Exeter which is another 2 hour journey because it stops in all the small villages on the way. Rugby, Football and Cricket are all active sports in Bude and on Saturdays and Sundays you can go and watch the local teams play. Or enjoy a drink in the club bars while the game's going on. The atmosphere is great in there because everyone knows everyone and the people will just start talking to you like they've known you for years and years. Some people like to write Cornwall off because it's not as rich or exciting as the rest of the country, but places like Bude have a lot more to offer then just good shopping and a load of drug fueled n ightclubs. Take it from me.
The biggest advantage of a holiday in Bude is that it lies on the North Cornish coast, only about 10 miles from the Devon/Cornwall border. It therefore makes an ideal base for those wishing to explore both counties. Yet there is plenty to do and see in and around Bude which makes travelling unecessary. For a start, there are two beautiful beaches, Crooklets and Summerleaze, both of which are supervised by lifeguards during the summer season and offer excellent surfing opportunities. One beach is a dog free zone, the other allows dogs at certain times of the year. Between the beaches lies a large tidal swimming pool for those who would rather swim than surf,although you may have to break the ice first. For the less adventurous (and for wet weather), the town also has an indoor swimming pool with wave machine and water slide. The beaches in Bude do tend to get crowded n summer, but a few miles drive in either direction can find the visitor at one of the small coves for which Cornwall is famed - far less crowded, but without toilets, ice cream stands and lifeguards. Stanbury Mouth and Strangles are among the most pleasant,although both involve fairly strenuous walks to get there and are perhaps less suitable for young children and for those who insist on carrying everything but the kitchen sink to the beach. For those who enjoy walking, the Cornish Coast Path is particularly beautiful around Bude and you will see all sorts of wildlife as well as lovely scenery. Dolphins, seals and basking sharks are all regular visitors to this stretch of coastline. Bude has an 18 hole golf course, which is open to non-members , although booking is advisable. For the less serious golfer, there is a pitch and putt course and two crazy golf courses. Other sports such as fishing and horseriding are also available. The town itself is small - no Marks and Spencers or Woolworths - although there is a Boots. However, being Cornwall, there are plent y of shops and cafe's where one can sample the local produce such as pasties and clotted cream. There are three small supermarkets (Safeway, Somerfield and Co-op) and a range of small shops selling everything from souvenirs to surfing gear. Bude also has several restaurants, pubs and cafe's and even a nightclub. There is a small, one screen cinema located about 5 miles outside the town. And there is plenty of accommodation too, whether you want a camp site or a posh hotel. The local tourist information centre are sure to be able to help and also have a large collection of free leaflets and brochures on the various attractions in the region. It may not be the liveliest town in England, but Bude definitely has something to offer to visitors, especially if you decide to come in Jazz Festival Week in August, when the whole town enjoys almost unlimited music performances. Why not come and see for yourself?