Bude on the North Cornwall coast has something for everyone and as the number one sunniest place in the UK during 2013, makes it an excellent choice for a holiday destination. Bude is where Cornwall begins, sitting just over the Devon border and is the first place you will reach when travelling to this beautiful county.
Bude is a charming and traditional seaside town with a friendly, laid-back style in a locality which is relaxed and peaceful and that has not been spoiled by “progress” of chain hotels, amusement arcades and fast-food places. There are plenty of open spaces around Bude, with the Canal and Wharf area, marshes and nature reserve, and the delightful Downs between Summerleaze and Crooklets beach – all are within easy walking distance of the car parks and within 30 minutes’ walk from Broomhill Manor.
Bude itself is a fairly compact town with a good selection of local shops, cafés and restaurants and there are also several pubs in the town Luckily, two of the best are within walking distance of Broomhill – The Tree in Stratton and The Preston Gate in Poughill – both of which are friendly and welcoming to children and dogs, and both of which serve home-cooked food and usually have live music at least once a week.
With a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities available, from sports centres, soft play and historic houses to fishing, surfing and other water sports, cycling and golf – not forgetting the fabulous natural Sea Pool, there is something for everyone!
Bude’s annual events include Bude Carnival, Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day and the renowned Jazz Festival. This year Bude Food Festival is also being added to the calendar – we hope it will become an annual event!
And for Rosamunde Pilcher lovers, Bude celebrates her 90th birthday with an art exhibition in Bude Castle of Cornish scenes inspired by her books.