Bude has some good surfing beaches and was the site of the first life Saving Club. Widemouth Bay is a long sandy beach, looking out towards Lundy Island. Surfers tend to prefer the less popular beach of Crackington Haven. Back along the coombe here can be found the old church of St Gennys, which affords a wonderful coastal panorama from its churchyard.
Under the cliffs of Summerleaze Downs is the Bude Sea Pool, an open air swimming pool which offers safe swimming, for those who prefer to avoid the Atlantic rollers. There is also an indoor Leisure Centre in Bude, in addition to various other sports and entertainment venues.
The coastal scenery surrounding the beaches in the Bude area is quite stunning. There is plenty of interesting bird life for the dedicated twitcher and many lovely walks along the cliff tops. The cliff faces are used by rock climbers and the coastal path around here can be quite a strenuous walk.
The new Visitor Centre in the Crescent car park is worth visiting. There is an extensive display by the North Cornwall Heritage Coast and Countryside Service and a children's area. All necessary tourist information is available to help plan your holiday, indoors and outdoors. Bude has theatre, concerts, dances, discos, fÃªtes and other events throughout the season. Some of these events have an historical theme and are specially staged for visitors to the area. There is a weekly Cornish Furry Dance and an annual Carnival Week.
Bude is home to the increasingly popular Bude Jazz festival every August. What is now known as the Atlantic Highway or (A39 to give it it's less glamorous name!) links Bude to the other resorts along the north Cornish coast, ending in Newquay. It is an alternative route into Cornwall from North Devon.