Bude Sea Pool is a semi-natural amenity that has provided a haven for free and safe bathing and other water-based activities since the 1930s. Access to Bude Sea Pool is unrestricted and free of any admission charge, although it costs over £30,000 every year to keep it open and safe. Almost 60,000 people visit Bude Sea Pool every year, making it the Number One visitor attraction in Bude.

It is managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP), a local charity that aims to preserve, improve and enhance Bude Sea Pool as a free amenity for the benefit of the community and the thousands of people who visit the town every year.  The FoBSP receives no public funding, so we rely on you to give us your support or make a donation to keep Bude Sea Pool going and to enhance this unique facility.

Frequently-Asked Questions

  • How can I find Bude Sea Pool? We are right on the South West Coast Path just above Summerleaze Beach in Bude, where you can park. See us on Google Maps.
  • When’s the best time to come? Bude Sea Pool is open every day, 24 hours a day. It’s best to swim at low tide, and please avoid swimming at high tide. You can check the high tide times here.
  • What does Bude Sea Pool look like today? Find out on the Bude webcam here.
  • How can I use Bude Sea Pool safely? Bude Sea Pool provides a safer environment than the sea for swimmers and water sports, however it is not without risk, and use of Bude Sea Pool is at your own risk. Bude Sea Pool is a natural environment so sharp objects like rocks, shells etc. can wash into the pool and it may become slippery due to algae. Take care when using the walkways as these may be slippery when wet. Bude Sea Pool staff are present when the RNLI maintains cover at Summerleaze beach during the summer months. Check out our safety information for more details.
  • More questions? Click here for answers to all your questions.

Bude Sea Pool drained for maintenance from 9 May 2016

Every year the Friends of Bude Sea Pool carry out vital maintenance to ensure the safety and continued improvement of this unique amenity. In 2016 Bude Sea Pool will be drained from 9 May for approximately 2 weeks. This entails removing the sluice gate and bringing in the diggers and manpower to remove everything that the Atlantic Ocean has deposited in the pool over the last 12 months, from rocks to algae and all kinds of things in between. In addition, this year the Friends of Bude Sea Pool will be replacing a concrete slab that has become hazardous.

Unfortunately tSea pool draining 2016his means that you won’t be able to swim in Bude Sea Pool over this period, but why not come on down and find out what’s going on, have a chat with the staff and take some photos? Thank you for your understanding – a better Bude Sea Pool is just around the corner, ready for the summer season!

  • Can you help us?

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool do need help cleaning the algae from the hand rails, steps and walkways so if you can spare an hour or two, that would be much appreciated. Just turn up, scrubbing brushes and buckets are in the Pool shed. From 9-15 May it is best to do this job after 1pm, anytime over the weekend when Pool staff will be on duty, and then from 15-22 May the best time is between 10-3pm. Please take care in the Pool area as Vanstones will be operating with machinery there.