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.
- 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’s Got Talent raised the roof for Bude Sea Pool!
A sell-out crowd at Budehaven School on 23 April cheered on no fewer than 12 talented performers, who were all competing in the second Bude’s Got Talent event raising funds for Bude Sea Pool. The noisy audience of young and older supporters was treated to singers, poets, dancers, and even a marimba player! With such a high standard of talent on show, it was tough to decide who should win, but in the end the audience decided that Riley Gifford’s song, composed just five days before the event, was the winning act.
The Friends of Bude Sea Pool were delighted that the evening raised a massive £1,665 to help with the on-going maintenance costs of keeping this amenity free for everyone to use. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in any way in making this event such a success, to our sponsors for donating such amazing raffle prizes, and to the audience for coming along and supporting the evening so generously.