Welcome to Bude Sea Pool

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. Friends of Bude Sea Pool (registered charity no. 1143156) relies on the support of Friends, donors and local Business Sponsors as it receives no public funding to keep it open and safe for all.


Bude Sea Pool is a popular destination. It is ranked Number One visitor attraction in Bude. In 2020, it received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice, awarded to attractions in the Top 10% worldwide. Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP) 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. To manage this, FoBSP relies on your help. Please show your support by volunteering with us, joining as a Friend or making a donation.

Update – May 2022 – Bude Sea Pool now open

We are delighted to announce that the Pool is full once more now that the Spring Works are complete. All in time for Half Term. Thank you to Vanstones for a terrific job and to all the volunteers who took part in the works surrounding the Pool. Welcome back, everyone, it’s time to jump back in.

Bude Sea Pool Big Jubilee Community Lunch

Food, Music, Taster sessions & Demos, Fun for all the family.


Update – May 2022 – Annual Draining of Bude Sea Pool

We would like to make all users of and visitors to Bude Sea Pool aware that from next Monday 9th May that Bude Sea Pool will not be available for use. It will be drained to allow for dredging and removing all the silt, sand and rocks that accumulate over the year. The works will be undertaken by local company Vanstones who do a fantastic job for us each and every year. Please give Vanstones the space they need to conduct the work safely and efficiently. A further update will be given when the Pool is in use once more.

This annual exercise has always cost the Friends of Bude Sea Pool in the region of £30,000. We ask for your support to help us meet the additional £10,000K premium that has been newly added this year by Vanstone’s insurance company to work below the tide line. Friends of Bude Sea Pool is expected to meet the cost. 

The Art Extravaganza 2022

The Spot the Artist Exhibition will now be held on Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th May 2022, with the End of Show Auction on the final night.

Find out more about this incredible event at www.budeseapool.org/artshow

Register for your very own bidding card here

Swim – Safe

Billy O׳Mahony of Bude Open Water Swimmers (BOWS) group has written a very useful article about safe swimming and swimming safely in areas of open water .  That article can be found here and we commend it to all as an excellent read.