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, although it costs over £40,000 every year to keep it open and safe. 

Almost 50,000 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.

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.

Update – 6 July 2020

Now we are open please can we ask you to respect our social distancing signage, around the pool areas, and
Keep left on the main steps. Thank you

Update – 16 Jun 2020

Whilst work continues in the pool to bring it back to its glorious self, the FoBSP shop in Summerleaze car park is now open and serving customers who would like to obtain some unique merchandise.  

It is being manned by both our volunteers and our staff who are practising social distancing .  Therefore because of the confined nature of the building we are asking customers to browse from outside and wait at the gate for service.

You can tell it is open when the tear-drop pendants are out in front and the flags are fluttering gently at the top of the flag poles (see the picture below).

So, please do come and visit

Update – 8 June 2020

Whilst we are all under the Government guidelines and restrictions (eased though they may be), we can still report great progress from the Bude Sea Pool.

Despite the disastrous failure of the sluice gate, we will be able to fully repair the gate as part of the on-going maintenance work due to all of you for your kind donations, both local and international. The gate repair and contracted maintenance work has started and should complete by the end of June at the very latest.  Please be aware that naturally this means there is limited walking access around the pool for the time being 

Our enthusiastic and invigorating group of volunteers have worked tirelessly to complete the annual pool-side maintenance: painting of the beach huts, the pool lines, the stair side-walls, the transferring of the stones from the old cages to the new cages and other tasks such as weeding and removing algae from the walkways and pool railings.  In the past, this work has normally taken 3 to 4 weeks – this year it was completed in 10 days – a fabulous effort (admittedly assisted by some gloriously sunny weather).

Soon the Pool will be fully ready for the seas to wash in, stay in and be filled, thus returning the Pool to its fine state of glory, and ready for you to enjoy your swimming and relaxation at one of the very few real sea pools in the country.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the advice from the Government with the latest measures to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus whilst also looking after the health and mental wellbeing of our staff and volunteers, it has been decided to temporarily close the office in Summerleaze Car Park and the Sea Pool Hub.

We recognise that swimming is fabulous exercise, meeting the guidelines laid down by the Government, and that the Bude Sea Pool is a superb venue in which people can still get their exercise during this turbulent period.  We do ask that swimmers and supporters are extra vigilant in terms of their Health and Safety and that you follow Government guidelines to avoid the spread of the virus.

We will be using this website to keep you abreast of the developments at the Sea Pool as they unfold.
Thank you for your understanding and support.

FoBSP Save Our Steps campaign.

A HUGE thank you goes out to all those who donated this year to the FoBSP Save Our Steps campaign.
You have enabled this project to happen this year through your kind generosity.  The replacement of the crumbling pool access steps needed to be swift as they could have been swept away at any time with a storm.
The comments received by all the public using these steps have all been positive, and we expect the Cornish granite to last for many years to come.