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 2021 

Please be aware that Bude Sea Pool will be drained for annual cleaning and refurbishment from Monday 10th of May and will be out of use for approximately 10 days. We apologise for any inconvenience however this is an essential part of maintaining and protecting the Pool against the fierce elements of the Atlantic. We ask that visitors don’t get close to the work of the contractors and volunteers for your own safety and also so as not to hamper their progress.


As of May 1st and right the way through to the end of high season, Pool Staff will now be at the Pool every day, from 10am-6pm. Please come over and say hello and to ask any questions you may have.

Update – April 2021 

We’re back in business for the foreseeable future. Monday 29th March saw Bude Sea Pool official open again, following the Government ‘roadmap’. From Friday 2nd April, the Pool staff will be in force and on full-time duty for the two weeks of the Easter holidays. Staff hours as always depend on tide times and weather, but follow those of the RNLI stationed above the Hub, operating 10am-6pm. From 19th April until the 1st May, Pool Staff will be present only on weekends.

From 12th April, the FoBSP shop in Summerleaze Car Park will  be open once more. Expected opening hours are from 10am-4pm during the week. Volunteers-willing, hopefully weekends will follow too. Our online shop will remain open, delivering locally or via Royal Mail for those further afield.

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.