Our Strategic Plan and AGM thanks

Thank you to all who took the time to come to our AGM at the Falcon – our most well-attended to date.

Our Strategic Plan – which formed a significant part of our discussions and which will evolve and be updated to reflect ongoing conversations with members, stakeholders, users and visitors – can be found here.

We welcome feedback here.


Quiz Night!

Charity quiz night and raffle in aid of Bude Sea Pool. The fun starts at 7pm, all welcome. £5 per person and £3 per child. Taking place in the Atlantic Bar at Bude Holiday Resort, Maer Lane. Please call 01288 355955 to book your team.

Charity Dog Show and Swim

Sunday 28th October – Following the success of last years event we are pleased to announce this years Dog Show and Swim. Join us on from 2.30pm for the Dog Show followed by the only time of the year when dogs can have a paddle in the pool!

1.30pm Registration, 2.30pm Start

£2.00 Per category per entrant


New Art by Nancy Farmer now in the Shop!

Swimmer & artist: I paint swimmers, design swim hats, and also do commissions.

I have a special picture to unveil…! kept it quiet for a few weeks because I’ve donated it to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool for their fundraising in aid of the lovely Sea Pool. They are selling prints and I believe they also plan to have it printed on things – cards and mugs and so on maybe. So this is the first time I can show you. Please note you can’t get it from me, (except that it features in next year’s calendar). If you’d like a print, which are lovely gallery-quality prints like my others – it will also be on their website in due course and available from the shop in the Summerleaze Car Park. Prints: £25, £35, £60 for print alone, mounted, or framed respectively.

….the text is from next year’s calendar (available soonish)….

“Bude Sea Pool”
With the temperature in the high twenties and no air con in the car, Lucy and I drive down to Bude to visit the Sea Pool there. It’s a year in which we actually seem to be having Summer, and of course it’s too hot, because this is England, we are not used to this sort of weather and we weren’t expecting it.
Now we can watch the antics and faffing of the great British Public, who haven’t had the opportunity to practice their waterside faffing skills since last summer. Some jump straight in it’s so hot. But we are pros at this: there is much talking, there are local swimmers to meet, there is the history of the rescuing of Bude Sea Pool from threatened demolition: it takes us nearly an hour to get into the water. It’s so, so lovely once you’re in!

Channel Challenge 2018

This October sees the return of the Channel Challenge, the 5th one that FoBSP has arranged to raise funds for Bude Sea Pool.

Each year, 15 teams swim the distance of the English Channel in Bude Sea Pool paying to take part.

That is a distance of 22 miles, 440 lengths of the 91m pool. Some teams enter 22 people, but some teams -amazingly – are only 2!

The day starts early at 7 am with the first swimmers setting off in the dark, and the last swimmer in the water is usually around 7 pm.

Teams both local and from all over the country to not only enjoy the Challenge, but to also help raise in excess of £2000 annually.

The swimmers are kept warm and motivated by our merry bunch of volunteers who kindly provide hot drinks, homemade soup and cakes.

Do come along to cheer on the teams and to sample some of the refreshments.

🔈Calling Adult, Lifetime and Family Members!

We recently launched our Members Survey and are inviting you to help us shape the future of Bude Sea Pool by contributing to our Consultation Strategy to be published at our AGM in November. If you would like to take part and haven’t received an email from us about this, please get in touch on survey@budeseapool.org or visit the Bude Sea Pool Office in Summerleaze Car Park.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible, you must have been a current member as at June 28th 2018 when our survey went live. The survey closes on Wednesday 15th August.

Essential Maintenance Works at Pool

Breaking news: The Pool will be refilled Saturday 19th!

We recognise the inconvenience caused to all swimmers due to the closure of Bude Sea Pool for maintenance. This is an essential task which is necessary on an annual basis. The length of time the annual maintenance takes will always vary depending on what needs to be done each year, the weather and the tides.

Keeping people informed and up to date is an important part of the Bude Sea Pool volunteers role. However, due to genuine Health and Safety concerns in previous years, caused by the natural curiosity of the public, our contractors asked us on this occasion to keep publicity to a minimum.

This year there has also been an unfortunate and unexpected delay caused by irresponsible parking by a member of the public, meaning contractors could not gain access. The delay in the works is unfortunate and has thrown the schedule significantly.

We understand and regret the inconvenience caused and are working with our contractors to get the project completed.

Thank you for your support patience and understanding.

Local businesses embrace Visitor Giving

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP) received a welcome donation to their fundraising efforts this month thanks to Wooda Farm Holiday Park’s introduction of the charity’s new Visitor Giving initiative.

Charlotte Veale from Wooda presented a cheque for £412 raised directly from guests who opted-in to donating £1.00 on top of their holiday cost when booking a stay with the multi-award winning park on its website.

“Visitor Giving, also known as Visitor Payback or Visitor Gifting, is a simple way of inviting voluntary donations from visitors, inspiring them to give a little something back to looking after the places they love,” explained Tracey Robinson, FoBSP’s Visitor Giving Co-ordinator who helped implement the initiative after booking a holiday in Dorset and seeing it in action for a charity there.

“Our Visitor Giving programme harnesses the goodwill of visitors and businesses alike by joining together to help provide the essential funds that Bude Sea Pool needs to remain open, free and safe for everyone to enjoy. It helps to connect visitors, locals and businesses alike with Bude Sea Pool in a positive and meaningful way and helps build awareness of its natural wonders. Wooda is the first local business to partner with FoBSP in this way and we’re very grateful to the team and their guests for their support,” added Tracey.

“We are proud to be long-term sponsors of Bude Sea Pool and thrilled to have received such fantastic support from guests who have donated whilst booking their stays with virtually nobody opting out of the scheme,” said Charlotte. “Incorporating Visitor Giving into our booking systems was simple, straightforward and cost-free, and it helps us build strong and positive links with our visitors. We’re sure this cheque will be the first of many, bigger ones to come!”

Other Bude-based businesses that have joined FoBSP as Visitor Giving partners include Aspects Holidays, Bude TIC, Peter Bull Resorts, Shorebreak, The Falcon and The Edgcumbe.

If you are a local business and would like to know more about FoBSP’s Visitor Giving initiative, please contact Tracey at visitorgiving@budeseapool.org.