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.

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🔈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 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.

Bude Cleaner Seas Project

Bude Cleaner Seas Project is working tirelessly to make our beaches and sea cleaner. Under their guidance, A Greener Bude has just been born. A community group working to make Bude more Budeiful! Check out this video and please like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

An evening of music and comedy

A full house at Rosie’s Kitchen was introduced to talented local musician James Dixon by MC & Friends vice-chair Martyn Holehouse, warming up an enthusiastic crowd last night. James’ ridiculously talented act got the ball rolling for a raucous welcome to Edinburgh award-winning musical comedy from Christian Reilly.
Christian brought the house down with hilarious & very barbed songs; no-one was left out, as everyone was treated to a  merciless ribbing! Christian braved the storms to come to Bude & support the work of the FoBSP, & encouraged the crowd to get involved in fundraising. A superb set from the skilled & experienced Christian was closed with an encore, & by thanking Rosie’s for hosting us, their continued support of the FoBSP, & for keeping the fire going so we could all dry out!
FoBSP would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and helped make the evening a success, the event raised £936 for FoBSP!

Bude Sea Pool 2017 Charity Channel Challenge

Massive well done and congratulations to all who took part in the 2017 Charity Channel Swim Challenge on Saturday 30 September.

It was a cold grey day and the water temperature for our brave swimmers was only 12 degrees.

This event is one of the biggest fund raisers of the year for Bude Sea Pool. Teams of experienced swimmers of all ages took the plunge into Bude Sea Pool from 7am on Saturday, swimming their chosen distance – a mile or more – in relays.

Their aim was to complete 22 miles in the water to match the width of the English Channel, raising funds for Bude Sea Pool with every stroke. Each team swam 440 lengths of the pool. Teams could have as many swimmers as they liked providing they swam the full 22 miles so a team could have anything from two to 22 swimmers.

Participants were not just local teams – swimmers travelled from around the country, Wales, Cambridge, Dorset to name a few. Many swimmers were using this event as part of their training for the real thing – an English Channel Swim next year! Talking to these swimmers on the day they were all complementary and envious and wished for similar facilities nearer to home. We really are lucky to have Bude Sea Pool.

One swimmer Marc Newman from Poole Dorset an experienced Open Water Swimmer had actually completed 6 Channel Swims.

Marc started swimming for Poole Swimming Club at the age of 8 and competed as an age grouper successfully up to regional level.

In 1985 at the age of 17 Marc swam the English Channel for the first time.

Having notched up 5 Channel Crossings, 2 World Cup wins Marc retired from competitive open water swimming in 1993 aged 25 due to other commitments.

In 2013 – thirty years later – Marc finally dipped his toe back in the sea and re-discovered his love of open water swimming and in 2014 Marc was part of a team of 4 who completed a two-way English Channel swim.

In August 2016 Marc, who set off on his biggest Channel Challenge from Dungeness in Kent. This route is nearly 20 per cent longer than the traditional route and had never been completed.

The forecast force 1 to 2 winds had soon escalated into force 4, making the sea choppy and hampering Marc’s predicted swimming speed. However, the veteran of five successful Channel swims, dug deep and eventually made landfall near Boulogne in France.

Although the route is 26 miles Marc’s swim track covered a distance of 48 miles.

And what does Marc think of Bude Sea Pool ‘Fantastic Facility’

These events of course don’t just happen and massive thanks go to all the supporters, people who made cakes and provided welcome hot drinks and refreshments for the swimmers. Thanks to Bude Cricket Club for lending their pavilion for hot showers and of course to Mel Bardsley and Rachel Ellis for organising such a terrific event.

Hub Wall Art

Many people have been to the Pool recently to see our new wall art in the community room. If you haven’t been it is well worth a visit during October half-term when, weather permitting we will be staffed from 10-6pm so they will be able to show you.

This wall art has been produced with some wonderful Black and white photos from many locals who we would like to thank, and also from Symages Photography, thanks a million.

Also we would like to thank Patrick Hawkins for his creative design and Ministry of Signs for putting this together for us.

The timeline depicts Bude Sea Pool in all its glory from before it was built to now. We do hope you find the time to go along to have a look.

Friends of Bude Sea Pool Shop/Office now open

The entrance to Bude’s main car park is now looking much smarter after FoBSP have taken over the delapidated toilets from Cornwall Council. The toilets were closed 8 years ago.
FoBSP needed some storage and office space to be able to work and importantly more visibility in town.
It has been a very interesting season, meeting many new visitors to Bude, it’s great to be able to greet them
with a smile and small change for the car parking machine.
Do come and see us, you will always get a warm welcome. Sign up to be a Friend, or buy some Christmas presents?
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who help us to remain open.

North Cornwall artist Neil Butler print to raise funds for Bude Sea Pool

North Cornwall artist Neil Butler has produced this stunning limited edition print to help raise funds for Bude Sea Pool.
Each print measures approximately 55 x 43cm and is supplied dry mounted using archive quality materials.
Numbers are strictly limited to 75 editions and are available at the Seventh Wave Gallery in Bude or via
They cost £75 with 50% of profits going to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool charity