Friends of Bude Sea Pool
Friends of Bude Sea Pool
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Bude Sea Pool is a part-natural, partially man-made tidal pool on Summerleaze beach at this popular seaside town in North Cornwall. It was built in the 1930s under the cliffs to provide safe away from the dangerous Atlantic currents. Measuring around 91m by 45m, it is topped up at high tide by the Atlantic Ocean. Since 2012 it has been managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a not-for-profit charity that took over the facility when public funding was withdrawn. The Charity fundraises to keep Bude Sea Pool open, safe and free by fundraising as it receives no regular public funding. Please consider becoming a Friend or making a donation. Please note children must be accompanied at all times, as must dogs which must also be kept on a lead and out of the water. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Juljen83
Cirencester, UK464 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Bude sea pool is my favourite place in the world. I hebe visited it many times, in all months and seasons. It is never the same, but always magical and I am so happy that it continues to be free for everyone to enjoy. Wonderful place.
Written 3 November 2023
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So pleased to hear you have visited us many times and have always enjoyed your visit. The FoBSP work tirelessly to ensure the pool is safe for all users and continues to be free for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Written 7 November 2023
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Rob T
Plymouth, UK32 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Excellent Sea Pool.

Can be quite nippy but it’s really refreshing which is good for the joints as they say. Kids loved swimming in it and using inflatables. There is a nice little shallow end for toddlers to have a paddle too.

We also enjoyed jumping in from the side and off the rocks into the water, as did others. Just a really nice place for a swim and some family time. The water gets refreshed regularly and the views gazing across Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches are beautiful.

Those who run the sea pool (volunteers) are a credit to themselves and the community and clearly do fantastic work in the upkeep, maintenance and monitoring of the pool. Well done to all involved.
Written 10 September 2023
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Our community of volunteers are truly amazing in keeping the pool in tip top condition for all to enjoy all year round. It gives us all enormous pleasure to hear that families come and enjoy their time spent at the pool. Thank you for your support and hope you will come again to share our 'Cornish Delight'.
Written 12 September 2023
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lophead
Bath, UK264 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We sadly had a lousy weather week but this lovely natural pool was a joy even in the rain.
Much bigger than we had imagined.
Not too busy as the hard core still hit the surf 😊
We stayed at the pool till high tide and watched the sea join the pool, quite a sight.
Well maintained by fabulous volunteers.
A Gem! Suggest surf shoes in places it is very slippery with algae as you would expect with a natural pool.
Written 1 September 2023
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So sorry to hear the weather was not very good for your visit to the Sea Pool but so pleased it did not interfere with your overall enjoyment of your visit. Watching the waves of the Atlantic breaking on the Sea Pool is a wonderous sight and pleased to hear you were able to experience this. Thank you for your support.
Written 5 September 2023
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NOTiamPLOP
Bath, UK5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Such a fund day out! It was very cold but perfect fun for everyone! It’s extremely exciting to jump in, or just swim around! Good weather is advised though, as it was a bit too wet and rainy when we went.
Written 31 August 2023
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Bude Sea Pool is a semi-natural tidal pool - it is replenished twice daily with the tides. It can be cold but invigorating and exciting as you say. We are sorry to hear the weather was not too good for your visit but hope it didn't ruin your experience too much. Hopefully you can visit again on a sunny day soon?
Written 5 September 2023
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Stewart M
Manchester, UK19 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Amazing!! £30 to rent Gill’s Place, a fab beach hut right beside the incredible outdoor sea pool and the wonderful Bude beach. Rental was for a whole day 10-5. Deckchairs provided and lock for the door, allowing you to go swimming etc leaving things secure.

The whole Bude Sea Pool experience is brilliant. Awesome group of volunteers providing an amazing facility.

Go support them!
Written 29 August 2023
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Its so lovely to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to the Sea Pool and the beach and that your visit was so positive. Thank you for your review and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon.
Written 5 September 2023
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Emma L
9 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We couldn't wait to go see the pool whilst visiting Bude, and what a great time we had.
The first time in I was a little unsure but the 2nd I loved it and felt more settled and loved swimming about.
Give it go and you'll be glad you did and don't forget to leave a donation at the shop in the carpark
Written 26 August 2023
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Thank you so much for your support and encouraging others to donate - with spiralling costs all support is very welcome.
Written 5 September 2023
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Dawn C
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
Absolutely fantastic pool - like a natural Infinity pool at the seas edge. I took the kids aged 7 and 12 - both had an amazing time (me too). The volunteers were all really friendly and helpful. A great facility.
Written 13 August 2023
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We also think our pool is fantastic and welcome all visitors to come and enjoy it! So pleased you and your family enjoyed your time in the pool. The volunteers who help look after the pool are very passionate and it is their generosity that keeps the pool free and open for all to use.
Written 15 August 2023
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Becykatia
58 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We absolutely loved it! A wonderful, free facility with caring lovely volunteers who clearly take great pride in the facility!
Loads of space, and safe to swim and practice with our new Kayak
Just brilliant!
Written 10 August 2023
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Glad to hear you loved our Sea Pool and were able to practice safely with your Kayak. The Sea Pool is a safe haven for bathing and other water-based activities and has been since the 1930s. It is the generosity of Friends and Supporters that keep the pool safe for all to use. Hope you will come back soon.
Written 15 August 2023
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Clé F
Cannock, UK35 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Loved the sea pool. A relaxing place to go to and have a swim in after having enjoyed the waves. Easily accessible from both the Summerleaze and Crooklets car park.
Written 7 August 2023
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Thank you for your support. Really pleased you enjoyed your time at the Sea Pool.
Written 8 August 2023
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Conno67
Bussum, The Netherlands8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful swimming pool. Usually not to busy, relaxed atmosphere, fun for all ages. Lovely views. Must visit if you like swimming.
Written 18 July 2023
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Thank you for your support, and pleased you enjoyed your swim in the pool.
Written 18 July 2023
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