In Brief

Name: BUDE
Classification: Town
Twinned with: Ergué-Gabéric in Brittany, France
Population: 17,960
Notable current or former residents: Singer Tori Amos and geographer Sir Laurence Dudley Stamp
Films shot in town: ‘San Antonio’ (2004) and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ (2008)
Interesting factoid: An Australian man started the first British Surf Life Saving Club in Bude in 1953 for voluntary lifeguard duty and competitive surfing. It’s still going strong


As Cornish towns go, Bude is quite big. It’s certainly in the top 12 in terms of population. And it swells in summer due to its excellent attractions, beaches and eateries. It has a prime spot on the north Cornwall coast so the surf is good and it has plenty of shopping and accommodation options too, plus a wealth of history, particularly when it comes to English Civil War history, shared with its neighbouring village of Stratton. Walks out of town, especially on the South West Coast Path, are plentiful and we’re a big fan of some of the pubs around town that serve up great local ales and meals. More laidback than Newquay and more of a bustling town than St Ives, Bude deserves its spot as a great alternative to these famous ‘rugged north’ hotspots on the Cornish coast.