Keeping the kids entertained during the summer holiday can be a bit of a mission, but a holiday in Widemouth Bay means you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy a whole host of activities to suit all ages.
Gwelmor dog friendly self-catering holiday cottage is is just a short stroll from the beach at Widemouth Bay in north Cornwall, and just three minutes’ drive to the bustling town centre of Bude.
As well as stunning beaches and coast path walks, north Cornwall offers a huge range of entertainment from caving and canoeing to surfing and theme parks, there’s simply no time to be bored!
Here’s our Top 10 list of activities to keep children entertained while staying at Gwelmor in Widemouth Bay:
If they love messing about on water, then they can try their hand at kayaking or canoeing along Bude Canal. This picturesque and unique waterway was originally created to transport lime rich sand to local farms. Today, the short stretch that remains, is a haven for wildlife and enjoyed by walkers, bikers, and paddlers alike.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then this one’s for you. Not only do you get to swim, jump, dive and scramble across sea caves and rugged outcrops, but you’ll also get to explore some of north Cornwall’s dramatic coastline at the same time. And, if you’re lucky, you might get to spot a dolphin or seal or two. Ability levels for everyone and an amazing experience.
A 90ft artificial mobile caving tunnel set over three levels enables youngsters (over the age of four) to explore and discover stalagmites and caves in a safe and controlled environment. Cavers are provided with a helmet, head torch and gloves and it’s a great idea for filling those typical wet weather days.
Over the border in Holsworthy, Dragon Archery is an all-weather attraction is set amid the Devon countryside. It’s a great place to learn the ancient skills of archery under expert tuition and supervision. Equipment is provided is and is suitable for all ages from eight upwards.
Widemouth Bay is a great place to learn to surf as it is manned by lifeguards and has Blue Flag Beach Awards for cleanliness. There are surf schools operating directly from the beach. You can borrow a board and choose from individual or group sessions to learn the ropes. There are also surf schools running from Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches in Bude.
Hiring a bike is a great way to explore what Bude and its surroundings have to offer. Bude Bike Hire has a number of recommended cycle routes of varying distances to suit most abilities. You can download your chosen route from their website with circular routes between five and 6.5 miles to longer rides of up to 26 km.
An independently run cinema is a great place to hide away on those British wet summer days. It’s two-screens are kitted out with digital 3D projection and surround sound and the box offices holds all the traditional cinema treats such as popcorn, ice cream and sweets
The cliffs at Bude are used for introductory climbing and abseiling sessions to master the techniques. For the more experience climber, local cliffs on the north Cornwall coast are used for more adventurous guided climbs.
A part-natural and part man-made sea pool in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach, Bude Sea Pool is one of the few tidal swimming pools that is still open to the public. Open all year, the pool is topped up by the sea at high tide each day. The pool is a charity run by volunteers and relies on donations, grants, and sponsorship to funds its upkeep.
This former working farm is now an all-weather attraction for the whole family. As well as plenty of cute animals there’s a great selection of rides and activities, as well as a variety of shows and displays depending on the time of the year.
Gwelmor Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage
Just four minutes’ walk from the beach at Widemouth Bay, Gwelmor is a luxurious, self-catering holiday cottage which sleeps six (plus travel cot).
Our property welcomes three dogs and we have a wide of provisions to make your dog's stay as relaxing as yours.
Gwelmor was named the South West's Best Dog Friendly Business of the Year 2021/2022 and won Gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2021/2022.
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