Youngsters jumping off cliffs coasteering in Bude Widemouth Bay in Cornwall
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Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Bude


Two youngsters carry surf boards down to the sea at Summerleaze Beach in Bude whilst on holiday in north Cornwall
Off for a surf

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:

Kayak or Canoe Bude Canal

Vast expanse of water that is Bude Canal
Calm waters for canoeing

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.


Youngsters jumping off cliff faces as part of the coasteering adventures offered in Bude
Adrenaline-filled coasteering

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.


Young child tests caving ropes around waist
Getting to grips with caving

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.

Dragon Archery

Archery target with arrows fired into it
Hot shot

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.

Learn to Surf

Surfer rides a wave at Widemouth Bay north Cornwall
Riding the wave

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.

Hire a Bike

Bude Bike Hire brown sign where you can hire a bike to explore Cornwall's countryside
On Y'er Bike

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.

Rebel Cinema

Exterior sign of Rebel Cinema in north Cornwall
The Big Screen

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

Rock Climbing & Abseiling

Child abseils down rock face into hole after rock climbing
Learning the skills of rock climbing

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.

Bude Sea Pool

Overlooking Bude Sea Pool the part man-made and part natural open air lido in north Cornwall
Bude's Lido

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.

The Big Sheep

Stuffed sheep ride the backs of real sheep to advertise The Big Sheep Adventure park
Wacky sheep racing!

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.

Why not take our virtual tour and book your stay today!

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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