The Beach Blog
We want to say a big congratulations to the guys that took part in The Smugglers’ Challenge.
The team of four Bude locals set off from the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth on 29 August, aiming to paddle a surfboard almost 300 miles around the Cornish coastline, finishing up in Bude.
The weather, unfortunately, had other ideas. The team completed the stretch along the south coast without any problems, and were making incredible time. However, as the weather set in, it soon became clear that the exposed north coast would just be too risky. There’s very little shelter up there, and not many opportunities to dive into harbours for cover.
At the half way point, the team followed the advice of the coastguard and turned around to paddle back to Plymouth. The total mileage was around the same as it would have been if they’d made it to Bude, so it was still an amazing accomplishment.
The goal was to raise money for two cancer charities – Force and Cancer Research UK. We held a fundraising dinner in at The Beach in August, with all proceeds going directly to the challenge, and have been donating £5 from every three course lunch sold in September. To date we have contributed around £6,500 to the challenge, and have been very happy to support them the whole way.
Donations can still be made via the Smugglers’ Challenge website here. They are very close to their £30,000 target.
We have plans in place for a big finish celebration in early November, to mark the completion of this amazing challenge. Watch this space for more information.
Take a look at the video below for more on the challenge, and the story that inspired it.
Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour in early 2017, Bude local Brown Cardoo became aware of the overwhelming number of people that are affected by cancer, so he decided to do something about it. Along with three of his best friends, one of which lost their sister-in-law to cancer this year, the team came up with the idea of the Smugglers’ Challenge, a huge feat that will be the first of its kind in the UK. The challenge will involve the four men hand paddling from Plymouth to Bude in an attempt to raise £20,000 for two great cancer charities: The Force and Cancer Research UK.
For one hour intervals in a ‘tag team’ system, the men will take it in turns to paddle, sleep, keep watch, and plot the route, continuing through day and night and battling whatever weather conditions are thrown at them.
Whilst one is paddling the remaining three will be aboard a small support boat, which will also offer assistance should they run into any trouble. The journey is estimated to take five days of non-stop paddling, departing from Plymouth towards the end of August or beginning of September depending on affecting factors that will need to be measured closer to the time, such as weather conditions, wind speed and tide.
With two of the team being volunteers for Bude’s RNLI lifeboat and each regularly taking part in sea-going activities, the team are well aware of the potential threats and dangers they could encounter at sea, but all are willing to take on the challenge for the great cause.
Experiencing harsh seas, days of broken sleep, and the potential of seasickness, the team are putting themselves through the ultimate test of endurance, both mentally and physically.
We are the main sponsors of the challenge and will be hosting plenty of fundraisers before, during and after the event to help raise as much money as possible for the campaign. Keep your eyes on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds for more information on the events that we’ll be hosting to raise money for the incredible paddle, including a wine tasting dinner on Thursday 7 September.
- Donation Page – To donate, go to the fundraising page. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=thesmugglerschallenge&faId=835613&isTeam=true
- Offical Website – www.thesmugglerschallenge.co.uk
Bude Shoreline Triathlon 2017
As proud sponsors of the Shoreline Triathlon, we are looking forward to welcoming competitors back to Bude for this year’s much-anticipated event, which takes place on Sunday 18 June.
The triathlon will be a challenging test of endurance, requiring competitors to run, swim and cycle around Bude and the surrounding area, following a demanding loop with impressive views across the coastline and countryside.
Started in 1991, Bude-based outdoor pursuit provider Shoreline Extreme Sports designed the Bude Triathlon route to cater for both experienced triathletes and first time competitors for an exciting race that’ll be highly entertaining for spectators and supporters along the route.
The sheltered bay of Summerleaze provides excellent conditions for the 500 meter open water swim which kicks off the route, and the scenic coast road from Bude to Widemouth Bay provides a hilly route for the 11 mile cycle. To finish, competitors will have to complete a three mile run, following a satisfyingly flat route along the canal towpath, arriving back at Summerleaze Beach where participants will be cheered over the finish line and medals awarded.
The fastest athletes are expected to complete the course in around an hour, with all competitors finishing within two hours, and every competitor will be rewarded with a well-deserved medal.
Our bar and restaurant will be open all day, and our terrace provides the perfect spot for supporters to watch the action unfolding with a drink in hand. We will be offering a complimentary glass of wine or bottle of beer* to congratulate all competitors in the race, so head down to the bar and celebrate your success with us.
We’ll also have DJ Jinx spinning some house, funk and soul music in the bar, accompanied by Mark and Buster, an acoustic duo combining percussive acoustic guitar, double bass and vocal harmonies; a great soundtrack to relax to after the race.
If you’re travelling from far to compete in the triathlon, we have a range of twin and double rooms available, all with duck down duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets that guarantee a great night’s sleep, essential in preparation for the event and recovery after. To book a room, call reception on 01288 389800.
To enter the triathlon, go to the Shoreline Extreme Sports website and sign up now.
The triathlon also coincides with Father’s Day, so to say thank you to the most important man in your life, book lunch and your Dad will receive a free glass of wine or bottle of beer with his meal.**
*one bottle of beer or one 125ml glass of wine per competitor on showing their medal.
**one bottle of beer or one 125ml glass of wine per Father when ordered with lunch.
Active holidays in Bude
If you consider sunbathing a bore and you want more out of your holiday, Bude offers a wealth of great activities to keep you active during your stay. Our great coastal location means that we can take advantage of the outdoors, with the rugged north Cornwall coastline and beautiful countryside providing lots to do, with great indoor sporting facilities around the town too.
Whether you’re looking for an alternative way of seeing the sights, or want to continue training as you would at home, we’ve rounded up our favourite ways of keeping active in Bude that’ll make that delicious cream tea even more deserved.
A round of golf with a view
Book a round at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club and enjoy the far-reaching sea views and sights of the north Cornish cliffs. The challenging course covers 18 holes and was voted one of Great Britain’s top 100 courses under £100 by National Club Golfer Magazine.
The club hosts a number of events and open competitions throughout the year, inviting both visitors and members of all abilities to enter, and there is a much-anticipated Golf Festival from 14-22 July which will see eight days of golf competitions and games.
Hit the gym
If the weather isn’t playing ball, hit the gym at The W Club which boasts a great selection of facilities, like a state-of-the-art fitness suite and hard tennis courts. If you need a little help or some top-tips for a beach-ready body, there are also highly qualified in-house trainers that can offer a free personalised induction. Once you’re done feeling the burn, hop into one of the plentiful saunas or steam rooms to wind down, or book yourself in for a relaxing massage or treatment.
Race across Tamar Lakes
Lower Tamar Lake was built in 1819 to supply water to Bude Canal, but has since become a hub of activity. Visitors can book kayak, canoe or sailing lessons with an experienced instructor, or hire the watercraft and enjoy the wild surroundings from the water, whilst trying to spot the kingfishers, butterflies, herons and dragonflies that are regularly seen on the water’s edge. There is also a weekly Tamar Lakes park run, taking place every Saturday morning at 9am which follows a pre-planned 5km loop along a mixture of tarmac paths, cinder and grass. The event is free but participants must sign up prior to the run here – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tamarlakes/.
Summerleaze Beach is right on our doorstep and has some great surf conditions, regularly picking up the consistent Atlantic swell that hits the North Cornish coastline due to its west-facing position. When it’s too windy for most of the other surf spots on this stretch of coastline, Summerleaze Beach can still provide some fun waves, with suitable conditions for both experienced surfers and beginners. The beach is lifeguarded over the summer months, and there are several nearby surf schools offering tuition, including Big Blue Surf School, Bude Surfing Experience, and Raven Surf. If you’d like to try some surf spots a little further a field, we’ve rounded up our recommendations here.
Get on your bike
Cycling is said to be one of the most efficient forms of transport, and will allow you to see the incredible surrounding area. Bude Bike Hire have a range of bikes and equipment available to suit all ages and abilities, whether you’re planning on a leisurely ride along the canal or a challenging route along the winding country roads. They can also help with route planning, offering free, downloadable maps that will ensure you don’t get lost on your cycle, with loops that include the canal, coastal views or rugged farmland and countryside.
Hop on a horse
Broomhill Manor Stables is located on the outskirts of Bude, offering horse riding excursions and lessons for all ages and abilities on well-schooled horses and ponies. Beginners can ride around the grounds and along the quiet local lanes, whilst experienced riders can enjoy galloping along the beach and cliffs on sports horses or shire horses, taking in views of the beautiful Cornish coastline. One-on-one tuition can also be provided for first time riders wanting to learn the fundamentals, or for experienced riders wanting to improve their technique.
Take a walk
We’re in an ideal location for a coastal or canal-side walk, with the 600 mile stretch of the South-West Coast Path on our doorstep and Bude canal only a stone’s throw away. The canal route provides a long, flat walk with beautiful scenery and impressive wildlife, whilst the coastal path is a little more challenging, but still very rewarding with hidden coves and quiet beaches. We’ve rounded up our favourite walks in Bude here, but if you need a little more guidance, there are numerous guided walking tours available throughout the week leaving from the Tourist Information Centre.
Take a dip in Bude Sea Pool
Bude Sea Pool is a partly man-made and partly natural swimming pool tucked beneath the cliff at the northern side of Summerleaze Beach. The sea pool provides a safe haven for swimmers who can enjoy the benefits of wild swimming without having to worry about the dangers of the sea, such as rips, big waves and surfers. The pool stretches 100 metres in length, a great distance for laps, and provides a real sense of being in the sea. The sea pool is also home to a wild water polo club in the summer months and provides the perfect body of water for the swimming section of the Bude Junior Triathlon which takes place in early June.
OUR PICK OF THIS SUMMER'S MUSIC FESTIVALS
We are in a great location for the festivals and live music events that take place in both Cornwall and Devon throughout the year, with some incredibly popular events located a very short driving distance from our hotel. Whatever genre of music or type of festival you enjoy the most, you can take your pick from laid-back acoustic music on the beach, lively gigs in a transformed quarry surrounded by tropical plants and DJ sets in a cliff-top field.
Port Eliot Festival – 27 to 30 July
Described as a literary festival, but much more like a garden party, you name it, this festival has it. With live music, fashion shows, yoga sessions, comedy, food, science demonstrations and even rentable hot tubs. The festival is popular with locals, tourists and celebrities alike, drawing a swarm of creative and talented people to one location over the summer. There is also an array of really interesting workshops to get involved in, from mixology and advice on which cheese to pair with which cider, to working with botanical inks and writing beautifully in a calligraphy class.
27 – 30 July in St Germans, an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Bude – porteliotfestival.com/
Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze – all summer
Held weekly throughout the spring and summer months, the free Woodburner Sessions on Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay are the perfect way to spend a sunny evening, with great music, food and drink, served in a relaxed beach setting. In the peak summer months, there are also larger scale ‘Headliner Sessions’, with past performers including Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner.
Each year, the North Cornish beach also welcomes the 37 piece Cornish Sinfonia Orchestra for a ‘Symphony By The Sea’, an evening of classical music, performed in Lusty’s very own natural amphitheatre, and the entertainment coming to a close with a spectacular cliff top firework display. Note before, there is only one access point to the beach, and this is via 133 steps, which may be difficult for less able guests.
For line-ups and dates,go to www.lustyglaze.co.uk/events100/. Lusty Glaze is an hour’s drive from Bude.
Eden Sessions – June & July
Set within the amazing grounds of the Eden Project, amongst the exotic plants and towering biomes, the Eden Sessions bring people from far and wide to see some world famous acts, previously hosting Elton John, Paloma Faith, Spandau Ballet, Ben Howard and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.
This summer welcomes Madness and Bryan Adams to the stage, along with Manic Street Preachers and Jess Glynne, adding to the amazing line-up that the Eden Project has managed to secure every year. More than just a music venue, with yummy food and an incredible atmosphere, the valley in which The Eden Project is nestled truly comes alive.
To purchase tickets and keep an eye on the ever-growing line-up, visit the website – http://www.edensessions.com/. The Eden Project is an hour’s drive from Bude.
Into the Wyldes / Leopallooza
The Wyldes is a festival, event and party venue hosting an array of exciting music and comedy events this year. The prime location near Bude has been home to Leopallooza Festival for the past 10 years, a critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning festival known as ‘The Greatest House Party…in a field’. The music event has drawn numerous international artists including Bastille, Seasick Steve, Crystal Fighters, Kodaline, Jamie Lawson, Izzy Bizu, James Vincent McMorrow and many more. This year the event will be taking place from the 27-30 July, and will be celebrating its eleventh year of live music and care-free fun.
This year, the site will be adding a few more line-ups to its calendar, including a weekend of music from 26 to 28 May, with double Brit Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man and synth-pop pioneers The Human League already confirmed. Tickets are available now.
The Wyldes, a 25 minute drive from Bude – http://www.intothewyldes.com/
Boardmasters – 9-13 August
This summer welcomes Boardmasters back to Newquay, with some of the biggest names in music gracing the multiple stages throughout the festival, which sit atop Watergate Bay’s cliffs, boasting unspoilt views over the sea.
The festival also hosts multiple skating, surfing and BMX competitions, which are held at another venue, Fistral beach, and are completely free to attend. The festival is hugely popular for locals and visitors alike, and the headline acts get bigger and better every year. This years acts will include James Bay, the Kaiser Chiefs, Foxes, Example and plenty more.
9-13 August 2017 in Newquay, an hour’s drive from Bude – www.boardmasters.co.uk
Bude Jazz Festival – 29 August to 1 September
Centred in Bude and with every venue within walking distance from our hotel, the annual festival takes over the town for four whole days, bringing some talented jazz singers, bands and solo musicians together to celebrate everything jazz. This will be the 39th year that the festival has come to Bude, and the line-up is pretty impressive.
29 August – 1 September 2017 – http://www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk/
Mackerel with feta, cucumber, apple and shallot salad recipe
Our Head Chef Joe Simmonds will make a special appearance at Padstow Christmas Festival, to demonstrate his fantastic culinary skills on stage this year, sharing the spotlight with Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Clare Smyth, along with plenty of other talented chefs.
At 1pm on Thursday 1 December, Joe will be stepping up to the Festival Stage to provide a hungry crowd with a step-by-step guide on how to re-create two of his delicious dishes, including a mackerel with feta, cucumber, apple and shallot salad, topped with wasabi mayonnaise. If you can’t make it to the festival yourself, we thought we’d give you a little slice of the festive action and ask Joe to provide you with the recipe below…
2 mackerel fillets
30g feta cheese
Half an apple
Quarter of a cucumber
100ml white wine vinegar
50g caster sugar
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons wasabi paste
1 lime zest and juice
A small amount of cress or pea shoots to serve
Salt and pepper
A splash of cooking oil
Make a pickling liquor by heating the white wine vinegar, water, sugar, and cassis in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.
Take the pickling liquor off the heat. Slice the shallots into half cm rings and place in the liquor.
Next, season the mackerel (it’s best to do this five minutes before cooking). Add a splash of oil to a frying pan and place on a low heat to warm up.
Dice the apple neatly and place in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice from half the lime over the apple. Dice the feta and add to the bowl.
Peel the cucumber and dice (or, if you have a melon baller make 10 balls of cucumber). Add to the bowl and season with salt.
Place the mackerel skin down in the pan and hold down for ten seconds so it doesn’t curl.
While the mackerel is cooking, add the wasabi paste to the mayonnaise with a squeeze of lime juice.
Go back to the mackerel. In total, this should be cooked for 4-5 minutes on the skin side only, on a medium heat.
While the mackerel is finishing off, start assembling the ingredients on the plate with a swipe of the wasabi mayonnaise. Dot the apple cucumber and feta around plate, then take the shallot rings out of the liquor and lean a few of them against against the diced salad.
When the mackerel is 90% cooked, flip over, take off the heat and place on your salad. Garnish with lime zest, a pinch of pepper and cress or pea shoots.
Christmas, believe it or not, is just around the corner. We’ve created a Christmas menu that is available from the 1 to 23 of December with both two or three course options available, and if your party is extra big our private clubroom can seat up to 25 guests. Our New Year menu, crafted by our head chef Joe Simmonds is a five course tasting menu, and a DJ will be serenading you into 2017. There are plenty of other exciting festive events in and around Bude, so to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, we’ve put together a run down of the dates you should put in your diary now…
To kick off the festive season, the big Bude lights night is on Friday 2 December, and will begin with a lantern parade at 6pm. After the lights ‘switch-on’, a procession of elves will guide guests from the Wharf to Nanny Moore’s Bridge. From there you can follow Father Christmas himself around Bude, ending at his Grotto. Mulled wine will be available at the marquee in the castle grounds and shops will be open until 8/8:30pm for late night shopping.
For an especially magical Christmas market, head over to The Castle, Bude on Sunday 4 December. A large marquee on the lawn will play host to stalls offering plenty of perfect food gifts for friends and family. The fair will be open from 11 until 4, and entry is free.
If you are in Cornwall on Christmas day, a Christmas day swim is an obligatory tradition. Bude Surf Life Saving Club, a charity based in Bude, are hosting the swim, and providing lifeguard safety cover, as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and sausage rolls all free of charge for the brave souls who venture into the sea. No wetsuits allowed, so remember an extra thick jumper for afterwards. All donations will go to the Bude SLSC, and any extra generous individuals who donate £25 or over may collect an extra Christmas present in the form of a free T-shirt at the event.
Fight off the Boxing Day blues by hopping over the border and joining Clovelly for a Boxing Day barbecue, with free entrance to the seaside village. Take a walk along the estate before enjoying a barbecue accompanied by live music, mulled wine and a treasure hunt.
Although this one is further afield, the festival is not to be missed, and is completely free of charge. Our very own head chef Joe Simmonds is demoing at 1pm on the Festival Stage, along with top names such as Tom Kerridge and Nathan Outlaw who will be demoing throughout the weekend. From Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 December the seaside town will be hosting a lantern parade, Santa fun run, traditional Christmas market and spectacular firework display. We will be publishing one of Joe’s recipes which he will be re-creating at the festival soon, so watch this space…
Bude Wave Conference
The Bude Wave Conference, hosted by the Cleaner Seas Project, took place on the 16th of September. Local business owners were invited, so front of house manager Mark Kivell went along to show support and learn about what impacts water quality on our coastline.
The aim of the day was to bring together business leaders, scientists, marine experts, expert surfers and environmentalists to encourage guests to think globally and act locally regarding sea quality.
The conference invited sixteen guest speakers to the event to inspire audiences. Amongst them was Andrew Cotton, the big wave surfer who began his life on the waves aged seven. He has been involved with events run by the charity Surfers Against Sewage in the past, and is well known for wowing crowds as a guest speaker, encouraging audiences to respect the sea and the environment.
Miranda Krestovnikoff, from television programmes such as The One Show, Coast and Inside Out, also spoke at the event. She is a keen diver and is passionate about diving in the UK, as well as being a Sea Champion for the Marine Conservation Society.
The speakers’ main aims were to discuss different subjects that were negatively affecting the environment. The first topic was marine plastics, and the conference introduced Amanda Barlow of Spiezia Organics, Professor Richard Thompson, marine biologist from Plymouth University, Martin Dorey and Jon Knoo of Interface to the stage. They spoke about how they made a change within their businesses or environment and the affect that marine plastics and debris had on sea life.
Environmental pollution was the next topic, and the audience heard from Andrew Cotton and Natalie Fee, wellbeing author and columnist. They explained that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, along with plenty of other shocking stats. However they said that small but positive changes can have a global effect.
Climate change was next on the list, and Miranda Krestovnikoff and Nick Ely, an engineer for the Environment Agency, took to the stage and discussed the facts. April 2016 was recorded as the hottest April globally, and it is recordings like this that cannot be ignored. The speakers re-iterated how fast sea levels are rising, and the effect it has on coastal communities both practically and economically.
The final subject of the conference was economy and health. This was discussed by SLSC Dr Shaw and Adam Hall from Surfdome about matters concerning how local businesses in seaside towns can make positive changes in order to see economic gains.
The outcome that the conference was aiming for was to ensure that individuals do their upmost to protect oceans, beaches, wildlife, coastal communities health and the economy. They are hoping for a big change in the next generation, and want to raise awareness immediately.
BUDE FOR FOOD FESTIVAL
The weekend of the 20th and 21st September 2014 saw the launch of the first Bude For Food Festival on the iconic Castle Grounds in Bude. With a marquee the size Bude had not witnessed before starting to take shape from the Wednesday, Bude knew they were in for something bigger than usual!! It’s safe to say they were not disappointed.
With the weather coming up trumps as well as two nights of big-name evening entertainment, a plethora of local artisan food and drink producers, celebrity chefs demonstrating in our kitchen theatre, a real ale bar and a global street food area we can safely say that we put Bude on the foodie map and are very excited to be able to announce our 2015 dates.
We will be back on The Castle Grounds over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th September 2015 and we very much look forward to you joining us again. We will leave you with a review of the 2014 festival from Paul Ainsworth.
For more information visit www.budeforfood.co.uk/
FOWEY OYSTER FESTIVAL
Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, from Thursday October 8 – Sunday October 11.
The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music and craft stalls.
Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce.
The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.
For more information visit www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk