Bude-Stratton Town Council is responsible for managing and operating the following services and areas:
Bude in bloom
Bude in Bloom is a great way of bringing the town together and offers a fantastic opportunity to make Bude a more stunning place to live, work or visit. Every year we ask businesses if they wish to also get involved to bring a bit of extra brightness to our beautiful town.
There are four public toilets in Bude that are maintained by Bude-Stratton Town Council. All of these have baby changing facilities include and disabled toilets, all toilets are free to use.
Bude-Stratton Town Council own and manage the main cemetery at Poughill with its sizeable free to use car park. In addition, our Facilities team maintain Poughill Churchyard for the Stratton Deanery’s Anglican St. Olaf’s Church.
As well as the large free to use Car Park at Poughill, the Town Council own and manage the Car Park adjacent to the Parkhouse Centre and along the Neetside. Both are Pay & Display car parks.
The Castle Bude
Grade II listed and steeped in history, it offers lots to see and do for free, whatever the weather. Open daily from 10.00am The Castle is home to The Heritage Centre, Café Limelight, two galleries (Willoughby Gallery and Blanchminister Room) and a gift shop. The Castle is licensed for all civil ceremonies.
The Castle Grounds
Free for all to enjoy. During the summer months local bands perform from the bandstand and many community events both large and small take place. The grounds are available to hire for both community and private events.
The Parkhouse Centre
Is not only home to Bude-Stratton Town Council Offices but has four rooms for hire all with WiFi, large screen television and a hearing loop. As well as the multi-functional Ivor Potter Hall which can be set out for parties, dinners, dances, conferences or performance and features a theatre-style lighting room, stage and dressing room.
Is a community space in the centre of Bude town centre. Prior to the arrival of the Town mains water supply it was home to a water pump where residents without wells would collect their water. Now with benches, and a fountain the Triangle is a popular spot to relax and watch the world go by.
Stamford Hill Battlesite
This area is part of the site of the Battle of Stratton, a battle of the South West campaign of the First English Civil War which took place on 16th May 1643.
The land was purchased by Bude-Stratton Town Council in 1997, using grants and locally raised funds, to not only preserve this important historic site but equally to provide free community access for leisure purposes the total area is 30 acres including woodland, river, water meadow and grazing pasture with public footpaths and access routes.
Is a large recreational area with stunning views over Bude’s beaches. Central to the downs is the flagstaff made from the mast of The Elizabeth, wrecked in 1912 in heavy seas whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport.
The Downs is also home to the Pitch & Putt and Bude Cricket Club.
Bencoolen Play area is the main play park in Town. Having recently been updated with extensive new inclusive play equipment, the park is suitable for all ages and fenced in for safety.
Poughill Play area is a small fenced area with play equipment sited adjacent to the Poughill car park and cemetery.
There are two wooden play ships, one located on the sand dunes behind Summerleaze beach and one on Crooklets promenade.
Is the large grassy knoll to the rear of the Parkhouse Centre leading to the war memorial and meteorological station.
It was created on a previous flat expanse of land out of surplus sand, mud and soil from the earthworks undertaken to build The Castle.
Maer Gardens is a large sloped triangular grassed area which overlooks Crooklets beach and Summerleaze Downs.
Rattenbury Gardens is situated in the heart of Stratton Town, being a small triangular paved and hard landscaped area with benches.
Recently taken over by Bude-Stratton Town Council as part of the devolution process from Cornwall Council. Not only can you hire books, ebooks and DVDs there are a range of groups that run each week and public computers available to use. Join is easy!
Pitch & Putt
In 2019, Bude-Stratton Town Council opened the brand new Pitch & Putt on Summerleaze Downs, the facility offers refreshments and an indoor seating area, there are toilets on the premises available to use. The nearest parking for customers is at Crooklets Car Park.
In 2014, we completed the building of our own new works unit here in Bude. This has made us more self-sufficient, even helping us meet our environmental goals as we have installed solar panels and harvest rain water, whilst at the same time giving us greater control of costs and increasing local job opportunities.
At Helebridge Wharf, the Barge Workshop houses various local heritage artefacts, including a Bude Canal wooden tub boat – a boat not just of local interest but of national significance. During the summer period of late July to the end of September, the workshop is open to the public on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, thanks to members of the Bude Canal and Harbour Society
The Old Forge
The Old Forge was originally built as part of the Canal Development Project. The canal’s work-horses were shed here and leatherwork and wheels for wagons were made in the forge. It was where much of the repair work for the lock gates and canal was undertaken. The original flooring inside was constructed from planks rescued from the wreckage of the Bencoolen, who’s figurehead is still found in the Heritage Centre.
An additional section was built which now houses three craft units leased out by the Town Council, as well as the ice-cream kiosk at the end.
The Lock Gate Tea Rooms
The Tea Rooms were originally the stable block for The Castle and can be found on the Lower Wharf end of the drive. The building is currently leased out by the Town Council.
Bude-Stratton Town Council provides the decorative lighting along The Strand and in the Triangle, most of the flower planting around the town as well as at Rattenbury Gardens in Stratton in addition to maintaining miles of rural public footpaths in Bude, Stratton and Poughill on behalf of Cornwall Council.
Cornwall Council has responsibility for the provision of the following services – please follow the link for relevant further information and enquiries: