Bude Farmers & Craft Market was set up by Neville of Wharf Woodcraft seven years ago to help attract trade to the newly rebuilt wharf. Since then it has become extremely popular with visitors (see Visit Bude) and locals, offering wonderful locally grown and made fresh produce and crafts.
The Lower Wharf of Bude Canal is a great place to visit. Not only is there the market on Fridays in the summer, but also eateries such as The Olive Tree and The Kitchen Front on the Market side of the canal and The Falcon Hotel and the Brendon Arms on the opposite side. There is also a kiosk selling fish and chips, cold drinks and other snacks and several Ice Cream stands. Later this year we will see the opening of a new restaurant on the wharf in the shape of The Barge Bude, which is a purpose built barge situated alongside the wharf, a great location.
There are various workshops housing local artisans spreading all the way from just by the sea lock gates all down the canal side to the road bridge. You can hire a rowing boat of pedaloe and explore the canal further inland, or walk along the various footpaths into the wildlife reserve. You can feed the ducks and swans and what the Cormorant fishing and sunning itself on the canal side.
Also to be found in this area is the fabulous Bude Castle housing the Museum and exhibitions of local artists’ work; the Tourist Information office and the local library.
So come and explore the market and the wharf and have a great day out.