We did things a little differently this New Years Eve and decided to not be in London for the first time in four years. Since we had such a busy end to 2016 (content still to be published!) I wanted to take the Christmas holidays to unwind and be far away from the chaos of London until it was time to go back to work in January. We knew that we would be spending Christmas in Weymouth with family so it was a question of where we could go for a New Years staycation in the South of England not too far away from Dorset – and for a good price.
We saw The Cabin on Airbnb we decided to go for it. For anyone else thinking about a winter trip to the seaside out of season, here’s a little review of our two nights in Bude for New Years Eve!
We stayed in an adorable self-catered cabin in the garden of one of the big Guest Houses that line Downs View, a 5 minute walk to the town centre, pubs and Crooklets Beach. And it was perfect. On our first morning (30 December) we arrived at about 4pm just as the sun was setting and luckily there was a Sainsburys supermarket a few minutes from where we were staying so we bought supplies and ingredients to make ourselves dinner in the little cabin kitchen. The Cabin came complete with fairy lights, candles, and board games – which we weren’t expecting, having downloaded enough films and Netflix episodes to keep us entertained if we were to get snowed in. We also took blankets and an extra duvet as I was scared we would freeze in a wooden cabin by the sea in December – alas we were warm and cozy with no worries but where to go for New Years Eve.
On our first full day, we set out on a short drive first of all to see Widemouth Bay and go for a walk in the fresh air. It was a gloriously freezing day and we passed happy dog walkers and locals with the same idea. We walked along the SW Coast Path until we got to the Beach and ended up in the Bay View Inn where we sampled the local produce before heading back to the car and into the town to check out the other beautiful beaches and our options for NYE.
We headed to Summerleaze Beach, The Bude Sea Pool and Crooklets Beach before heading back into town and to look at the venues we saw had NYE events on that night and get fish and chips – it would be rude not to right! We then went back to The Cabin to warm up and get ready for the night.
We didn’t have a specific place to go to for the night, our loose option were the Beach House, The Falcon Hotel or The Beach At Bude, so we walked into town at about 7pm with plans to talk to people and see where was best. Bude is very small and there weren’t many options or people around at that point! We found ourselves in The Carriers pub and after talking with the staff they said we were in the best place in Bude, so we grabbed a table and within an hour the place was packed with locals. It turned out to be a perfect NYE, it wasn’t pretentious and we had no expectations of the night or having to spend lots of money because its New Years Eve. We then took the long drive back to London and felt fresh and relaxed after a beautiful last two days of the holiday by the sea.
Would I recommend Bude? Definitely! We are thinking about heading back for a weekend in summer as it must be glorious. As for visiting in winter – as long as you have warm clothes and a car to get around and you have enough planned to do – then YES go for it!