Bude is a lively seaside town with two lovely sandy beaches with rockpools and a sea water swimming pool filled by the tide. There are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Bude also has an indoor swimming pool with wave machine, ten-pin bowling, and large soft play area for the kids. There is also a canal with rowing boats for hire and a lovely walk/cycle path along the tow path. So there is plenty to do whatever the weather.
If you want something a little more secluded then there are a number of small quiet beaches such as Northcott Mouth very close-by. If surfing is your thing then Bude and Widemouth Bay are the local hangouts with more further down the coast. The South West Coastal Path runs along the whole coastline and is a good way of exploring the coast and get away from the crowds.
There are all sorts of activities for children and adults to enjoy. Walking on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor with spectacular scenery and peace to be enjoyed all year round. Fishing villages such as Boscastle and Port Issac. Historic Tintagel is just down the coast. National Trust properties such as Lydford Gorge or Carnewas at Bedruthan. Interesting local Museums such as the 1646 Civil War museum at Torrington.
For the more energetic as well as surfing there are other water sports at Roadford Reservoir and Tamar lakes or cycling along the Tarka or Camel trails. There are plenty of interesting shops in the area in the towns of Bude, Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington. Alternatively why not visit Dartington Crystal or local farm shops for some lovely local produce including ostrich meat! Clovelly is a very picturesque village on the North Devon Coast. For the children there are a number of theme parks such as Trethorne Leisure Park, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way. You could take a sea fishing trip from Bideford or why not take a trip to Lundy Island nature reserve. There are a number of Golf courses nearby including Holsworthy Golf Club (parkland course) and Bude (links course).
Within two hours you can reach the whole of Devon, Cornwall and the southwest. There is the world famous Eden Project which is about 1 1/2 hours away, as well as all the famous gardens in Cornwall including the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick. There is the National Marine Aquarium and famous Plymouth Hoe along with many shops. Exeter is an historic Cathedral City with ancient walls still remaining. There is the North Devon Coast with lovely coastal towns of Lynton/Lynmouth and surfing at Woollacombe.