February school half term things to do

News: What’s on – February school half term events

added to the website on Feb 14, 2014

If you’re in North Devon for the school half term holiday this February, we have a host of family friendly things to do at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton that will get you stoked & take your mind off the winter blues! First up is the last chance to see our fantastic exhibition ……»


percy blandford surfing pioneer

News: 1960s surfing pioneer Percy Blandford passes away aged 101

added to the website on Jan 11, 2014

Percy Blandford, who enabled hundreds of British surfers to ride their first wave with his hollow wooden surfboard design, passed away yesterday at the grand age of 101. A naval architect from Newbold on Stour in Warwickshire, he is known and respected worldwide for his home-build boat and canoe designs. Around 1964 Percy hit upon ……»


pip staffieri new year museum of british surfing

News: Happy New Year!

added to the website on Dec 31, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing sends its best wishes for a very Happy New Year to all of its visitors & volunteers! Together you have helped make it a roaring success as we head into 2014, our third ‘season’, thank you. With 12,000 visitors through the doors since we opened in 2012, 6,500 following us ……»


News: Locals go free offer – November 2nd & 3rd

added to the website on Oct 19, 2013

As a special treat to end the school half term holiday this Autumn, we’re having a ‘Locals Go Free’ weekend at the Museum of British Surfing on November 2nd & 3rd 2013! If you live in the EX31, EX32, EX33, EX34, EX35 and EX39 postcode areas, simply bring along current identification showing your name and ……»


rod sumpter britannia surfboard

News: Sixties SURFER! Just 3 months to go for 2013 exhibition

added to the website on Oct 03, 2013

There’s just three months left to drop-in and see the fantastic exhibition at the Museum of British Surfing – Sixties SURFER! To whet your appetite here’s a newly produced clip from Matt Warshaw’s excellent online Encylopedia of Surfing showing Rod Sumpter surfing various locations in the 1960s. You can get up close and personal with ……»


collector's items vintage surfboard

News: New limited edition Sixties SURFER! souvenir shirts on sale

added to the website on Jul 04, 2013

A limited run of unique t-shirts have been created by our friends at Cornish clothing company Finisterre to commemorate this year’s exhibition – Sixties SURFER! Now on sale in the shop at the Museum of British Surfing, they feature an image by the late Doug Wilson showing Australian Pete Russell taking the first breathtaking slide ……»


News: Dads go free on Father’s Day!

added to the website on Jun 08, 2013

Give your dad a treat this Father’s Day and bring him along to the Museum of British Surfing – free when accompanied by children – cowabunga! Yes, on Sunday June 16th 2013 all fathers, grandfathers, even great grandfathers can come in for nothing so long as they have ‘the kids’ with them. Normal admission charges ……»


volunteer donate

News: Your surfing museum needs you!

added to the website on May 17, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing has launched a new appeal today for people to join its volunteer team, and to donate old surf equipment to help expand the charity’s collection – see the full poster below. The ‘your surfing museum needs you’ campaign is based on the famous World War I poster featuring Lord Kitchener, ……»


News: Sixties surfer donates his first surfboard

added to the website on May 05, 2013

A visit to the new exhibition Sixties SURFER! prompted Braunton based surfer and photographer James Davis to track down and donate his first surfboard to the Museum of British Surfing. He had the 7′ 8″ single-fin custom shaped by John Taylor in Bristol in the late Sixties at the start of the ‘shortboard revolution’. Taylor ……»


News: Photographer finds surf shop photo he took 44 years ago!

added to the website on May 04, 2013

Renowned photographer Paul Harris stepped into the Museum of British Surfing today, and the first thing he saw was a photo he took back in 1969! Paul composed the picture of the new Tiki Surf Shop for an advert, when it first started out in South Street, Braunton. It features founders Tim Heyland and Dave ……»


News: May Bank Holiday at the Museum of British Surfing

added to the website on May 03, 2013

If you’re out and about in North Devon for the May Bank Holiday this weekend there are lots of things to see & do at the new Museum of British Surfing in the centre of Braunton. Our latest surf heritage exhibition Sixties SURFER! is proving to be a massive hit, with the biggest collection of ……»


News: Lawrence Wright and his 1968 surfboard

added to the website on Apr 20, 2013

In 1968 Lawrence Wright and his brother Tony made two surfboards at their home in Kent – 45 years later Lawrence was reunited with his board at the new Sixties SURFER! exhibition now showing at the Museum of British Surfing. Lawrence and his wife Karen now run Middle Campscott Farm at Lee in North Devon ……»


News: Reunions galore at museum’s special locals day!

added to the website on Apr 19, 2013

The new Sixties SURFER! exhibition at the Museum of British Surfing attracted surfing legends from the 1960s & 70s, and turned into an impromptu reunion for many who hadn’t seen each other in decades. Among the 150 people who took advantage of our first ‘locals go free’ day of 2013 was multiple women’s surfing champion ……»


News: Surfing Tribe author Roger Mansfield visits Sixties SURFER!

added to the website on Apr 18, 2013

Author, historian, lecturer and 1960s surfing legend Roger Mansfield from Newquay dropped in to see our new exhibition Sixties SURFER! He met museum founder Peter Robinson, chairman of trustees Kevin Cook and volunteer Andy Webb (see main photo) – and shared some interesting insights and stories on many of the boards & other items on ……»


News: Now we are 10, and 1! Surfing museum celebrates anniversaries

added to the website on Apr 06, 2013

Today is the first anniversary of the award-winning Museum of British Surfing opening in its new permanent home in Braunton, North Devon – and it’s also 10 years ago that we began work on our first public exhibitions around the UK! To celebrate, this weekend (April 6th & 7th 2013) all visitors will receive a ……»


News: Children’s surfboard art competition winner announced

added to the website on Mar 31, 2013

A massive congratulations to 12 year old Lewis Morgan from Gwynedd in Wales, the winner of the Museum of British Surfing’s 2012 children’s surfboard art competition announced today, Easter Sunday! Lewis was picked from hundreds of entries that were drawn by children during their visit to the museum between May and December last year. His ……»


News: ’60s shaper is first visitor to Sixties SURFER!

added to the website on Mar 29, 2013

North Devon’s earliest surfboard shaper Bob Powers was the first visitor to the Museum of British Surfing’s new Sixties SURFER! exhibition that opened today. He’s pictured here with his personal board that’s on display along with a slideshow of his photos. Bob also became the first person to be photographed for our special gallery of ……»


News: Museum of British Surfing shortlisted for second major national award

added to the website on Mar 22, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon has been shortlisted for a second prestigious national award less than 12 months after it opened for the first time. It’s in the final of the sustainability category along with four other museums at the Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence 2013 in London on May ……»


News: Volunteer opportunities at the Museum of British Surfing

added to the website on Jan 22, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing needs your help – we’re looking for enthusiastic individuals, preferably with a keen interest in surfing, to join the established volunteer programme at this award-winning and vibrant heritage attraction in North Devon. We opened to the public again with our new exhibition ‘Sixties SURFER!’ on March 28th, 2013. Whether you’re ……»


News: Last chance to see – The Art of Surf exhibition

added to the website on Dec 30, 2012

The Museum of British Surfing closes at 3pm today, Sunday December 30th to refit for our new exhibition ‘Sixties SURFER!’ – we’ll be open again in time for Easter 2013. It is the last chance to see ‘The Art of Surf’, an exhibition created from the Museum of British Surfing’s collection of surfboards and artwork ……»