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 original British surfboards and memorabilia from the 1960s ever seen. We have unique 1960s surfing films playing, surf music – and you can even sit down and read the entire run of six issues of British Surfer magazine first published back in 1969.
We are open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 10am to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th.
Learn how early wetsuits, or hollow wooden surfboards were made & dip your toe into the sights and sounds of the Swinging Sixties surf scene in Britain!
Running alongside this we have fun children’s activities like the 2013 surfboard art competition to design your own ‘Malibu’ board. The best entry each month gets a prize, and the best of the year will be shaped into a longboard by Gulf Stream at Woolacombe and auctioned to raise funds for the Museum of British Surfing registered charity.
The ever popular “spotter’s trail” is back, getting youngsters running around trying to find all the objects to win one of our bespoke postcards. Plus of course there’s the section on North Devon surfing & our special local environment where you can find out what should or shouldn’t be on our beaches in the celebrity jungle style “feely boxes”!
You can see the actual journal by Captain James Cook with the first written description of surfing in the world, find out how ancient Hawaiians made their huge solid wood boards – and read stories about British royals & other famous people who surfed in the early 1900s.
The Museum of British Surfing has something for all the family – and we also have a gift shop with unique souvenirs of your visit to North Devon, or for that special present for a loved one.