Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp in Cornwall

Catch waves, swim, cliff-jump, throw axes and unwind in the woods

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp in Cornwall

Catch waves, swim, cliff-jump, throw axes and unwind in the woods

DURATION

1 night

LOCATION

United Kingdom

ANNUAL LEAVE

0 days off work

SEASON

Apr—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Central Newquay

ACCOMMODATION

Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Easy

No surfing or coasteering experience needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim for 25metres in open water.

Learn to surf from the experts on some of the UK’s best beaches

Push outside your comfort zone with wild swims, rocky traverses and cliff jumps as you navigate a rugged headland

Get stuck in to woodland games, throw axes and learn slack-lining before wild camping in the woods

What's it like?

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    Kirsty, September 2021

    Fantastic experience and I will be returning next year! Highly recommend!

    Grant, July 2021

    Great location, guides and activities

    78059, August 2021

    This is such a good trip with amazing staff! We made friends on the trip really easy and learnt so much with all the coaching tips. For a couple who are completely new to this kind of trip, we can't wait to do something similar again! Just do it!

    Claire, September 2021

    This activity weekend is incredible! This was my first time travelling solo and I had such a good time! The local hosts were friendly, funny and all round great guys! I'd definitely recommend if you're after a fun weekend in Cornwall

    Shannon, September 2021

    Had an awesome time, great camping spot and easy way to make friends through fun activities

    Wynand, September 2021

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    Hannah, August 2021

    This was a great mini adventure. The activities were great fun and the instructor was a great teacher (particularly for surfing!). The wild camping was well laid out and ideal for a night in the woods, plus they had games to play and a lovely campfire to sit around. Definitely recommend!

    Lee, September 2021

    I booked this for my girlfriend and got a few of her friends to come along too. This trip did not disappoint. The weekend was action packed and everyone had a great time. The instructor (Max) was friendly, knowledgeable, and fun - as were all the other staff. Initially, I was particularly bad at surfing, but he was able to get me standing up and enjoying it by the end of the weekend. All the activities were safe and tailored to the needs of each participant - and the camp was awesome! We will return.

    Alexandra, September 2021

    What an incredible trip! Booking was straight forward, communication was great and all the staff I spoke to through Much Better Adventures and Cornish Wave were really friendly and helpful. All the information was sent to you beforehand and Zoe was great at responding to any queries about the trip. On arrival we were told that as we ended up being a smaller group we were allowed to take part in yoga too! It was so needed and so magical in the barn after an action packed day. Surfing was great fun, we all progressed throughout the trip, even trying some bigger waves on the second day and I can't wait to get back out on the water soon! I was a little more apprehensive about the coasteering but so pleased that I booked it. The jumps gave you such an adrenalin rush! It was fab to be part of such a lovely group of people. Thank you so much to our amazing instructors Victor, Adam and Amy!! This was my first time booking with Much Better Adventures and I can't wait to have a look at what other adventures they offer! Bring on the next trip!

    Connor, September 2021

    Amazing couple of days with some amazing people. Big thanks to Zoe for welcoming us, Victor & Adam who took us out surfing/coastering and Aimee for hosting us at the camp. The surf instructors will have you standing in no time, they were super friendly and gave individual feedback which really helped. Coastering was super fun and had some awesome cliff jumps. The wild camp set up was top class, great times around the campfire. Highly recommend!

    Included

    Guides

    Experienced, certified surfing and coasteering instructors

    Accommodation

    1-night of woodland camping in luxury bell tents

    Equipment

    All your surfing and coasteering equipment

    Meals

    A basic camp breakfast

    Not Included

    Travel to and from the start point

    Some meals as described

    Personal expenses

    Travel insurance

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Host's Base: Central Newquay

    09:00 on Day 1

    Ends

    Host's Base: Central Newquay

    13:00 on Day 2

    Transfers

    Your adventure begins at your host's base in central Newquay which is easily accessible by car or train. If you arrive by train it’s only a 15-minute walk (1.2km) from the station to the start point. Alternatively, you can also travel by air to Newquay Airport, and get a 20 minute taxi to the start point. If you're arriving early or staying on after you trip - feel free to ask your local host for accommodation suggestions in Newquay.

    Your adventure ends in at your host's base in central Newquay at 13:00.

    Travel options

    There are regular trains and flights to Newquay from across the UK.

    Day 1

    Wild camping · Mixed dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Newquay has a range of restaurants for any budget, as well as a supermarket across the street from the surf shop. You'll need to buy ingredients for dinner at the camp, simple is best as you will be BBQ’ing and cooking over the camps open fire. Your host will provide you with breakfast on Day 2. Given the diversity of food available in town, all diets can be accommodated including vegetarian and vegan. You will be provided with a basic camp breakfast that should be enough to keep you going but please bring some extra snacks if you're an extra hungry morning person.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Wild Camp

    You’ll wildcamp on untouched private land 11 miles outside Newquay. Bell tents are arranged in a tranquil woodland connected by festive banners and twinkle lights. Each bell tent sleeps 4 people. Air mattresses are provided: all you have to bring is a sleeping bag. There’s a composting toilet onsite, and fresh water is provided for washing up, but otherwise you’ll be without facilities in the peaceful countryside.

    Covid Update: Anyone wishing to stay in their own 2 man tent equipped with an air bed can request this after booking. Alternatively, you can bring your own tent with you.

    Day 1

    Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp

    Surfing

    2hrs

    Coasteering

    2hrs

    Kick off with a morning surf lesson at a local beach where your professional instructors will have you paddling, popping up and riding the waves in no time. Grab some lunch at a beachside restaurant, then gear up for an afternoon coasteering. Navigate Towan Head by any means necessary – swim, traverse and cliff-jumps included. Head into the woods and settle into your luxurious bell tent. Relax, or play some woodland games from giant jenga, balance games to woodland swings. You can challenge the others to an axe-throwing contest and then gather around the campfire for dinner.

    Day 2

    Back to the beach

    Surfing

    2hrs

    Wake up to birdsong, enjoy a camp breakfast and then head back to the beach for some more surfing. Today your instructor will either help you hone your skills or work on new ones. Find a restaurant with beach views for lunch and then toast your new skills before heading home.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    What's included?

    • Surfing: Surfboard and full-length wetsuit
    • Coasteering: Full-length wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid
    • Camping: Tent, air bed

    What do I need to bring?

    • Lace-up trainers that you don’t mind getting wet
    • Swimwear
    • Shoes for the beach
    • Towel
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
    • 1 litre of water per person/ a full reusable water bottle
    • Rain jacket
    • Spare warm clothing and a hat
    • Sleeping bag, warm hat, torch
    • Suitable footwear for a night in the outdoors (the farm entrance can be very muddy: wellies can be hired on-site)
    • Toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste
    • BBQ food and drinks for dinner (this can all be picked up after your surf session from the supermarket across the road)

    No optional extras are available for this trip.

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 17kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    You’ll learn the basics of surfing in two comprehensive lessons; starting with water safety, then paddling technique, catching waves and steering the board. When you’re ready, your instructor will teach you how to pop-up and ride a wave back into shore. While it can’t be guaranteed, your instructors are confident that you’ll be standing up and surfing by the end of your lessons.

    Coasteering is the sport of navigating the features of a coastline by any means necessary. You’ll make your way around Towan Head through a combination of wild swimming, traverses, sluices, whirlpools and low-level and deep-water cliff jumps. While you’re encouraged to push your comfort zone, you’ll never be forced to do something you’re not comfortable with.

    The surf camp is a place to immerse yourself in the peace of an untouched forest or just have a good chat around the campfire.

    Hone your campfire BBQ skills, challenge your friends to an axe throwing contest and practice your balance on the slack line. You’re welcome to do as much or as little at you want. Relaxing in your bell tent with a good book is always an option.

    Your camp has a large covered BBQ area suitable for cooking in all weathers. There’s also a basic camp cooker and all the utensils, plates, cups etc.

    If you struggle to see without your glasses then please do wear them. We suggest securing them with a piece of string so as not to lose them. Daily throwaway contact lenses are the best option for surfing. Contact lenses are also fine while coasteering.

    No surfing or coasteering experience is needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim for 25m in open water.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    Summers in Newquay are cool and sunny. From May to October temperatures range from 16 – 21 °C during the day, and cool off to 10 – 14 °C at night. Days are usually sunny and clear. Full-length winter wetsuits are provided even in the summer to ensure you stay nice and warm while in the water.

    Some of the weekends will run with two groups at the same time so will be split into two groups of 12. If you are travelling with a friend but have booked separately just let your host know before arrival so they can ensure you are in the same group. Or let them know the name of your friend when booking, easy!

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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