Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp in Cornwall

Learn to catch waves, swim, cliff-jump, chuck axes about and unwind at a peaceful surfcamp in the woods. 0 days off work.

Adventure Tapas
1 Night
United Kingdom
May, September

Head to Newquay for an adventurous weekend of surfing, coasteering and wildcamping. High-quality surf lessons get you up on your board and riding waves like you’ve always dreamed. Push your comfort zone with wild swims, traverses and cliff jumps as you navigate a rugged headland. The cherry on top is a fun night of bell tent camping with bushcrafting, slack lining, axe throwing and more. Your exhilarating weekend includes:

  • 2 professional surf lessons on the famous Newquay beaches
  • 1 afternoon of coasteering at Towan Head
  • 1 night of fully-hosted wildcamping
  • All surfing and coasteering equipment
  • Professional, experienced guides and instructors

Perfect for:
Weekend adventurers who want to mix things up a bit. You’ll learn new skills, get your adrenaline pumping, and still have time to unwind around a campfire.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Newquay
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Transfer to the wildcamping
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a maximum of 12. The instructor-to-surfer ratio will not exceed 1:8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll learn the basics of surfing in two comprehensive lessons. Start with safety, then learn to paddle, catch waves and steer the board. When you’re ready, your instructor will teach you to pop up and ride a wave back to shore.

While it can’t be guaranteed, your instructors are highly 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 with a combination of wild swimming, low-level traverses, sluices, whirlpools, and both 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.

More than just a place to sleep for the night, the fully-hosted surfcamp is a place to immerse yourself in the peace of an untouched forest, learn bushcraft skills or just have a good chat around the campfire.

Learn to start a fire with friction, 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.

A basic level of fitness is needed to enjoy a couple hours at a time of surfing and coasteering. You need to be able to swim 25m. No previous surfing, coasteering or camping experience is needed.

Food is not included. 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 and breakfast at the camp.

Given the diversity of food available in town, all diets can be accommodated.

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.

All equipment is included except for a sleeping bag:

  • Surfing: Surf board and full-length wetsuit
  • Coasteering: Full-length wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid
  • Camping: Tent, sheets, sleeping mat, pillow

Your host recommends you bring:

  • Swimsuit or board shorts to wear under a wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Lace-up trainers that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Dry, close-toed shoes for camp
  • Flipflops for the beach
  • Jumper or other warm layer
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Socks
  • Torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Food and drinks
  • Waterproof camera (optional)

If you feel that you will struggle to see without your glasses then yes please do wear them. We suggest securing them to yourself with a piece of string so as not to lose them. Daily throw away contact lenses are the best option for surfing. Contact lenses are fine to keep in whilst coasteering we don’t tend to have too many issues with this.

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Newquay (pop. 20,000) is a seaside resort and fishing town in Cornwall. It’s widely regarded at the surfing capital of the UK. With several beautiful sand beaches—each with its own unique surfing conditions—you’ll always have a place to catch waves.

Fistral Beach is a long, wide, sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. There’s tons of space for beginners to learn how to surf at one end while experienced surfers catch big waves at the other end.

Towan Beach is a sheltered beach right in the heart of town with perfect beginner waves and easy access to restaurants and beach bars for lunch.

Start point

Fistral Beach in Newquay - 09:00
Your adventure begins at your host’s surf shop at Newquay’s Fistral Beach at 09:00. The easiest way to get there is by car. 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 plane and your host will arrange an airport pick-up upon request. Feel free to ask for accommodation suggestions in Newquay or availability in your host’s camp if you’re planning to arrive a day early.

Finish point

Fistral Beach in Newquay - 13:00
Your adventure ends at your host’s surf shop at Newquay’s Fistral Beach at 13:00. A drop-off at Newquay Airport (NQY) can be arranged upon request.

What to Expect

Saturday: Surfing, Coasteering and hosted Wild Camping

Get ready for an action-packed day.

Things kick off with a morning surf lesson at a local beach. Your professional instructors will have you paddling, popping up and riding waves to shore in no time.

Break for lunch at a beachside restaurant, then gear up for a wild afternoon of coasteering.

Push your comfort zone as you navigate along Towan Head by any means necessary. Swims, traverses and cliff-jumps await you.

With a day of activity behind you, drive 11 miles into the countryside to a peaceful surfcamp in the woods.

Settle into luxurious bell tents, then unwind in nature. Learn light bushcrafting, challenge your mates to an axe throwing contest, or test your balance on the slackline.

Gather around the campfire to cook dinner and share stories under the stars.

2 hours of surfing, 2 hours of coasteering

Sunday: Surfing and departure

Wake up to birdsong, a hot drink, and fresh breakfast.

Head back to town and the surf beaches for your second lesson. Your instructor will help you hone yesterday’s skills and work on new ones.

The trip wraps up at the surf shop just in time for lunch. Find a restaurant with beach views and toast to your new skills. Cheers to a weekend well spent!

2 hours of surfing

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, tides, etc.


You’ll wildcamp on untouched private land 11 miles outside Newquay. Luxurious bell tents are arranged in a tranquil woodland connected by festive banners and twinkle lights.

Each bell tent sleeps 4 people. Air mattresses, clean sheets and pillows 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.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Private 4-person Bell Tent Payable Before Departure
Private 4-person Bell Tent · · ·
Pair of Wellingtons Payable Before Departure
Pair of Wellingtons · · ·
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off Payable Before Departure
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off · · ·