School Trip Activities

Treat your school trip group to a selection of educational (yet massively fun!) outdoor activities for schools in Cornwall.

In our tactile classroom of the great outdoors, your pupils can learn to surf, bodyboard or experience the thrill of coasteering around Newquay’s breathtaking coastline.  From beach safety, to marine life rock pooling and shoreline bushcraft, we tailor enjoyable outdoor learning to cover relevant elements of your current curriculum. It really is an educational trip, just don’t tell the children! We are able to adapt our lessons to cover topics ranging in suitability from key stages 1 to 4. We’ve been providing school trips for youth groups and schools for the last 20 years so we know exactly how outdoor education can surprise, delight and engage your students.

Our outdoor activity adventures are arranged to suit your group size and budget. We can offer fantastic single day adventures or full week multi-activity breaks. Looking for school activity week ideas? Look no further! Simply give us a call and our friendly bookings team will build the perfect package to suit your school group.

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Newquay Activity Centre is perfectly located in the centre of the surf capital of the UK – Newquay! We are just a short walk to either Towan or Fistral beach, meaning we can have the pick of the conditions on any given day. We are suitably placed to provide beginner, intermediate or experienced lessons to school pupils of all ages and abilities.

Our state of the art HQ has everything your school trip needs for an enjoyable day of ocean activities. We are equipped with male & female toilets, heated changing rooms, hot outdoor showers, safety lockers for valuables and storage for clothes and bags. We understand the importance of time in the water after learning something new, that’s why we also boast a well-stocked hire centre for any consolidation your students may wish to do after their day of outdoor activities.

Once the school day ends, and with prior approval from teachers, pupils are welcome to meet their parents at our HQ’s hire centre. This will allow them to extend their day of ocean fun and continue their learning experience. During your school activity day out, we will provide all of the necessary equipment for the appropriate season, we also have on-site classrooms for any theory work during the session.


All of our surf coaches are either ISA (International Surfing Association) or Surfing England qualified and also experienced beach lifeguards. Many have years of international professional and personal experience having surfed and coached at beaches in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Indonesia.


With our Schools Surf Survivor experience, we’ve devised a unique set of lifesaving and coast guarding activities that play out on the breathtaking beaches of Newquay. Combining flag and fitness games with mock rescue scenarios, our Surf Survivor experience will challenge your class physically and mentally on some of Cornwall’s best surf beaches!

This is the perfect activity for all ages and there’s no better way to test your abilities than jumping in a wetsuit, getting sandy and problem-solving in the sea.


During our Lifeguard Trials, your students will Learn RNLI lifeguarding skills, experience the thrill of coasteering and take part in a simulated team rescue on our super SUP; the school bus is definitely going to be quiet on the way home! Local wildlife is abundant along this route. Pupils will witness a variety of species including inquisitive grey seals, rare kittiwake gulls and, if the timing is right, even bottlenose dolphins!

We have a huge range of activities for schools and a range of budgets.  Some trip ideas include Schools Surfing, Schools Paddleboarding, Schools Kayaking and our beach games, the Cornish Challenge.  We offer many more school activity options, and can do multiple activities over a day.  We are large group specialists and have worked with both public schools and private schools to deliver a bespoke service that meet both  teacher and pupil requirements.


Our school adventure activities can be geared to feature current curriculum topics and learning goals. From science, maths, English language and literature, to personal development, social skills, self-confidence, motivational skills and physical development. Speak to our team about how we can arrange outdoor learning for your school group upon booking.

To take part in our school activity adventure days out, each child needs to bring a completed medical declaration and consent form. Please note: those without will be unable to attend.


Newquay Activity Centre takes the fun of school trips to Cornwall seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and enjoyment. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our school trip adventure activities in Newquay are days-out to remember!

Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors are experienced in delivering school trip activities in Cornwall with as much fun as is safely possible. All of our instructors hold the current DBS requirements for working with children and are experienced in working with varying abilities throughout the group. We pride ourselves on inclusion and adapt our sessions to suit all ages and abilities. We’re not happy unless you’re happy, so book your school trip activity today for a coastal experience that every child will remember!