Outdoor Activities for Schools



Treat your school group to a selection of educational (yet massively fun!) outdoor learning adventure lessons, created exclusively by Newquay Activity Centre.

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. 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. Simply give us a call and our friendly bookings team will build the perfect package to suit your school group.


Check our our extensive list of adventure activity days for schools below:
School Activities Surf Lessons

Schools Surf Lessons

Ocean safety & awareness coupled with incredibly addictive surf skills; school trips don’t get much cooler than this!

School Activities Bodyboard Lessons

Schools Bodyboarding Lessons

Bodyboarding can be picked up so quickly that we guarantee every pupil will catch a wave! Fast learners will pick up pro maneuvers like threesixty spins and tube rides.

Schools SUP

Schools SUP Lessons

Our stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons for schools explore Newquay’s breathtaking landscape and master the basics of this must-try watersport in just one session.

Schools Kayak Lessons

Schools Kayak Lessons

From mastering kayaking techniques and discovering secret caves, to spotting and identifying wildlife; it’s a packed session bursting with hands-on learning experiences.

School Activities Eco Coasteering

Schools Eco Coasteering

Your school group will negotiate our breathtaking coastline with smiles on their faces and discover local wildlife treats along the way.

School Activities Fistral Rangers

Schools Fistral Rangers

For an unforgettable school trip that transforms classroom learning into a thrilling outdoor adventure, treat your pupils to a Fistral Rangers school session with Newquay Activity Centre today.

School Activities Cornish Challenge

Schools Cornish Challenge

The School Cornish Challenge is Newquay Activity Centre’s answer to the Highland Games – the ultimate team-building tournament in Cornwall!

School Activities Surf Survivor

Schools Surf Survivor

Our Surf Survivor challenge encompasses all aspects of the beach rescue lifestyle to get you working competitively in teams, both in and out of the water.

School Activities Cornwall Castaway

Schools Cornwall Castaway

Do your pupils have what it takes to survive a shipwreck and relive the folklore of brave lifeboat men? Learn wilderness and coastal survival skills on our historic Cornwall Castaway specially developed for schools!

School Activities Lifeguard Trials

Schools Lifeguard Trials

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!

School Activities Beach Safety

Schools Baywatch Rescue

Learn essential lessons about Newquays beaches and the ocean environment that surrounds it. Discover our new and exciting outdoor learning programme for school trips in Cornwall!


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 group 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!



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!