Experience bushcraft, super SUP and coasteering skills in our awesome coastal environment
Enjoy exhilarating team building fun through shipwreck scenarios!
Industry leading cliff and ocean guides that bring adventure to life
All equipment provided
Your stag or hen party will embark on a re-enactment of one of Newquay's most famous shipwrecks, do you have what it takes to survive? To mark the 100th anniversary of a legendary castaway tale, we have created the Cornwall Castaway experience. Do you have what it takes to survive a wild weather shipwreck and relive the folklore of brave lifeboat men? Learn wilderness and coastal survival skills on our historic Cornwall Castaway!
AS LEGEND HAS IT...
In December 1917 a terrible storm battered the coast of Newquay. The Osten, a local fishing boat, got caught in the storm and was washed over the notoriously dangerous Cribbar reef – a modern day big wave surf spot where waves of up to 40ft break over shallow jagged rocks.
The alarm was raised and horses pulled the lifeboat to the slipway on Towan Headland. However, on arrival at the scene, the lifeboat’s new coxswain refused to launch in such weather and waves. Despite the coxswains orders, former cox Gill resisted saying he had been out in worse and formed a maverick crew of volunteers to rescue the Osten.
Much to the delight of onlookers, the lifeboat set sail under Gill’s command, but the boat was soon tipped by huge waves. Her sails quickly filled with water so she could not self-right and the crew were washed overboard and into the cliffs.
The storm raged for the following 3 days and 3 nights forcing the crew to weather it out in a nearby cave. The men foraged for seagull eggs, crabs and shellfish and built fires from driftwood to cook and fend off the onset of hypothermia. When the storm finally passed the crew were rescued and awarded RNLI gallantry medals on their return to land.
Would you have the knowledge to survive in such an unforgiving environment?
STAG PARTIES & HEN PARTIES
You’ll be challenged on every level in a myriad of wilderness bushcraft & adventure scenarios. These will include wild swimming, coasteering, survival skills and navigating a rescue craft back to shore. It’s no easy feat and to become a true Cornwall Castaway you must successfully complete every wilderness & adventure challenge. Have you got what it takes?
On arrival at the Newquay Activity Centre one of our qualified experienced instructors will kit your group out in Rip Curl wetsuits, buoyancy aids and safety helmets before leading you to the beginning of your Cornwall Castaway adventure.
CHALLENGE ONE: MAKING DRY LAND (COASTEERING)
Shortly after being ‘shipwrecked’, your objective is to make dry land by means of wild sea swimming, traversing your way along rocks, low-level climbing and riding nature’s natural rapids. Get the excitement of your stag or hen party going with incredible leaps into deep-water plunge pools and see who has the nerve to go the highest!
CHALLENGE TWO: CAVE SURVIVAL (BUSHCRAFT)
On making it to Dead man’s cove, you’ll take on a host of wilderness & adventure survival skills. Here you will forage, collect fuel to build a fire and also learn how to identify our fascinating marine and bird life.
CHALLENGE THREE: RAFT ESCAPE (SUPER SUP)
Once your belly is full and your energy recharged, it’s time for your stag or hen party to escape Dead man’s cove. Fortunately for your group, a life raft (a.k.a our huge Super Stand Up Paddleboard) will be somewhere in the vicinity as a means of escape. Here, working as a team, you’ll learn how to launch & land the castaway raft, perform efficient paddle strokes (both standing up and kneeling down), steer & control the craft and navigate our craggy coastline back to the safety of the shore.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
It’s not just action, adrenaline and heaps of fun, but you will walk away having learnt invaluable coastal survival skills and a tall tale to tell for the next 100 years!
Newquay Activity Centre takes the fun of stag and hen do’s 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 stag and hen do activities in Newquay are days-out to remember!
Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors are experienced in delivering stag and hen do’s with as much fun as is safely possible. 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 stag or hen do today for an experience that no-one will forget!
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate many of our activities in the shelter of Towan beach. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for stag and hen do’s. However, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and sometimes she may have different plans for us. We always check the forecasted conditions but if the wind or swell picks up unexpectedly, we may need to reduce or remove the time spent on our super SUP to avoid dangerous situations. If this happens, we will always provide more time for either the bushcraft or coasteering elements of the session.
Over 95% of our tours go ahead unaffected by the weather but, in the unlikely event that this does happen, we have excellent back-up options for you to choose from. If we need to amend your stag or hen do activity due to adverse weather, we will let you know in advance. (No need to call us). We appreciate your understanding.
NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE
Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. We’re not in the business of just making a quick buck. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre, you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.
On site we have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male and female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your lesson. Extend your days fun and check out our hire equipment.
Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s activity today!
Expertly qualified & industry-leading SUP, wilderness and coasteer instructors
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, rash vests, super SUP and paddles provided for your team of castaways
Coastal awareness, safety briefing and kit checks before launch
Comprehensive instruction on correct techniques for paddling, bushcraft and coasteering skills
Ultimate adventure as you test your wild swimming, cave survival and coasteering abilities
Hot outdoor showers and separate male & female toilets
On-site storage and lockers for valuables
10% off further Newquay Activity Centre adventures
Discount card for apres adventure food/drink at local eateries and bars
15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store