Kayak lesson and tour with a twist of luxury
Complimentary glass of Prosecco ideal for celebratory couples or groups
Personalise your experience with a choice between ocean and river setting
Qualified instructors and equipment provided
If you’re looking for a celebration with a difference, book onto our Kayak Paddle & Prosecco Tour for an exclusive experience with a sophisticated twist. Ideal for birthdays, engagements, stag and hen do’s or just about any other celebration you can think of! Choose between river or ocean for the ultimate personalised feel.
Our Kayak Paddle & Prosecco Tour will begin in one of two places depending on your choice of setting. Opting for our ocean adventure will see you exploring the nooks and crannies of Newquay’s impressive coastline, whereas choosing our river option will allow you to be immersed in the beauty of the Gannel Estuary.
KITTING UP AND LEARNING THE BASICS
Whichever adventure you choose, the equipment allocation and safety brief remain the same. You’ll be kitted up with Rip Curl wetsuits, buoyancy aids, rash vests, helmets, kayaks and paddles either from our Newquay HQ or our off-grid river base.
Your instructor will guide you through the mechanics of each bit of equipment so that you’re familiar and confident with your new adventure gear. As much as we want you to have fun on the water, we also have a huge commitment towards keeping you safe. Before paddling out, your instructor will deliver a full safety brief along with a lesson in correct kayaking techniques.
You’ll learn how to paddle efficiently, use the tide and weather to your advantage, manage different swell sizes and how to ‘ferry glide’ if you’re on the river. You’ll also learn about water safety and any important signals that may come in handy. Your brief will finish with a short warm-up before hitting the water and setting off on your adventure!
THE RIVER GANNEL
Explore the quiet haven of the River Gannel whilst enjoying one of our most popular activities! Your relaxing kayak cruise will present opportunities for wildlife spotting as well as tales of mystery and wonder from your passionate and knowledgeable instructor.
Cruise past blue lagoons, rolling green hills and golden sand banks whilst soaking in the tropical-like estuary views. Your first stop will be Penpol Creek - the most secluded and sheltered stop on the river. This peaceful lagoon is abundant with wildlife including otters, crabs and rare estuary birds. From here you’ll paddle your kayaks downstream under overhanging trees and through crystal-clear waters. This momentary oasis of calm is here for you to pause, breathe and enjoy as you take some time away from the stresses of everyday life.
Your group will then moor up your kayaks at an old lime kiln and shipyard that dates all the way back to 1872. Enjoy some quality time with your friends, marvel at the gorgeous scenery and take a sip of prosecco. It’s a great opportunity for a well-earned rest before the relaxed paddle back!
NEWQUAY DRAMATIC COASTLINE
Opting for our ocean-based Paddle & Prosecco Kayak Tour will provide you with a completely different but equally enjoyable experience. You will launch your kayak from a sheltered stretch of Cornish coastline before setting off to explore the dramatic landscape that surrounds Newquay.
We launch and land from two of Newquay’s lush, semi-secret coves. The start to experience is an adventure, as we walk down a rock path to the water’s edge. It’s worth it as the scenery is breath taking, there is some incredible coastal wildlife in the area, and you really are experiencing the best of Newquay’s coastal fringe. We take the walk down to the water slowly, the kayaks will be waiting in the cove for you.
We pride ourselves in sharing a well-rounded learning experience, which will on many tours see you given the opportunity to experience both a double and single kayak. If you start in a double kayak but want to try a single, we swap mid-way on either one of the secret beaches that we visit or in the ocean environment. We cannot guarantee that you will have a single or a double kayak for the duration of the tour. But will have the opportunity to experience both, or one or the other.
Paddle under enormous cliff tops, experience impressive rock formations, and cruise into caves and coves. There is an abundance of scenery to be discovered around the coastline of Newquay and your kayak will act as the perfect viewing platform.
Explore the forgotten footsteps of gin-smuggling pirates, silently gaze upon native wildlife in its natural habitat and witness hidden caves once used for storing plunder. Our highly passionate instructors will teach you all they know about their beloved Newquay, leaving you with a new-found appreciation for the Cornish coast.
You will then find an epic place to anchor down and enjoy a nice glass of bubbly! Swap your paddle for a Prosecco and enjoy a well-earned break while you soak in the views. Time it right and you might have the golden glow of the sun sparkling through your refreshments! It’s not every day you get to listen to the calming splashes of the ocean with a glass of Prosecco in your hand; savour the moment!
Newquay Activity Centre takes kayaking seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and fun. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our kayak lessons and adventures in Newquay are days-out to remember!
With safety at the forefront of our lessons, we must advise that our Kayak Paddle & Prosecco Tours are only open to people aged 18 and over.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate many of our activities in the shelter of Towan beach or the Gannel Estuary. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for kayak tours. 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 change the time or location of your tour. Alternatively, we can move your booking onto a different activity, safe from unsuitable or dangerous kayak conditions.
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 kayak booking 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!
Scenic river or ocean kayak lesson & tour
Qualified and knowledgeable kayak instructors
Complimentary Prosecco during tour
Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets at HQ
Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayaks and paddles provided
Heated changing rooms and secure on-site storage for your valuables
Tales of the area’s rich history, biodiversity and heritage
10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
Discount card for apres kayak food & drink at local bars and cafes
15% off at Newquay’s Rip Curl store
A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
Excellent bad weather options in case of adverse conditions - we’ll get you guys in the water! This activity can go ahead in the rain - no worries!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit