Estuary SUP Paddle & Picnic

Estuary SUP Paddle & Picnic

£100 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 An introduction to the worlds fastest growing watersport
 Tranquil adventure and exploration around Cornwall’s epic coast
 Top-quality kit provided
 Industry-leading Instructors
If you’re looking to take things a bit slower but still enjoy the exhilaration of a water-based activity, this one’s for you! Ideal for groups, families or hen & stag parties looking for something a bit different.
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What's Included

  •  Scenic river SUP lesson & tour
  • Qualified and knowledgeable SUP instructors
  • Picnic lunch with locally sourced Cornish pasties and drinks
  • Heated changing rooms and secure storage for your valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets
  • Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
  • Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, SUP boards and paddles included
  • Tales of the area’s rich history, biodiversity and heritage
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • Discount card for apres SUP 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!


With the correct safety advice and instruction, stand up paddle boarding is quick and easy to learn. First, our instructors teach you the basics, then the tour sets off with a unique and relaxing paddle along the beautiful Gannel estuary, before stopping off for a proper Cornish picnic! Most of our SUP groups begin paddling on their knees, advancing to a stand up position when they feel safe and confident to do so.

Our River SUP Paddle & Picnic Tour has been designed to teach you many core skills including how to launch and land, stand up and balance, hold your paddle, perform basic strokes and how to make directional changes.

There is absolutely no pressure on our River SUP Paddle & Picnic Tour; feel free to enjoy the session from the comfort of your board, or give standing up a go – it’s entirely up to you! Our experienced instructors are there to help whatever your skill level may be.

We’ll get you kitted up in warm wetsuits and buoyancy aids from the comfort of our heated changing rooms. Out on the river bank, your instructor will guide you through the tides, how to navigate your SUP and the ebb and flow of the river. After a safety brief and kit familiarisation, our friendly instructors will continue to guide you every step of the way.


Efficiently putting those skills into practice, your group will paddle upstream and across the river. Along the way, your instructor will point out the various rare estuary birds nesting in the trees. You will look out for many other local wildlife inhabitants including fish, otters and voles.

At Penpol Creek, you’ll discover a peaceful lagoon. There, you’ll explore the remains of an old lime kiln and learn how the creek was once used as a trading post site. You’ll also put your new paddle skills to the test, gently navigating your SUP under the atmospheric overhanging trees.

We’ll even throw in some games and challenges. These are completely optional so just let us know!


Moor your SUPs and place your paddles at the old lime kiln on entry to the woods above Penpol Creek. Take a quick ride on the tree-hanging rope swing before making your way towards our peaceful picnic site on the crest of a nearby hill.

Enjoy the endless sweeping views and a well-earned rest. Take a break here with a picnic lunch, supplied by us and full of locally sourced Cornish ingredients (yes, including pasties!) All that paddling will no doubt have given you an appetite! Before you depart, take a few moments to soak in the breathtaking sights of the estuary as the river meanders north towards Crantock beach.

After an enjoyable break, it’s back down towards the river to pick up your SUP. Fuelled again on picnic pasties and snacks, it’s time to breathe in the peace and serenity of one of Newquay’s hidden gems on your return paddle!


After launching the company in 1996, we have catered for over 200,000 guest experiences. Through 27 years of offering coastal experiences in Newquay, our coastal and Gannel estuary Paddleboarding lessons and tours include signature routes that get the best of the daily weather conditions.

The Newquay Activity Instructors pass through a 3 month long training course prior to starting work in order to deliver our lessons and tours. Using professional, technical advice from the counties top level paddle sports expert, John Paul Eatock, the standards of safety while maintaining fun lesson delivery are sky high. Each of our instructors are qualified as a minimum, with a Beach lifeguard (or equivalent) and a British Canoe Paddlesports leader.


We take huge pride in providing the best paddleboarding tours and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay. We are also a British Canoeing Delivery Partner which is a testament to our constant high standards of paddlesports delivery.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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