River SUP Paddle & Picnic

Try Stand Up Paddleboarding

River SUP Paddle & Picnic

£ pp | Minimum 2 people

Relaxing SUP tour with top class instruction and guiding
River picnic with proper Cornish pasties and refreshing drinks
Connect back to nature - low intensity activity
Suitable for all abilities, ages 3+

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, we’ve combined scenic river SUPing with a relaxing picnic. Avoid the beach crowds and enjoy our secret woodland picnic area instead!


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!

Newquay Activity Centre takes SUPing seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and fun. We are a two-time Gold winner of the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our Individual Stand Up Paddleboarding adventures in Newquay are days-out to remember!


With safety at the forefront of our lessons, we must advise that children under the age of 8 are welcome to join us on our River SUP Paddle & Picnic Tour, but they must be accompanied by an adult.



We are super fortunate to operate our River SUP Tours in the shelter of the Gannel Estuary. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for Stand Up Paddleboard 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 SUP 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 stand up paddle board booking due to adverse weather, we will let you know in advance. (No need to call us). We appreciate your understanding.



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!


If you don’t see availability for the date you would like then please contact us using our Online Chat or by calling 01637 877722

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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!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit

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