Relaxing SUP safari exploring the best tales of Newquay's coastline
Historical focus on the smugglers, myths and legends from Cornwall’s past
Wildlife watching and identification
Explore cliffs, caves and caverns that local seals now call home!
On a calm sunny day, it’s hard to believe that violent storms and seafaring smugglers shaped Newquay’s rugged coastlines. But look closer, paddle into shallower waters and you'll see history come alive on our heritage SUP tours. From secret coves to hidden tunnels, the coast of Cornwall is emblazoned with its rich and captivating past.
LEARN TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARD!
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 informative paddle around Newquay’s most historically-rich coastline. Many of our SUP tour groups begin paddling on their knees, advancing to a stand up position when they feel safe and confident to do so.
Our Heritage SUP 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 Heritage SUP 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.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Despite being sheltered, Towan Head’s caves and crags are notoriously named. Dead Man’s cove and Witches Peak earned their titles for a reason and it’s these stories that bring a new dimension to our dramatic local history. With tales of smugglers, lifeboat rescues and shipwrecks, ours is a coastline steeped in fascinating maritime history!
From the warmth of our on-site heated changing rooms, we will kit you out with a top quality wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet. Once you’re armed with a paddle and a board, you’ll follow your instructor down to Towan beach where the Heritage SUP Tour will begin. In keeping with the heritage theme of your tour, you will paddle in the hidden footsteps of tea, brandy and gin-smuggling pirates.
The deck of your stand up paddleboard is the perfect way to view our coastlines! Not only is the scenery stunning, you’ll get close enough to touch the cliffs and take charge of the route for the ultimate tailored adventure. It’ll be hard to believe the dramatic tales shared by our instructors.
An abundance of native flora and fauna call this coastline home. You're guaranteed to see a range of local wildlife that inhabit Newquay’s marine environment. Keep your eyes peeled for nosey seals popping up beside your board!
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 at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our Heritage Stand Up Paddle Boarding 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 SUP with us but they should be accompanied by an adult and book onto a private or family group tour.
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 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.
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!
Interesting and informative heritage focussed SUP tour
Qualified and knowledgeable SUP instructors
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
Wildlife watching and identification
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