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Five autumn activities for getting wet and wild in Cornwall

Spend October half-term doing something a little different, having a last hurrah before winter creeps in and it’s all storm watching, getting cosy in front of a log fire and searching for Cornwall’s showstopping hot chocolates. 

We got some top tips from the talented team at Newquay Activity Centre about which activities are sure to give our guests an amazing high this autumn…because after all, water-based activities aren’t just for summer months. 

Please remember your safety first, see the bottom of this blog for a handy guide to Beach Safety.

Go Coasteering

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Find the ocean-mad team at Newquay Activity Centre togged up in wetsuits discovering the wild coast of Cornwall and its craggy cliffs like you’ve never seen before. On this family adventure, you’ll be able to scramble your way through old smugglers’ caves, see an array of marine life in their natural habitat and dipping in and out of natural rapids and whirlpools. If you’re a real adrenaline junkie, then the team will even guide you to some of their secret cliff jumps around Newquay bay.

Go kayaking

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Cornwall is teeming with amazing locations just waiting to be explored by kayak. The sea can become quite choppy in autumn, so the team at Newquay Activity Centre have put together a unique kayaking tour of the River Gannel, just a stone’s throw from our Newquay self-catering cottages. The Gannel’s meandering tidal waters are flanked by woodland and sand dunes making it a distinctive home for native wildlife and a stunning place to explore. 

Other great places to kayak in Cornwall this half term are Helford River, Kingsand in South East Cornwall and Gorran Haven, where kayaks are available to rent. 

Go on a Super SUP

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For two hours of boredom busting fun, keep the whole family entertained with a thrilling Super SUP session. Mum, dad, and kids will be kitted out in a top of the range wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet and paddle then join one of Newquay Activity Centre’s experienced instructors to paddle the giant surfboard along the Cornish coastline. After discovers secret coves, you’ll stop for some hilarious family games, who will be the last one standing? 

Want to add in some education during your session? Find out more here.

Go wild Swimming

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The sea has had the whole summer to warm up, making now the perfect time to take the plunge. Take a dip at high tide from one of Cornwall’s picture-perfect harbours, head to a secluded cove where the water is calm with no strong currents or visit one of the stunning natural sea pools. Some of our favourite spots are Cawsand, Perranporth sea pool and Lansallos Cove in Looe. 

For more inspiration check out our wild swimming blog.

Go surfing

Last but by no means least, surfing! No trip to Cornwall is complete without giving this a go and why not do it in Cornwall’s surfing capital - Newquay. From paddling, board control and balance techniques for novices to surfing different types of waves, start things off slow with a taster session or get stuck in with a fun family surf lesson. 

How to stay safe on the coast

If you would like to find out more about what our friends at Newquay Activity Centre have to offer, take a look at their activities online

Want to visit Newquay? Take a look at our holiday homes in Newquay here.

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