Heritage Paddleboarding Adventure – Discover Newquay’s History

Heritage Paddleboarding Adventure - Discover Newquay's History

£ 70

Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Beginner & Intermediate
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 8
Newquay, Cornwall, UK
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
Minimum booking size: 1
Start time(s): 09:00, 12:00, 15:00
Duration: 2 hours
£ 70

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a Stand Up Paddleboarding journey with our Heritage SUP Tour, designed to showcase the best of Newquay’s coastline. From fascinating historical tales to captivating natural beauty, this tour offers a relaxing yet inspiring experience for adventurers of all ages.

Fear not if you’re new to SUPing; our expert instructors are here to teach you the basics. Start on your knees and stand up when you’re comfortable. It’s a no-pressure environment tailored to your skill level.

Our coastline is steeped in maritime history, from dramatic tales of lifeboat rescues to the hidden footsteps of smuggling pirates. As we kit you out and launch from two lush semi-secret coves, you’ll feel a connection to this vibrant past.

From the deck of your paddleboard, you’ll have a front-row seat to observe the local flora and fauna. Don’t be surprised if a curious seal pops up beside your board!

What To Expect

  • Relaxing Guided SUP Tour: After a quick safety briefing and learning how to paddle, you’ll paddle into Newquay’s picturesque shallows, where the rugged coastlines tell tales of storms and smugglers.
  • Historical Exploration: Discover Dead Man’s Cove, Witches Peak, and other intriguing sites with a focus on Cornwall’s maritime history.
  • Stunning Scenery: Witness the breathtaking cliffs, caves, and caverns.
  • Wildlife Watching: Keep an eye out for seals and maybe even dolphins in their natural habitat.

What About The Weather?

While 95% of our tours go ahead unaffected, we have excellent alternatives if needed in the case of bad weather, from changing the time and location of your tour to providing different activities. Your safety and enjoyment are our priority.

Why Choose Us?

Situated near Towan beach, our purpose-designed centre is equipped with everything you need for a day of ocean fun. Our commitment goes beyond just a quick buck; when you book with us, you get care, attention, and unforgettable experiences.

Whether you’re a seasoned paddleboarder or just starting, our Heritage SUP Tour offers a unique perspective on Newquay’s rich history, biodiversity, and heritage. Learn new skills, explore incredible landscapes, and create lasting memories with us.

Book today and embark on a heritage adventure tomorrow!

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What's Included:

  • Expert and insured SUP instructors
  • All necessary gear including wetsuit, buoyancy aid, SUP board and paddle
  • Warm changing rooms and secure storage for your belongings
  • Outdoor showers and toilets for both males and females
  • Comprehensive safety and equipment briefings, weather checks
  • Historical insights and wildlife information throughout the tour
  • A special discount card for food & drink at local bars and cafes post-SUP
  • 15% off at Newquay’s Rip Curl store
  • Dog-sitting services available on request
  • Rainy weather? No worries! We have excellent alternatives to keep you paddling!


Storage locker
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

Stand up Paddleboarding or ‘SUP’ for short is one of the fastest growing waters sports in the world. Using a very large, stable board (similar to a surfboard) and a single-blade paddle you can navigate your way along coastlines, rivers and lakes.

Rain is no problem for a water-based activity! In fact, there’s no better way to make the most of a damp day than to get wet anyway! You will get changed into your wetsuit in our warm, dry changing rooms, then when you have your wetsuit on the rain isn’t an issue.

No need to worry, it’s all part of the learning process and can actually be quite fun!  You can climb back onto your board relatively easily, but if you struggle your instructor will be there to help out.

Everybody is different and the conditions on the day can greatly affect how quickly you will learn the basics. In calm conditions, most adults will learn to effectively knee paddle in the first 10 minutes and be stand-up paddling within half an hour.

You need to bring a towel and swimwear. Footwear will also be required so bring either a pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet or wetsuit boots. If not you can hire from us for £5.

Yes. We require that anybody taking part in any of our water sports, including SUP, is able to swim 50 metres.

Sessions last for approximately 2 hours from when you have got all your kit on. You can expect to be with us for around 2 and half hours overall.

We will explore one of two routes. ‘The Gazzle’ is our ocean-based route along Newquay’s famous Towan Head. We will launch from either Towan beach or the old Lifeboat slipway depending on tide and surf conditions. Our river-based route is on the beautiful Gannel estuary, only a 5-minute drive from the centre.

We regularly see the local seals up close; we have also seen dolphins in Newquay bay, as well as Sunfish and Lion’s mane jellyfish. Basking sharks have also been seen on rare occasions (don’t worry, they are completely harmless and have no teeth). There is also an impressive array of birdlife, especially on our Gannel estuary route.

We primarily use inflatable boards, however we do have some hard boards for more experienced paddlers to use.

Providing you meet the minimum requirement of 50 metres swimming capability and you have no current health issues or injuries preventing you from taking part in physical activity you can come. Don’t worry, it’s not a race and your instructor will make sure the group moves at the pace of the slowest paddler and will assist weak paddlers when needed.

All of our SUP Instructors are qualified British Canoeing Paddlesport leaders. They are also Beach and Surf Safety Lifeguards. They have years of personal experience in the water, and attend regular site-specific staff training. We also work in closely with the RNLI to ensure your safety in and out of the water.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts