Kayaking in Newquay – Paddle & Picnic

Kayaking in Newquay - Paddle & Picnic

£ 100

Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Taster & Beginner
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
£ 100

Activity Highlights:

Looking to escape into nature and embrace the beauty of Newquay’s coastal landscapes? Our Kayak Paddle & Picnic tour is the perfect getaway for adventurers of all ages. Whether you’re a kayaking expert or a complete beginner, our friendly and knowledgeable instructors are ready to guide you through a unique and personalised experience.
Your adventure begins with a choice between the majestic ocean and the serene river setting, both offering their own charm.

What To Expect

  • Scenic Kayak Lesson & Tour: Navigate through either the stunning ocean vistas or peaceful river landscapes with the help of qualified instructors.
  • Delightful Picnic: Enjoy a local feast with Cornish pasties and refreshing drinks, catering to all dietary needs.
  • Facilities & Gear: Heated changing rooms, secure storage, wetsuits, kayaks, and more are provided.
  • History & Biodiversity: Engage with tales of the area’s rich history and vibrant ecosystem.
  • Bad Weather Options: Don’t fret about the rain; we’ve got alternatives to make sure you have a blast!

Whether you opt for the tranquil river or the thrilling ocean, you’ll be kitted up with top-quality equipment and guided through safety briefings and kayaking techniques. Safety is our priority, but so is fun! You’ll learn how to paddle efficiently, manage different weather conditions, and even some neat kayak tricks.

Meandering through Penpol Creek, you’ll bask in the peaceful ambiance and rich biodiversity of the Gannel Estuary. Moor up your kayak at an old lime kiln, explore the woods, and relish in sweeping estuary views while enjoying a well-deserved picnic.

Choose the ocean-based adventure and embark on an unforgettable journey along Newquay’s breathtaking coastline. Double or single kayaks, hidden coves, imposing cliffs, and a sumptuous lunch with stunning views await you. Discover Newquay like never before and create lasting memories with friends or fellow adventurers.

Why Choose Us?

We are a two-time Gold winner at various tourism awards, ensuring a remarkable experience in terms of both safety and fun. For families with children under 8, we have Private or Family Kayak Tour options, ensuring an experience suitable for all.

We strive to offer the best conditions for our kayak tours, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Rest assured, we have excellent back-up options and will communicate any necessary changes to you in advance.

Our convenient location near Towan beach is more than just a launching pad for your adventure. With outdoor showers, changing rooms, lockers, and an array of hire equipment, we provide everything you need for a day of fun. Our team is dedicated to giving you the care, attention, and unforgettable experience you deserve.

Book online or chat with the friendly Adventuro team via the online chat to answer your questions.

Book tomorrow’s adventure today with our Kayak Paddle & Picnic tour, and discover the magic of Newquay’s coastal beauty!

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What's Included:

  • Qualified, knowledgeable kayak instructors to guide you.
  • Picnic lunch with locally-sourced Cornish pasties!
  • Heated changing rooms, secure storage, hot outdoor showers, and separate male & female toilets.
  • A full safety briefing, kit familiarisation, and weather condition checks.
  • Wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, kayak, and paddle all provided.
  • Hear tales of the area's rich history, biodiversity, and even spot seals!
  • Enjoy discount cards for food & drink at local bars, and 15% off at Newquay’s Rip Curl store.
  • Need a dog sitter? Just ask and we can help!
  • Don’t worry about rain or bad weather; we have excellent alternatives to ensure a great time!


Storage locker
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

There’s much more to kayaking than simply paddling in a straight line from start to finish. Your session can include much, much more! Learning advanced paddling techniques. Fun games and races. Exploring smugglers caves. Getting up close with wildlife in the natural environment, especially the local Seal population and possibly dolphins. Navigating narrow gullies and riding the natural rapids created by the ocean swell. Learning about local history and points of interest. Watching our coasteering groups as they jump off cliffs is also a great spectator sport!

What better activity to do in the rain than a water activity?  Rain or shine our kayak sessions are the ultimate activity for the family.

As you will be undertaking your session in one of our sit-on-top kayaks, falling in pretty unlikely, and even if it does happen, it is not a problem.  You can just flip the kayak upright and climb back in.  One of our qualified instructors will be on hand to make sure that you are ok and give you any assistance needed.

We can provide a wetsuit so you only need to bring a towel and swimwear. You can wear your own wetsuit if you have one or if you have your own kayak specific waterproofs you may bring these too.  Footwear will also be required so bring either a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or you can hire from us for £3 a go.  Most importantly please bring a sense of adventure and fun!

Your trip will take you on one of a couple of different routes that we use.  The main route is along the Gazzle which is a large headland just a short paddle from our centre.  Alternatively, we will take you along a sheltered stretch of river located a short drive from the centre. We are happy for you to let us know your preference, and we will use the conditions on the day to help us decide.

Our ocean-based route along Towan headland is rich in wildlife. Common sightings include Grey Seals, and an array of birdlife. There is also the possibility to see Dolphins, Sun Fish, Lion’s mane jellyfish, and Basking Sharks have previously been spotted in the area (don’t worry, they are completely harmless and have no teeth). Our river-based route in the Gannel estuary is very in rich in Birdlife including Herrings, Iceland and Franklin Gulls.

Providing you have fulfilled the minimum requirement of 50 metres swimming capability and you have no current health issues or injuries preventing you from participating in an adventurous activities you are welcome to come! Don’t worry, it’s not a race and you are not expected to be an Olympic-level paddler! Your instructor will make sure the group moves at the pace of the slowest paddler and will assist weak paddlers when needed.

All our Instructors are fully qualified British Canoeing Paddlesport leaders as well as Beach and Surf Safety Lifeguards. Our instructors have years of personal experience in the water, and attend regular site-specific staff training. We also work in close partnership 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