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Seek the Outdoors and Adventure in Cornwall!

Discover Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping Activities in Cornwall.

There are many different types of holiday maker – some people like to travel alone and explore far off destinations, others like to have relaxing breaks by the beach and soak up the sun, others love to seek adventure and take part in outdoor activities. Cornwall is an amazing location in the south west region of the UK and it is a true playground for those who enjoy an active holiday and exploring the beautiful outdoor regions of our Island.

Why should you consider adventure activities?

Adventure activities can provide many benefits for both your mind and body. This type of activity usually involves physical exertion and interaction with nature or your immediate surroundings. Some of the main benefits of adventure activities and outdoor adventure are listed below:

– Improve your physical fitness.
– Improve your knowledge of the environment and natural world.
– Develop your confidence and self-belief.
– Improve bonds and relationships with your friends and family.
– Try something new and exciting.
– Experience a different part of Cornwall and Newquay.
– Learn some new skills.

As you can see, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits are simply fantastic for many aspects of your life. The thrill of Coasteering or Surfing will provide you with fond memories, whilst wilderness camping could teach you new skills. Furthermore, this type of activity often requires teamwork so you can strengthen bonds and trust with your family and friends. Finally, outdoor activities often allow you to interact with nature and improve your knowledge of plants, trees and wildlife. Once you have felt the adrenaline and rush of outdoor adventure you will want to experience more!

Why are Cornwall and Newquay havens for those seeking outdoor activities?

Cornwall is known for its beautiful stretches of rugged coastline, sleepy coastal villages and historic mining past. This county is one of the best locations in the UK for those who wish to embrace the outdoors.

Firstly, Cornwall has some amazing beaches and bays that are perfect for surfing. Secondly, Cornwall has some unbelievable stretches of dramatic cliffs that lend themselves to activities such as coasteering and base jumping. Thirdly, Cornwall has a well-developed network of professional organisations such as Cornish Wave who are dedicated to providing adventure activities to tourists and locals alike. Finally, the landscape and countryside are varied and lend themselves to this type of outdoor pursuit. In short, there is no better location in the UK for a slice of adventure!

What can Newquay and Cornwall offer in terms of outdoor adventure?

Now that you understand why adventure activities are so fantastic, and why Cornwall and Newquay are ideal locations, you should be aware of exactly what activities you can try your hand at! There is a wide range of different activities you can engage in and new variations are popping up every day. Listed below are some of the most popular adventure activities you can find in Cornwall and Newquay:

– Surfing (Fistral beach anyone?)
– Wilderness camping (fancy sleeping under the stars?)
– Coasteering (have you ever jumped off a 20ft cliff into the ocean?)
– Hiking trails (Enjoy the beautiful scenery)
– Water sports (kayaking and jet skis?)

Hopefully, this selection of activities has given you food for thought and enlightened you on the outdoor pursuits available in this wonderful corner of the UK. Adventure is waiting just around the corner for those who seek it – come on down to Cornwall and explore the great outdoors today!

HOW TO BOOK

  1. Contact us with the dates that you wish to join us.
  2. Confirm that you are happy with your activity session details & pay securely online, via Paypal or over the phone on 01637 872031 between 7am and 9pm each day.
  3. You’ll be given your arrival time in your booking confirmation email. Meet us at our central base in Newquay (4 Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF) Bring a towel, shoes for the beach or lace up trainers you don’t mind getting wet and a something to wear under your wetsuit. We provide the rest!

For further information about any of our adventure activity sessions or Wilderness & Adventure packages please get in touch using our contact form, send us an email using hello@cornishwave.com or give us a call on 01637 872031.

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Epic Stag Do’s – Wilderness Camping and Coasteering in Newquay

Friends enjoying the camp fire Wilderness & adventure  

Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping in Newquay

We have already shown you the delights of the surfing stag do; join us now and discover another unique and epic adventure that is perfect for the grooms send off – Wilderness Camping and Coasteering! These two activities are sure to create the perfect stag weekend, and could, in fact, be at risk of eclipsing the actual wedding! If you are looking for something different; continue reading and learn about the fantastic activities that Cornish Wave can offer your stag party.

Wilderness Camping – Up close and personal with nature

As the name implies, wilderness camping involves immersing yourself in nature and camping out in the elements – True Bear Grylls style! What better way to start your stag weekend than to come together as a group away from the fast paced, high energy world and relax yourselves in your own private Wild Camp? You can truly exercise your manly traits and ingenuity – Don’t worry about pitching tents, Cornish Wave have you covered. We provide large canvas Bell tents or if you really want to sleep under the stars request a hammock and drift off by the light of the fire.

Forget about the pubs and bars on your first night– There is plenty of time for that on your big night in downtown Newquay! Before the nightlife calls, enjoy a fun and action-packed adventure in an area of secluded Cornish woodlands, and learn some basic bushcraft and camping hacks. Your group can come together, chat, have a laugh, sip a beer or two and be at one with nature before enjoying a thrilling session of Coasteering or surfing – Top all that off with an immense night out in Newquay and you have the perfect stag weekend.

Axe throwing bushcraft

sunny woodlands wild camping

Coasteering – Show off your skills

Once you have spent the night in your private Cornish campsite, you can then undertake an action packed and adrenaline fuelled session of Coasteering. This activity is all about testing your limits and experiencing the Cornish coastal regions. You will take to the cliffs surrounding Newquay and test your climbing and swimming skills; also your nerve and bravery.

Each Coasteering session is different from the last – Maybe you will scramble across a cliff face and down into the sea below? Maybe you will find a hidden cave or swim along a stretch of water? Maybe you will perform a series of spectacular dives from the top of the cliffs and plunge into the salty abyss? Whatever your Coasteering session contains, your stag group is sure to have an amazing time. You will bond as a group, push each other to the limit, and create some immense memories.

coasteering guide jumping 

Stag Do’s with a twist – Embrace your wild side

As you can see, these activities will create a unique stag do that rival wedding groups will be envious of! An adventure weekend with Cornish Wave will start with an interesting and fun night of wilderness camping on Friday, progress into an action packed session of Coasteering or surfing during Saturday daytime, and then finish with a wild night out in Newquay in the evening!

This truly is a fantastic trio of activities and will create an epic stag do. Newquay is already known for its lively nightlife and is a popular venue for stag parties, but Cornish Wave take this to the next level and show you everything this Cornish region has to offer!

HOW TO BOOK

We offer our Price Match Guarantee for all Stag Do surfing lessons and Coasteering sessions.

  1. Contact us with the dates that you wish to join us for some Stag Do Coasteering
  2. Confirm that you are happy with your Coasteering session details & pay securely via Paypal or over the phone on 01637 872031 between 7am and 9pm each day.
  3. You’ll be given your arrival time in your booking confirmation email. Meet us at our central base in Newquay (4 Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF) Bring a towel and a something to wear under your wetsuit. We provide the rest!

For further information about any of our Stag Do Coasteering sessions or Wilderness & Adventure packages please get in touch using our contact form, send us an email using hello@cornishwave.com or give us a call on 07771 718 125 or 01637 872031.

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Why Wild Camping is the Perfect Family Activity in Cornwall

There are hundreds of choices for a family outdoor activity. We take a look at some of the unique benefits of a Wild Camping Experience for parents and children alike.

Relaxing for Parents, Fulfilling for Families

Wild Camping is an opportunity to spend time as a family in nature. There’s something quite unique about family time together in a natural environment. Research by Dina Izenstark and Aaron Ebata at the University of Illinois describes the feeling of mental relief for a parent watching their children play in nature – allowing them to stay in charge but accompanied by a sense of ‘letting go’ not experienced at home.

The feeling of fulfilment is theorised to come from the increased focus on yourself and others while Wild Camping. Izenstark and Ebata’s research suggests that when attention is restored in a natural setting, a family unit is able to pick up on each other’s social cues and become closer. 

Families can find it easier to bond over activities like mealtimes in the outdoors Families can find it easier to bond over activities like mealtimes in the outdoors

Managed Risk

Over 80% of parents in a recent Sport England survey state that ‘children get less exercise today because parents are afraid to let them go outside alone, particularly their daughters.

Research by Play England points out that although 70% of adults had their most memorable childhood adventures in outdoor spaces among trees, rivers and woods, only 29% of children today can say the same, with most young people naming the playground as the setting for their biggest adventures. The Director of Play England, Adrian Voce, shows how the research indicates this is largely due to risk averse parenting.

Light bushcraft skills can build confidence in a risk-managed environment Light bushcraft skills can build confidence in a risk-managed environment

Wild Camp experience is a managed risk introduction to outdoor adventure. It is just far enough removed from the everyday to make a lasting impression and facilitate a memorable adventure, yet it remains a safe and controlled environment.

Activities are designed to be challenging and adventurous, yet safe. Learning and exploration is facilitated by Institute of Outdoor Learning qualified guides.  Risk is not completely absent, but properly managed and children are encouraged to experiment and explore.

When children are helped and allowed to experience risk, even in a semi-controlled way, it helps develop their ability to deal with it and builds self-confidence. It encourages them to think for themselves and develops their resilience.

Good Habits for Life

Outdoor activities are fun and there are so many to choose from, but after the thrill of the action you may be wondering what lasting effect those experiences will have on your children, and yourself! Time in ‘green spaces’ such as the woodland setting of our wild camp have been shown to have a profound, long lasting effect on a person’s relationship with the outdoors.

A study by Aspinall, Montarzino & Thompson from Heriott-Watt University has shown a strong relationship between frequent childhood visits and being prepared to visit woodlands or green spaces alone as an adult. By contrast, not visiting as a child was associated with a very low likelihood of later adult visits.

Cooking marshmallows over an open fire

According to Sport England research, parents of children who are active outdoors are twice as likely to become active themselves. Similarly, the children of parents who are active outdoors are twice as likely to become active themselves.

Several studies cited in a recent Natural England report suggest that people enjoy physical activities more when undertaken in greener environments. The evidence shows that people were more satisfied following physical activities in the outdoors (compared to indoors) and reported a greater intention to repeat the activity in future.

So if being more physically active is a goal for you and the family, Wild Camping in a natural environment is likely to foster a long-term love of the outdoors and an active lifestyle.


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Family Outdoor Activities: Take a break from Tech

A family Wild Camping experience is a great way to get away from phones, computers and TV screens for a day – but is it really worth it? We take a look at why it’s worth ditching the tech and re-connecting with the natural world, and each other.


Healthy Body

This one is pretty obvious. Most of the time the family are in front of screens, they are not moving.

To stay healthy, the NHS recommends that adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities. Government research shows that less than half of UK adults are getting anywhere near that amount of exercise, with increased reliance on technology and the modern sedentary lifestyle taking much of the blame.

Reasearch by the British Heart Foundation shows that it’s even worse for children, with only 21 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended levels of physical activity for good health.

Spending time in the outdoors, away from the temptations of screen time can begin to foster a lifestyle that makes more time for physical activity.

Switch to analog and find yourself by taking time away from technology. Switch to analog and find yourself by taking time away from technology.

Healthy Mind

Excessive screen-time doesn’t just take its toll on the body. When we use devices and watch TV, even for entertainment, our attention is focussed in what Kaplan and Kaplan (cited by Ebta & Izenstark) call “Hard Fascination”.

Technology saturation has been show to exhaust human brains by engaging them in ‘hard fascination’ – watching TV and computer screens, handheld devices, or even other stimulating settings such as amusement parks. The direct and sustained attention fatigues the brain, ultimately to the detriment of the surrounding social interactions.

The researchers propose that a natural setting encourages “attention restoration” to relax and re-focus the mind – allowing families to pick up on social cues from eachother more easily allowing greater communication and collaboration.

Clear your mind in a green space Clear your mind in a green space

Whereas the physical benefits of outdoor activities are clear, the benefits to mental health and wellbeing offered by time outdoors are often overlooked.  Research by Natural England and the NHS shows strong correlations between outdoor exercise and preventing obesity, diabetes and depression.

Their research also shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Find out more about the Family Activities in Newquay that can help you unwind and re-connect – in the real world!


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Family Outdoor Activities

Taking part in Family Outdoor Activities has many benefits. We take a look at some of the most interesting factors of a family adventure.

It brings the Family together

It’s rare that a family will come together to focus on one activity. Even if you’re together in the same room at home, mum and dad will be watching TV while the kids play on the iPad or text their friends. Time in the outdoors building a fire or learning a new skill is focussed, collaborative time. Working together builds communication and bonds.

Families spent time enjoying real 'togetherness' in the outdoors

Families spent time enjoying real ‘togetherness’ in the outdoors

Strong anecdotal evidence gathered in an extensive review of UK-centric research undertaken by Jon Barrett  indicates that outdoor adventure experiences can enhance interpersonal relationships and improve socialisation, and can facilitate group bonding and co-operation.

Solving problems and overcoming obstacles to benefit the family as a group is at the core of a Wild Camping experience.

Confidence Booster for Kids

Light bushcraft activities are a fantastic way of building confidence and self sufficiency. We’re not talking about survival skills in case your kids were dropped off on a desert island, but the confidence gained in creating a fire from scratch that everyone can use to cook their meal for the evening is hard to find elsewhere.

With very little effort and simple tools, you can create somethings real and useful together.
Kids will have an achievement to be proud of. Fire making is no longer an essential life skill for most of us, but confidence, self sufficiency and teamwork most certainly are. Universities and Employers are continue to demand these skills and attitudes from a generation who seldom have had outdoor adventure and play as a core part of their childhood.

Learning to build a fire can help boost confidence and self esteem

Learning to build a fire can help boost confidence and self esteem

An extensive review of UK-centric research undertaken by Jon Barrett for the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure supports the theory that time spent in the natural environment engaging in outdoor adventure activities can have significant mental and physical health benefits – boosting self-esteem and self-confidence.

A comprehensive review conducted for the Greater London Authority found evidence linking the bushcraft and wilderness elements found in forest schools with improved social skills, self-control, self-confidence, language and communication (Gill (2011)). 

New Environment – Less Stress
 

A Natural England survey of 10 thousand people in England suggests that lower mental distress and wellbeing is found when livingin urban areas with green space, and that for children, access to green spaces reduces the liklihood of behavioural issues. Unsurprisingly a Sport England study revealed that 92% outdoors sector of people take part in in the outdoors to relax and de-stress.

A new setting with less stress allows family bonds to strengthen

A new setting with less stress allows family bonds to strengthen

Family life is often hectic and stressful for both parents and children. Often, simply the change of setting offered by Wild Camping will ‘reset’ interpersonal relationships and allow the family to start communicating and working together.

Wild Camping is often a brand new experience for family members of all ages. This provides an excellent opportunity for learning together at the same pace. Not only are you enjoying the bonding experience of learning a new skill together, but suddenly there is a level playing field and you can enjoy learning together. 


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