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Introducing Activities At Great Western

Great Western has everything you need for a day or even a week of activities. We are idyllically situated on our own private beach, right in the middle of Newquay, but somehow tucked away from the hustle and bustle. It’s pure magic.

Come and join us at Great Western Beach this summer, get in the water and try some of our activities, and then stay and enjoy our laid back beach vibe. We are home to the amazing Great Western Surf Cafe, Surf Shack Beach Bar, and have RNLI lifeguard cover, literally everything you need for an incredible day at the beach.

We Are Newquay’s Original Surf Beach

Our activity centre, NQY Surf School, is one of the most established surf schools in Newquay, run by the legendary pro surfer, local family man, and all round amazing guy, Adam ‘Bearman’ Griffiths.

Our standard, friends & family, private and junior surf lessons run 7 days a week, and there are discounts available on lesson bundles if you’d like to surf on multiple days. There are lesson types to suit all ages, abilities and learning styles, it’s not a one size fits all situation. If you want to surf, we can make that happen; discover more about lessons at NQY Surf School here.

Our waves are amongst the best in Cornwall too, so if there is swell, then a surf at Great Western is always worth a paddle out.

Explore The Coastline From An Adventurous Angle

Coasteering is an exploration of the Newquay coastline by both land and sea, a walk along the scenic coast path, a scramble down the rocks, followed by a shallow water entry, swimming, climbing up the rocks to exit, traversing along the cliff face to find the next spot to enter the water again. Coasteering is travelling from point A to point B along the coastline, by the most fun (but still safe) route possible. 

For those who want an adrenaline fuelled activity there are some big jumps along the route, however for those wanting a more scenic tour, looking out for marine life and learning about the environment, then this eco-style Coasteer is also a great option – it’s actually our favourite way to see the coastline.

Coasteering is always tide and conditions dependant, so available days and times vary from week to week.

Find out more, and book your Coasteer here

Bodyboarding Is Fun For Everyone

We offer bodyboarding lessons too, twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday at 10am. These are 2 hour lessons, include all equipment, and are an amazing way to get in the surf, build your confidence and start catching waves.

Bodyboarding is also especially suitable for anyone who finds the physicality of surfing challenging. Bodyboards are smaller, lighter and easier to handle, and allow you to catch waves and experience the same thrills, without the same level of exertion sometimes required by surfing.

Surf Hire Right On The Sand

We also have Surf Hire Newquay based right here on the sand. Its well stocked equipment store is right on the beach making it the most convenient surf hire in town. If you’re looking to hire a deckchair, umbrella, windbreak, surfboard, bodyboard, wetsuit, standup paddle board or kayak then look no further; it’s the ultimate convenience.

So, we hope you’ll join us at Great Western Beach this summer. There is so much to experience in the water, and a wonderful laid back beach vibe to boot. We have an amazing cafe and beach bar here, public toilets and RNLI lifeguards during the season, literally everything you need for an incredible day at the beach.