Looking for a mix of land and water based activities? Visit our sister site on Cornwall’s south coast, Porthpean.com

Hit the Beach

Outdoor education on the sand

Outdoor education and school camps on the beach

Your own private beach

First Wave Adventures in Newquay offers the perfect spot for a school trip.   Based on our own beach, the clean sea air and crashing waves help to soothe mind and soul, leaving children and young people feeling relaxed, calm, and at ease.

Since the 1960s, Great Western Beach has been the spiritual home of surfing in Newquay and remains a surfing hotspot for local surfers today.  Being located with Newquay bay, the beach offers sheltered conditions, perfectly suited to learner wave riders.  And as a privately managed beach, we are blessed with our own private space to accommodate all beach-based actitivites.

We’re stoked to say our beach holds the prestigious Seaside Award and is rated as Excellent under the Environment Agency assessment for bathing water.


Our beach offers toilet and changing facilities, included with all First Wave Adventures packages.  For those on a school residential, we offer beachside dining and a BBQ area.  There is also snack and ice-cream kiosk for those wanting a little treat!

On a FWA package, all equipment you’ll need for your adventure is included.  All equipment is maintained to the highest standard.  Our surf school centre is an AALA license holder.


The Surf Capital Of The UK

Based on the North Cornish coast, Newquay has become firmly established as one the UK’s leading resorts for adventure-led holidays and activity breaks. Recognised as the UK’s surfing capital, Newquay also offers a whole plethora of water-based activities.

With miles of soft golden sands, a mild climate, and fantastic entertainment options, Newquay is simply an excellent choice for a school trip.

First Wave Adventures Activity Centre is based at Great Western Beach in Newquay. As one of Newquay’s most central beaches and with its natural cove-like setting, it’s the perfect base for an activity centre.

In regard to the First Wave Adventures accommodation, we offer a similarly perfect location.

Location is perhaps never so important when travelling with dozens of excited school children! We understand that being stuck in the middle of nowhere with several coach journeys a day is no fun for anyone. Our accommodation is all located in fantastically convenient location, never far from the fun of the beach.

Our timetables are built on teacher feedback, with the need to limit transport a major consideration. As much as possible, we try to ensure once your coach is parked in Newquay, it won’t move again until you leave!