Businesses from across Cornwall can now share the excitement of wild adventures and the cultural history of where the coast meets the sea thanks to a specially arranged heritage coasteering experience in Newquay.

Staff from companies ranging from restaurants to hotels donned wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets and joined instructors for a morning of adventures arranged by Cornwall 365 with Newquay Activity Centre on Wednesday, July 13th.

Aimed at highlighting the town’s rich history and celebrating the stunning wildlife and the nature that surrounds the coast, the event was designed to engage businesses so they can pass on the excitement and help visitors see Cornwall from a whole new perspective. Newquay Activity Centre worked closely with local historian Len Shepherd to provide a culturally and historically enriching experience on its heritage coasteering sessions.

Outreach and Collaboration Officer at Cornwall 365, Charlie Gray says: “We were really pleased to see so many companies get involved and take part. As well as being great fun, the businesses now have more knowledge about this unique view of Cornwall. We are sure the excitement and enthusiasm they showed will help showcase the amazing culture and adventure visitors to Newquay and Cornwall generally can enjoy.”

Jilly Whitaker of Sea Foam Self-Catering says: “We had such a wonderful day at the Heritage Coasteer. It was really fun, a brilliant way for guests to have an adventure and also to learn about the history of Newquay. A really unique experience that would engage all the family. I would never have thought of a link between culture and coasteering! As always, the event was very well organised by the Cornwall 365 team and Newquay Activity Centre.”

Among the highlights were tales of the coast during the war, heroic rescues by Newquay’s brave lifeboat men, and the history of Huer’s Hut on Towan Head. Guests were also regaled with amazing stories of smugglers and pirates in bygone years and how deep sea caverns were once full of plunder, and more modern tales of daring-do, including spectacular big wave surfing at The Cribbar.

While exploring the cultural and historical landmarks along the town’s cliffs they were also treated to wild whirlpools, riding rapids in coastal sluice currents and swimming into stunning coves, there was also plenty of marine wildlife including spotting a seal or two. After the adventure the guests enjoyed a much deserved lunch at the Carnmarth Hotel.

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