Ahhhh! Adrenalin-fuelled fun teens will love
Get more than a grunt of approval with 9 adrenalin-pumping activities around Cornwall.
Teenagers can be a tough crowd. Notoriously hard to please, they don’t want to hang out with you and rarely surface at all before midday anyway*. Way past playgrounds and bribes involving Haribo – keeping teenagers happy in the holidays can be a challenge.
But we’re not so easily defeated at Muddy Stilettos! We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting, teen-friendly entertainment in Cornwall to shock them out of their stupor. Join in if you dare…
*we know not all teenagers are awful. If you’ve got a sane one – do share your secret in the comments.
Retallack Aqua Park, Retallack Resort & Spa, St Columb Major
I can’t wait until the mudlets are big enough for this one! Retallack’s massive inflatable Aqua Park has a giant trampoline, catapult, water wheel, climbing wall, slides, blast bags, challenging balance beams and more ‘total wipeout’ style fun. It is so big it can take up to 100 people, so it’s a great option for birthday parties too. Sessions cost £15 per person and include wetsuits and buoyancy aids. Suitable for age 6+, under 11s must be accompanied by an adult. £15pp
Hangloose, Eden Project, Bodelva
If you’ve been to Eden, you’ve probably noticed people speeding over the biomes on a giant zip wire – ‘there goes another one!’ It’s England’s longest and fastest. What you might not have realised, is that along with the famous SkyWire, there’s a catalogue of other nail-biting experiences to choose from at Hangloose at the Eden Project: a 20-metre giant cliff swing, free falls, airbags drops, 360 swing and climbing challenges. Wanna try the lot? Discounts are available on multi-activity tickets. 8+ years. Single ride on the SkyWire £25 up to £90 for the 6-activity package.
St Ives Surf School, St Ives
St Ives Surf School has a great rep, as one of the best places in Cornwall to learn to surf. It’s St Ives’ only surf school and is situated on Porthmeor Beach, offering surf instruction, SUP lessons, sea kayaking and coasteering for all ages and abilities. All the friendly and experienced coaches have certificates aplenty and are trained beach lifeguards – some are even surf pros too. All the gear’s included in lesson pricing and discounts are available for groups. 1 lesson £35 up to £125 for 5 lessons. Under eights must be supervised by an adult.
Cornwall Zorbing, Porth
Does rolling down a hill in a giant inflatable sound fun like to you? Just watching zorbing makes me feel a bit queasy but the kids are mad for it. At Cornwall Zorbing, just outside Newquay, you can opt for harness or hydro zorbing. For the harnessed option, you’re strapped in and flip upside down as you roll. In hydro zorbing, some water’s added to the zorb, so you slip and slide around as the ball rolls. Family session £79. £15 years +
Adrenalin Quarry, Liskeard
Making use of an old quarry in South East Cornwall, these adventure sports specialists have been chucking people off cliffs since 2009. There are loads of activities to choose – all guaranteed to give you a rush – including a fast and furious zip wire, giant swing and coasteering but the one I’m most tempted by is axe throwing (just me?). Kind of like archery for maniacs, hurl your whirling weapon at the tree stump targets and listen out for the satisfying thud. Axe throwing £12.50pp / coasteering £40 / from £10.
Woody’s Bike Park, Fowey
Got a mountain biker in the fam? This brand new bike park outside Fowey is Cornwall’s first and already getting great reviews. “Family owned and run by mountain bikers for mountain bikers,” there are trails for all abilities, ranging from blue to double black and an efficient uplift service (that’s the van that drives you back to the top – I Googled it). £35 for a day, £65 for a full weekend.
Loe Beach Watersports, Feock
For those who want to learn an actual skill rather than just get a thrill, why not give sailing, SUPing, kayaking or power boating a go? Loe Beach is a sheltered spot on the South Coast between Truro and Falmouth, looking out towards Mylor, St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula. If you already know the ropes (‘scuse the pun), you can hire a range of watersports equipment or alternatively book lessons and courses with the expert instructors. Prices are more affordable if you have 3 or more people, so get a gang together if you can. 2 day beginners sailing course 1:1 £290/ for 3 people £140pp.
Flow Rider, Retallack Resort & Spa, St Columb Major
Cornwall Waverunner Safaris, Lusty Glaze, Newquay
Cornwall Waverunner Safaris are the UK’s official Yamaha Jet Ski experience offering a wide range of jet ski tours and sessions, located at Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay. Our jet ski safaris are a great way to explore the coastline and allow you to view North Cornwall from a completely different perspective. We pride ourselves in creating a bespoke activity day suited exactly to your requirements and hope you are able to make long lasting memories of your ‘beach days’ in Cornwall. Age 10+. Jet ski taster session (with instructor) £36.