Helford River Cruises

This fantastic 90 minute cruise on the Helford River gets you closer to nature and gives a unique perspective on this beautiful part of Cornwall. Head to Frenchman’s Creek, spot a shipwreck, check out the view of Trebah and Glendurgan from the water. 10 spaces per cruise, times change daily due to the tides. Dogs allowed on private charters. Launches from the Budock Vean Hotel at the other end of Mawnan Smith village to Tresooth.


A range of water based activities from Swanpool Beach, just 10 minutes from Tresooth. Try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding or dingy sailing. There’s also a kids club during school holidays, which is ideal if you want the children looked after while you explore nearby Falmouth or take a quiet walk along the coast path.

Kernow Adventure Park

Cornwall’s hidden outdoor activity centre. Located in Kessel Quarry (10 mins from Tresooth), once a successful granite quarry, it’s now flooded with spring water and flanked by steep walls of granite. This natural pool of water is nestled within a breath-taking 21-acre site near Falmouth, which feels like more a nature reserve than an activity centre!  With 4 activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone including the thrill of climbing, bouncing and jumping your way around the aquapark, or enjoy a break with leisurely paddle board.

Fistral Beach Surf School

The only surf school and hire located on the famous Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Enjoy learning to surf at the home of British surfing. With the UK’s largest dedicated surf hire they have all abilities and conditions covered. Lessons available for all abilities, groups, families, individuals and more are available.

Koru Kayaking

The Koru adventure takes you towards Helford Passage, passing sailing boats and banks of ancient oak forest. Depending on wind conditions and tides you either paddle across the Helford to Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, or towards Falmouth Bay, experiencing secluded beaches and famous gardens.

Wild Swimming

If you are a fan of cold water swimming (or want to try it), and want to find a suitable place to swim while on holiday but don’t know where to go, get in touch with a local group so you can swim with company and find the best spots.

Yacht Charter

Enjoy a day sailing around the beautiful Falmouth bay. This area is rich in maritime history and home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world. On a day sail with a fully qualified and friendly skipper, you can explore the wonderful local creeks spanning out from the estuary, or enjoy a gentle sail around Falmouth bay itself. For lunch, you can anchor up and enjoy a short trip ashore to one of the many picturesque pubs at the water’s edge or instead gently float around watching the many activities in Carrick Roads.

Helford River Boat Hire

Why not hire a self drive motor boat from the Helford River Boats team to explore the famous Helford River. All hire boats are rigorously inspected before being signed off by the Harbour Master. The team will help select the right size life jacket for you, run through a safety briefing followed by a demonstration of how to use the little Yamaha powered outboard engine. The HRB team will also advise how to explore the Helford River safely and how best to get the most out of your time on the water.

Trevassack Lake

Located on the scenic Lizard Peninsula, Trevassack Lake is a 26-acre accessible site dedicated to bringing watersports and sailing activities to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, ability, disability or experience. They offer numerous activities and taster sessions for young and old, covering sailing, kayaking, open water swimming and much more.  Run by the Children’s Sailing Trust, they  work closely with groups of people (schools, home education, SEND groups and more) to provide subsidised opportunities for people of all ages from Year 3 (age 7) upwards, to get out on the water, learning skills to take them through life.

Koru SUP

Stand Up Paddleboarding is an amazing way to experience the beautiful Helford River. The 2 hour SUP adventure starts from the private beach at Budock Vean where your guide will give tuition and provide you with all the equipment. The serene surroundings on calm waters are amazing with incredible history and wildlife in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.