UK holidays: Cornwall summer hotspot opens doors for ocean activities – will you visit?

Holidays in the UK are gaining popularity due to travel restrictions and bans in place across multiple countries worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the Landmark Trust has already reported a surge in bookings. The sudden change in holiday trend is likely to be down to travel restrictions both in the UK and abroad.


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With 14-day quarantine travel rules likely to come into play next month, British tourists could be looking at having to book off weeks for just a weekend away.

For example, if you book a week away in Spain you could be looking at having to book five weeks off work due to Spain’s own quarantine rules.

However, for those who are happy to travel in the UK, one holiday hotspot in the sunny southwest has opened its doors to tourists.

If surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking are your activities of choice then this may be the holiday spot for you.

Newquay Activity Centre on the stunning north coast of Cornwall in the southwest of England is offering British holidaymakers the opportunity to take part in some new experiences in the sea.

Newquay Activity Centre said: “Following new Government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England we are pleased to say that we are OPEN for business again.

“In light of it being Mental Awareness week, this return to ocean activities is well timed.

“We know that the water is hugely beneficial for our mental and physical state and will leave you feeling calmer, more positive and energised.

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“We are able to deliver our award winning activities from a safe distance and by taking the following measures.”

They added: “Only individuals, couples, families or small groups that have been isolating together will be in the same session.”

However, to ensure people remain safe, the outdoor activity provider is offering its customers enhanced safety measures.

One of the measures will be “staggering customer arrival times and limiting the number of guests per day”.

Others include: “Increased cleaning throughout the centre; asking customers to be prepared (with swimwear under clothing so that we can reduce the need to use changing rooms); increased wetsuit and kit wash; all equipment sterilised and rotated before their next use; new considerations of safe ocean conditions to maximise safety; new rescue protocols; and increased signs and reminders.”

There will also be new measures in place for staff supervising customers.

The new measures include, “training in new session delivery, wearing PPE where required and social distancing in the workplace”.

The centre added that the number of customers being taken each day is now “limited” because of the coronavirus.

They added: “With smaller-than-average groups all guests will be receiving fantastic value and a great experience.

“The number of customers that we can take each day is currently limited so we urge you to contact us if you would like to safely enjoy the huge benefits of the ocean this spring and summer.”

The Newquay Activity Centre offers customers the chance to experience surfing, coasteering, kayaking, bodyboarding and paddle boarding.

Some 53,000 jobs depend on hospitality and tourism in Cornwall.

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