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All the Places You Can Do Watersports and Boat Tours in the North East and Yorkshire

Surfer in black wetsuit holding a surf board on the beach
Places to go
June 2018
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Take a dip in the ocean or a trip on a boat

Get your wetsuit on: we're hitting the water this summer - try sailing, surfing, kayaking or simply jump on a boat.

Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Come rain or shine, these boat tours run all year round from Seahouses to the Farne Islands – the most famous sea bird sanctuary in the British Isles. The skippers have a great knowledge of the history and wildlife of the islands, which are also home to a large colony of adorable grey seals, and if you keep your eyes peeled, you might even catch sight of a dolphin, porpoise or minke whale. Book online in advance to be sure of a place.

1 Harbour Road, Seahouses NE68 7RN
01665 721667

KA Kitesurfing

Based in Beadnell, this coastal activities company offers lessons in kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and coasteering. We’d strongly recommend their stand-up paddle surfari – a guided tour of the coastline with a qualified instructor. They even offer snorkelling sessions so you can swim with seals.

4 The Haven, Beadnell NE67 5AW
07766 303876

Northside Surf School 

This Amble-based surf school offers more than just surfing – this year they’ve introduced stand-up paddle boarding for all ages. Lessons can be arranged on several beautiful beaches along the coast including North Druridge Bay, Warkworth Bay, Longhoughton Bay, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay and Bamburgh.

Jet petrol station, Amble NE65 0NB
01665 713146

Druridge Bay Country Park

There are three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes here, plus a freshwater lake, where sailing, windsurfing and canoeing courses are held each summer.

Red Row, Morpeth NE61 5BX
01670 760968

Tynemouth Surf Co 

Take to the water and ride the waves – Tynemouth Surf Co have been teaching surfing since 1995. The award-winning school offers lessons, tailored courses for schools, equipment hire and have a great range of accessories in their shop. Surf’s up!

Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4JH
0191 258 2496

Cullercoats Boat and Kayak

Explore the coastline with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak – you can kayak, paddle-board or cycle along the bay making the most of the beautiful coast with their range of tours and lessons. They also run several watersports clubs for those who can’t get enough of the sea.

1a Norma Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 2PD
0191 251 9412

South Shields Surf School

South Shields Surf School offer surf and stand-up paddle board lessons for all ages down at Sandhaven Beach. Their lessons cater for any ability, and they have all the gear you need available to hire.

Sandhaven Beach, Promenade, South Shields NE33 37H
07583 144560

Adventure Sunderland 

Dive in to your water adventure and practise kayaking, power boating and gorge scrambling with the help of trained instructors. Not a fan of water? There are loads of on-land activities to get to grips with – try your hand at fencing or conquer your fears with an abseil.

Sunderland Marina, Sunderland SR6 0PW
0191 514 4721

Sailing North East

Experience hands-on sailing with yachts at the award-winning Hartlepool Marina. They provide training and cruises, and can tailor trips to your personal requirements. Even if you’ve never sailed before, they’ll get you involved in running the vessel.  

Hartlepool Marina, Slake Terrace, Hartlepool TS24 ORU
07779 869424

Flow Surf School

Everyone is welcome at this surf school on the Yorkshire coast, no matter your level of experience. Beginner and intermediate lessons are run regularly in Saltburn, but can also be arranged in Redcar or Sandsend.

1a Windsor Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AT
07854 767693

Whitby Surf School 

Located on the promenade above West Cliff Beach, Whitby Surf School is just a 10 minute walk from the historic seaside town. Whether you’re looking to give surfing or stand-up paddle boarding a go, all the equipment you’ll need is available to hire.

West Cliff Beach, Whitby YO21 3EN
07794 271957

Whitby Coastal Cruises

Amazing views and the opportunity to discover lots of different seabirds await you on the Coastal Cruise aboard Summer Queen, which passes Robin Hood’s Bay and visits the seal colony at Ravenscar. There are also Twilight and Sunset Cruise options too, or you can take their Trip to Staithes for a potter around the picturesque fishing village.

The Brewery Steps, Lower Harbour, Whitby YO21 3PR
07981 712419

Scarborough Surf School

Just south of Scarborough, this surf school is located at Cayton Bay – arguably one of the best surfing spots on the Yorkshire coast. It’s been providing lessons for over 10 years and the coaching is second-to-none.
Cayton Bay, Scarborough YO11 3NR
01723 585 585

Scarborough Speed Boat Rides

If you live life in the fast lane, you’ll love Scarborough Speed Boat Rides’ 10-minute trip across the North and South Bays, at speeds exceeding 30 knots. To really make the most of the coast, take their high-speed, one-hour long sea safari which gets you up close to a wide variety of marine life including seals, porpoises and seabirds.

Goldern Ball Slipway, Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PQ
07801 522856

Bay Watersports

Where adrenaline-fuelled activities are concerned, they have it all here: coasteering, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and raft building. Check their website for opening times which are flexible to make the most of the tides and weather conditions.

Filey YO14 9QR
07568 469934

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