Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes Trust

We have five Activity Centres across the region, where you can hire watersports equipment, launch your own craft or learn something new with our friendly and qualified instructors:

Extend your stay and camp at Roadford Campsite, Siblyback Campsite, Stithians Campsite, Tamar Campsite or Wimbleball Campsite.


Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a great day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Venture along our trails, encountering nature face to face. Refuel at our onsite cafés with delicious snacks, cakes and hot drinks. Enjoy a wide range of fun things to do – try an activity on or off the water for the very first time, shoot an arrow or swing through the trees, discover paddleboarding or explore our lakes by canoe. Extend your stay and enjoy a night under canvas, create a family holiday packed with new experiences creating lifelong memories.

Holidays like no other 

Keep the whole family entertained with a range of activities on and off the water. Our expertly trained instructors offer superb sessions for you to experience a day out like no other. From canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing to archery and high ropes – there’s plenty of outdoor activities to experience the ultimate day out or holiday with the family in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. 

#ItsYourOutdoors - come and explore! 

Download our Camping and Activities Terms and Conditions. 

We have a range of RYA courses in sailing and windsurfing suitable for children and adults, from complete beginners through to those at a more advanced level. 

RYA courses are internationally recognised qualifications. Participating in these courses will help you to learn and develop invaluable skills such as teamwork, determination, communication, independence, confidence and creative problem solving. 
Wetsuit and buoyancy aid use included at no extra cost, you just need to bring a towel, swimmers (to go under your wetsuit), and suitable footwear i.e. wetsuit boots or a pair of old trainers.

Youth courses (age 8-16)

Five-day courses - £150

Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April 2024
9.30am-12pm: Stage 1 sailing
1pm-3.30pm: Stage 1 sailing 
Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April 2024 
9.30am-12pm: Stage 1 sailing
1pm-3.30pm: Stage 2 sailing 

Five-week courses - £150

Sunday 14 April to Sunday 12 May
1pm-3.30pm: Stage 1 sailing 

Two-day courses - £150 (9.30am to 4.30pm)

Tuesday 28 + Wednesday 29 May - Stage 1 sailing
Thursday 30 + Friday 31 May - Stage 2 sailing
Tuesday 30 + Wednesday 31 July - Stage 1 Sailing
Tuesday 6 + Wednesday 7 August - Stage 2 Sailing
Tuesday 13 + Wednesday 14 August - Stage 1 Windsurfing
Saturday 17 + Sunday 18 August - Stage 3 Sailing
Tuesday 20 + Wednesday 21 August - Stage 1 Sailing
Tuesday 27 + Wednesday 28 August - Stage 2 Windsurfing

Adult courses (age 17+)

Five-week courses - £150

Sunday 14 April to Sunday 12 May
9.30am-12pm: Level 1 sailing 
Sunday 2 June to Sunday 30 June 9.30am-12pm: Level 1 sailing 
1pm-3.30pm: Level 2 sailing 
Sunday 1 September to Sunday 29 September
9.30am-12pm: Level 1 sailing 
1pm-3.30pm: Level 2 sailing 

Two-day courses - £150 (9.30am to 4.30pm)

Saturday 6 + Sunday 7 July - Level 1 Sailing
Saturday 20 + Sunday 21 July - Level 2 Sailing
Saturday 10 + Sunday 11 August - Level 1 Windsurfing

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