Wet and wild

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

Does your child have a love of sailing? If so, they might love signing up for a holiday course, learning how to sail a dinghy on the Helford River. Courses are three days, either morning or afternoon, so you’d still have plenty of time for family fun. Children must be aged between a confident 8 years and 14 years old. No previous sailing experience is needed, sailors are grouped according to ability.

RYA instructors, safety boat crews and volunteers will ensure that the every session is carefully managed, educational and most importantly fun! Places are still available throughout August, so book now via the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust website.

Helford River Cruises

Hop aboard the Hannah Molly, a 19 foot, open-top, motor boat, and cruise your way along the tranquil waters of the Helford River. Start at the private foreshore of the Budock Vean Hotel and glide past Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, over to Helford Village and then meander up the river, and into Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek before returning via Port Navas and the Duchy Oyster Farms.

You’re likely to see heron colonies on the shore of the creek, swans and other wildlife. The cruise lasts for around one and half hours and costs £20 per person. Pre-booking is essential.

Koru Kayaking

Two kayaking tours – one from Trevaunance Cove, at St Agnes on the north coast, and the other from the private beach at the Budock Vean hotel, on the Helford River. Both tours last around two hours and you’ll have the chance to swim from a secluded cove.

From St Agnes, you’ll head either east or west, depending on the weather conditions, and paddle along the dramatic coastline, looking out for dolphins, basking sharks or seals.

Alternatively, choose to paddle along the Helford River and into Daphne Du Maurier’s famous Frenchman’s Creek. Enjoy the scenery and watch out for herons and swans.

Blue Point Charter

Blue Point run private charters out of the Helford River, catering to your exact requirements; whether it’s ‘serious’ fishing you’re after or just a relaxed afternoon on the river with the children, these are the guys for you.

You’ll have the chance to fish for Haddock and Gunards in the open water, and Pollock or Cod in the waters nearer the wrecks. Skipper Dan will always advise on a likely catch, based on tide, weather and the crew’s interests and abilities.

All the safety gear, rods and tackle are included in the price, but you are welcome to take your own. And if fishing isn’t your thing, you can hire the boat for photography, snorkelling or wildlife watching.

Helford River Boats, Helford

Connecting the north and south banks of the majestic Helford River by passenger ferry, is just one string to the bow of Helford River Boats Ltd. This is a family run business that is geared to getting visitors on the water. Their array of fully licensed activities includes: motor boat hire, river trips, kayaking, paddle boarding and rowing boats. The fun encompasses the whole family ensuring a happy and healthy day out in nature, whatever you chose to do. What better way to discover the delights of the Helford River than to be on it – fishing or taking a picnic to your very own secluded cove.

Show Ian or Steve your Holiday Cornwall key fob and receive a discount of 10% off your boat hire.