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English and Surf in Cornwall

What's included in this trip?

Suitable for all language levels
Good for all surf levels
Avg. 20-35 years old. Min. 16
Avg. 12-15 students per class

Host Family
Own transport or airport pick up
Course starts every Monday
This school is accredited


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  • Real surf lifestyle: Cornwall, located in the South West of England, is the UK's main surfing region and offers some of the best surf spots in Europe. Surfing has been around for a very long time, so you will find the real surf lifestyle here.
  • Many opportunities for excursions and activities : This great area is characterised by beautiful nature with lovely beaches, typical English towns and a great population. You will not be bored for a single moment in beautiful Cornwall.
  • Personal atmosphere: Je zult de taallessen volgen in een persoonlijke sfeer bij onze partnerschool in Cornwall. De Engelse lessen worden gegeven in relatief kleine groepen, waardoor je gegarandeerd veel progressie zult boeken tijdens je verblijf.

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A message from your host

Alex, Owner

Learning English and surfing in Cornwall guarantees you a very special experience. You will learn English at a small-scale language school, where the owners Toby and Alex are really there for you. They're doing everything they can to give you as great a time as possible. Surfing, in England's surfing capital, will be a very special experience.
If you want to improve your English and surf, you have to come to Newquay. In addition to language lessons and surfing, there is still plenty to do in this beautiful region. The nature in south-west England is worth exploring endlessly. The fact that you learn English with people from all over the world is aonther reason to travel to this beautiful place.

About English and Surf in Cornwall

Below you will read everything you would want to know about this surf + language program in Cornwall, England. In case anything is unclear to you, feel free to reach out to us.

About Cornwall, England

  • Newquay, Cornwall: due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, the Cornwall region is seen as the UK’s surfing capital, especially given the large number of surf beaches and surf shops. Newquay beach is the site where, at the beginning of the last century, the first waves were surfed in the UK. In addition, there is much more to do in Cornwall, such as exploring the beautiful nature, annual festivals and typical British (but local) conviviality.
  • United Kingdom: Many see the UK as the place where one speaks the most beautiful English worldwide. How special is it that this is just around the corner from us. Luckily it is also an ideal country to spend several weeks. Get involved in English pub culture, enjoy British gastronomy and hospitality and meet people from all over the world.

About the language school

  • About the language school: the language school in Newquay is run by 2 friends and the atmosphere is therfore very personal. Toby and Alex are both present daily at the language school, creating a very informal atmosphere. The lessons are very good quality, with fun being paramount. This is a fun combination, which makes learning a lot easier.
  • Start dates: you can basically arrive every day. The weekend is recommended but is not mandatory. In July and August the arrival is mandatory on Saturdays.

About the language lessons

  • English lesson: per day you will take 3 hours of English lessons, at your level. The focus is mainly on speaking, where grammar, reading and writing will certainly emerge as key pints of focus. So you will therefore build a beautiful and complete knowledge of the English language.
  • English and Surf: You can combine English lessons with surfing. In addition to the 15 hours of English lessons you will also work on your English while surfing, the ideal combination. You get surf lessons from Alex, who has had experience in giving surf lessons for over 15 years.
  • Level: This language school can be visited by every level. On arrival, you will take a test to determine your level. The teacher always ensures that you take lessons that fit your level.

About the students

  • The students: where Newquay is particularly known for surfing, it is a place that attracts language students from all over the world. Imagine yourself in a very international company during a few weeks and learn about the background and cultures of your new friends.
    • Curious about other people’s experiences? Then read how our student Storm enjoyed  her time during his English and Surf course in Cornwall.

About the surf lessons

  • Surfing in Cornwall: surfing in Cornwall is a great experience. Due to its location on the open Atlantic, there are a large number of surf spots in the region, all of which are suitable for surfers at different levels. To practice this sport, you will of course remain dependent on the circumstances. If it doesn’t turn out to be possible to surf, there are plenty of other activities you’ll do, along with the others in the group. For more information, see the Activities tab.
  • Surf lesson: what is unique about the experience in Newquay is that you get the surf lessons from Alex, one of the 2 owners of the language school. He has over 15 years of experience in teaching surf lessons. He also ensures that you also improve your English during surfing, without knowing. What’s more fun than learning to combine a language with a sport and a good time. After all, this is the best way to learn.
  • Material: outside the surf lessons, you can certainly free surf. The surf school also rents surfboards and can give you a good deal (as you are a student of the language school).

About the surf conditions

  • The surf lessons are given at different levels. The surf instructors will make sure you get lessons at your level, even if you’ve never surfed you’ll learn this soon.


  • Host family: the language school has selected a number of host families where the students reside. These families are very passionate about immersing you in local culture. It’s not unusual for you to go on an adventure with your family to discover the beautiful landscapes of Cornwall. The family stay is ideal for working on your English, especially during breakfast and dinner, you will get all the opportunities you need to practice. Here too, as with surfing, you hardly notice that it is about improving your English, given the fun and conviviality that a family brings with it.
  • Almost all families are within walking distance of the school, but if it is not, the family will make sure you get where you need to be. This dynamic also ensures a lot of involvement of the families, resulting in very good contact with the school.

What is there to do?

During your stay at the school in Newquay you will do many activities. Together with the other students, the language school will determine which activities will be on the programme. Below are some examples of activities that can be done.

  • Adventure: Cornwall is known for the abundant options to go out on an adventure. Think of rock climbing, jumping off rocks and much more.
  • Culture: Explore and visit the beautiful villages and towns nearby. Think of the beautiful St. Agnes or Mithian, places that are well worth a visit. Also discover deserted beaches, the old ports or the beautiful amphitheater on top of the rocks.
  • Other activities:  There is still plenty to do, from beach games to SUV’s. The school is doing everything it can to offer you the time of your life, with trips to nearby places and much more. Many activities are free of charge, other activities are optional.


You can find the location of the language school on the map below. Below you will find the best way(s) to get there.


Heritage Cottages

Trenance Rd, Newquay TR7 2HW

United Kingdom

How to get there?

  • You can fly to Cornwall airport or Exeter airport. From there you can be picked up. It is also possible to fly to London or Bristol, from where you can catch a train or bus.
  • If you have the opportunity to come to Cornwall by car, that is definitely recommended. The area is fantastic and having a car makes discovering a lot easier.

Practical information

  • Arrival: the arrival is flexible but it is practical to arrive on weekends. In summer you are expected to arrive on Saturday (June – September)
  • Visa: currently EU residents do not need a visa (depending on Brexit)
  • Currency: in the UK one pays with the Pound Sterling.
  • Pins and credit card: In Cornwall you will find a number of ATMs where you can pin with a world pass (maestro) or by credit card (Mastercard or Visa).
  • Wifi: Wi-Fi is available in the language school.

Basic packlist

In the welcome information you will receive more information about 'what to pack'. For now, we would like to inform you of the most important things:
  • Below are some things we recommend you to take with you:
    • Suncream
    • Swimsuit / Bikini
    • Bath towel & towel
    • Warm clothing
    • Some cash money can always be useful

Price list

Below is the price list for English and Surf in Cornwall. We do our best to keep these prices as up-to-date as possible, but the actual prices may differ from the table below. Please fill in the booking form for a free and non-committal price overview for your desired surf + language trip.
Type of acco:
Engels (15) + Surf
1 week € 930,-
2 weeks € 1.860,-
3 weeks € 2.790,-
4 weeks € 3.720,-
5 weeks € 4.650,-
6 weeks € 5.580,-
7 weeks € 6.511,-
8 weeks € 7.441,-
4.9/ 5 - 12 reviews


English and Surf in Cornwall is rated with a 4.9 /5, based on 12 reviews. You can find up to 5 reviews below:

5/ 5

Juergen Weiss

My 2 boys and I spent a fantastic week at Babelfish Language School in Newquay with many highlights: great international team spirit, good organization, competent teachers, ni

e host family, cool surfing spot and interesting activities.

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5/ 5

Maura Tomasi

Absolutely worth the 5 stars! I was joining Babel Fish for 4 weeks in June/July and I absolutely recommend it to everyone who is interested in improving their English level, e

ploring Cornwall, and having a memorable time. The highly skilled teachers design the lessons with a lot of variety and interesting topics. Beside from grammar, the lessons are based on a lot of talking about subjects which match the interests of the students. Babel Fish is a rather small school. There are lots of advantages. For example, the feeling of being like a family. All the students and teachers get to know each other, and the teachers are part of the spare time as well, because they plan activities in de evening and on weekends. A disadvantage could be, that there are not so many classes, which means, that there is not a separate class for each level. But the teachers try their best so that everyone can make progress. Especially the two programs (study with surfing or Cornish tourism) ensure a lot of fun. The school is also a good pick for underage students because the teachers try hard to make sure that they are always safe and have a good time. The host families are nice and charming. It is noticeable, that they are interested in meeting new people from all over the world. I’ll definitely go back!!!

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5/ 5

Nadina on tour

More than an ordinary language school 🤗☀️ I spent three weeks at Babel Fish language school in Newquay and highly recommend it🥳. I felt like part of the Babel Fish

amily and not only like a student. Becks, Tom and Alex (teachers) did a fantastic job. They tailored the classes to my level and provided me with amazing material. Professionalism, fun, actuality and much more helped me to improve my English. The option with surfing or culture as part of the program besides school is a huge plus. Also the host families they have are fantastic. I will definitely come back ☀️

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5/ 5

Natalie Eggenberger

Our daughter did a four week language stay at Babel Fish Language School in September 2021. A superb experience: great school and teachers, beautiful location, super surfing,

and fantastic host family. A home from home. Thank you for a fabulous experience with many memories made, Alex and Becks!

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5/ 5


In short: It was a wonderful time with lovely people and learning English by having good classes and speaking in my free time. I just wanted to go on holiday at the beach whi

e also improving my English a bit. Babel Fish Language School was the perfect choice. I spent there 3 weeks. With a mixture of the two programs "surf" and "cornish tourism" I was able to get on a surfboard for the first time and explore the beautiful places in Cornwall. I also made some walks by myself on free afternoons. In the mornings I had English classes. The the tachers were great and I felt comfortable. Because the school is quite small there were only two level classes, but the higher one was perfect for me, so no issues there. There was even more on the program than surfing and exploring: having dinner together, pub quiz for the adults... It won't get boring in Newquay! My host family was very funny and charming. In Newquay you have to walk a lot, but you will get used to it. Or maybe a friend will give you a lift. I had some problems with my travel agency, they made false promises and requested too much money. But the whole team from Babel Fish worked hard to make a lot possible and tried to give us students the best time. My advice: book directly on the school homepage. It was an amazing experience, I would love to go back one day. Thank you to all people from Babel Fish!

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