Festival of the Coast

The National Trust is hosting a ‘Festival of the Coast’ at Exmouth Beach over the weekend 18 - 19 June. Exmouth is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site spanning 95 miles. The festival aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to have a go at a wide range of on and off the water activities.

The Trust is working with local watersports company Exmouth Watersports to offer canoeing, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. For all abilities, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the iconic red rock of the East Devon coast from the water, under expert guidance. Each taster session lasts 30 minutes and costs £2.

" We wanted to offer a mixture of watersports and beach based activities for families who love to visit and explore the coast. East Devon offers historical scenery, and the chance to see it from a different view point shouldn’t be missed."
- Lucy Buckingham, Ranger

Take a trip around the Jurassic coastline with Exmouth Watersports
Take a trip around the Jurassic coastline with Exmouth Watersports
Take a trip around the Jurassic coastline with Exmouth Watersports

On the beach National Trust rangers will be rockpooling, helping smaller explorers find crazy sea creatures. There will also be the chance to tick off some of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activities including kite making, mini raft making, jumping waves and more.

" We ran a Big Beach Picnic last year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Trust’s Neptune campaign, and it was such a success that we wanted to continue the celebrations."
- Peter Blyth, Head Ranger

Watersports taking place will depend on the weather and state of the tide. Bring swimming costumes, a change of clothing and a towel if you intend to try watersports, and for rockpooling please wear shoes you are willing to get wet. Pay and display parking is available on the seafront (not NT) near Orcombe Point on Queens Drive, where the event will be taking place.

Find out more about the festival here.