The Wave: Surfing In Bristol
If you thought that you needed to travel all the way to the coast to go surfing – you would be wrong! The Wave in Bristol is an inland surfing destination that combines the waves that you would get in the ocean, with the convenience of being on the outskirts of a major city!
Bristol’s Inland Surfing Destination, Just 15 Miles From The Rising Sun
After spending an exhausting day riding the waves, stop by The Rising Sun and enjoy a delicious meal, washed down with a pint of our award-winning Butcombe beer. Our comfortable en-suite rooms are the perfect place to rest and relax after a day of surfing in Bristol.
What Is The Wave?
Since opening in 2019, The Wave has quickly become one of the most popular water sports destinations in the UK. Conveniently located near to the M5 motorway and just 20 minutes from Bristol City Centre, it is frequented by visitors from all over the country.
Primarily a surfing destination, visitors can enjoy lessons, coaching or, for more experienced riders, the freedom to ride the waves at their own leisure. There is also the opportunity to use the wave pool, enjoy some food & drink or relax among the nature while enjoying a camping break.
Surfing Lessons & Coaching
Surfing lessons are available at The Wave for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you have never surfed before or are a seasoned pro, the lessons and coaching available at The Wave has been structured to encourage the development of all surfers at a pace that is comfortable to them.
From beginners learning the fundamentals of surfing to enable them to tackle their first waves, through to coaching for expert surfers wanting to improve their technique to tackle the biggest waves possible. Adaptive surfing sessions are available for surfers with physical, learning and sensory impairments.
Surfing sessions at The Wave are tailored for riders of all abilities, so you will never be out of your depth (pun intended!)
Once you have mastered the basics from your first lessons, you will be ready to enjoy the beginner and novice surf sessions, which allow you to practice the skills that you have learned, and repeat them until they are perfected.
Surfers can then move on to improving, intermediate and advanced sessions as their skills improve and their confidence grows.
If you would like to enjoy the water but don’t want to surf, or want to build up your water confidence before embarking on your surfing journey, then the wavepool at The Wave may well be the perfect place for you.
Available for the whole family, you can enjoy the small waves lapping the shore, before venturing out further and tackling some of the bigger waves! Surfboards aren’t allowed in the wavepool, making it a safe area for everyone to enjoy.
Camping & Surfing
Surprisingly, The Wave isn’t just about surfing!
The Camp offers visitors the chance to stay over at The Wave and enjoy an authentic experience, akin to staying near the ocean with the waves on your doorstep.
The glamping tents provide a kitchenette, bathroom, balcony, comfortable beds and the opportunity to be just metres away from the wavepool, where you can surf to your heart’s content.
Food & Drink At The Wave
Surfing is a very energetic water sport, so it is natural that you will be hungry or thirsty after your session.
The clubhouse at The Wave offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, allowing you the chance to refuel before getting back out on the waves, or to enjoy a meal with family or friends and discuss the achievements (and failures!) that you encountered during your session.
During the summer months, a number of pop-up food stalls will be at The Wave, allowing some of the fantastic local producers the chance to showcase their seasonal offerings to hungry visitors.
Breakfast Menu: 7:30am-11:30am
Main Menu: 12:00pm-7:30pm
Directions To The Rising Sun From The Wave
Located in historic Backwell on the outskirts of Bristol, The Rising Sun is a beautiful pub and inn, offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, delicious drinks and mouthwatering food.
To reach The Rising Sun from The Wave, you must head north-west for around half a mile, before turning left and continuing for a further half a mile. Turn left towards Blackhorse Hill (B4055) and continue for 1.5 miles. At Cribbs Causeway Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto Merlin Road and then continue onto Exit 17 (signs for Avonmouth/M5).
Merge onto M5 and continue for approximately 5 miles and then, at junction 19, use the left 2 lanes to take the A369 exit to Portishead/Royal Portbury Dock. At Gordano Interchange, take the 2nd exit onto Martcombe Road (A369) and then turn right onto High Street. Continue for half a mile and then turn left onto Mill Lane.
Continue onto Portbury Lane and then turn left onto Clevedon Road (B3128). Turn right onto Flax Bourton Road and then take a slight right onto Belmont Hill (B3129). Continue onto Station Road and then, after half a mile, turn right onto Main Road (A370). Continue to follow A370 and The Rising Sun will be on the left.