The Wave: Bristol's Inland Surf Destination

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 8 Miles From The Whitmore Tap

After spending an exhausting day riding the waves, stop by The Whitmore Tap and enjoy a delicious meal, washed down with a pint of our award-winning Butcombe beer.

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

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.

The Wavepool

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 Whitmore Tap From The Wave

Named in honour of Butcombe founder Simon Whitmore, The Whitmore Tap is Butcombe Brewing Co’s Bristol taproom, offering the full range of Butcombe cask, keg and bottled beer and cider.

To reach The Whitmore Tap from The Wave, you must head north-west for half a mile, turn left and continue for a further half a mile and then turn left towards Blackhorse Hill (B4055) and continue for 1.5 miles.

At Cribbs Causeway Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto Cribbs Causeway (A4018) and then, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Cribbs Causeway (A4018). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A4018 and then, at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Passage Road (A4018).

A4018 turns slightly left and becomes Westbury Road (A4018) and, if you continue for approximately 1 mile, The Whitmore Tap will be on your left.