England’s First Inland Surfing Lake Opens Today

A new surfing attraction opens in Bristol this weekend!

The Wave’s new 590ft surfing lake creates nearly 1,000 waves an hour.

The new facility will offer coaching for both beginners and advanced surfers.

It’s the first inland surfing destination of its type and is filled with over 26 million litres of water.

The waves are delivered in six surfing zones ranging from 50cm to more than 2m high.

The speed can also be changed delivering a variety of waves.

The site will continue to be developed with gardens, woodland and family friendly camping with 25 glamping pods. These are planned to open in 2020.

At the lake there will also be a restaurant, outdoor terrace and surf shop.

The cost will be £30 for an hour’s surfing and coaching sessions will start at £45.

Surf Snowdonia opened in 2015 and was the first public Wave garden in the world.

There are more in the works, Wave London will open at Lee Valley Regional Park in 2023. 

The Wave in numbers:

  • £25m to build the lake
  • 9 years in the making
  • 75 acres of land used near Bristol
  • 26m litres of water required to fill the lake
  • 90 jobs created as part of the project


From the founders:

“It’s amazing to finally be able to show people what we have created and I’m unbelievably proud of our team who have got us to this point.”

“Seeing our first riders today has made all the hard work well and truly worth it.”


“I feel incredibly privileged and grateful to be part of this, as well as excited about the potential we have to bring greater health and happiness to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.”