From singing and surfing to furniture-making and freediving, we choose breaks where you’ll learn new skills while having fun in beautiful surroundings
Portrush is a bracing but beautiful place to learn to surf. Despite having two top surf beaches, it is far less crowded than beaches in Devon and Cornwall. But for totally empty breaks, Portrush Surf School also runs one- to three-day surf tours to hidden spots along the west coast of Ireland. There are at least two surf sessions a day, with coaching for all levels from beginners to advanced, plus visits to off-the-beaten track castles, pubs and restaurants. Accommodation is flexible, from surf lodges to boutique hotels, depending on budget. The trips are limited to five surfers plus instructors, and the group travels by minibus.
• £149 for one day/£299 two/£449 three, including coaching and accommodation but not meals, portrushsurfschool.com