Newquay has been one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations for years with its pristine beaches and dramatic coastline. Today it is one of the premier destinations in Europe for surfing and is still a highlight of any visit to Cornwall.

Seaside Heritage

Newquay has welcomed visitors for years and much of the industry here is focused on the beaches, surfing and hotels. There are famous surfing beaches at Fistral Bay and others more focused on family fun including Tolcarne and Mawgan Porth. There are places all over town specialising in surf tuition and equipment including taster sessions for those unsure about the sport. Other popular beaches include Holywell Bay and Towan Beach. One of the delights of Newquay is that it is still centred on the old harbour which is an important fishing port. Don’t forget to visit one of the famous seafood restaurants in the area or take a trip to nearby Padstow.

For the non-surfer or for those who want a break from the waves there are lots of other activities in and around Newquay. Day boat fishing is very popular with catches including bass and mackerel. There are scuba diving opportunities here too and particularly wreck dives as the Cornish coast is littered with ships that have sunk in storms. Another Newquay tradition are the gig racing crews which are seen along the coast. These rowing boats were once used to row out to sea to shipwrecks and other marine craft and are now used for racing. Cycling is another way of experiencing the best of Cornish fresh air and there are many good trails in and around Newquay including the popular Camel Valley. Walking is another reason to visit Newquay and there are some wonderful walks around the villages as well as the famous South West Coastal Footpath. The Gannel Estuary is another lovely place to go walking and horse riding and is very close to the town centre.

Gardens and Zoos

Newquay has some lovely attractions for families in and around the town, and many are suitable for cooler rainier days when the beach is not suitable. One of the most popular is Newquay Zoo which has been a favourite with children for many years. Trenance Gardens and Leisure Park is a delight to relax in and has some good entertainment for children.  Just a few miles from Newquay is Trerice House, a beautiful national Trust property and gardens. Another popular day trip is to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and also to the bio domes at Eden. Crealy is a popular adventure park for families in Newquay and has rides and many other fun things to do. Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is an excellent way of seeing the marine creatures without getting wet. If the kids like pirates then Buccaneer Bay is an ideal way to amuse them. Cornwall’s mining heritage can be seen all over the coastline here and there are attractions in nearby Redruth such as the Heartlands Project which show how the mines operated. St Eval Karting is another fun way to spend an afternoon and there are also kayaking and coasteering companies too. This really is a destination with a lot going on, especially in summer.

Newquay has many good restaurants and cafes in and around the town making the most of local produce from surrounding farms and the fishing industry. There are also several pubs and nightclubs in the resort which create a lively scene for those who enjoy partying. This is a resort with something for everyone from the night clubber to the sports enthusiast and it is increasingly becoming a year round destination.

Find out more about all of these things above and experience Padstow in pictures in the video guide below.