Known worldwide for its surf beaches, Newquay has so much more…
You don’t have to surf to enjoy Newquay
Newquay firmly placed its name on the worldwide surf map when surfing hit Great Britain. The great natural reefs found off Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches have attracted the surf crowd since the 1960’s and surf competitions continue annually. Summer wouldn’t be summer in Newquay without surf boards and camper vans!
However, there’s another side to Newquay. Positioned on the north Atlantic coast, there are other fantastic beaches and attractions to visit. See the colourful fishing boats bob in the harbour, wander around the beautiful gardens and enjoy some great places to eat.
Newquay Fish Festival
Each September, Newquay goes back to its roots and celebrates with a Fish Festival at the harbour. Originally a small pilchard fishing port, the town grew with the fashion for taking the sea air in Victorian times. As the railway reached Newquay, hotels sprang up and seaside holidays began.
For a glimpse of the past you can visit Huer’s Hut on the Towan seafront. The small white building was used by huers, or pilchard spotters, who would stay up watching the sea noon and night for shoals of the catch.
Boating Lake, Gardens & Leisure Facilities
Beyond the beaches, there’s a pretty boating lake, gardens and leisure park. Trenance Leisure Park has a miniature railway, crazy golf and a pitch and putt, playgrounds, a large outdoor skatepark and tennis courts. For gym facilities and a swimming pool head to Waterworld, where there’s also a fun pool.
Trenance Gardens and the boating lake are close by. Ask at Tourist Information for a Tree Walk guide to all the flora and fauna in the park, enjoy a walk and then a delicious cream tea in the tea rooms afterwards.
When staying near town, it’s a great opportunity to visit the aquarium and zoo, catch a film at the cinema or head into town for some shopping before hitting the beaches and enjoying an ice cream or Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips at Fistral.
If you’re eating out then venture further afield to Watergate Bay and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, or enjoy a trip to the foodie capital of Padstow where Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein have restaurants.
Just 3 miles east from Newquay you can visit Trerice, an historic manor house at Kestle Mill. Managed by The National Trust, the Elizabethan house and gardens were used in the original 1970’s BBC production of Poldark and are where author Winston Graham drew inspiration from for his series of novels.
To the south lies the Gannel Estuary. Walkable at low tide, a ferry boat operates during peak season. A haven for wildlife, cross over to Crantock where the coastline to Holywell Bay is protected by The National Trust.
Further on from this you’ll enter Cornwall’s mining country and heritage coastline. There are some wonderful walks past old engine houses precariously perched on the cliff tops.
To the north past Watergate Bay, there’s Mawgan Porth, another pretty cove and then the spectacular rock stacks at Bedruthan. Stop at the café or venture down the steep steps when they’re open.
From here there are seven spectacular bays and beaches before reaching the pretty harbour town of Padstow. Cross over on the ferry to Rock and explore up to Tintagel and Port Isaac or take The Camel Trail to Wadebridge and Bodmin.