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Newquay is a town on the north coast of Cornwall that is very popular with tourists. It has a huge appeal to families, as there are seven beaches set around it’s coastline.

Newquay is best known for its many beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay etc. The waves from the Atlantic Ocean create strong surf, and because of this, the town rose to popularity for its surf industry. However. there is much more to Newquay than this. Its appeal is suited for families, young party goers and couples.

The airport has grown in a number of flights flying into Newquay, such as Alicante, Faro and Frankfurt. Because of this, there has been a huge influx of foreign visitors, which is good for the town. It is located on top of Watergate Beach so perfect location to fly into.

On the seafront on Great Western Beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium features an underwater tunnel going through a coral-reef tank with pufferfish, sharks and rays. Further inland, surrounded by tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to lions, wildebeest and sloths.

Nestled in the woods near Newlyn East, Lappa Valley is an all-around family day out. You take a train ride through beautiful woods to reach an area of outstanding beauty, including rowing boats, crazy golf and fun activities.

Throughout the summer, Newquay hosts many local traditional festivals, including the RNLI day, which is a great day out for the family. There are many, upon many, Beer and Cider Festivals! The Healey Cider Farm holds an annual event called The Little Orchard and Music Festival in October. This is legendary around Cornwall and is a must to attend if you happen to be in the area.


Newquay is regarded as the surf capital of the UK. It is a centre for the surf industry in Britain, with many surf stores, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town.

Fistral Beach is considered to be one of the best beach breaks in Cornwall. It is capable of producing powerful, hollow waves and holding a good sized swell. It has been host to international surfing competitions. Every year the beach hosts the Boardmasters Festival, with the music festival taking place at Watergate Bay at the same time.

Around the coast from the main beaches heading north is Watergate Bay. This is stunning and pretty much unspoiled. It is home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant, and this gave the beach popularity in the early days. The beach is vast and there is plenty of space if you are worried about being able to have a game of beach cricket. Watergate Bay is perfect for Kitesurfing and holds many competitions throughout the year.


There are some beautiful walks around the town. One of the best ones is the walk from Porth Beach to Watergate Beach. For this walk, you need to plan it for when the tide is out. Start by walking under the bridge on the right-hand side, and then follow the beach along to Watergate Bay. It will take you around 30-45 minutes, but the scenery is beautiful. For the return walk, as the tide may be coming in, you could walk across the cliff tops as there is a designated path for walkers.

The Gannel Estuary in Newquay at low tide is a perfect walk across to Crantock.  This walk can be taken on a horse if you contact the Trenance Riding Stables.

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Best Accommodation in Newquay

Kernow Kampers

41 Ventonlace, Grampound Road, Truro TR2 4TA, United Kingdom
Imagine the sun shining in a cloudless sky, a road winding down to a deserted beach of golden sand with the waves of the Atlantic gently breaking just beyond. Imagine travelling where the mood takes you, staying where you wish every night, with the option...

Headland Hotel

The Headland Hotel, Newquay, United Kingdom
One of only 50 hotels in the UK to be awarded 4 Silver Stars by The AA

Best Attractions in Newquay

Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Newquay, United Kingdom
We are open for Winter Weekends until Sunday 26 March. We reopen daily from 1 April.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, United Kingdom
Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit. Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the amazing ocean display complete with underwater...

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Healey's Cyder Farm, Penhallow, United Kingdom
Family days out don’t get much better than a visit to Healeys Cyder Farm in Cornwall and we’re a perfect venue for when you are looking to find out what to do near Newquay We are the largest cider-maker and orchard in Cornwall, famous for...

Dairyland Farmworld

Dairyland Farm World, Newquay, United Kingdom
Dairyland Farm World, near Newquay, Cornwall offers a fantastic adventure park to suit all ages.

Things To Do in Newquay

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1 Comment
  • Lynn K.

    We took our son to Lappa Valley for the Santa Train. We had a fantastic time and our son was very happy to see Santa!!!

    We will be back!!!!

    27th February 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply

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