A Guide To Newquay

Newquay and the surrounding areas have so much to offer visitors, there really is something for everybody!

With a great variety of exciting entertainment and a wide choice of activities; why not explore the clifftops, walk along one of the eleven superb beaches or visit one of the local attractions such as the Zoo.

In addition to the world famous Fistral beach (one of the best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe) and the numerous other sandy surfing beaches in the town and nearby including Crantock, Great Western, Holywell Bay, Lusty Glaze, Whipsiderry, Porth, The Gannel, The Harbour, Tolcarne, Towan and the equally famous Watergate Bay.

Newquay is a popular family destination not only for its bevy of beaches, but also for its award-winning and eclectic wealth of entertainment, replete with attractions.

The Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks Towan Beach and is home to a wealth of spectacular sea life, where a series of tours, feeding sessions and talks run regularly. Similarly, Newquay Zoo is located amongst Trenance Gardens and Leisure Park, allowing you to mingle with hundreds of different species of animals, insects and birds including wildebeest, zebra, pandas and meerkats while learning more about the zoo’s conservation programmes. In Trenance Gardens, you’ll also find Trenance Heritage Cottages which has a free to enter heritage museum open to the public, The Garden tearoom and ice-cream outlet! 

Newquay Zoo has a range of discovery trails throughout the year including a 5am dawn adventure to see the animals wake up and feed them breakfast. As the first gold award Green Tourism Business Scheme winner in Cornwall, this friendly environmental park encourages the family to leave the car at home and explore their surroundings on foot.

The zoo is slap bang in the middle of The Newquay Discovery Trail where you can explore the interactive maps before your holiday and follow the cryptic clues on the engraved slate discs when you arrive to discover Newquay's best kept secrets. It may be best known for its surfing lifestyle, Cornish pasties and cream teas, but Newquay is also rich in rare species of plants and birds and boasts a diverse cultural, maritime and mining history.

Round your day off in the Leisure Park with a spot of crazy golf or pitch and putt, a ride on the mini railway, or wander through the glorious gardens. With a skate park, riding stables and miniature lake topped with pedalos, it provides an activity-filled day of delights.

What’s more, Newquay’s Waterworld is also located here, featuring a swimming pool, children’s fun pool with flumes, and fitness centre/classes should the urge take you. Then there’s amusement heavyweight, Camel Creek Adventure Park, a sprawling 111-acre theme park boasting a huge indoor play area, 35 acres of outdoor play, park rides, animals, events and live shows.

Take a sea safari or fishing expedition, seal-spotting boat trip, hire a bike, visit St Eval Karting Circuit or go quad biking at nearby Truro’s, ATV Centre.

Newquay town also has numerous bars, restaurants, cafes and takeaways with cuisine to suit everyone's tastes: Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian and French as well as fast-food and award winning Fish and Chips.  It is also host to a great shopping street where many well-known stores have a presence.

Also, it is worth remembering (in case you get a rainy day) that Newquay now has a cinema. Look at wtwcinemas.co.uk to see what's on during your stay.

This area is easy to get to by rail, road or air and offers a range of top quality attractions, events and activities, throughout the year both in and out of the water - there really will be something to please everyone!