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Things to do in Newquay

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Boasting a collection of beaches and an array of exciting attractions, there are plenty of places to visit in Newquay. 

Branded as Cornwall’s biggest and best holiday resort, you are sure to find plenty of great things to do in Newquay for the entire family to enjoy. Beachcombers can bask in the sunshine, whilst watersport enthusiasts take to the waters and families can create lots of memories.

Beaches in Newquay

Families will be delighted by the array of beaches in Newquay to discover, each one offering its own distinct touch on the Cornish coastline. Newquay plays host to one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches, Fistral, which is renowned as one of the UK’s best surfing destinations. Alternatively, quieter moments can be relished at Watergate Bay, where you will find a large open bay, home to a collection of rock pools that are waiting to be uncovered. Those visiting Newquay should also enjoy a dip in the waters from Towan Beach or enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Great Western Beach.

Attractions in Newquay

You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of things to do in Newquay, with the coastal town offering something for everyone. Those with younger visitors can visit the enchanting Blue Reef Aquarium, which is home to 40 naturally themed habitats, where you have the opportunity to meet freshwater turtles, pufferfish and much more! Newquay is also home to Newquay Zoo, boasting 13 acres of land and an extensive collection of animals, including African lions, golden lion tamarin and a six-banded armadillo.

Those seeking to brush up on the local history can pay a visit to the National Trust property of Treice, an Elizabethan manor house, home to a collection of fine furnishings and captivating interior design. Alternatively, you could savour the tranquillity of the Japanese Garden, which combines the beauty of nature with artistic refinement.

Activities in Newquay

Newquay is known as the surf capital of the UK, so it is little wonder that so many flock here each year to ride the waves. Home to numerous surf schools, even beginners can take to the Atlantic swells, whilst those more advanced can compete in the annual Boardmasters Championships, the UK Pro Surf Tour, and The British Surfing Association National Surfing Centre.

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  • sitting on sandy beach drawing

    Art at the Beach

    Unit 3 Surfside Stores
    Mawgan Porth
    TR8 4BJ


    Get the creative juices flowing with a group or private art class on the beach at Mawgan Porth and pick up some original artwork to take home with you.

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  • Blue reef aquarium

    Blue Reef Aquarium

    Towan Promenade
    TR7 1DU

    01637 878134

    An underwater world of enchanting sea creatures and colourful corals where visitors will be impressed by the vast amounts of both local and exotic species.

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  • north cornwall coast

    Bre-Pen National Trust

    Bre-pen Farm
    Mawgan Porth
    TR8 4AL

    Follow the southwest coast path to Bre-Pen, a working National Trust farm where animals roam and the views are spectacular.

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  • Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
    Image Credits: Steve Lynes(CC BY 2.0)

    Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

    HAS 3
    Aerohub 2
    TR8 4GP

    01637 861962

    Get up close and personal with aviation history at this hangar where historic fighter jets sit alongside bombers.  

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  • Crantock beach

    Crantock Beach

    Crantock Beach
    TR8 5RN


    Nestled close to Newquay, this beach is perfect for surfing, sandcastles and exploring local wildlife.

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  • Daymer Bay

    Daymer Bay

    Daymer Bay Beach
    PL27 6LA

    Avoid the crowds at neighbouring beaches, Rock and Polzeath, and enjoy a tranquil day on this secluded, sandy beach.

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  • Fistral Beach

    Fistral Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that spectators can enjoy while surfers take advantage of the epic swells.

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  • Footsteps of Discovery

    Nantillio Woods
    TR8 5BG

    07970 494723

    Visitors can head out into the wilderness and experience woodland adventures with the help of bushcraft and survival training.

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  • Great Western Beach

    Great Western Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    One of Cornwall’s bustling hubs of coastal activity, Great Western Beach is known for its excellent surf and is a hit with the families.

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  • Heron Tennis Centre

    Heron Tennis Centre

    Trenance Leisure Park
    Edgcumbe Ave
    TR7 2LZ

    01637 877555

    Get active at this fantastic tennis centre for an afternoon or weekend break in Newquay.

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