things to do in Newquay

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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  • Holywell Bay Beach

    Holywell Bay Beach

    TR8 5PG

    Beaches in Cornwall don’t get much better than this golden sandy gem a short distance from Newquay.

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  • Holywell Bay Golf

    Holywell Bay Golf

    CTR8 5PW

    01637 832916

    Head to a golfer’s paradise nestled on Newquay’s stunning Holywell Bay.

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  • Huer's Hut, Newquay

    Huers Hut

    King Edward Crescent
    TR7 1EN

    Visitors can discover this relic of Cornwall’s important fishing past overlooking the bay at Towan Head.

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  • Kelsey Head

    S W Coast Path
    TR8 5SE

    A Site of Special Scientific Interest where visitors will marvel at the wildlife and hidden Iron Age history.

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  • Lane Theatre

    Lane Theatre

    TR8 4PX

    01637 876945

    Home to a local theatre group with a 90-year history and a varied programme of dramatic and musical events.

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    Lappa Valley

    Lappa Valley
    St Newlyn East
    TR8 5LX

    01872 510317

    Go on an exciting nostalgic train ride into a world of traditional fun and family adventures.

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  • Lusty Glaze Beach

    Lusty Glaze

    Lusty Glaze Rd
    TR7 3AE


    A private cove reserved for relaxing escapes complete with food, cocktails, music and watersports.

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    Merlin Golf Course

    St Eval Road
    Mawgan Porth
    TR8 4DN

    01841 540222

    Situated just a short drive from Newquay, this golf courses offers visitors stunning views towards the north Cornwall coast.

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  • Newquay Beach

    TR7 1EA

    At low tide three beaches become one close to the heart of bustling Newquay, offering visitors a fun-packed seaside day out.

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  • gloved hand golf ball and golf club

    Newquay Golf Club

    Tower Road
    TR7 1LT


    Play a round of golf at this 18-hole course overlooking the world-famous surfing spot, Fistral Beach.

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