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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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  • Swimming

    WaterWorld Leisure Centre

    WaterWorld Leisure Centre
    Trenance Ln
    TR7 2LZ

    01637 853828

    WaterWorld Leisure Centre is located in the coastal resort of Newquay and offers superb things to do in Cornwall while it’s raining. Look forward to enjoying the 25m swimming pool, the gym and a variety of fitness classes.

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  • Surfer at the beach

    West Country Surf School

    West Country Surf School
    Watergate Bay
    TR8 4AA

    07772 251778

    Located in the bustling coastal resort town of Newquay is West Country Surf School. This is a family-friendly attraction in Cornwall, boasting the best surf lessons in Newquay.

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  • Whipsiderry Beach

    Whipsiderry Beach

    Whipsiderry Beach
    Near Newquay
    TR7 3LX

    Voted in Sunday Times Europe’s Best Beaches is Whipsiderry Beach. This hidden gem near Newquay is quiet and sheltered, home to caves, rock pools and dry sand for sheltered sunbathing.

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