Is that in this country? – JD, 6, while looking at the picture above
I think I was about 19 when I first took the train down to Newquay, unsure what to expect. I fell in love with the place soon after I got there. The sun, the clear waters, the atmosphere, the scenery – it’s a brilliant place to take a holiday.
You can find loads of ideas for things to do in Newquay on the Hotel Direct site, and here’s a round up of my personal top seven.
Hit the surf
You couldn’t visit the surfing capital of the UK and not have a go at riding the waves for yourself. Fistral beach, in particular, is well known in the international surfing community for its powerful waves and large swell. If you’re an experienced surfer, you’ll be in your element. If not, there are plenty of hire shops dotted around Newquay and regular instructor led sessions, so why not see if you’re a natural born surfer?
Take a boat ride
Newquay’s famous harbour was constructed in 1832 and pleasure boat trips run throughout the day during peak season between May and September. Join a boat from the harbour and enjoy a slow cruise around Newquay Bay aboard the ‘Tamarisk’, ‘Kernow Belle’ or ‘Island Maid’. It’s a great way to take in the beautiful scenery along the pristine coastline.
Soak up the sun
Newquay not only gets good sun and cool breezes during the summer months, it also boasts no fewer that nine long, sandy beaches, which is a big reason why it’s such a popular tourist destination. Pack a picnic and plenty of sunscreen and spend a leisurely day on the beach, soaking up the sun or paddling in water – some of the clearest in the UK.
Visit the Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery
Step off the tourist trail a little and discover the charm of Newquay’s Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery. It’s a beautiful place with shaded tree walks, mossy paths and even cherry blossom in the spring. Perfect for a tranquil morning.
Meet the wildlife
The Cornish coastline is teaming with life and Newquay is the perfect place to explore our water dwelling neighbours.
There are observation points and boat trips leaving from Newquay that will give you a chance to see dolphins, porpoises, seals, basking sharks, giant ocean sunfish, leatherback turtles, fin whales and even blue whales in their natural habitat. Amazing, huh? You could even join an organised snorkelling trip for a chance to see seaweeds, sponges, corals, jewel anemones, crabs, lobsters, clams and mussels beneath the waves.
After all that, you could also visit Newquay Zoo, which offers the chance to see a range of exotic animals included lemurs, lions and zebras.
Hoist the Main Sail at Bucaneer Bay
Journey with the kids into Bucaneer Bay and discover the secrets of pirate life with Captain Calico Jack and his crew. In this 35 minute live experience, families can listen to stories and come face to face with mythical creatures and legendary characters from Cornwall’s fascinating past.Well worth a visit.
Thrills and scares await in the Sunken Village of the Damned for those of you brave enough to enter, with a safe path directly to the Captain’s ship for those who wish to avoid the terrifying depths.
I’m a bit past my clubbing days, but if you’re interested in what Newquay has to offer once the sun goes down, you’ll be pleased to know that Newquay has vibrant nightlife with a number of busy nightclubs, cafes, bars and traditional pubs, offering everything from chill out evenings to live Radio 1 DJ sets.
So they’re my top tips. What would your ‘must see’ choice be on a visit to Newquay?