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Newquay Cornwall

Newquay Cornwall

Newquay Cornwall

Newquay Cornwall is one of Cornwall's largest and most famous resorts, known for excellent surfing and a lively atmosphere. Being surrounded by golden Cornish beaches (more information on Newquay Beaches) and having lots of attractions also makes Newquay a family favourite. Newquay Cornwall offers lots of facilities, attractions, activities, places to eat and drink and shop and there is plenty to do in Newquay whatever the weather. View a list of attractions in North Cornwall in and around Newquay.

Newquay is a good place if you are looking for a lively resort, particularly in the summer season. Previously a small harbour fishing town the increased interest in surfing, growing nightlife and holiday makers has made Newquay grow into a busy holiday resort. View photo gallery of Newquay Cornwall. Newquay beaches are very dog friendly with most of them allowing dogs all year round.

Surfing is hugh in Newquay and every other shop seems to be a surf ware or surf hire shop. Due to Newquay's position and various beaches it has different types of break and waves and you should be able to find a wave whatever the weather or your ability. There are many surf festivals throughout the year including the Ripcurl Boardmasters. Surf lessons and surfboard hire are widely available in Newquay. If you have a lesson make sure it is with a BSA qualified instructor. Newquay is a popular surfing spot and can be busy so make sure you are familiar with surfing etiquette and the dangers before you hit the waves.

Newquay's lively night life makes it popular with club goers, hen and stag parties and group holidays. If this is not for you I wouldn't recommend the town centre in the summer or evening as it can become quite riotous. There are lots of pubs, bars and clubs in Newquay making it one of the biggest places in Cornwall for nightlife. But aside from this Newquay's beaches, cliff walks, harbour and attractions make it a good place to visit and there are plenty of family friendly sites and hotels around Newquay many providing their own evening entertainment.

The shopping centre in Newquay, although not very pretty, is one of the larger places to shop in Cornwall (although to those coming from outside of Cornwall may well be considered quite small!). There are a mixture of known high street shops, individual shops including those selling traditional holiday goods and gifts including 'Newquay ware', and a sports shop and art shop, lots of surf shops, some galleries, amusements, lots of eateries, banks and chemists.

Newquay also offers Bodyboarding which is more accessible than surfing and easier to catch your first wave. This can be tried in waste depth water on small white water waves and can be good fun at this basic level. Make sure you are in a lifeguarded area before entering the sea. The moment you go out of your depth and or for bigger waves things become a lot more dangerous and tricky and it is definitely advisable to have a lesson!

Away from the beach Newquay offers lots of activities and tourist attractions which include a zoo, golf course, water world, blue reef aquarium and boating lake and park. If you are looking for a day out near Newquay then Healey's Cyder Farm is only a short drive away and is a fun place to visit for a day or few hours whatever the weather. They have tractor rides, animals to see and pet, restaurant, viewing area where you can see the Cyder being made and best of all you can try some of their delicious cyders and juices at the free sampling bar. Read more about Healey's Cyder Farm.

If you are after a different adrenaline rush there are plenty of other extreme sports on offer around Newquay such as Coasteering, Kitesurfing and kitebuggying.

You can also cycle the St Piran Way (or part of it!), which is a designated cycle route from Truro to Newquay of some 35 miles. This also joins the Camel Trail, a further off road cycle path.

Newquay can be a great place to visit in the winter for a wild walk along the beach watching the winter storms crash against the rocks and then finding somewhere warm for lunch or hot chocolate.

Newquay was a small fishing harbour town known for catching Pilchards, the Heur's Hut, below the Atlantic Hotel was the lookout for shawls of Pilchards in the sea. The cry would go out and the fishermen would rush out for their catch. Pilchards were exported to the Mediterranean and later under the instruction of Joseph Treffry in 1838 for China Clay exports.. The harbour in the centre of Newquay is still a hive of activity with some fishermen and more tourist related activities such as boat trips. Attractive boats can be seen in the harbour making a nice view or photo opportunity.

View List of Accommodation in Newquay Cornwall

View Photo Gallery of Newquay Cornwall

Take a walk around Newquay Cornwall

View information on Newquay Beaches


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