52 Weekends - wk3

52 Weekends - wk3

Life’s a beach in Newquay

This iconic Cornish seaside town is a touring delight.

THIS TRADITIONAL seaside town is a magnet to ‘surfy dudes’, but has plenty for ordinary folks, too.

For starters, the beaches around the town are exceptional. Head there out of season and they won’t be too busy but, in summer, they’ll be packed. That said, you have a dozen to choose from…and they’re all different: coves, wide sandy beaches, rock pools, etc.

Fistral scores highly on all aspects of beach life, but if you fancy somewhere quieter, head to Lusty Glaze Beach on the northern edge of town. This horseshoe beach has beach huts for hire and, during the summer, hosts Sundowner live music sessions in the evenings. Whipsiderry, Crantock, Fistral and Towan beaches are all dog-friendly.

In late June, Newquay has its own Carnival Week, which is packed with events and activities, including duck racing, live music, a classic car show and a mascot race.

If you need a break from the beach, or it’s raining, head to Newquay’s Aquarium where you’ll get a close-up view of exotic fish, turtles and sharks in 40 naturally-themed habitats. A fascinating way to fill a few hours.

A short walk into town from there, and you’ll reach Trenance Leisure Park and Gardens, a large grass and woodland area filled with play parks, crazy golf, a miniature railway and much more. Newquay Zoo is here, too, and, on the west side of the park, you’ll find lovely, established gardens featuring colourful flora against a backdrop of majestic trees. There’s also a boating lake here, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife and a place where you can hire a range of craft. At the day’s end, head back to the beach (Fistral is westfacing) for a relaxing drink, and to watch the sun set over sea.

Make your stay better

RNLI Lifeboat Day
Newquay Harbour, TR7 1HR
E: andrew_hobkinson@rnli.org.uk (Volunteer)
Price: FREE
Newquay RNLI’s biggest fundraiser of the year featuring dramatic rescue demonstrations, live music, stalls and refreshments. Good fun, good karma.

Boardmasters Festival
Fistral and Watergate Bay Beaches,TR7 1HS
T: 07773 008000
W: boardmasters.com
Five days, 12 stages, 200+ acts, including biggies like Ed Sheeran and Florence & the Machine. Soak up the surf culture and chill out at these beach-based venues.

Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay Harbour, TR7 1HT
T: 01637 838516
W: philpspasties.co.uk
Head down the road to Hayle and you’ll find Philps Cornish Pasty bakery on the quayside. This place is a mecca to the humble pasty, which are made daily on site and available in all sorts of flavours, from traditional to more ‘exotic’ concoctions! Grab a couple and take them back to the ‘van for your supper.

Places of Interest

  • Newquay Zoo

    Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL
    T 01637 873342
    W newquayzoo.org.uk
    Price Adult £15.95, Child 3-15 £12, Senior/student £13.60

  • Lane Theatre

    Newquay TR8 4PX
    T 01637 876945
    W lanetheatre.co.uk

  • Lappa Valley Steam Railway

    (Miniature 15in-gauge railway)
    St Newlyn East, Newquay TR8 5LX
    Open: 30 March to 3 November 2019
    W lappavalley.co.uk
    Price Adults £12.95, Children 3-15 and 60+ £10.95, Dog £1

  • Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

    Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU
    T: 01637 878134
    W bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay
    Price Adults £10.17, Child 3-12 £7.88, Conc/Student £9.22 (online)

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