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Newquay

Cornwall's surfing capital

Newquay has long been popular with holidaymakers and with its vast beaches, laid back pace and central location it’s not hard to see why. In more recent years Newquay has developed into a hive a of activity, with trendy restaurants and bars giving it a more modern feel, while the beach cafes, Cornish pubs and established luxury restaurants provide a tempting haven for those needing to refuel. Whether you want to try your hand at surfing, relax with a book on the beach or explore the Cornish countryside, Newquay will cater for you.

The newquay guide

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A beach-lovers dream...

An obvious draw for many is the world-class surf that can be found on most of Newquay’s beaches, however it is just as exciting to watch from your sunbathing spot on the sand! In the 7.5 miles of coastline including and surrounding Newquay there are ten beaches, most of which are at least 1/2 mile long – some even bigger at low tide, providing plenty of space to explore.

Lifeguards cover most of these beaches from March through until September and you’ll be able to watch the surfers harness the Atlantic rollers from the shore – or join them if you’re brave enough! Whichever sandy stretch you choose to relax on, you’ll be spoilt for choice – and the best thing is, regardless of where you choose to lay your towel, you are never more than 10 minutes from a shop, cafe or restaurant. Try the Bowgie Inn above Crantock, Sea Spray Cafe above Fistral and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen above Watergate Bay – or discover your own beachside eatery!

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Fabulous Food

Newquay is one of the largest towns in Cornwall and offers a huge, varied choice of eateries. The world-class surf offering has brought with it a multitude of cultures to the town, with Australian, Indonesian, Italian and Portuguese restaurants strung along the streets. There are plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants to experience too, most sourcing their fish straight from the local harbour so you’ll be dining on the freshest ingredients! Whether you after a cosy roast or award-winning meal, classic fish and chips or hand made burgers,  you won’t be going hungry in Newquay.

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Walk coves and countryside

Newquay is a vibrant hive of activity and there is so much to do in and around the town centre that the walking opportunities can be overshadowed – however we urge you to make time for them. Discover cove after secret cove (Polly Joke is a particularly beautiful one), or walk amongst the fields of scarlet poppies that bloom on the cliffs between Holywell Bay and Crantock. Walk out to one of many of Newquay’s headlands, watching for blow holes, a particularly spectacular experience when the wind whips up the crashing waves below. Venture a little further and walk the coast path to the dramatic Bedruthan Steps – bring the car with you and wait till nightfall to experience the dark skies for perfect star gazing.

Beaches
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Fistral

What better place to get to grips with a surfboard than Fistral? This world class surfing beach often boasts perfect waves and its golden sands are a constant lure for families, plus there are lifeguards from 30th March – 28th October and amenities very close by. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round.

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Towan Beach

Towan Beach is right in the heart of Newquay – mere moments from the town centre. With Newquay harbour to the west of the beach and the impressive ‘Island’ with its suspension bridge linking it to the mainland it’s a pretty amazing setting for a day at the beach! This beach has full lifeguard cover from 5th of May until the 30th of September, and dogs are welcome all year round.

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Porth Beach

Head east out of town and find Porth Beach – a sheltered stretch of sand that, when the tide is out, is much bigger than it looks! It is a ‘blue flag’ beach, meaning it has been recognised for its cleanliness and water quality – and with lifeguard cover (from 19th May to 30th September) and a cafe overlooking the beach, Porth is a perfect family friendly beach. Dogs are welcome from 1st of October until 30th of April, from 1st May to 30th September there is a seasonal ban in operation and dog are only able to go on the beach from 7pm – 8am.

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Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is a little more hidden than Fistral or Towan but it is utterly beautiful. Sheltered by high cliffs with a fabulous restaurant on the beach and atmospheric, free(!) sundowner live music sessions during the summer, Lusty Glaze is a great place to be. There’s also an activity centre on the beach, so whether you fancy surfing, abseiling or dodgeball, there’s something for everyone at this beach.

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Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a vast, two-mile stretch of golden sand on the outskirts of Newquay. Popular with surfers, sun seekers and dog walkers, there’s plenty of room on this beach for everyone. A small village with the same name has formed around the beach, with three good restaurants (including Jamie Oliver’s!) – and plenty of surf schools, of course! There is a car park near the beach, making for easy access, and it’s lifeguarded from the 5th of May until the 30th of September – as well as being dog-friendly all year round.

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Crantock

The River Gannel flows from the approach to Newquay right around the outskirts of the town and out into the Gannel Estuary before reaching the sea. Here, there is an idyllic beach that sits either side of the river as it makes its way down the sand to meet the sea. Crantock is a great place for kids, who can play under the watchful eye of the lifeguards (present from the 19th of May until the 30th of September). Dogs are welcome all year round.

Food & Drink
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The Fish House, Fistral

This restaurant offers the freshest seafood on a seafront location. Head chef Paul Harwood has curated a seasonal menu with non-seafood and vegetarian options that are equally as delicious as the extensive fish dishes. They also have a cracking wine menu that compliments the flavours of the wonderfully cooked fish – as well as a sea view to die for!

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Scott & Bab’s

An experience that is well worth travelling slightly out of town for. Find this quirky restaurant 7 miles out of Newquay, near Mawgan Porth – but trust us, it’s worth the taxi fare. With an ever-changing, spontaneous menu, you could dine on perfectly cooked seafood, deliciously tender meat (often smoked in the barrels you can see outside) or fantastic wood-fired pizzas. Tables book up super quickly for this gem – book as soon as you can!

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15 Cornwall

It’s a relatively well-kept secret that Jamie Oliver has one of his restaurants in Newquay. 15 Cornwall is home to the same ethos as Jamie’s other restaurants – employing local, disadvantaged young people and giving them world class cheffing training. All profits from the restaurant go back into the charity, Cornwall Food Foundation. Not only will money spent here be for an excellent cause, but the food is also simply exquisite. An Italian inspired menu, in a dining area with unobstructed views over Watergate Bay and out to the Atlantic. Don’t miss it.

Things to do
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Newquay Wildlife

Newquay may not seem a likely wildlife wonderland, but with Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo less than ten minutes from all our Newquay retreats, animal-lovers will be delighted at the opportunities to get up close and personal with some amazing species. From reef sharks to giant octopi, the aquarium has plenty to see and much more to learn – they do a huge amount of conservation. This is similar at Newquay Zoo, where the staff pride themselves on their dedication to conservation and their breeding programmes. Spot lions, sloths and monkeys at this family-friendly attraction.

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Surfing Lessons

As the mecca of surfing, no holiday to Newquay is complete without a lesson. Whether you’re a total novice or looking for some expert advice, get hold of Cornish Wave and get in the water. The guys will get you kitted out with a board and wetsuit and take you out into the waves to give it a try – who knows, you might find a new talent?! Cornish Wave cater for all ages and abilities – a great way to spend a family day out or the perfect activity for a group of friends.

Trerice House

Trerice House & Gardens

From March (check the exact opening date on the Trerice website), the Elizabethan manor house and it’s grounds, Trerice, is open to the public. A National Trust property, Trerice’s house will take you through the history of the estate, while the tranquil gardens are the perfect place to stroll through and relax. Enjoy a cream tea in the cafe and peruse the shelves of the shop – why not buy a plant souvenir?

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