Holidays in Newquay have a funny habit of becoming family traditions, and that’s because this Cornish surfing resort has it all. With plenty to keep kids entertained and away from those tablets, it’s the perfect destination for a family break.

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A local’s guide to holidays in Newquay…

Things to do in Newquay

Newquay may be blessed with those endless sandy beaches, but it’s home to more attractions than you’ll possibly squeeze into one visit. The Blue Reef Aquarium is right on the seafront, and it’s one of the most popular Newquay attractions. Complete with an underwater tunnel, it’s home to some of the weird and wonderful creatures that call our seas home.

Sticking with the animal theme, Newquay Zoo covers 13 acres of tropical gardens. With some of the world’s most endangered species waiting to welcome you, it’s a popular day out with all ages.

If you fancy a laidback day during your Newquay holiday, pack up a picnic and head over to the tranquillity of Trenance Gardens and Leisure Park. Sit back and watch the swans do their thing on the boating lake or enjoy a spot of tennis, crazy golf, a miniature railway or even the Waterworld Leisure Centre.

Every family holiday needs at least one journey on a steam train, and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway is the perfect way to see some of the region’s infamous scenery. You’ll find Benny Halt just outside Newquay, and it’s one of Cornwall’s most nostalgic days out.

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Beaches in Newquay

There’s one thing guests of our Newquay holiday cottages have in common, and that’s a love of gorgeous sandy beaches. Newquay has a beautiful beach to suit your every mood, so it’s really just a question of finding your favourite.

If it’s surfing and adventure you’re after, head over to the legendary Fistral Beach. Fistral Beach Surf School offers beginner lessons for all ages, and most newbies will be able to stand on the board after a two-hour lesson. If you’re happy to enjoy the view from the sand, you’ll have mile after mile of cliff-backed beach to call your own.

Just three miles from central Newquay you’ll find the sleepy sands of Watergate Bay beach. Tucked beneath steep cliffs, this sandy beach rolls on for two miles, and it’s just the spot for a long walk before a fish and chip dinner.

Newquay’s many beaches also include Crantock, Great Western, Porth Joke, Mawgan Porth, Towan Beach and the Harbour Beach. Every single stretch of sand has its own character, and if you’re taking the dog, many of them are dog friendly all year round. So, get ready to unroll that beach towel and rock those flip flops.

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Restaurants in Newquay

All that fresh sea air means you’ll have big appetites during your Newquay holiday, so it’s great news that the town’s home to some foodie favourites. Rick Stein Fistral serves up seafood with style, and the restaurant looks out across Fistral Beach below. You’ll also find The Fish House Fistral beside the infamous home of Cornwall’s surf scene. The menu features the fresh catch of the day, so you can enjoy the seafood landed at Newquay’s harbour just hours before.

If you know what you like and you like what you know, there’s a classic Pizza Express. Perfect for an easy meal with the kids after a busy day on the sand, it even has sea views to remind you that you’re on holiday. The Harbour Fish & Grill sits nestled into the cliffs above the town’s harbour. Pick a seat in the conservatory or on the terrace to make the most of sweeping views across Newquay’s seven spectacular beaches.

For something a little bit different, enjoy a blend of Australian and Cornish cuisine over at Bush Pepper’s. This quirky restaurant in the town centre has a friendly feel and is a great spot for brunch before you head out for the day.

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  • What are holidays in Newquay like?

    Lie back on the sands of Fistral or Watergate Bay beach while the Atlantic waves crash onto the surf. If you fancy trying surfing, this is the place to do it. Fistral has long been a haven for those who prefer life on a board, and there are some fantastic surf schools right on the beaches to get you started.

  • What’s Newquay like in winter?

    Famous for its summer vibes, Newquay is probably not the first place you think of when planning a winter break. But we think you should reconsider.

    Quieter streets and a more mellow nightlife scene means more of a local feel to the place, and there aren’t many times during the year when you won’t still see a clutch of surfers peppering the waves as well as dog owners ambling its beautiful beaches.

    If you’re travelling with children in tow there are Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium to visit. And if it’s just the two of you then a pub lunch in Crantock after a windswept walk along the coast path is a lovely way to spend a blustery day.

  • Does Newquay have any good walks?

    If you thought Newquay was just for surfing or lazing on the beach then think again. There are dozens of fantastic walks to choose from along the coast path and you’ll see this iconic corner of North Cornwall in a brand-new light.

    Try the route from Porth to Watergate Bay and you’ll be treated to panoramic sea views and glimpses of marine life. Or rustle up the whole family and enjoy a gentle beach walk along Crantock and Penpol Creek.
    The South West Coast Path website lists numerous fantastic walks in the area that cater to visitors of all ages and abilities so don’t forget to pack your walking shoes next time you’re on holiday!

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  • What’s Newquay Harbour like?

    Quiet and removed from the hustle and bustle of the town Newquay’s historic harbour is one of the town’s most picturesque locations.

    Besides having its own small beach there’s an old worldy feel to the place and you can soak up the atmosphere with a drink or bite at one of several restaurants that overlook its waters.

    Several boat-based companies operate out of the harbour too so if you fancy the chance of spotting dolphins or seals this is the way to do it.

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