It's not only because of Newquay Airport, which is the gateway to the area for many visitors to Cornwall, that Newquay is one of the most popular destinations in the West Country.
The town offers fantastic beaches, the widest range of shops, restaurants, nightlife and accommodation in the area and is just a short drive away from Cornwall's many breathtaking attractions. There are luxurious restaurants, bars, shops and spa's in this town as well as a myriad of opportunities of enjoying nature and countless sport opportunities for every taste and age group.
Culture & attractions in Newquay
When you thought Cornwall is a holiday destination only for those who want to relax and enjoy nature, Newquay's many cultural attractions will take you by surprise. The Lane Theatre for example is home to Newquay's multi-award winning Dramatic Society which is working on new productions, from classic to comedy, all year round.
The Tunnels Through Time Museum is heaven for everyone who loves history and a good story ‐ visit to find out everything about Cornwall's history and hear some mysterious Cornish stories about the creatures that live in the ocean.
The Bluereef Aquarium is not just a place for kids (although these will undoubtedly enjoy a visit, too). It's situated on Towan Beach and houses hundreds of marine species from the Cornish coast as well as many tropical creatures in the massive ocean display with an underwater tunnel you can walk through.
As Cornish culture has always been closely tied to the sea, it's no big surprise that the cities' biggest festival celebrates this heritage: the Newquay Fish Festival takes place every September and is probably the best place to taste seafood in all of Britain!
Must-do highlights in Newquay
Cliffs teeming with wildlife, stellar surfing spots and regular sports competitions at the sandy beach and world class cuisine make Watergate Bay an unmissable part of any trip to Newquay. Just four miles away from the city, you can enjoy over a mile of pristine white beach!
Newquay Zoo is the biggest zoo in Cornwall and perfect for a fun day out with the family. Apart from 130 animal species from all over the world that can be seen each day, the zoo organises fun events such as Safari Nights or weekend breakfasts with the animals.
Hundreds of visitors from all over the UK and Europe can't be wrong: Newquay is THE best places for surfing in England. Whether you're a pro surfer guy or are still struggling getting the suit on, the world class surfing schools here can help you improve your skills.
Regardless of how sporty you are, cycling is a great to explore the countryside around Newquay. There are many cycling route that lead through Cornwall, but why not try to cycle south to visit Trerica Manor, a stunning Elizabethan manor with vibrant gardens and the unique Lawnmower Museum?
Eating & drinking in Newquay
The best choice of Restaurants in Cornwall can actually be found just outside Newquay, along Watergate Bay. Here you can dine in Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall which offers a 5 course tasting menu every night.
Living Space is a spot that serves food all day round while offering the best views of the ocean.
If you are out surfing or just taking a stroll along the beach, make sure to check out the Beach Hut which offers small snacks as well as generous servings of fish pie that will re-fuel your next adventure in Newquay.
Accommodation in Newquay
After all this walking, surfing and exploring, there's nothing better than to unwind in your own four walls. There are plenty of holiday homes that will make you feel right at home in Newquay.
The open plan apartment Golden Bay is perfect if you love the ocean, as it located away from the hustle and bustle of the town and close to Crantock and Fistral beaches.
The Old Edwardian is a 3 bedroom apartment that overlooks Towan Beach and is within walking distance of three beaches as well as the town centre. If you're looking for a break with friends, it's perfect as every bedroom has it's own en-suite bathroom.
For views of the picturesque Cornish countryside, 11 Bredon Court has views of the golf court and parts of Fistral Beach. The stylish 2 bedroom apartment boasts modern furnishing and a large balcony.
So that's our round up of things to do on a weekend in Newquay. Have you ever been there? What would you recommend doing if someone went there for the weekend? Please share you experience with us…