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Things to do around Newquay

Famous for its sandy beaches, surfing and nightlife, visitors to Newquay may be surprised to learn there are dozens more attractions in Newquay to keep all ages happily occupied for at least a couple of weeks.
Newquay is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with ten beaches from the family-friendly Porth Beach to kite surfing on Watergate Bay. World-famous Fistral Beach is ideal for surfing and hosts major international surfing competitions along with the Radio 1 Road Show each summer.

Newquay harbour is filled with bobbing boats of all sizes and is the place to book a fishing trip, a sightseeing cruise or watch harbour seals following the fishing boats as they return with their catch. Check out the RNLI Headquarters and Museum here which has an interesting boat display.

There are plenty of places to hire surf equipment, boogie boards and wetsuits or learn how to windsurf and kitesurf at the [Extreme Academy] on Watergate Bay. Wreck diving trips are also offered along this “graveyard” coastline. More adrenalin-pumping activities can be had at the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre, set in a private cove. Abseiling, rock climbing, coasteering and jet skiing can all be enjoyed on a brilliant day at this well-organised adventure centre.

Learn more about Cornwall’s colourful past with a visit to the pirate-themed [Buccaneer Bay] attraction. Pirate characters lead you through the history of Old Cornwall with tales of King Arthur, pirates and smuggling adventures. This is most suitable for older children and adults as it can be pretty scary! Holywell Bay Fun Park has been offering rides and kids’ amusements for years, and continues to do so. Mini golf, battle boats, go karts, a gold mine, maze and bumper boats are fun for youngsters and there is also an arcade.

Families are sure to enjoy a day at Newquay Zoo. Beautifully landscaped and imaginatively presented, it gives children the chance to get up-close with some more unusual animals. Dairyland Farm World offers hands-on encounters with animals of a domestic sort, along with a farm museum, milking parlour and an excellent indoor play area.

The on Towan promenade is a stunning attraction with a giant ocean tank of fish and 40 other displays of marine life. Loggerhead turtles, sharks, octopus, seahorses, trigger fish and mini crocs make this a very entertaining day out and family tickets are available.

If you can tear yourself away, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway is always popular and offers a boating lake, maze and crazy golf after a ride behind one of the miniature steam locomotives. Other local activities include horse riding, ceramics painting, ten pin bowling, wildlife spotting, cycling the Camel Trail and walking the South West Coast Path, or simply rent a chair and enjoy relaxing on the beach.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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