"Surfer's Paradise - that's what they call Newquay. ... "No matter what your
level of expertise," added Sam, "there's a beach in Newquay with waves to suit. ..."
Anna Charles, Ripples on the Water
An excellent destination for families, Newquay boasts plenty of kids' attractions to keep your little ones busy and entertained, (if you're actually able to get them out of the water!). As well as having a go at surfing and a range of water sports, you'll find enough children's attractions in the vicinity to keep your kids entertained should the weather actually take a turn for the worse.
Popular as it may be, Newquay is not as fresh as its name suggests. Although the town owes its name to the building of a new quay in 1439, there has been a settlement at Newquay ever since the Iron Age. First known as Towan Blistra, Newquay originally thrived as a fishing village but like other towns in Cornwall supplemented its income with steady smuggling and ship-wrecking. Pilchard fishing once largely provided for Newquay's needs and you'll still be able to see the gleaming cliff top Huer's Hut. This was once used to spot shoals of pilchard and a loud cry of “Heva!” from the hut would galvanise fishermen into casting their nets in the best places. In the 18th century, the pilchard industry dried out but was soon to be replaced by that great money-spinner, tourism. The Victorians were the first holiday makers to arrive. Borne upon a new railway system they came in search of that new trend, the seaside holiday. Newquay's attraction has never faded and what with its weather, beaches, history and proximity to London (2 and a half hours by train) it is highly unlikely that it ever will.
A sun lover's paradise, the only problem Newquay provides is choosing which of its fine eleven beaches to go to. Fistral Beach is the most famous of Newquay's beaches. Excellent for surfing at low tide, Fistral boasts quick, hollow waves. Host of many an international and national surfing championship, Fistral Beach gets the best of the swell. Nearby on the headland is Towan Beach. Newquay's main beach, Towan Beach is easily accessible and provides kids' attractions in the form of a paddling pool and rock pools. The next beach lying to the west is known locally as Polly Joke. A pretty, sandy cove, Polly Joke can be quieter than its neighbours due to the 10 minute trek on an uneven footpath from West Pentire car park. Further west, you'll find Holywell Bay. Here you'll find beautiful sand dunes and on a good day you might be able to spot a dolphin or two. Nearby, there's more family entertainment at the Holywell Bay Fun Park (free entry) and Penhale Adventure Centre (coasteering, climbing, sailing, kitesurfing). There's not much organised entertainment at Crantock Beach but with its sheltering sand dunes makes a great place for a quiet, relaxing picnic.
Lying at the head of Newquay town centre, Newquay Bay boasts Tolcarne Beach and Lusty Glaze Cove. Popular with beginner surfers and belly boarders, Tolcarne Beach is close to Newquay Town Centre. Enclosed by cliffs with a lovely view from their top, access to Tolcarne Beach is via a flight of some 200 stairs. In Newquay Bay, you'll also find Lusty Glaze, a privately owned cove that is free to the general public. Lusty Glaze is sheltered by surrounding cliffs and home to the National Lifeguard Centre and the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre. North of Lusty Glaze, Porth Beach is a popular family destination. Offering safe bathing, Porth Beach is fronted by an island where you'll be able to see a blow hole gushing at mid-tide. Porth's northerly neighbour is Watergate Bay, another surfers' mecca. Here the sand stretches for two miles but is reached only via steep paths leading down from the top of the cliff. This is no deterrent for adrenalin seekers who head here for the Extreme Academy which offers mountain boarding and wave and kite surfing. North of Watergate Bay is the little the hamlet of Mawgan Porth. A good place to go if you want to avoid the crowds, Mawgan Porth is a generally, uncrowded beach nestling between rugged cliffs. Next along is Bedruthan Beach. Accessible via a steep, cliff staircase, Bedruthan is no good for bathing. However, views from the cliff top are outstanding and should be high on the list of anyone making a visit to Newquay. This National Trust property also offers a network of footpaths and excellent if uneven walking.
Attractions around Newquay
Idyllically situated, Newquay lies on the Southwest Coast Path. Walkers will find a range of paths in the area such as the circular Crantock Estuary and Coast Walk (2 miles) or the cirular walk round Holywell and Kelsey Head (5 miles). Whether you're walking or driving on the B3276, the coastline between Newquay and Padstow is not to be missed. Here is beautiful Cornwall, a shaven landscape turned golden brown in the sun. If you're rushing (or not a keen walker) head to Bedruthan Steps and the area between Carnewas and Park Head for breathtaking views. You'll find more information at local tourist information centres.
Less than 5 miles from east Newquay, you'll find family attractions such as Dairyland, Lappa Valley Steam Railway and Trerice Gardens. Dairyland is a fun and educational park for kids with pets, play areas and an award-winning nature trail. The Lappa Valley Steam Railway offers you a traditional locomotive ride through a scenic woodland setting. Trerice is an Elizabethan mansion with beautiful gardens and an unusual lawn mower collection. North of Newquay is Crealy's Adventure Park, a great attraction for kids offering thrill rides and a range of activities. South of Newquay, you'll find Holywell Bay Fun Park. Offering free entry, you'll be able to try activities such as go-karting, maze solving and crazy golf. Nearby is Penhale Adventure Centre. Not for the frail at heart but for thrills and achievements in activities such as kitesurfing, parachuting and wake boarding.
Newquay : Sightseeing and Attractions
|Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre|
A great place to go for some adrenalin pumping fun, the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre offers surfing, coasteering, abseiling, climbing, aerial zip-wire rides and assault course adventures. Member of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority with fully qualified instructors, the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre is ideally located in a beautiful bay close to the Newquay town centre.
Address: Lusty Glaze Beach, Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 3AE Street Map
|Dairyland Farm World|
An all weather, family attraction, Dairyland Farm World has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages. Kids can pat a pet, take a pony ride or visit the children's play area with its slides, ball pools, climbing nets and tumbling tower. Dairyland Farm World also boasts an award-winning nature trail that will take you through a diverse range of habitats where you may spot anything from ducks, swans and frogs to heron, wild mallard and moor hens. On your visit, you'll also find out more about farming hand-in-hand with good conservation practices.
Admission: £7.75 Adults £6.75 Children
Address: Dairyland Farm World, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5A Street Map
Contact: PH 01872 510 246
|Newquay Holywell Bay Fun Park|
Boasting free entry, the Holywell Fun Park is ideally situated close to the beautiful sand dunes of Holywell Bay. Offering fun for all the family, Holywell Fun Park has a range of attractions to suit all ages. You'll be able to try go-karting, ride a battle boat, play crazy golf, find your way out of Merlin's Maze, fly into the sky on the Rebound or crash in Bumper Boats.
Admission: Free entry
Address: Newquay Holywell Bay Fun Park, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5PW Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 830095
|Penhale Adventure Centre|
Get your adrenalin pumping in a range of outdoor pursuits. Try something new such as Kayaking, Coasteering, Dinghy Sailing, Kite Surfing, Orienteering, Parachuting, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Survival Training, Team Building and Water skiing or Wake boarding. If you're up for an adventure in beautiful surrounds, why not give the Penhale Adventure Centre a go?
Address: Penhale Adventure Centre Ltd, Building 75, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5PF Street Map
Contact: PH 0800 781 6861
Holder of the Aquamark Award, Newquay Waterworld is an attraction with a gym, fitness studios, 25m swimming pool and tropical fun pool boasting a water cannon, erupting volcano, flumes, slides and spitting crocodiles. Waterworld also offers professional swimming instruction for beginners.
Address: Waterworld, Trenance Leisure Park, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 2LZ Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 853828
Offering water sport adventures, the Extreme Academy is located in Watergate. Extreme Academy offers tuition in surfing, wave skiing, kitesurfing, mountain boarding and kitebuggying to all levels by fully qualified instructors.
Address: Extreme Academy, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 4AA Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0) 1637 860 840
|Tunnels Through Time|
An excellent museum museum featuring Cornwall's colourful history, Tunnels Through Time is more than a diversion for a wet day. A land unto itself with its own tongue, Cornwall is also rich in legend. Connected to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Cornwall bred its own myths and legends. On your tour, you'll meet King Arthur, Merlin, smugglers, pirates and Morvenna, a mermaid that is capable of granting you your every wish. If you dare, visit the dungeons (not recommended for the squeamish).
Admission: £4.40 Adults £2.20 Children
Address: Tunnels Through Time, St Michael's Road, Newquay, Cornwall
Contact: PH 01637 873379
Just a 10 minute walk from Newquay Town Centre, Newquay Zoo is the only attraction of its kind in Cornwall. An award-winning attraction your kids are bound to love, Newquay Zoo also offers adults the opportunity to become a zoo keeper for a day. Open since 1969, Newquay Zoo specialises in breeding endangered species and places an emphasis on conservation and education as well as entertainment. Visit the Tropical House and you'll see monkeys, birds, bats, iguanas, tropical fish, parrots, turtles Mouse Deer and the Marmoset Monkey, the smallest monkey in the world. Other exotic animals you can expect to see at Newquay Zoo are penguins, African Lions, zebras, Red Pandas, Kinkajous, Raccoons and Marmots. The only problem with Newquay Zoo is that your kids will never want to leave!
Admission: £8.95 Adults £6 Children
Address: Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 2LZ Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 873342
|Blue Reef Aquarium|
Situated in Newquay's town centre on Towan Beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium is your chance to experience the underwater world without even having to wet your feet. Passing through an underwater tunnel, you'll see hundreds of tropical fish and a diverse range of local marine life. On your visit, you'll see various turtle species, octopus, jelly fish, seahorses, hermit crabs, ancient lobsters, pipe fish and 'walking' gurnard.
Admission: £7 Adults £5 Children
Address: Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 1DU Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 878134
|Chichester Interest Holidays and Accommodation|
Offering Cornwall tours with a difference, Chichester Interest Holidays specialise in walking tours. Your experienced and knowledgeable local guide will detail various aspects of interest such as archaeological curiosities along the way. On your tour, you can sit in a Bronze Age style house, visit a working quarry, hunt for rare flowers or go birdwatching.
Address: 14 Bay View Terrace, Newquay, CORNWALL
Postcode: TR7 2LR Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 874216
Newquay promises you a diving experience you'll never forget. Wavecrest Scuba offers you a range of courses from beginner and refresher dives to Divemaster and PADI qualifications. Dive sites include Newquay Slipway and its marine life, Gylly Beach and its reef and the Steps where you'll be able to see the remains of five German U-Boats. Your friendly guide, Mark is a qualified dive and emergency first response instructor.
Address: The Monkey Tree Holiday Park, Scotland Road, Henrda Croft, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5QR Street Map
Contact: PH 07890132833
|Reef Surf School|
The place to learn to surf, Reef Surf School offers surfing lessons from beginner to advanced levels. Open every day all year, Reef Surf School offers you BSA approved instructors with full lifeguard qualifications.
Admission: £25 Adults £25 Children
Address: Reef Surf School Headquarters, 10 - 12 Berry Road, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 1AR Street Map
Contact: PH +44 01637 879058
|The National Surfing Centre|
The National Surfing Centre offers professional surf coaching by qualified instructors. Owned by the British Surfing Association, the centre promises you a high level of coaching and equipment. Levels range from beginner to Advanced Level Competitor. Your instructors are fully qualified lifeguards and B.S.A. accredited instructors.
Admission: £25 Adults £25 Children
Address: BSA National Surfing Centre Surf School, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 1HY Street Map
Contact: PH + 44 01637 850737
|Newquay Riding Stables|
Approved by the British Horse Society and a member of the Association of British Riding Schools, Newquay Riding Stables offer individual and group riding lessons for children and adults. Why not get an elevated view of the world and go on a scenic coastal trek? Newquay Riding Stables provides you with a kids' attraction that adults can't fail to enjoy (evening pub ride, anyone?).
Admission: £13 Adults £13 Children
Address: Newquay Riding Stables, Trenance Lane, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 THU Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 872 699
|Day Trip Tours From Newquay|
If you don't have your own transport, Western Greyhound provides you with a great way to get to the major attractions around Newquay. From Easter to October, they offer a range of tours such as the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Ives, Penzance, Land's End, St Mawes, Isles of Scilly Tour and a Murder Mystery Tour.
Address: Western Greyhound, Western House, St Austell Stree, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5DR Street Map
Contact: PH 01637 871 871
|Wooden Waves Ramp Park|
An attraction for skateboarders and bikers, Wooden Waves gives you the opportunity to test and improve your skills on a range of ramps.
Address: Newquay Town Council Offices, Newquay, Cornwall
Contact: PH 01637 878388
|Lappa Valley Steam Railway|
Another great Cornwall kids' attraction, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway will take you on a scenic woodland tour aboard a steam engine train. You'll pass through a tunnel, round the Trevithick Maze, pass the nature pond and return to the station at East Wheal Rose. On your visit, you can also watch the East Wheal Rose Disaster Video telling the story of a torrential downpour that left 60 miner's children fatherless. If you're interested in historic buildings, you can visit the East Wheal Rose Mine Engine House. Dating from 1882, this was housed of the largest mine engine pumps in Cornwall. Other attractions at Lappa Valley Steam Railway include children's' play area, canoes, a maze, pedal bikes and a play castle. All in all, Lappa Valley Steam Railway is guaranteed to keep your kids smiling for the day!
Admission: £7 Adults £5.50 Children
Address: Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR8 5HZ Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0) 1872 510 317
Atlantic Scuba is based is central Cornwall. Diving both coasts of Cornwall with a preference of the North coast and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. During calm seas the visibility in the Atlantic Ocean can exceed 25m and can reach over 16 degrees centigrade.
With years of Scuba Diving experience in Cornwall from Padstow to Plymouth we can take you to some of the best scuba diving in Cornwall and the U.K.
Atlantic Scuba teaches a range of Scuba Diving courses from Scuba Diving International (SDI), the recreational side of Technical Diving International (TDI)... more
Address: Mitchell, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: tr8 5au Street Map
Contact: PH 07866 510103
|Newquay Tourist Information Centre|
The place to book your Newquay attractions, accommodation, maps and tours. The Newquay Tourist Information Centre also offer discounted tickets to Crealy's Adventure Park, Flambards and other local attractions. You'll find more discounts in their “Essential Guide to Newquay” brochure which you can apply for on-line.
Address: Newquay Tourist Information Centre, Newquay, Cornwall
Postcode: TR7 1BD Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0)1637 854020
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