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Written by Amitabh Das on July 20, 2020 Share on

Top Things to Do in Newquay (Cornwall, England) the paradise for beach lovers

Newquay is the surfing paradise of England, a dream come true for any beach lover. The pristine beaches and surfing spots call out all the hydrophilic bums in search for the next beach holidays. There are plenty to choose from things to do in Newquay highlights being architecture, natural trails and historic sites. Also, check out the steam railway in Lappa Valley, which is one of a kind. For aviation geeks, a visit to Cornwall aviation heritage centre is a must.

England has to offer a diverse option for vacations, the beaches and waterfront views being one of them. Newquay is very popular among locals and foreign tourists being the venue for regular surfing championships. The board masters surfing competition, held at Fistral beach draws competitors and viewers from across the world. Apart from adrenaline seekers, there are things to do in Newquay for all age groups. It is a favourite holiday destination for families, owning to plenty of eating options and leisurely beaches. Do read on to have a curated recommendation of best things to do in Newquay to make that perfect beach holiday.

Top things to do in Newquay

  1. Visit the famous Fistral Beach.
  2. Take a tour around Watergate Bay.
  3. Adorn the Elizabethian manor at Trerice.
  4. Ride the steam train in Lappa Valley
  5. Kayak in the Gannel Estuary.
  6. Check out the Centre for Aviation Heritage, Cornwall
  7. Visit the Newquay Zoo.
  8. Hike a cliff to see Huer’s hut.

1. Visit the famous Fistral Beach.

Fistral beach on a morning
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The perfect beach for surfers, Fistral beach is a 750 m long natural beach half a mile from Newquay. The prominent Towan head and Pentire point mark the north and south extents of the beach. Fistral beach is one of the top surfing spots of the world and plays a host to a lot of events. Also, the beach has a lot of good eateries and pubs you can look forward to after riding the waves.

2. Take a tour around Watergate Bay.

Cliffy beaches in Watergate Bay
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If the crowd bothers you at Fistral, or you want to catch some more surfing spots, head out to Watergate Bay. This beach is a two-mile stretch of pristine sand and offers a large area for several activities. Kite flying, sand art, cooking exhibitions and fun fests are part of the popular things to do. Along with the surfing spots being more scattered and challenging, there are also numerous cliff-trails for the adventurous. Many families opt for a caravan stay near the beach. There are also a few resorts and camping options available for the perfect leisure or adventure trip.

3. Adorn the Elizabethian manor at Trerice.

The front facade of the Manor
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A fine example of classic era British manors, Trerice has a rich history which is meticulously preserved. The present manor completed in 1572 by Arundell family changed hands multiple times and is currently maintained by National trust. Remarkable characteristics of the manor are its great hall windows, which are one of a kind, both in design and scale. The gardens surrounding the property are also a highlight. Witness the intricate Elizabethian knot garden created by 800 saplings as you take in the greens. Definitely a must-do among things to do in Newquay.

4. Ride the steam train in Lappa Valley

A steam engine train in Lappa valley
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Set steam on a nostalgic train journey through the beautiful English countryside. Favourite among kids, this train ride is must-do for families. The journey is both historic and fun as you witness the old mining structure and end your trip in a play area amidst nature. You can choose from taking a ride in multiple trains in a different section of the lines.
Timings: From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm, the last train is at 02:30 pm. Open all days.
Ticket price: 14 pounds for an adult and 12 for a child (2-16 yrs). You can book online and collect tickets on the spot 20 mins before boarding.

5. Kayak in the Gannel Estuary.

The scenic Gannel river
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Perfect place for kayaking and canoeing, the tidal river gives you an avenue to explore the scenic countryside from water. The estuary has a glorious past, as evident from a lot of boatyards, docks and old school navigational aids lining the course. Also, the estuary is a natural reserve giving ample opportunities for waterbird watchers and nature hikers.

6. Check out the Centre for Aviation Heritage, Cornwall

Aircraft for display at Centre for Aviation Heritage, Cornwall
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For all the aviation buffs, this centre offers an insight into the glorious history of RAF the royal air force. On display are actual fighter planes from the 1940s till 1980s that you can climb in and feel their controls. Apart from this, the centre also prides on having a collection of 1500 miniature fighter aircraft models. You can also try your hands on an onboard simulator to get a real-life flight experience. This flight will take you across Cornwall with liftoff and touch down from Newquay airport. This unique activity is indeed a must-do from things to do in Newquay.

7. Visit the Newquay Zoo.

Entrance to Newquay Zoo
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Home to more than 1000 of the world’s rarest animals, Newquay Zoo is a conservation effort dedicated to the welfare of the animals. The 13 acres of lush green cover provides the ideal natural habitats for the animals. A visit to this place is ideal for families who want to combine some fun activities along with education.
Opening time: 10 am to 5 pm. The last entry is at 4 pm. Open all days
Ticket price: 16.35 pounds for an adult and 12.30 for a child (3-16 yrs). A saver family pass for 2+2 adults and children costs 51.45 pounds.

8. Hike a cliff to see Huer’s hut.

The Huer's hut
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Huer is a person responsible for the movement of the boats similar to a lighthouse operator. Thus the huts are perched on high vantage points giving a panoramic view of waterways. A scenic hike takes you to this distinctive round white structure with a long chimney. Dating back to 14th century the hut changed from a lookout into a hermitage. It is one of the offbeat things to do in Newquay which will take you closer to nature with your close one.

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Want to move beyond popular destinations like London and Manchester? A beach vacation combined with glimpses of some beautiful English countryside awaits for you at Newquay. The seafaring bought in a lot of affluent community into the region, making it one of the most developed counties. The amazing amalgamation of beaches, rock and cliff formation, nature trails and green countryside pasture also makes Newquay an ideal family destination. For planning a trip to the UK and also beyond, please visit pickyourtrail. You can choose to customise DIY trips or check our packages for carefully pre-crafted itineraries.
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