Life’s a beach in Newquay

This iconic Cornish seaside town is a touring delight.

THIS TRADITIONAL seaside town is a magnet to ‘surfy dudes’, but has plenty for ordinary folks, too.

For starters, the beaches around the town are exceptional. Head there out of season and they won’t be too busy but, in summer, they’ll be packed. That said, you have a dozen to choose from…and they’re all different: coves, wide sandy beaches, rock pools, etc.

Fistral scores highly on all aspects of beach life, but if you fancy somewhere quieter, head to Lusty Glaze Beach on the northern edge of town. This horseshoe beach has beach huts for hire and, during the summer, hosts Sundowner live music sessions in the evenings. Whipsiderry, Crantock, Fistral and Towan beaches are all dog-friendly.

In late June, Newquay has its own Carnival Week, which is packed with events and activities, including duck racing, live music, a classic car show and a mascot race.

If you need a break from the beach, or it’s raining, head to Newquay’s Aquarium where you’ll get a close-up view of exotic fish, turtles and sharks in 40 naturally-themed habitats. A fascinating way to fill a few hours.

A short walk into town from there, and you’ll reach Trenance Leisure Park and Gardens, a large grass and woodland area filled with play parks, crazy golf, a miniature railway and much more. Newquay Zoo is here, too, and, on the west side of the park, you’ll find lovely, established gardens featuring colourful flora against a backdrop of majestic trees. There’s also a boating lake here, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife and a place where you can hire a range of craft. At the day’s end, head back to the beach (Fistral is westfacing) for a relaxing drink, and to watch the sun set over sea.

Make your stay better

Mid-August

RNLI Lifeboat Day
Newquay Harbour
TR7 1HR

E: andrew_hobkinson@rnli.org.uk (Volunteer)

Price: FREE

Newquay RNLI’s biggest fundraiser of the year featuring dramatic rescue demonstrations, live music, stalls and refreshments. Good fun, good karma.


Mid-August

Boardmasters Festival
Fistral and Watergate Bay Beaches
TR7 1HS

W: boardmasters.com

Five days, 12 stages, 200+ acts, including biggies like Ed Sheeran and Florence & the Machine. Soak up the surf culture and chill out at these beach-based venues.


13-15 September, 2019

Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay Harbour
TR7 1HT

T: 01637 838516

W: newquayfishfestival.co.uk

Great music, live entertainment, arts and crafts and food. What’s not to like? This festival is on the quayside and beach, just make sure you hunt down some of the chefs cooking local fishy delicacies.

Places of Interest

  • St Michael's Mount

    Marazion TR17 0HS
    T 01736 71026
    W stmichaelsmount.co.uk
    Price Adult castle £10.50, Garden £8, Both £16,
    Child £4, £5, £8 Family £20, £26, £40

  • Porthmeor Beach Café

    Porthmeor Beach TR26 1JZ
    T 01736 793366
    W porthmeor-beach.co.uk

  • The Telegraph Museum

    Eastern House, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JX
    T 01736 810966
    W telegraphmuseum.org
    Price Adult £9, U18 £5.50, U5s Free, Senior £8, 2+3 Family £26