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Places to Visit in Cornwall - Newquay, the Beach Lovers Paradise

What’s on, my Ansom?

As the summer winds down, and holiday season ends, what is there to do but look forward to the next one?

We’re back again with another entry in our series taking closer looks at some of the top places to visit around Cornwall, and we’ll round out this year with a look at one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the U.K - Newquay!

With world-renowned surf spots, some of the U.K’s best beaches, and activities for all ages, Newquay is definitely one of the premier places to visit in Cornwall.

Let’s take a closer look!

Beaches for Every Mood

Let's dive right into the heart of Newquay's surfing culture with Fistral Beach. Renowned for its powerful waves and hosting international surf competitions, Fistral is a playground for seasoned surfers and newbies looking to catch their first wave. Don't fret if surfing isn't your thing—Fistral offers golden sands perfect for lounging, picnicking, and soaking in the sun.

For a more secluded escape, Lusty Glaze Beach is your answer. Tucked away in a horseshoe-shaped cove, this hidden gem boasts crystal-clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely swim or exploring the caves that pepper the cliffs, Lusty Glaze is all about unwinding in nature's embrace.

Water Sports Galore

People kayaking in the ocean

Apart from surfing, Newquay offers an array of water sports to satiate your adventurous spirit. Kayaking along the coastline gives you a unique perspective of the dramatic cliffs and hidden coves. Alternatively, you can try coasteering—a thrilling activity involving cliff jumping, swimming, and scrambling along the rugged shoreline. It's an adrenaline-pumping way to experience Cornwall's natural beauty up close.

A Taste of Cornish Culture

No trip to Newquay is complete without delving into its rich cultural scene. The town hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and art to local cuisine.

If you're a seafood aficionado, the Newquay Fish Festival is a must-attend. Held annually, this festival showcases Cornwall's finest seafood offerings, from freshly caught fish to delectable crab sandwiches. It's a gastronomic delight that highlights the region's maritime heritage.

Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in Cornwall's artistic side by joining a craft workshop at Trenance Cottages. From pottery and painting to glassblowing, these workshops allow you to connect with local artists while crafting your own keepsakes.

Exploring Nature's Masterpieces

Cornish tradition and heritage is inextricably linked with maritime and coastal culture. And there’s nowhere better than the Blue Reef aquarium to get a closer look at some of the fantastic wildlife that live in our waters! With over 40 different habitats and several daily exhibitions, you’re in for a fantastic experience.

If you're travelling with family, the Newquay Zoo offers a delightful escape. Home to a diverse range of animals, including lions, red pandas, and penguins, this conservation-focused attraction provides education and entertainment in equal measure.

Ready to go?

And there we have it, folks. Another instalment of our quick and easy guides to some of the best places to visit in Cornwall. There’s much more to Newquay than we covered in today’s post, so it will be a great option if you’re looking for somewhere to go on your holidays.

If you have any other Newquay recommendations that you think we’ve missed, or if there are any other parts of Cornwall that you’d like to hear about, please leave a comment and let us know!

Later on!


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