Newquay is famous for a reason. Long stretches of golden sands, local seafood spots, and plenty of activities to bring the adventure to your trip to Cornwall. If you’re in the market for days out close to Newquay, why not try the following picks?
A surfer’s paradise and top surfing destination in the UK, Fistral is a famous stretch of sand within walking distance of Newquay town centre and Lewinnick Lodge.
Dairyland farm park
A children’s adventure park offering farm fun including lamb feeding, pony and tractor rides, and an indoor soft play area.
The location that inspired the name of the town it lies within, Newquay Harbour is full of history and home to many events throughout the year. Why not embark on a fishing trip and reel in a fresh catch?
Lusty Glaze Beach
Home to the Lusty Glaze resort and hosting an oceanfront dining experience with fresh pizzas, cakes, and a homely wood burning fire, this secluded beach has even been awarded a Beach of the Year certification.
In good company: foodie friends
For all you foodies out there, we know you love to discover new spots and experience the famous flavours of Cornwall. We know we’re in good company, so here’s a few local food spots that will satisfy your hunger.
The Fish House, Newquay
An award winning, oceanfront seafood restaurant located with views over Fistral Beach.
C Bay Crantock
A relaxed bar and bistro with an ocean-view terrace and breathtaking views over Crantock beach.
A timber lodge feel joint located within the cliffs above Fistral Beach, Newquay, serving breakfasts, light lunches, and unmatched views.
A stylish city centre bar and restaurant inspired by Cornwall’s finest produce, Longstore specialises in steaks, seafood, and cocktails.
A taste of Cornish history
Sometimes, nothing satisfies a foodie craving like a well-deserved hearty pub feast. Whether nestled amongst Cornish countryside, or boasting quaint harbour views, these pub finds are a taste of true Cornish history and maritime culture.
Smuggler’s Denn Inn
A 16th Century thatched inn that serves local ales and classic, seasonally inspired pub food. The Smuggler’s hosts a beer garden for long Summer sessions and plenty of roaring open fires for frosty Winter afternoons.
Pandora Inn, Mylor
A creekside, 13th Century inn that is claimed to take you out of the 21st Century and back in time to experience their flagstone floors and wooden beams, as well as their pontoon beer garden over the water.
Ship Inn Porthleven
Nestled amongst a cliff and overlooking the quaint harbour of Porthleven, The Ship Inn is the perfect spot to watch the waves crash up against the harbour walls whilst savouring a local ale or a warming pub lunch.
Victoria Inn, Penzance
Allegedly one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall, this award winning pub has recently received the title of Best Meat Roast winner in Knorr Professional’s 2022-23 Great British Roast Competition.
Plume of Feathers, Mitchell
Our sister venue, The Plume of Feathers, is a 16th century coaching inn that holds a host of historic tales. The Plume even homes a well that used to serve Mitchell’s villagers once upon a time.
Whilst Newquay has tonnes of activities, foodie finds and scenic hotspots, you’d really be depriving yourself of a true Cornish escape if you weren’t to look beyond the town for day trips and adventures packed with culture and outstanding natural beauty. Here’s a few of our favourite days out that are worth the distance.
– Eden Project
– Minack Theatre
– Tintagel Castle
– St Michael’s Mount
– Lost Gardens of Heligan
– Trebah Gardens
– St Ives Harbour
Beaches near us
If you’re looking to stay close, Newquay’s beaches are word-famous and, on a gorgeous summer’s day, truly unbeatable. If you’re looking to scout out the best of the best without having to travel too far, these are your best beaches in and around Newquay.
– Mother Ivey’s Bay
– Holywell Bay
– Porth Beach
The South West Coast Path
A dedicated challenge in itself, the South West Coastal Path is a 630 mile stretch of rugged, wild coastline covering Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall. Whilst many will set a goal to complete the whole path over a period of time, you may wish to chip away chosen lengths of the path, or just choose your favourite stretch to get a glimpse of what the Cornish coast has to offer.
Take a look at the SWCP’s website, or perhaps try a walk that we have tried and tested. The stretch from Crantock to Holywell Bay is right on our doorstep and features dramatic coastline, marine wildlife, and gorgeous beaches either end. Read more about the route, here.