Things to do in Newquay
Newquay’s is one of the best surfing spots in the UK, with Fistral Beach offering world-class waves to ride.
There are numerous surf competitions and championships here as well as several surf schools, so you can master riding those waves.
There are several town beaches around Newquay with waves good enough to ride.
Surfing in Newquay is said to be best in Autumn and winter. Just make sure you have a decent wetsuit if you are riding the wave in winter.
Fistral Beach Newquay
We spent a morning learning to surf on the quieter, south side of Fistral beach.
Fistral beach is a popular place to learn to surf, wide beach, it’s near the town centre and is very picturesque.
Most surfing lessons in Newquay will include all your surf gear including wetsuits, boots and gloves.
We had a private surf lesson in Newquay as I have surfed a bit and I was looking for ways to improve my surfing.
Newquay coastal walks
Strap on those walking shoes and take a hike around Newquay’s shoreline.
Well as plenty of nearby coffee shops and pubs for a quick pit stop.
Newquay has two town walks that are easy to follow with the Newquay Discovery Trail Map.
Look out for numbered stone circle markers embedded in the ground that feature interesting facts about the immediate area.
Newquay’s coastal walks are some of my favourite walking trails in the UK.
One of the Newquay town walking routes will take you around the coastline and historic harbour.
The other route includes a boating lake and gardens. Look out for pretty beach huts, tea shops and plenty of photogenic ocean view spots.
Newquay to Watergate Bay walk
When walking north of Newquay, you can walk virtually uninterrupted to Padstow and beyond, passing through quaint Cornish villages on your way.
You can also follow the Coast Path from Newquay to Watergate Bay, the highlight is that at low tide, you can walk along a mile of sandy beach.
The Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre has lots of information, maps, books and guides to local walks.
Watergate Bay to Whipsderry walk
If you head to nearby Watergate Bay there is a lovely Coast Path walk from Watergate Bay to Whipsiderry.
There is also the option to walk along the sandy beach at low tide. Pay particular attention to tide times when walking on the beaches around Newquay.
You don’t want to be cut off from the tide in Newquay. Who wants to be the tourist that needs a coast guard rescue right?
Newquay Aquarium is a small aquarium located right by the ocean. Despite its size, is home to a surprisingly large range of marine life.
The Newquay Bluereef Aquarium has plenty of pretty fish to admire as well as turtles, stingrays and sharks.
Fistral Beach restaurant
Typical menu offerings include fresh tagliatelle with scallops and prawns, 8oz pan-fried fillet steak and Curried hake fillet.
A separate Vegan menu is also available that features dishes such as spring vegetable risotto and sweet potato, chickpea curry.
Staff are also on hand to recommend and to help you choose a dessert.
This is particularly useful when you are crippled with indecision and to ordering ‘all of the desserts.