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Things to do in Newquay & Cornwall

There is an abundance of things to do in Newquay keep you occupied whilst holidaying in Cornwall. Here is just a small selection to give you some inspiration:

What's on Cornwall

The Lost Gardens of Heligan:
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are magnificent gardens that are situated in Mevagissey near St Austell and offer over 200 acres of exploration. These diverse gardens include Victorian gardens, ancient woodland and a lush sub-tropical jungle.

Eden Project:
One of the most famous gardens in the UK, if not the world, The Eden Project is only a 20 minute drive from our hotel and definitely worth a visit. Fast track tickets can be purchased from the hotel - so plan ahead and avoid the ques. The Rainforest Biome takes you on a journey through the rainforests of Malaysia, West Africa and South America and the Mediterranean Biome takes you across the equator to South Africa and onto experience the Californian landscape. The Eden Project also has an Education Centre and has recently emerged as being top musical venue hosting a range of renowned artists and bands.

Maritime Museum:
The National Maritime Museum is situated in the nautical town of Falmouth overlooking the water. It is known for celebrating the sea, boats and Cornwall and hosts various exhibitions throughout the year, where some have included The Titanic and Land’s End. There are a number of interactive and educational activities for children to enjoy and learn about the sea and boats.

Beaches in Cornwall

Crantock Beach:
Crantock beach near Newquay is maintained by the National Trust. It is a very large beach and backed by sandy dunes which offer a haven for children to play in. The beach is popular with surfers and is great for families as there are toilets, a cafe and a shop for the beach essentials. There are many scenic coastal walks and hidden coves nearby if you get a little restless relaxing on the beach.

Watergate Bay:
Another large beach on the north coast, Watergate Bay is a beautiful safe and sandy beach, however you have to get there early in the summer as parking can be a bit tricky. This beach is home to a rustic and quirky beach cafe and is home to Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant. Additionally, if you want to try out a few water sports then there is an extreme academy where you can attempt surfing, kite surfing, paddle surfing and stand-up paddle surfing.

Coastal Towns in Cornwall

Fowey is situated at the estuary of the River Fowey and has a unique and unspoilt charm, with Medieval and Tudor cottages, cobbled walkways, narrow streets and a busy boating scene. It is rich in nautical history.

St Ives:
St Ives is one of the most stunning towns in Cornwall, if not the South West. The whole peninsula offers a haven for walkers, photographers, artists and writers giving inspiration thorough beautiful scenery and unspoilt beauty. It has enticed artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson and is home to the Tate Gallery which opened its doors in 1993.

Padstow is located on the north coast of Cornwall and is most famously known for the presence of the chef Rick Stein where he has a number of establishments, including a seafood restaurant, deli and fish and chip takeaway.

For a bit of fun try the Camel Trail which was a former tram line and now a cycle route which runs through the towns Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

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