What is the best way to spend a short break in Newquay? With a heady mix of both cultured and totally wild places locally, the answer to that question might depend on whether your idea of a great time is to be had on rolling hills or rolling surf.
To get you started with your Newquay holiday plans, here are four suggested day plans to spend a long weekend or perhaps part of a longer break in Cornwall. Naturally, you could follow these plans to the letter, or simply poach the bits you like and create your own. Ideal for creating a two, three or four day Newquay itinerary, whether you enjoy walking, local culture and entertainment or great food.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel; youâ€™ll want plenty of fuel for a full day on the coast! Do also take some lunch with you (this can be provided by the hotel on request). Start by walking to the Gannel Estuary and taking the ferry; do pause to pause to soak in the local wildlife and sights (see our special Gannel Estuary blog for more).
Advancing on the South West Coast Path, youâ€™ll find some epic views and headlands. You could stop in the village of Crantock for gorgeous sands and perhaps a dip in the surf. Stay close to the coast as you continue west for dramatic views as you reach Holywell. Besides the bigger picture, youâ€™ll also find some curious flora and fauna along the way; don't be too surprised to see seals and even the occasional dolphin in high summer. Whatever you do, donâ€™t forget the camera!
The walk to Perranporth is a good eight miles in total from our doors, but worth every step. Take some time to enjoy this small historic town, before catching the bus back to Newquay (buses tend to run roughly every hour- do check the current timetable).
ON your return, settle down for a well-earned meal at the hotel restaurant, along with a glass of something you fancy. You have well and truly earned it! If you have time left over, you could walk to Fistral Beach and watch the surfers in action as the sun goes down. A lovely way to end the day.
Even for those less than keen on exploring the more bustling, busy side of Newquay Town itself, there are some great little attractions and heritage sites around. After breakfast, we would recommend an hour or two at The Blue Reef Aquarium, which allows you to get close and personal with local species, including beautifully-coloured wrasse and lobsters. Get there fairly early to avoid the crowds.
Next, grab a bite to eat in Newquay itself for lunch. You could stop at any one of several seafood restaurants or cafes around Newquay Harbour- which is worth a stop in itself, if only to say hello to the ultra-tame local seal! Donâ€™t be fooled into thinking that Newquay is just shops and tourist attractions either; head up to North Quay Hill north of the harbour and you will find the edges of the town refreshingly wild. The grassy margins are full of beautiful wildflowers and butterflies.
Venture further towards the headland and youâ€™ll also find Huerâ€™s Hut, a cute and curious little piece of Newquay history where eagle-eyed locals would once scan the horizon for signs of incoming pilchard shoals.
For a perfect leisurely afternoon excursion, a trip to Trenance Gardens fits the bill perfectly. Wild surroundings these are not, but itâ€™s a nice spot for a walk and possibly a cream tea or a gentle paddle on the boating lake, before supper back at the hotel.
There are so many outdoor and adventure activities in Newquay, it would be a shame not to indulge in a favourite hobby (or indeed try something totally new) on your visit, so why not make one day a sporty outing? After breakfast, take your pick of local activities. Surfing is a particular draw, with the legendary Fistral Beach just a short walk away. Should you be totally new to the sport, no worries- Fistral Beach Surf School offer friendly starter sessions and all the gear you need to start. If a bit of tee time is more your thing, Newquay Golf Club is also right on our doorstep for a quick round, although booking is a must (more details on newquaygolfclub.co.uk).
After pausing for lunch, what better way to enjoy the beauty of the local coast than by boat? Wildlife cruises with the likes of Newquay Sea Safaris are a lovely way to spend an afternoon, wave hopping and spotting sea birds, seals and even dolphins. Or if you prefer some action, there is some great Sea fishing in Newquay and while several shore spots produce, the most reliable option of all is a local charter boat, who can provide everything and almost guarantee a good catch. For the ultimate alfresco dinner, you could even get a disposable barbeque and get grilling on the beach!
Newquay might be the headline grabbing location here in North Cornwall, but if you get the time it is well worth exploring some of the other local towns and villages. We would suggest a full day out hopping between some of these locations, which are so often pretty as a picture and bursting with local character.
Padstow is just half an hour down the coast and well worth a visit for foodies and culture vultures alike. Why not spend the morning discovering some local sights and attractions? Padstow Brewing Company run interesting tours; or you could call in at Padstow Museum or the National Lobster Hatchery. You wonâ€™t struggle to find a fine bite of lunch either: Rick Steinâ€™s Seafood Restaurant is excellent, if a little pricey; Paul Ainsworth or Prawn on the Lawn also offer tasty seafood fresh from the harbour.
If a large lunch felt rather indulgent, a good walk is just the tonic. You could take your pick of several pretty villages to investigate, while Trevose Head has a lovely circular walk with some stirring views and lots to see.
To round off the day in entertaining style, you could always stop off at Lusty Glaze Beach at the Northern end of Newquay. This is a great spot for beachside live music- although you might need to book ahead for the bigger acts. Failing this, or in wet weather, local pubs such as The Red Lion and Whiskers also have regular live music nights.
The Pentire Hotel: Your Ideal Base for Long Weekends and Short Breaks In Newquay
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