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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Newquay, Cornwall

From wildlife spotting to exploring the best local beaches, there are stacks of things to see and discover in Newquay. From secluded beauty spots to local points of interest, our corner of North Cornwall has no shortage of things to see, try and taste. Indeed, there are some fabulous points of interest, attractions and activities to explore for yourself. But if we had to pick just a handful of recommendations, right from the lips of the locals, these ten things would all make the list:

1. Meet the seals in Newquay Harbour

Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Newquay, Cornwall


Fancy a close encounter with local wildlife? The town's seals are always popular and are often visible in and around the harbour, where they are very friendly with local fishermen. Failing that you could also embark on a wildlife watching cruise from the very same spot, where you might also spy dolphins and rare seabirds.

2. Take to the waves

surf lessons Newquay beaches


Some visitors might like to just sit on the beach and tan; but for anyone with adventure in their blood there are much more exciting ways to enjoy the coast. We have some of the best surfing beaches and academies in Cornwall, whether you are a seasoned pro or fancy a starter session with everything provided (try Quicksilver Surf School). Otherwise, the main sandy beaches are ideal for a swimming. The perfect way to cool off on a hot day!

3. Rock Out!

Newquay Coasteering trips

If climbing and scrambling are more your cup of tea, coasteering in Newquay is the latest craze. Armed with little more than a wetsuit, you must travel the shoreline, over, under and through rocky shelves, sea caves and white water. Book with a local guide for a friendly way in that's perfect for your ability level. Try Bare Feet Coasteer (pictured), who have top routes to try and fully trained staff.

4. Walk the South West Coastal Path

South west coast path Newquay


You needn’t be a hardened hiker to enjoy a walk on this famous coastal route. Just to the west, above Newquay Harbour in fact, you’ll find wildflowers and great views galore. Just a few hundred yards stroll will take you to the famous Huer’s Hut, or you could make a day of it and pick a longer route….


5. Feel like you’re in a film set!

Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Newquay, Cornwall

Everywhere you look, there are views fit for film screens- and often used in real productions!


Talking of epic views, you may even recognize some famous places near Newquay from TV and big screen dramas. Head to Holywell Bay, for example, for an iconic view straight out of Poldark (our dedicated blog post on Poldark locations has other places to explore too)


6. Enjoy a Cornish Cream Tea, Newquay style

cream tea in Newquay, Cornwall


An absolute must on any visit to Newquay, no trip to Cornwall is complete without a “proper” cream tea. By this we mean that there has to be homemade scones, Cornish clotted cream and a quality brew. Or you could opt for a cheeky glass of chilled Prosecco for an extra special treat. Why not join us here at the Pentire Hotel for our cracking cream tea deal all this summer?!

7. Catch a gig at Lusty Glaze

Live music Newquay Cornwall Lusty glaze


If you enjoy live music in a great outdoor setting, Lusty Glaze Beach is the place to head for the evening at least once during your stay. From talented local bands to stellar names, the venue offers some terrific acts in an intimate setting. Check out the current listings HERE.


8. Try crabbing or sea fishing

Newquay sea fishing wrasse

Sea fishing is fun, and unlike freshwater angling you don't need a license! (Pictured: a small wrasse from the rocks)


For plenty of fun at low cost, crabbing and fishing make ideal Newquay activities for all ages. You can buy crab lines locally- and any suitable wall or rocky area should yield some nippy customers. Or if you bring a rod you could try sea fishing. Mackerel tend to be especially plentiful in the summer, or you could try light tackle and small lures or baits to tempt wrasse, sea scorpions and other species around any rocks as the tide comes in. Do be wary if the seas are rough!

9. Eat a "proper" Cornish Pasty

Best Cornish pasty Newquay


Ah, now we're talking! There's a real craft to an authentic pasty; and it's not some reheated horror made on a conveyor belt hundreds of miles away. No, a proper Cornish Pasty has to be made on the day, from a local baker and not a chain store. Look out for quality meat and fresh, flaky pastry.  And if in doubt, ask the locals where the best pasties are served. They know!


10. Find a “secret” local beach

Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Newquay, Cornwall


Newquay has some of the most famous beaches in the UK to soak up the sun on any given day. Go and soak up the sun for all you're worth and enjoy the flat, safe sands! But on at least one day, you simply must head for one of our wilder beaches for an adventure. Pentire Steps is always a pretty, quiet spot not too far from the hustle and bustle of Newquay, to name just one cute location. The extra walk will be more than worth the effort for the peace you find.

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