With its gorgeous blue flag beaches, top-notch seafood restaurants and huge range of attractions, it’s no surprise that Newquay is one of the most beloved holiday spots in the UK. We’ve got hundreds of holiday rentals to choose from too, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
A memorable and fun-filled holiday here needn’t cost the Earth, as there are plenty of affordable things to do in this sunny seaside town. Here are 9 to get you started…
Like seafood? Then what better way to celebrate this culinary delight than with a three-day festival dedicated to all things fish? On 16 – 18 September, Newquay Harbour is buzzing with food stalls, cookery and filleting demonstrations, live music and arts and crafts. Part of the enjoyment of the festival is simply wandering round the harbour and soaking up the atmosphere, but if you’re in need of refreshment, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Enjoy a Cornish beer from the Quayside bar and indulge in some freshly caught barbecued fish. Delicious!
Looking for an evening of fantastic entertainment that won’t blow the budget? Head to Whiskers in the centre of Newquay. It’s an inviting coffee shop by day and transforms into a cool music venue by night. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere will make you want to come back again and again and with live music most nights, from jazz to rock, why not? If you’re feeling brave and fancy taking to the stage yourself, Monday nights are open mic night!
Transport yourself to the Land of the Rising Sun with a visit to the Japanese Garden in St. Mawgan on the outskirts of Newquay. The garden has been designed in traditional Japanese style, carefully balancing natural beauty with man-made elements. A great amount of contemplation and attention to detail has gone into making sure the flow of the garden is not disrupted, which adds to its meditative and tranquil feel. You’ll leave – if you can drag yourself away – feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Newquay is notorious for being one of the best (if not the best) places to surf in the UK. If you’re a complete rookie and feel like splashing out a little, book a lesson with a surf school instructor. Or, from just £6 a day, you can hire equipment such as wetsuits and bodyboards for some great value-for-money fun. Pack a picnic, slap on the sunscreen and start riding those world-famous waves!
There’s something for the whole family at the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre, from awe-inspiring flying displays to the fully-stocked fishing lake and the fun-filled outdoor play area. Take a picnic and you can easily make a day of it. Not only is the centre home to the largest collection of birds of prey in Cornwall, but you can also get up close with the other animals, such as horses, goats, sheep and even reindeer. With tickets costing just £22 for a family of four, it’s excellent value for money.
As we know, the weather in Britain can be a little unpredictable; rain one minute, sunshine the next. That’s why Dairyland Farmworld is the place to be, whatever the weather. There are plenty of indoor attractions to keep everyone happy, including the indoor play centre, milking parlour and farm museums. When the sun comes out, shed the raincoats and take a tractor ride, find your way through the maize maze or explore the pretty nature trail.
This is another fantastic all-weather attraction, with pools indoor and out. The 265ft super flume is an exhilarating ride that you’ll want to try again and again. There’s also a river rapid ride, fountains, waterfall and gentler slide that the whole family can enjoy. If all that swimming and splashing around makes you build up an appetite, you’re in luck: there’s a café, fish and chip shop or pizzeria to choose from.
Just a few miles away from Newquay sits this beautiful Elizabethan manor that’s just waiting to be explored. With tickets costing under £20 for a family of four, it’s affordable, too. Kids will love climbing the terraces, hunting for bugs and butterflies in the garden and looking for the centre of the turf maze. And for grown-ups? The house itself is stunning and full of fascinating features, such as grand fireplaces, the great hall and the historic library.
A good pie and a pint of real ale are a match made in culinary heaven. Agreed? If so, don’t miss the 17th Pie & Ale Festival at The Smugglers’ Den on Thursday 28 April – Monday 2 May 2016. Not only will there be some delicious ales, pies (obviously) and cider to get stuck into, there’ll also be a marquee with live bands playing each night so you can dance the night away. But don’t worry if you can’t make the festival. Every Wednesday is Pie & Pint night where you can get (you guessed it) a pie, a pint and a pudding, all for £10 per head!