Bring in the Newquay
This coastal town blends old with new, family fun with a splash of cool
This varied town crams hip surf dudedom with family holiday fun without taking a breath. Crown prince in its many attractions is Fistral Beach. The self proclaimed home of British surfing (and Cornwall has plenty of contenders to the throne), this stunning Atlantic-facing beach offers family friendly beach fun as well as finding space for serious surfers. Overlooking the beach are several eateries and bars, and some shops for surf and beach gear beyond the usual bucket and spades. It’s dog-friendly all year round, there’s copious car parking – and the sun sets here aren’t too shabby either.
The beach plays host to Boardmasters in August – a four-day mix of live music and awe-inspiring surfing and skateboarding competitions.
If you fancy trying out something different, head to Crantock Bay over the water which is home to a crescent shaped white sandy beach or Watergate Bay offering everything you could possibly want on and by the water – including sandball, standup paddle boarding and coasteering. And of course you can learn to surf with the Extreme Academy and rest awhile at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen overlooking the bay.
Away from the coast, there’s a boating lake, tennis club, a fantastic zoo (don’t miss the penguins or feeding time for the lions) and Waterworld – an indoor pool with plenty of tropical family fun when the beach is under the wrong kind of water.
For places to stay check out the Headland Hotel (famed for its starring role in The Witches) and the Harbour
Hotel overlooking Newquay’s 150-yearold harbour. This area dates back to the medieval period when it was a simple fishing village.
My, how it’s grown!