Bring in the Newquay

This coastal town blends old with new, fam­ily fun with a splash of cool

Cornwall Life - - CLASSIC CORNWALL -

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!


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