If you are searching for that special self catering holiday in Newquay, Cornwall then look no further than our luxury hand-picked selection of holiday cottages in Newquay.
Your holiday cottage in the area of Newquay and Watergate Bay will make for a fun-filled break in one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations. Newquay is of course famous for its wonderful surf, attracting surfers from all over the world. Many competitions are held at Fistral Beach, which is just one of many fantastic stretches of sand along this part of the north cornwall coast.
A trip to Pollyjoke Beach is well worth a walk off the beaten track, a beautiful little cove set away from the main activity of Newquay. In the spring you will definitely want to see the huge fields of red poppies that overlook this beach and out to the Atlantic.
For a beach with fantastic sunset panoramas and a great choice of eateries, head over to Watergate Bay. Famous for playing host to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, this little spot is just next to Newquay. There are several restaurants to choose from right on the beach but we particularly love Zachry’s, perfect for a special night out with a bistro style menu if you feel like a night off from cooking in your self-catering cottage.
Beaches are not all the area has to offer though and if you are in search of a non-sandy family day out then pay a visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay where you can take a walk through the underwater tunnel, explore their aquariums and learn about marine conservation.
Newquay and Watergate Bay have great access to some of Cornwall’s best known attractions too. The Jamaica Inn is just a half hour drive away. Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, soak up the atmosphere imagining the Cornwall of yesteryear when smuggling was rife and plots were hatched over warming rums.
Didn’t know Cornwall had its own jungle? Your holiday home kitchen is the perfect place to pack a picnic, before heading out to explore the Eden Project and its jungle biome. The Eden project is a fascinating day out and you can learn all about their work in their two huge biomes and outdoor gardens. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor gardens too… ideal for your furry family members.
Newquay has lots to do in the town centre with plenty of places to pick up your must have pasty or cream tea, hit the gift shops or have some fun on the traditional seaside arcades. If you want to explore further afield from your Newquay cottage though, you are only a few miles from both the A30 and A39 which give access to the whole of the north and west coast.
If you are a keen surfer, then Newquay is Cornwall’s surfing mecca.
It is hard to imagine that vibrant Newquay (once upon a time, Towna Blystra) was historically a fishing port, used to import coal and export ore from the nearby copper and tin mines, but also to fish for and salt pilchards. Now you are more likely to come across pleasure crafts than fishing boats, and Newquay has developed fame for its nightlife. The proximity of Newquay Airport is also an attraction for travellers.
You don’t have to surf to come here, but it helps. In summer, the Boardmasters Festival at Fistral Beach attracts global competitors whose skills are a joy to watch, with plenty of music on offer. It is also home to the English Surfing Nationals. The summer also sees a balloon festival, gig racing, surf life-saving events and RNLI Lifeboat Day, so there are many events to be involved in.
The beaches here are amazingly clean, generally (of course) dotted with surfers. The key beaches, Towan, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne and Great Western, are all reasonably sheltered and safe for swimming. The surfing is unmatched – Fistral Beach offers a world-class surfing experience. Nearby Watergate Bay is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing. See our secret journal post about Crantock Beach, perfect for snorkelling. Don’t forget the harbour, too. Stop by for an ice cream or traditional fish and chips.
For the less energetic, try a round of golf at Newquay Golf Club. Right on the coast, this Cornish golfing gem has great greens and gorgeous views. Try a visit to the Lane Theatre which presents comedy plays throughout the summer.
Another attraction for families is Newquay Zoo, set in over ten acres of sub-tropical lakeside gardens and home to many endangered species. The Blue Reef Aquarium with its shark tunnel is also a fab outing for a rainy day. Or you may fancy a special spa day.
Around Newquay is beautiful countryside with plenty of walks, the South West Coast Path, but also the narrow-gauge Lappa Valley Steam Railway which is especially lovely in spring. If you want some peaceful beauty then why not opt to visit the bonsai, pagodas and ponds of The Japanese Garden? Trenance Gardens form another fine option for a day away from the beach. Further afield you are not far from Mevagissey, St Ives, Perranporth, The Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
It is true that Newquay once had a reputation as a party resort but it has been reinvented, mainly by the younger people living there. This has transformed the town, with nightclubs replaced by bars and restaurants to accommodate the new clientele, making it something of an independent food haven, including vegan and vegetarian options. There is also a very strong community spirit which has been allowed to shine through once again.
Newish places to try are the Tom Thumb Cocktail Bar, a local, sustainable speak-easy bar specialising in premium cocktails and coffee, home-made syrups and vermouths plus food such as vegan mezze boards. Or why not try Sprout Health? Based in an old print house, it is popular for one-pot meals such as delicious dahls. The cakes are pretty tasty, too. Or maybe The Jam Jar is for you, a small, independent coffee shop also offering superfood smoothies, healthy breakfast bowls and toasted bagels.
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