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Beaches, Surfing, Crazy Golf, and Karting - What to See and Do in Newquay

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Newquay’s attractions and activities range from zoos and aquariums to surfing and water skiing. There are plenty of beaches on which to unwind and soak up the sunshine, and you can explore miles of coastline by foot or bike. Kids will love the zoo and aquarium in the town centre, and the whole family can take a boat trip for encounters with wild dolphins and seals.

Water activities and boat trips


Newquay is renowned for its surfing but the area also offers a wide range of water sports and sea excursions. Fistral Beach is the epicentre of the surf scene, while the vast sandy stretches of Watergate Bay are ideal for kiteboarding. Boat trips depart from Newquay Harbour: you can go deep sea fishing, or spot seals and leaping dolphins on a wildlife safari. For rainy days, there’s Waterworld with its indoor pools and water flumes.


  • Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay TR7 1HY; Tel: +44 1637 850584; Website: Fistral Beach

  • Waterworld, Trenance Leisure Park, Newquay TR7 2LZ; Tel: +44 1637 853828; Website: Waterworld

Wildlife encounters


Coastal birds and marine animals are abundant in Newquay. You can see seagulls, seals, and dolphins from coastal paths or while out at sea. If you want to see something more exotic, Newquay Zoo is home to zebras, lions, and meerkats, as well as familiar farm animals. You can visit Blue Reef Aquarium and discover the inhabitants of the world’s oceans as you walk under glass tunnels while sea turtles, octopuses, and sharks glide above.


  • Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL; Tel: +44 1637 873342; Website: Newquay Zoo

  • Blue Reef Aquarium, Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU; Tel: +44 1637 878134; Website: Blue Reef Aquarium


Newquay’s bustling harbor


There's always a buzz of activity around Newquay's central harbor, where fishermen bring in the daily catch. You can watch gig rowers practice on the bay, or take an exhilarating speedboat trip to explore the coast. The harbor’s foreshore is perfect for building sandcastles at low tide, and you might catch a glimpse of friendly seals as they hunt for scraps from the fishing boats. Every September, there’s the Newquay Fish Festival, where you can sample local seafood like lobster, mackerel, and crab.


  • Newquay Harbour, South Quay Hill, Newquay, TR7 1HR; Tel: +44 1637 872809; Website: Newquay Harbour

  • Newquay Jet Boats, Newquay Harbour, South Quay Hill, Newquay, TR7 1HR; Tel: +44 7803 955923; Website: Newquay Jet Boats


Beaches and coves


Home to 11 beaches and 7 miles of coastline, you’ll be spoiled for choice when visiting Newquay. From secluded coves to vast expanses of golden sand, there’s a beach to suit all activities. You can roll down the sand dunes at Crantock Beach, or go paddleboarding along the River Gannel. At Fistral Beach, you can learn to surf, or soak up the energetic atmosphere while watching zap cats race across the breaking waves. Most beaches have public toilets, cafés, and parking nearby, but remember to look out for dog bans between April and September.



Fun on dry land


If you want fun that doesn't involve getting wet, you'll find plenty of all-weather activities for kids and adults in Newquay. You can jump on trampolines, drive go-karts, and squirt water on "blaster boats" at Holywell Bay Fun Park - or play crazy golf at Trenance Gardens. Run and roll down hills in giant transparent balls at Cornwall Zorbing Park, or test your racing skills on the 0.8 mile track at St. Eval Kart Circuit.


  • Holywell Bay Fun Park, Holywell Bay, Newquay TR8 5PW; Tel: +44 1637 830095; Website: Holywell Bay Fun Park

  • St. Eval Kart Circuit, St. Eval, Wadebridge PL27 7UN; Tel: +44 1637 860160; Website: St. Eval Kart Circuit