History of Newquay
Favorite thing: Newquay’s first signs of settlement consist of a late Iron Age fortified cliff settlement which took advantage of the local resources (including deposits of iron) and the superior natural defences provided by Trevelgue Head. It is claimed that occupation of the site was continuous from the 3rd century BC to the 5th or 6th century AD, although a Dark Ages house was later built on the head.
- Historical Travel
Things You Do When Drunk
Fondest memory: I have some really fond memories of Newquay, especially from the first time I went.
On the first night we all dressed up and went out for the night, after consuming copious amounts of alcohol we walked home and decided to take a walk across the golf course.
After sliding down a steep bank (it looked a lot steeper in daylight) we found our way onto the beach where several campfires were lit with loads of people sat round them. We tried integrating with one group but they weren`t having any of hit. Looking back at it, I can see the funny side and how it must have looked to the camp fire surfers with a load of clubbers decending on them.
The sight of Adie trying to play the buskers` didgeridoo (sp) and sounding more like a flatulent cow always brings a smile to my face, as does one of the lads asking a Policeman if his van was a taxi home and then stealing his hat and wearing it. It was all taken in the spirit of fun but if it had happened in our hometown he probably would have been arrested straight away.
Have you ever eaten a raw mushroom? I wouldn`t recommend trying it, they are really dry and no amount of alcohol will make it taste good.
These are a few of the great memories that I have from my first visit to Newquay, they all have one thing in common and that is they were all the direct result of alcohol.
I would just like to add that nobody was hurt in the making of this tip and hopefully nobody was offended either.
- Beer Tasting
Favorite thing: Newquay harbour is not only picturesque iits also still a working harbour - so watch out for the nets at your feet and the smell of fish everywhere. Pilchard fishing was once the lifeblood of this place.
At low tide the beach can be walked across at the harbour - otherwise its down and up the cliff paths to get round it.
Favorite thing: This millenium modern sundial really intrigued me! Just above the Towan beach on a small green was a slate stone with the months of the year. at first I though it was some kind of hop-scotch game for the kids ...but then I read the millenium blurb about it and realised it was a sundial!
You simply stand on the right month of the year and your shadow (when the sun is out of course;) ) will fall onto the the right number indicate the time of day - there are two rings of numbers - outer ring for winter time and inner ring for summer time.
Everytime I went past it I couldn't resist and had to tell the time :-)
Favorite thing: Seeing the boats moored in the harbour is such a colourful sight. Fishing trips can be taken from here in the season - by the harbour are some great pics of all the catches, included shark fishing!
- Sailing and Boating
Sundial and Time Capsule
Favorite thing: As well as the sundial, or Analemmatic as it is, known a time capsule was also placed nearby, to be opened in the year 3000.
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Newquay is renowned for its beaches and the surfing. There are11 beaches stretching over seven miles of golden sand - makes for a lovely walk.
- Hiking and Walking
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