Crystal clear sea, Big waves for surfing, Great night life
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cornish coastal scenery
The headland next to the present day harbour gave shelter to the fishing community of Towan Blystra, which in Cornish means ‘Sand Dunes’ and ‘Blustery’.From its name though it was obvious that it still needed more protection and so a ‘New Quay’ was built in the 15th cent.Several new quays were built until it was able to handle not just fishing...more
FreediveUK run a fantastic trip - you get taken round the coast near newquay on Kayaks and are given the opportunity to jump off and have a snorkel at different spots- it's absolutely amazing how much stuff there is to see under the water which was quite a surprise given that its England! We also got up close to a seal, sometimes they see Dolphins...more
War Memorial The Newquay memorial is in the form of a cross atop a rocky plinth and is dedicated to locals lost in Great War, WWII, Falklands Campaign 1982 and Afghanistan War 2006, The inscriptions read: “Erected this cross to bear lasting witness to her son's supreme sacrifice in The Great War 1914-1918” and “To the lasting memory also of those...more
The Newquay Tourist Information Centre offers the following services; Accommodation Booking, Surf Lesson Booking, Books, Maps, Tourist Guides, Left Luggage Service, Gift Ideas, Photo-copying Service, Internet Café, and the Newquay First Loyalty Card.Monday to Friday: 9:15 am to 5:30 pmSaturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pmemail ...more
Towan is the closest beach to the town centre and is bordered on the western edge by the harbour and at the East by a tall rocky outcrop called 'the Island' which is connected to the mainland by a suspension footbridge. The beach can get extremely busy in the summer due to its level access and it’s proximity to the harbour entrance producing little...more
Newquay Harbour is close to the town centre; the Harbour hosts the annual Fish Festival and is also home to a colony of seals. There has been a small harbour in Newquay since 1439 but it wasn't until 1770 that its importance as a commercial harbour really took off when Richard Lomax, a speculator from London created an enclosed three acre harbour...more
Next to a shop called No worries is Buntys resturant which stays open during the high season until 9-10pm. The staff are very friendly and the menue is good. EG: They do macoroni cheese at £4.95. There are menue's on the tables, but there is also a specials board as well. You can sit outside but it can be gusty especially when it rains. The...more
Truscotts is probably one of the best if not the best Fish and Chip shops that I have ever had the pleasure to eat in.Although the portions aren't the biggest that I have ever had they are quite filling and very, very delicious.They are also not the cheapest that I have ever eaten but they are well worth every penny.You can either eat in their...more
La Luna is a popular Italian restaurant at the eastern end of town. The menu is made up of the usual mixture of salads, pasta, pizza etc. with enough choice to please everyone. The restaurant is not massive and as a result the tables are a little squeezed in but this doesn't spoil the atmosphere.The place always seems to be busy. Our first visit...more
"The Walkabout" is an Australian themed bar and restaurant open until early in the morning. The food is excellent, you can buy breakfast in the morning and even crocodile and kangaroo is on the menu. During the day various sports are shown on the 9 metre big screen and 20+ televisions. The night time entertainment is usually a disco every...more
Newquay is the target for hen & stag night parties. The streets can get quite busy with tourists & people all dressed up in every outfit you can think of. I have seen cowgirls, monks, black-wigged young men, overgrown school children. They crowd round the bars & nightclubs, & the queues for the cash machines Friday night can be quite long, one of...more
Cornwall is blessed with some lovely branch lines, one of them being the Atlantic Coast Line that runs between Par and Newquay.It was originally run by the Cornwall Minerals Railway for transporting China Clay from the pits around St. Austell to the harbours at Fowey, Par and Newquay where it was then exported.From Par the line travels through the...more
When you come by car from the east, take the A30 and then the A392. Coming from the west, take the A30 and then the A3075. There are several car parks in the town which are well signposted. We took the one near the golf course in the Tower Road which was convenient to reach when coming from the west and just a few minutes from the harbour. The...more
No Worries was the first to ever set off the craze of people wearing lifeguard shirts, then others copped on and began copying the idea. I always worried that it would be mistaken for the real thing, but the real one's don't have the lining in the hoods. The shirts are quite cosy in the drafty wind and at £14.99 are a bargain. Everyone wears them, so we didn't feel like idiots.
What to buy: Lifeguard shirt, wet suits etc.
What to pay: £14.99 for a shirt.
The Newquay Fish Festival gives the town an opportunity to showcase the harbour, now in its 9th year (2011) took place on September 9-11. The festival is a unique mix of Newquay's vibrant holiday scene and the traditional fishing community of the old Cornish harbour. This year there was the usual practical cookery demonstrations by local chefs...more
If there is one thing Cornwall is famous for, it is Cornish Pasties and Newquay is no exception. There is no shortage of places to get them from supermarkets to traditional Pasty shops and they are located all over Newquay.You can buy all kinds of flavours from the Traditional to the unusual like the Full English Breakfast Pasty.No trip to Cornwall...more
It's not just the hoodies people have to be aware of now, there are now yobs in the air of the feathered kind. Seagulls have developed a craze of dive bombing tourists, especially if he/she has food. They watch from the rooftops, then call in all their mates for a mugging. They also crap on you for revenge; if they could speak the air would...more
Just up the road from Fistrel beach is a nice scenic area which can get very windy. It's a bit of a climb, but there's a small covered area at the top. Best avoided when windy as some people are tempted to peer over the edge.I have added a picture of The Huers Hut. The Huer was the lookout man who sat in his hut watching for the schoal's of...more
Luggage and bags:
Suitcase with wheels on it
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair of walking shoes, use for wet weather
Raincoat which can be folded up small
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get little mini bottles in Superdrug. Boots are OK but I would use Superdrug. Also get empty bottles in there, & put some of your shampoo/conditioner into them.
I use heat Nurophen or Deep Heat patches for my back & Co-Dryzomol (get from Dr's only) for my back condition. You can hire crutches, scooters. electrick wheelchairs from Speedy (I know, awful pun!) from Falmouth but they must be ordered in advance. There's no shopmobility in Newquay.
See your Dr or nurse as soon as you can to get repeat prescriptions - get enough for the trip and a bit extra, saves hastle bealive me.
Photo Equipment: Sand & cameras don't mix.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bandanas are good for tying up your hair. mouth sheilds against flying sand etc.
Torch for those unexpected nights out
Whistle or emergency alarm
Miscellaneous: When travelling instead of buying cups of rea, take your own.
Wear a money belt under your clothes
Keep back those little black plastic forks you get with pasta pots, they are most handy
Originally laid to carry minerals and coal in 1849 in horse drawn trucks, the tram tarck developed through the years until it fell into disuse in 1926. It has now been brought back into being as a footway / cycleway. You can still see part of where the rails were, also there's a fantastic view of the bay through a gap inb the fence. This is a short...more
Crazy Golf is a lot of fun and can be played on this 18 hole course. It is best played with a group of mates and only costs £3 for a hours fun or longer if you`ve had a few drinks.Also on site is a Cafe serving food and drinks throughout the day. All the equipment is supplied, ball, club, pencil and scorecard.more
A friend and I booked a days surf lesson for beginners and we were the only ones there so we got one on two tuition, not bad.This was at the beginning of the season, mid-June so it was quieter.It cost us £40 each for the full day, we turned up at their base, which is also a hostel, and got driven to Watergate Bay, chose our wetsuits, put on a load...more
This is my favourite time of day to surf. Partly because there are a lot less people in the water than there are during the day, but also because it's just SOOOOOO beautiful! I regularly find myself wishing that I had a camera with me, but of course that's not very practical! Even before I started surfing, I found it really relaxing just to come...more
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...more
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...more