Fistral Beach is Newquay's iconic beach, quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs. Fistral is the perfect family beach offering simple pleasures of sea and surf combined with first class beach and seafront facilities including surf equipment hire, lessons and boutiques, showers, toilets, car parking, restaurants and cafes.
Fistral is also the perfect setting for festivals and events including Boardmasters - Europes largest surf and skate festival every August, the UK ZapCat championships in April and August, the English National Surfing Championship, night surfing and the King of the Groms Junior Surf Festival.
Fistral Beach boasts a state of the art RNLI Lifeguard station for the lifeguards who work from May to September with voluntary lifeguard cover on busy weekends through the winter. The brand new facilites include a dedicated first aid room, storage, changing facilities and a large observational area from which the lifeguards watch the one of the busiest beaches in the country. Fistral Beach is a 5 minute drive from the town centre or 20 minute walk and has parking for 200 cars ( be sure to pay for your parking). and is popular with families, attracting both locals and visitors.
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Dramatic coastline with views over huge rock stacks. Carnewas has become one of the most popular destinations on the north Cornish coast because of the spectacular cliff-top view of sea stacks stretching across Bedruthan beach (not Trust-owned).
This piece of coastline, just a few miles along the coast from Padstow, keeps itself hidden as you first enter the car park. However, take a short walk along the well established paths and you will be rewarded with views that are arguably some of the most impressive in Cornwall.
Take in the sea air on magnificent walks along the coast path towards Park Head and the sheltered Porth Mear cove beyond. Visitors in the spring and autumn will be treated to carpets of flowering squill as well as the stonechats and linnets often seen here.
The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery
Discover an oasis of tranquillity nestled in the lush Vale of Lanherne. Set in just two acres, the Japanese Garden is a perfect example of what is small is beautiful. Diminutive it may be in size, but its paths lead into a myriad of divine features, including the Water Gardens, Stroll garden and a Zen Garden - created in accordance with the philosophy of the East. A fusion of authentic Japanese gardening styles and the exotic varieties planted make this a horticultural hotspot that's definitely worth a visit. Take a stroll amongst the spectacular Japanese maples, radiant azaleas and rhododendrons, ornamental grasses and bamboo grove.
Soak up the tranquil atmosphere from the Zen viewing house, where you can admire the array of horticultural splendour, contemplate the rockscape and savour the sweet scents of your surroundings
Go Wild at Newquay Zoo:Get closer to hundreds of species at the zoo. Children's play area, events, good food & easy access. A perfect day out for the family! At award-winning Newquay Zoo you can experience the world's wildlife and have a great family day out.
Dairy Land Farm World
Enjoy the fun of an all weather attraction providing entertainment for all ages - So much more for the whole family to enjoy... rain or shine.
Fishing Trips for the experienced angler or Boat Trips and Charters for family fun along our beautiful Atlantic Coastline.
Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit. Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel. Part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Newquay's multi-award winning live theatre.
The largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe inspiring gardens, a rainforest... the list goes on!
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