Top 5 Things To Do In Newquay | Surfing, Coasteering, Camping in Newquay

The town of Newquay, or Towan Blystra as it’s called in its native Cornish tongue, is positioned on the North coast of Cornwall roughly 50 miles from the Devonshire border and like many Cornish coastal towns, it is primarily a seasonal destination which starts to come alive in early May.


Newquay and the surrounding area has a wide range of activities, things to do and places of interest that caters for a variety of both domestic and European tourists each year. Whether you’re on a family on holiday, a couples retreat, stag and hen celebrations or solo traveller, Newquay boasts a good selection of accommodation and activities to suit everyone’s tastes.

Whilst everyone has a different idea of how they spend their free time, here is our list of 5 Top Things to Do in Newquay.

#1 Learn to Surf in Newquay

Newquay has a rich history with surfing and has long been known as the surf capitol of the UK.  For over 50 years Newquay has been attracting surfers from around the world and has now developed into one of the most popular coastal towns to learn to surf.

The surf school industry has grown in to big business since surfings introduction and as such brought with it National Governing Bodies and recognised surf coaching awards, bringing the sport in line with many other popular sports allowing surf schools to offer peace of mind and a professional approach to potential customers.

The majority of surf schools offer surf lessons for varying abilities, depending on your level and of course budget, generally surf lessons are 2 hours long and include all the equipment

If learning to surf is on your bucket list then taking  surf lessons Newquay on Fistral beach in Newquay is a good place to start.

Surf lesson at Fistral beach, newquay

#2 Coasteering in Newquay

Coasteering in Newquay encompasses all manner of obstacles and elements to get the adrenaline going.  Tidal dependent routes will see adventurer’s in full wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and shoes scrambling over rocks, jumping into plunge pools, negotiating natural sluices and whirlpools with the option of big cliff jumps for the not so faint hearted.  For the nature lover, specific companies offer a relaxed look at the coastline exploring various habitats and the old smugglers caves.  If you have a taste for adventure why not join us for a Coasteer today!

Coasteering in newquay

#3 Newquay Harbour Fishing Trip or Pleasure Boat Ride

The harbour is at the heart of Newquay and with regular fishing trips or nature pleasure boat rides it’s another excellent way to explore the north Cornish coast line.  Newquay harbour supports many businesses and is often a main venue for town festivities such as the Joe Way Paddle for Life and Newquay Fish Festival.  Why not check out for further information.

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#4 Coastal Walk

Take a stroll around some of the UK’s most dramatic and beautiful coastline. With designated walking paths and a variety of walking routes to choose from it’s a great way to work up an appetite and soak up your surroundings.  From circular routes or walks that include a bus, visit   for suggestions on where to start and finish your coastal walk.

#5 Sunset Drinks

After your vigorous surf lessons Cornwall take some time to watch a Cornish sun setting to really get you in holiday mode. There is a great choice of restaurant bars that are perfect to unwind with your favourite drink and relax as the sun slowly sets out of the sea.  Here are our top 3 places to watch the sun set.

1.      Lewenick lodge, Pentire, Newquay. 

2.     The Watering Hole, Perranporth beach, Perranporth.

3.     Fistral Beach Bar, Fistral beach, Newquay.

4.     The Phoenix Bar, Watergate Bay.

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