Less than half an hours drive from St Merryn Park lies the popular seaside town of Newquay

Widely regarded as the surf capital of the UK, Newquay has nine long and accessible sandy beaches, including the famous Fistral. Expansive and lively, the town hosts many of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions, watersports, tons of family activities as well some of the best nightlife and Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant.

Newquay is definitely a must when you visit Cornwall, so we’ve put together a list of the best things to do, see, eat and drink when you’re here…

Newquay has some of Cornwall’s best beaches including

Fistral Beach

Tolcarne Beach

Watergate Bay

Lusty Glaze

Fistral Beach is iconic. It’s a great family beach but it’s also one of the most consistently great surfing beaches in Europe. Beach facilities including surf equipment hire, lessons and boutiques, showers, toilets, car parking, restaurants and cafes. It also plays host to some fantastic events and festivals throughout the year.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley is a great family day out and packed with activities!

Train rides, tractors, canoeing, crazy golf and play areas all feature in the price.



Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is Cornwall’s largest zoo and part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Set among subtropical gardens, Newquay Zoo’s animals range from big cats and monkeys to otters and pythons.

Additional attractions include, face-painting, play areas, a maze, the chance to help out feeding he animals, and a range of special events on throughout the year..



Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall

Situated right on the beach at Watergate Bay, you can watch the tide and surfers while you enjoy Jamie Oliver’s fabulous Italian food with a Cornish twist.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening antipasti at the bar.

Blue Reef Aquarium 

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is home to exotic tropical species like black tip reef sharks and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle, as well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish and a huge Southern Stingray.

There is an underwater tunnel, as well as a number of viewing portholes, a floor to ceiling window and you can even enjoy close encounters from the surface. Activities include regular feeding displays, rock-pool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out.



Holywell Bay Golf Club

Holywell Bay is great for golfers of all levels, with an 18 hole par three course and a pitch and putt. There’s no dress code, no handicaps, no need to book in advance, and club hire is included in the price! Another plus point is the great views from the course over the stunning National Trust Holywell Bay Beach.



Dairyland Farm World

Another great one for a family day out – there’s loads to do from slides to the nature trail, tractor rides, pony rides and milking the cows, to feeding our animals and touring the museums. Even if the weather’s rubbish there’s lots of under cover fun including The Bull Pen (a Massive Indoor play centre), the milking parlour and farm museums, as well as Clarabelle’s kitchen café with a wide range of great value food and drink.



Whiskers Coffee and Wine House

Located in Newquay town centre, Whiskers fills the gap between fine dining and fish and chips, with a place where playing board games, relaxing with friends and listening to live music goes hand-in-hand with fine wines, artisan coffee and gourmet tapas.

Mondays are Open Mic nights, there’s live music on Wednesdays, and  DJ’s at the weekend.

Added bonus – they’re also dog friendly!

Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre

Springfields provides an active, hands-on day for all the family, set in the Cornish countryside.

With ponies to ride, lambs to bottle feed, and pigs, goats and ducks, there is plenty of animals to play with. There’s also rowing boats, trampolines and pedal go karts and a large indoor play barn.


Holywell Bay Fun Park

Holywell Bay Fun Park has all variety of attractions, Ride, slide, splash and spin with 25 attractions Newquay’s Holywell Bay Fun Park is a great day out for all the family and one of the top things to do in Newquay.