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Things To Do In Newquay, Cornwall

Planning a trip to Newquay, Cornwall and looking for things to do? Here are some of the best activities, attractions & adventures, including places to visit when it rains to get the most out of your trip.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding In Newquay

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. Paul is a qualified SUP instructor and professional photographer, offering epic SUP tours in Newquay with professional images from your SUP experience.

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Photography Courses & Experience Days

Make the most of the dramatic coastlines and seascapes with professional photographer Paul David Smith. Improve your photography through traditional and creative courses by the sea, from learning the basics about your camera to wildlife or macro photography.

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Get Epic Photos Taken Of You Surfing

Whether you are new to surfing and taking your first lessons or a season professional who takes to the waves daily, capturing professional photographs of yourself out in the ocean not only gives you some lasting memories, but it makes you look very cool too!

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Floating On A Bed Of Dreams Photoshoot

Imagine waking up, floating in the middle of a lake on a bed and not knowing how you got there. This is the storyline for this creative fantasy portrait session which will give you some stunning images from your Cornwall adventures.

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Get Photographed As A Mermaid

Was your dream as a little girl to be a mermaid? Are you now looking to make this a reality? If you are looking for some portraits with a difference that will provide a lasting memory and make a real impact, then make dreams a reality by becoming a mermaid for the day.

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Get Photographed As A Warrior Wearing Armour

Unleash your hidden warrior with this fantasy portrait session where we’ll dress you in our armour, chainmail and other warrior attire. If you are looking for some portraits with a difference, then spending a few hours dressed as a warrior is sure to give you some images like no others.

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Newquay FAQ's

Where Is Newquay, Cornwall?

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Newquay is located on the north coast of the county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The postcode for the area is TR7 and coordinates for Newquay, Cornwall are: 50.4155° N, 5.0737° W

Where Can You Fly To From Newquay Airport?

There are currently 17 locations which operate direct flights in and out of Newquay, Cornwall. These are: London Heathrow, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Teeside, Faro, Alicante, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Jersey, Guernsey, Isles Of Scilly, Cork and Copenhagen.

How Do I Travel From London To Newquay?

In a straight line it is 228 miles between London and Newquay. By road it is 258 miles and it will take approximately 4 hours 45 minutes by car. You can fly between London Heathrow and Newquay airport and this takes an average of 1 hour 10 minutes. The average train journey time between Newquay and London is 5 hours 7 minutes.

How Far Is Newquay Airport From Newquay Town Centre?

In a straight line the distance between Newquay Airport and Newquay Town Centre is 4 miles. By road it is 5.7 miles and will take approximately 15 minutes by car. There is a bus service that runs between Newquay and Padstow that stops at the airport, this is the number 56. You can also take a taxi, this will cost around £15.00.

How Far Is Port Isaac From Newquay?

In a straight line it is 16 miles between Newquay and Port Isaac. The distance by road is 24 miles and it will take approximately 40 minutes to travel by car. You can travel via bus, however it will take 3 hours 30 minutes on average and involve multiple changes. A taxi between Newquay airport and Port Isaac will cost in the region of £50.00.

How Far Is St Ives From Newquay?

In a direct line it is 23 miles between Newquay and St Ives, however by road it is approximately 31 miles and will take around 45 minutes by car. A taxi will cost roughly £60.00 from Newquay airport to St Ives and it is possible to get by train, however it will take around 3 hours and involve multiple changes.

What Is The Weather Like In Newquay?

Thanks to the Gulf Stream current, Cornwall has the sunniest climate in Britain, as well as the mildest, making Newquay a wonderful base for a summer holiday.

The History Of Newquay

The town of Newquay lies on the north coast of Devon in the south of the UK. Towan Blystra (blown sand dune), as Newquay is called in its native Cornish language, began as a fortified cliff settlement. People have probably inhabited the area since the Stone Age.

At the Barrowfields, an open area overlooking the bay of Newquay, archaeologists have found evidence of a Bronze Age settlement. The area has an assortment of ancient burial mounds. A clay urn discovered here contains the remains of a Bronze Age chief dating to 3,500 years ago. Today, the Barrowfields hosts open-air concerts and festivals.

Further evidence of prehistoric life has been found at Porth Island on the outskirts of Newquay, which boasts the giant earthworks of what was once Cornwall’s finest cliff castle.

Newquay developed into a small port town from which fisherfolk landed their catches of herring and pilchards. Records indicate that there was a pier at Newquay from 1396, protecting the small cove below a tiny hamlet. In the 15th Century, a new quay was built and the town acquired its name.

From the Huers’ Hut, which remains perched above the harbour, lookouts would signal (by the “hue and cry” – hence the name) the sighting of a shoal to alert the town’s fleet of fishing boats. There were originally three Huers’ Huts. The one that remains dates to medieval times and was rebuilt in 1835. The locals would supplement their fishing income with a little smuggling and many of the caves along the coastline were used for this purpose.

A fish market has existed at Newquay since the 16th Century. Today the town remains popular with sea fishing enthusiasts and you can sample the local catch at the various fishmongers in Newquay.

The Industrial Revolution transformed Newquay into a commodity port trading in tin, lead and clay. The arrival of the passenger railway in the 1870s transformed the town into a Victorian seaside resort. Today, visitors from London, the West Country, the Midlands and the north approach Newquay across the beautiful Luxulyan Valley and the Goss Moor before being treated to glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Surfing in Newquay

Newquay truly became a surf resort from the 1920s onwards but the surfing explosion in the town really began during the 60s. Surf culture was introduced with the arrival of a group of Australian lifeguards who made Newquay their home in 1962. The Aussie surfing quartet became local celebrities and established the town’s first surfboard in the early 1970s. The boom in surfing continued into the 1980s and beyond. Today’s surfers can choose from nine different beaches at Newquay to ride the world-famous waves. Many of the beaches have surf schools and surf equipment hire outlets. There are surfing competitions and festivals throughout the summer.

Explore the Newquay coastline

Much of the life in Newquay centres around the harbour. The small, traditional quay is also home to one of the quaintest beaches in the South West of England. A visit to the harbour also means a pint at one of the nearby pubs or an opportunity to dine at one of the local restaurants.

Fistral beach is perhaps the most famous in Newquay. Cliffs and sand dunes offer the opportunity for some coastal exploration or simply to soak up the sun on the sandy beach.

There are a number of boat trips you can take from Newquay harbour, including daytime or evening fishing expeditions. Or you could opt for a dolphin-spotting excursion or simply take a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast.

There are lots of lovely coastal walking routes from Newquay. The South West Coast Path passes Newquay as it winds its 630-mile route from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

For a slightly more adrenaline-fuelled way to explore the coastline, why not try coasteering where you can traverse the seashore, explore gullies and caves and cap it all with a giant leap into the blue waters of the Atlantic?

About Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Newquay is a growing coastal town which has an abundance of things to do, places to see and culture to immerse yourself in. Recently voted the top seaside resort for Brits considering a holiday at home, Newquay has a rich history awash with Cornish tradition, folklore and culture.

Miles of golden sand, stunning routes along the coast and ocean activities mean that much of what Newquay has to offer centres around the sea. But there’s plenty to do inland too and Newquay is a small enough town to explore easily on foot.

Based on the north coast of Cornwall, roughly 12 miles north of Truro, Newquay is best known for its beautiful surf beaches which include Fistral Beach and, Tolcarne and Watergate Bay. It is widely known as the surf capital of the UK and has for the past 20 years hosted a range of international surf competitions including the annual Boardmasters festival. The town is home to many surf shops and board manufacturers and is home to the reef known as Cribbar, which can produce 20 foot waves in the right conditions.

For more than a century the harbour town of Newquay has been a major tourist destination with a population of 25,000 that increases to 100,000 during the summer tourist season. There are 11 beaches located in or close to Newquay and its moderate maritime climate makes it mild in the winter and cooler in the summer making it an ideal destination to visit all year around.

In recent years a partnership has been signed between Cornwall country council, Goonhilly Earth Station and Virgin Orbit which intends to have Newquay operating as a horizontal launch spaceport, launching satellites into space from Newquay Airport.

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