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Going Out in Newquay

About NewquayAbout Newquay

Newquay is a picturesque seaside holiday destination on Cornwall’s north coast. The town caters to 20,342 people and this figure shoots up to approximately 100,000 during summer months when tourists rush to the town for a satisfying holiday getaway.

The waterside town of Newquay is famous for surfing. Fistral Beach is one of England’s most popular spots for surfers. The waves in this sandy beach are consistent and suitable for the water sports, which make it one of the well-known locations for local and international surfing competitions.

Restaurants in Newquay take pride in specialty meals. Ingredients are fresh from the sea and the local farmland. The best places to eat can be found along the coast where the eyes may also feast on fascinating sea views.

Pubs in the seaside town deserve attention, too. With premium Cornish Cornish ales and ciders, nights in Newquay are guaranteed to be fun and relaxing.

Newquay has a total of twelve sandy beaches. These locations are perfect for family trips. Aside from surfing, some of the activities to enjoy here are sunbathing, building sandcastles, and strolling.

Visitors may also take pleasure in Newquay’s other attractions such as public museums, theatres, boating lakes, zoo, and town trail. For instance, the Blue Reef Aquarium offers a delightful undersea safari that is exceptionally popular with children.

Events in Newquay are highly-anticipated. There are remarkable and fun happenings all year-round. Locals and tourists mostly look forward to the Boardmasters, Electric Beach Festival, and the Smugglers’ Den Inn Pie & Ale Festival.

Places to eat in NewquayPlaces to eat in Newquay, Restaurants in Newquay

Bunters Cafe Newquay
Cafe Newquay
Shanghai Express Chinese Newquay
Shanghai Express
Chinese Newquay
Indian summer Indian Newquay
Indian summer
Indian Newquay
Captain Jack's Seafood Newquay
Captain Jack's
Seafood Newquay
Flounders Seafood Newquay
Seafood Newquay
Choukette French Newquay
French Newquay

Places to drink in Newquay Places to drink in Newquay, Pubs and Bars in Newquay

The Central Inn Pub/Bar Newquay
The Central Inn
Pub/Bar Newquay
Stavros Greek Taverna Pub/Bar Newquay
Stavros Greek Taverna
Pub/Bar Newquay
Pavilion Pub/Bar Newquay
Pub/Bar Newquay
Fort Inn Pub/Bar Newquay
Fort Inn
Pub/Bar Newquay
The Bull Steakhouse Pub/Bar Newquay
The Bull Steakhouse
Pub/Bar Newquay
Sailors Arms Pub/Bar Newquay
Sailors Arms
Pub/Bar Newquay

A brief history of NewquayA brief history of Newquay

Newquay is a marvel of pre-historic sites. Some cooking pots, burial urn, and other remains from the Bronze Age were found in The Barrowfields and in the Trethellan Farm. However, traces of the first settlement in the town belong to a hill fort dating back to the Iron Age.

In the medieval period, a small fishing village settled in the curve of the coastal town’s headland.

Until the 15th century, the town used its Cornish name ‘Towan Blystra.’ It was when the Bishop of Exeter, Edmund Lacey, secured funds to construct a ‘new quay’ at the harbor that the town earned its current name.

In 1832, the inhabitants started building Newquay’s current harbor. It was followed by the construction of a mansion known as the Tower in 1835 for the wealthy family of Molesworth. The emergence of passenger trains in 1876 led to the drastic growth of the village. Hotels increased rapidly in the area, with the Great Western Hotel as the first to open for business.

Newquay welcomed more structural developments in the 20th century. More houses were converted into hotels, especially around the railway station. Knitting industry flourished during these times, along with the construction of streets and houses along the main roads.

Industrial and commercial areas sprouted inland and in the town’s fringes during the 1970s and 1980s.

In the advent of the modern period, major construction projects made their way to the town’s inland. These developments include traditional houses in Tregunnel Hill and in Nansledan. Schools and commercial establishments like shops and supermarkets also increased in number.

Newquay became a center for aerospace operations when The Aerohub enterprise zone was stationed at the town’s airport.

Popular things to do in NewquayPopular things to do in Newquay

Free things to NewquayFree things to do in Newquay

Great for kids in NewquayGreat for kids in Newquay

Great for dogs NewquayGreat for dogs in Newquay

  • Play catch with them at Crantock Beach
  • Walk them in the Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Mill
  • Try some watersports with them at Newquay Harbour

Dog friendly bars in NewquayDog friendly bars

  • Belushi's Newquay
  • Whiskers Newquay
  • Tom Thumb

Dog friendly restaurants in NewquayDog friendly restaurants

  • El Huichol | Authentic Mexican
  • The Fish House Fistral
  • Bush Pepper

Did you know?Did you know?

Newquay is the first town in England to ban mankini from public areas. This ban in the mid-2000s is the town’s attempt to strip itself off of its “wild west” image. The effort seems to pay off as the number of indecent behaviors on their coast start to decline since 2009.

The Beatles visited Newquay in 1967 to film parts of their Magical Mystery Tour film. The fab four went to various areas like the Watergate Bay and Huer’s Hut near the Atlantic Hotel where they stayed during the trip.

Hidden gems of NewquayThe hidden gems of Newquay

Taking the South West Coastal Path is one of the best ways to see and appreciate the panoramic view of Newquay’s coastlines. This 630-mile coastal path stretches from Somerset’s Minehead and winds around Cornwall and Dorset. Aside from the ocean views, the coastal path presents the beauty of some of the town’s wildlife.


Unique to NewquayUnique to Newquay

Newquay is the birthplace and home of some of the most remarkable names in various fields of literature, science, and music. The list includes novelist William Golding, inventor Alexander Ludge, and painter Nicholas Charles Williams.