With eye-popping coastal scenery, Cornish delicacies that will get your mouth-watering and a history like no other, Newquay is a must-visit location when holidaying in Cornwall.
To make sure you see all the best bits, we spoke to local blogger Lowenna Pascoe, aka Instagram’s Cornwall Lover to see what her top things to see and do are. Be sure to add them to your bucket list.
To take on my action packed 24-hour guide, you’ll need to start the day right and what better way, than a visit to my favourite bakery – The Pavilion. This unique café was created from an old lifeboat shelter, just a 10-minute stroll from Pirate’s Quest. Here, you’ll be served fresh bread and pastries, straight out of the oven, fruit juices, and the most perfect looking coffees for Mum and Dad. My go to pastry is the Pan Au Chocolate. Thank me later…
This perfect breakfast spot is open daily from 8am. From here, stroll down the steps behind the bakery to Towan beach.
Find out more https://wearethepavilion.com/locations/newquay/
Hit the Morning Surf
When holidaying in Cornwall’s surfing capital, it would be rude not to take on the waves and plunge into the Atlantic with a family surf lesson. Surfing is what Cornwall does best and my friends at Newquay Activity Centre will help you spend a couple of hours feeling the well-known surfing rush. They’ll kit you out in all the right gear and know all the tricks to get you up and riding the waves – even on your first surf lesson!
No family trip to Newquay is complete without a visit to see the town’s local pirates, where you’ll be guided through an hour-long voyage of thrilling piratical history. Live pirates will greet you at the entrance and walk you through magical caves, streets and a shipwreck from the 17th century. This walk-through experience really is so much fun for the whole family and that’s why it holds a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Don’t forget to find your golden treasure at the end.
See upcoming events at Pirate’s Quest https://www.piratesquest.co.uk/special-events/
Step straight out of pirate life and pick up a delicious Cornish pasty from one of the nearby bakeries. My go-to has to be a traditional steak from Rowes, they have the tastiest flaky pastry that just cannot be beaten anywhere else in Newquay.
Once you’ve grabbed this, head to the Killacourt, a grassed paddock where you’ll be spoilt with incredible views overlooking Towan Beach and its turquoise waters. This is Newquay’s ultimate chill out spot and you’ll often find plenty of entertainment here in the summer months.
Shake out a blanket and feast on your pasty, while being mesmerised by the famous house on the island. Be sure to watch out for those pesky seagulls.
Ramble Along the Coast Path
Step onto any Cornish beach and look left or right, and you’ll find the South West Coast Path. One of my favourites is the headland around Fistral, which you can access at low tide from Towan Beach. Walk across to Newquay Harbour, find the hand railed steps in the cliff and follow the path around to the Huer’s Hut. Take advantage of this high position and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. From seals and dolphins to rare birds swooping in and out of the caves.
This stunning stretch of coast path leads you to Little Fistral and then onto big Fistral, where you’ll be ready for my next activity.
Find out more about the South West Coast Path https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/
Catch a Cornish Sunset
It’s no secret that one of the best places in Newquay to watch the sun go down is on Fistral beach. And luckily for the kids, they sell some of the best ice cream here too. Enjoy an evening tipple at the Fistral Beach Bar, dig into a box of Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips or simply sit and watch the world go by.
I hope this guide gives you some inspiration for your time in Newquay, follow my Instagram @cornwall_lover for more. https://www.instagram.com/cornwall_lover/