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Visitor information for Newquay in Cornwall

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With eight different beaches within walking distance of the town and three more a short drive away, Newquay is the ideal destination for those who like nothing better than lazing the day away on golden sands and dipping their toes in the sparkling sea.

Newquay is one of the nation’s all-time favourite holiday resorts, but you don’t have to dig too deep to discover the history of the town. Newquay remains an important Cornish fishing port and a day at the harbour is a must on your ‘things to do’ list.

A fleet of brightly coloured fishing boats land fresh crab and lobster destined for the dinner plates of nearby hotels and restaurants, but it wasn’t always this way. Look up from the Harbour and you’ll see the Huers Hut – a white stone building on top of Towan Head. Newquay once thrived as a famous pilchard fishing port, when the shoals of pilchards where spotted off the cliffs the Huer would call the fishermen to sea and hopefully a lucrative catch.

Every September the town celebrates its fishing heritage with the Newquay Fish Festival – a three-day feast of everything that’s fresh from the sea and well worth a visit. Top chefs demonstrate their skills and live entertainment offers something for all the family.

If catching your own dinner appeals then you could hop aboard one of the boats that offer fishing trips. But if more a relaxing spell out on the water is more tempting then there are also sightseeing trips.

Discover Newquay’s wide open spaces – grassy headlands and areas for walking and relaxing like the glorious Pentire Headland with its spectacular views over Fistral Beach on one side and Crantock Bay on the other. Closer to town there are footpaths across the Golf Links to Towan Head – a perfect picnic spot. Take a walk along Narrowcliff and marvel at the scenery of Lusty Glaze and the spectacular Porth Headland.

Trenance Gardens in Newquay with its boating lake, fountain and restaurant is a perfect place to stop a while and enjoy the flora and fauna before you discover Trenance Leisure Park, complete with miniature railway, bowling green, tennis centre, children’s playground, wooden waves skate park and Waterworld swimming pool.

If shopping is your bag then Newquay’s town centre has plenty to offer. It’s a high street like no other, stretching the entire length of the town and dotted with individual and specialist local shops, restaurants and cafes as well as national names all mixed in with surf shops and boutiques.

Like most seaside towns Newquay has a vibrant nightlife, with a range of clubs and bars for all ages as well as restaurants and a plethora of take-away venues.

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