Heading for North Cornwall this summer? From the town of Newquay, to the coast and countryside nearby, there is so much to do in the area. With both major attractions and off-the-radar treats you won't find on TripAdvisor, you would need several holidays to fit it all in! Here are eight great days out to enjoy this summer:
Hit the beach, or explore our hidden coastline
The main beaches at Newquay are superbly family friendly and easy to access from the town itself. Tolcarne, for example, is just a stone's throw from our doors, while Fistral has great surf and loads of space. Should you want more wilderness and tranquility though, travel west or east and you have miles of varied coastline. From the sheltered beauty of Poly Joke, to the craggy slendour of the coast around Holywell Bay (above), the more you explore, the more you'll find.
Explore the Headland
Talking of exploring the coast, there are also some lovely views and historic spots very close to the main town of Newquay if you're prepared to stretch your legs. The headland above Newquay Harbour is especially rewarding. From Spring onwards, it comes alive with wildflowers, while Huer's Hut (above) is a local landmark well worth reaching for great views and local history.
Board a cold war fighter plane!
How often do you get the chance to do this? (Image: Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre)
A collection of classic 20th century aircraft is perhaps the last thing you might expect to find on the outskirts of Newquay; but that's exactly what you'll enounter at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre. Nor are beauties like Tornados, Typhoons and F16s just for gawping at, because the centre aims to make every single plane open for visitors to board and investigate. A fantastic experience for all ages, we think! See http://www.cornwallaviationhc.co.uk
Play golf by the sea
Do you play golf? If that's a yes, you simply must book a round at Newquay Golf Club. With stunning views and a mixture of uniquely challenging holes to negotiate, it's one of the best coastal golf courses you'll find anywhere in the South West. Look out for the main water feature; it's called the Atlantic!
Paddle the coast
Whether you're an avid canoeist or kayaker, or a complete beginner, the waters of North Cornwall are a delight to explore by paddle. Sit on kayaks can be hired at just £35 for a full day too with Ocean Crest, complete with wet suit and buoyancy aid. Besides the open coast, the Gannell Estuary is also pretty and more sheltered. For the beginner, a guided session is highly recommended to learn the ropes and stay safe, we should add.
Head to "Padstein" for a feast of seafood
There are so many pretty towns and villages in Cornwall for a day or afternoon's excursion. One of the best for foodie credentials has to be Padstow, however, sometimes known by its alternative moniker thanks to the influence of TV chef Rick Stein. Not that you have to head to his namesake eatery to get great food, because the whole town is full of great pubs, inns and restaurants. Loosen your belt and dig in!
Enjoy some cracking Cornish coarse and sea fishing
If you like a spot of fishing, you'd be silly not to bring your rod on holiday to Cornwall. Sea angling is the simplest way of all, as you need no license to have a go. Local charter boats are the quickest route to a great catch and can provide you with tackle and bait, too. That said, there is some brilliant coarse fishing near Newquay too. Gwinear and Oakside Fishery are both within a short drive and run day ticket fishing at under a tenner, with some serious carp, tench (above) and other fish to be caught.
Have a hoot at Screech Owl Sanctuary
There are several interesting animal attractions in North Cornwall, including the famous Newquay Zoo. But for a real hands-on (or claws-on) experience, Screech Owl Sanctuary is a great place to make some holiday memories just a few miles away. There are a large range of owls, in particlar, from all over the world that are stunning to behold; not to mention thrilling to physically hold! See: https://screechowlsanctuary.co.uk