Guide to Newquay and Cornwall

Three free things to do in Newquay

Holidays can be expensive things, so Newquay Web has put together a guide of fun, free activities to try while you’re on holiday in the town.

Towan Beach

Visit the beach

Photo Credit: FTI-Cornwall

Newquay has no shortage of beaches, and they’re probably a large part of what attracted you here in the first place. But when you’ve done splashing about in the sea and sunbathing, why not enjoy the other free activities they have to offer?

Dotted around Newquay Bay are dozens of coves and tunnels ripe for exploration. The Holy Wells are undoubtedly the most famous features you’ll find inside; legend has it that many of the 200 hidden across the Cornish landscape possess special healing powers. At Holywell Bay, just outside Newquay, you will discover a cave with one such well. Made up of several basins naturally formed by the water, the well is beautifully covered with stalagmites and steps. Like many of the coasts caves it is inaccessible at high tide. Be sure to check tide times before you go exploring and keep an eye on your watch as the ocean regularly traps tourists who are not used to the seaside.

If you enjoy sea food then spend a relaxing afternoon gathering your own. The rocks around Newquay are covered in edible mussels which can be collected and cooked in the same way as those you would buy in the supermarket.

Trenance Gardens Trenance Gardens

These beautiful gardens nestle under a viaduct, surrounding a series of lakes and the historic Trenance Cottages.

Feed the ducks, admire the flowers or take a leisurely walk. Perfect if you need to slow down after a big surf session or night of partying.

Talking of walks, they don’t get much more stunning than the wild coastal scenery in and around Newquay. A visit to the Huer’s Hut close to Fistral is a must and is also ultra convenient if you want to stay within the town. Follow the path round and you’ll come to Newquay Harbour situated next to Towan Beach. It’s a working harbour so you’ll see fishermen coming in and out and unloading their catch. Cafes, restaurants and pubs are all around so you won’t be short of somewhere to visit when you’ve worked up an appetite.

If you’re willing to venture a little further afield then Crantock village and its church are highly recommended. A typically picturesque Cornish village with two great pubs, it can easily swallow a whole afternoon. The traditional church boasts beautiful stained glass windows and doesn’t charge visitors to enter.

Wooden WavesWooden Waves Skate Park

If you’re visiting Newquay, there’s a good chance you’re here for the laidback lifestyle synonymous with surf. But if there are no waves, what do you do? Hit the wooden ones of course.

Newquay's Skate Park, Wooden Waves, is the biggest outdoor skate park in Cornwall. Two minis hiped together, a big vert ramp and big funbox and a driveway with three banks make for an ideal afternoon’s skate.

The park is tucked away next to Newquay Zoo and Waterworld’s overflow car park. If you drive then you’ll have to pay to park, but use of Wooden Waves is free.

Wooden Waves is open every day from 9am to dusk but is closed when went. You can find out more at

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  1. Trenance gardens beautiful.........

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