Guide to Newquay and Cornwall

Top five wet weather attractions to enjoy on your summer holiday in Newquay

So you’re coming to Newquay for a holiday packed full of sun, sea and sand? We’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time on the town’s beaches and enjoying all the outdoor activities the resort has to offer, but have you thought what you’ll do on the inevitable wet day? Think ahead and it could well be the highlight of your holiday.

Read on for our top five suggestions of how to spend your rainy day in Newquay.

Enjoy a swim at Waterworld or The Oasis Fun Pools

Oasis Fun Pool

If you’ve brought your costume but don’t fancy swimming in the rain why not try one of Newquay’s two pool venues?

Waterworld, near Trenance Boating Lake, boasts a 25 metre pool with six lanes for the serious swimmer. Families will enjoy the tropical fun pool with its water cannon, tipper, slides, erupting volcano, flumes, spitting snakes and crocodile.

Entry to the two pools is priced separately. The 25m pool is £3.40 for adults, £2.20 for three to 16-year-olds and free for under twos. To access the fun pool adults will pay £5.40, five to 16-year-olds pay £4.10, under fives £2.20 and under twos get in free.

The Oasis Fun Pools complex at Hendra Holiday Park offers an indoor leisure pool for splashing around and a heated outdoor pool for swimming and sunbathing. Inside you’ll find flumes, slides, river rapids, a geyser, giant tap, fountains and waterfall for a great family day out.

Prices vary depending on the session and time so check the website before you visit. Under threes get in free at all times.

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Get active at Newquay Sports Centre

Newquay Sports Centre

Newquay Sports Centre offers one of the biggest selections of sports in Cornwall.

Whether you’re into badminton, squash, weight training, table tennis, climbing, trampolining, cricket, football, volleyball, netball or basketball what better way to spend a rainy day than competing in your favourite sport?

The centre boasts a packed timetable of activities, or you can book a hall and set up your own private game.

There’s something for every budget with a non-member’s strength gym session costing just £1.90.

Showers and changing facilities are available and lockers are operated by a £1 coin which is returned after use.

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Go for a pint or two on the Rail Ale Trail

Red Lion

The Atlantic Coast line takes you on a scenic tour of the Cornish countryside, pausing at seven stations from Newquay to Par.

At each stop you’ll find one or more traditional Cornish pubs serving the best local beer as you pass through the heart of Cornwall, witnessing the Duchy’s heritage and history.

Enamel pin badges, t-shirts and stickers are available to those who collect stamps from pubs along the way. Make sure you download your leaflet from the website before board the train.

Beginning in Newquay, you’re advised to visit The Red Lion which offers Betty Stogs, Cornish Knocker and Doom Bar or Eden Ale; The Griffin Inn with its selection of Skinner’s ales; or The Lanherne which serves Betty Stogs or Doom Bar.

A short hop down the line is the village of Quintrell Downs. At The Quintrell Inn you’ll find the ever-popular Doom Bar and occasional guest ales, while a trip to The Two Clomes offers a selection of Betty Stogs, Doom Bar, London Pride, Reverend James and other guest ales.

At St Columb Road visit The Queen and Railway, a local pub which rotates its choice of real ale between different Westcountry brewers.

The Victoria Inn in Roche, The Bugle Inn in Bugle and The Kings Arms in Luxulyan all sell a selection from St Austell Brewery, giving you the perfect opportunity to taste the company’s full roster.

Par is a real ale lover’s heaven with six participating pubs to choose from. The Royal Inn offers Sharp’s beers, as well as a national bitter on rotation. The Par Inn serves Tribute and Tinner’s while The Ship Inn keeps Doom Bar, Betty Stogs, London Pride and Timothy Taylor Landlord on tap. St Austell Ales are available from The Welcome Home Inn, while The New Inn stocks Bass, Tinner’s and Tribute and The Cornish Arms offers Tribute and Dartmoor.

Travel after the morning rush on a return ticket for the cheapest fares.

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Take the kids to DairyLand


DairyLand Farm World, located just outside Newquay, offers all-weather entertainment ideal for young children.

The Bull Pen indoor play area provides kids with over 12,000 square feet of ball pools, climbing nets, slides, tumble towers and pools.

If they’re willing to brave the rain, youngsters are sure to enjoy pony rides in the farm park. Cows are milked each day in the parlour, pets can be patted and for the more adventurous there’s the raging bull ride and wildlife trails.

Throughout the summer the attraction is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Adult tickets are £7.95 and children get in free.

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Watch the fish at the Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is situated on Towan Beach and operates entirely indoors.

The attraction is home to marine life from the Cornish coastline and some species from further afield in over 40 displays which take you closer to life under the sea.

The tropical shark lagoon holds stingrays, sharks and exotic fish in a shallow mangrove swamp, giving great views to visitors.

Newly hatched fish can be seen in the nursery where clownfish, seahorses, sharks and cuttlefish are bred.

The highlight has to be the underwater tunnel, allowing you to walk beneath sharks, puffer fish and dozens of other water-dwellers.

Every day you can take part in feeds and learn more in themed talks. Be sure to check the website for timings and special events.

Tickets are £8.95 for adults, £7.95 for seniors and students and £6.95 for three to 14-year-olds.

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