Newquay is Cornwall’s prize and joy. It’s not a surprise; what with its array of dazzling rock formations on golden sands, bright blue beaches and effortless charm. It’s a UK coastal wonder and rightly popular. So if you’re going all the way down to the South Coast, make sure you spend the day well.
First and foremost, you need a classic sea-front brekkie. So acclimatise to that fresh sea-breeze as you make your way up to Fern Pit Cafe. Fern Pitt offers excellent views over Crantock Beach, so enjoy a table on the balcony to make the most of these waterside views. Enjoy a full English (Cornish, in this case) breakfast and a coffee in the fresh air; what a great start to the day.
Less than a ten minute drive away we have Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium, perfect for teaching the kids a thing or two about conservation. And if it’s scares they’re after – it’s scares they’ll get. Blue Reef is home to the Carcharhinus Melanopterus, the largest of all their breeds of shark, which glides above your head in the underwater tunnel. If you’re not ready to leave behind the animal species just yet, then you don’t have to. Get down to Newquay Zoo to get acquainted with even more animals.
Observation makes you hungry, right? If so it’s time to visit Cloud Cafe for lunch. This sunny and relaxing cafe has a vintage twist and is a great place to recharge. There’s a good choice of lunch food; from quiches to toasties, and they do a a great afternoon tea too. Additionally, they catered for vegetarians and offer gluten-free options, so there should be something for everyone here.
If the crowds and activity are all a bit too much, there are several places to relax in Newquay. The Japanese Bonsai Garden is an oriental haven of lush greenery and traditional architecture. Amongst the water features and statues make sure to keep your eyes peeled for gigantic dragonflies floating in the mini trees. But, the peace can’t last forever. In fact, we think it’s time to try out man’s most chaotic activity – zorbing. Cornwall Zorbing Park provides an adrenaline rush for the whole family, on one of the longest and most extreme zorbing tracks in the world. Alternatively, for some swashbuckling fun, be sure to visit Pirate’s Quest. This is an immersive walk-through experience that will offer fun for all the family.
After a jam-packed day, we’re sure you’ll be looking forward to dinner. In Newquay, the luxury restaurants come in small packages. Bush Pepper, for instance, is a contemporary Australian restaurant behind a small, red and white shop front. Inside you’ll find quirky opulence and a great, locally sourced menu.