The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Named after a type of masonry oven, not surprisingly there are two fireside ovens here situated at either side of the open fireplace. A traditional pub rated highly for its food quality; children are welcome.
Watching the sun set at Lusty Glaze, a small but exquisitely pretty cove enveloped in high cliffs, is one of the summer’s highlights.
Great name, great beach
Great name, fantastic beach. Fling yourself down the zip wire for an adrenalin rush and recover with a cuppa in the cafe. This is a great spot to catch the sunset, (but be warned there are lots of steps down to the beach).
It is best to park in the area around The Great Western Hotel and pick up the coastal path heading north all the way to Watergate Bay. The views of the Atlantic are terrific, backed up by some dramatic high cliffs and sandy beaches. Dogs are allowed on the paths but do take care as the cliffs are high. Beach access is limited for dogs during summer but some do allow them during the winter months. Further details about dog friendly beaches can be found on the Cornwall-beaches.co.uk website and it is recommended that you check this before you set off. Watergate Bay is a two mile stretch of golden sands and you can stop over at Jamie Olivers Fifteen Restaurant before the return leg. This walk is a 6 mile round trip. Take a look at the i.walk.cornwall website for a detailed route and other great scenic walks in the area.
Arguably the liveliest town on the north coast, Newquay caters for young revellers and families alike. Great surfing, lots of busy pubs and cafes and a hub for surf lifestyle shopping.
Jamie Oliver has brought his formula to Cornwall. Fifteen youngsters are given a chance to cook for you and to forge a promising career. Enjoy their cooking and the extreme antics on the two mile beach at Watergate Bay.
A lovely treat
We visited Fifteen with our 3yr old and her 78yr old grandma, and both loved the food, setting and attentive but relaxed service. We all enjoyed the fantastic food, with a well-priced children's menu and are glad we booked weeks ahead!
Fantastic food in a beautiful location, did struggle to find it though!
Fantastic Food at Fifteen
We have had excellent food here whether it's lunch or dinner. Do not be put off by the 'taster menu only' for dinner - there is plenty of choice. We would go just for the Italian olives - they are a great start while studying the menu. The atmosphere is very informal and the views are fantastic. The staff are attentive, enthusiatic and clearly well-trained. We would go for the food experience alone.
The open kitchen layout means you can watch your food being prepared, but it's more likely you'll find yourself staring at the stunning views of the coast stretching down towards Newquay. A great setting for some great food - the octopus salad was delicious, as was the chocolate nemesis.
Great for lunch as you have the wonderful view of the beach. Do need to book. Great walk on the cliffs before you eat!
This is a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy with friends and/or family. Lovely lunches or posh nosh in the evening. This restaurant is one not to missed with great views over the beach and within easy reach of Newquay airport. If rice pudding is still on the menu you must try it. It's not the pud as we all know it ......
From African lions to zebras, Cornwall’s award-winning zoo is home to over 300 animals. There's plenty to do, with daily feeding times and talks, a play area, maze, picnic spots, a cafe and, in summer, bbq's by the lake. Young animal lovers can sign up to be a junior zookeeper for the day.
Newquay Zoo is worth a visit however it is a little on the small side and you do get around quite quickly. However if you take the trail, go around the maze and have lunch/picnic then it does fill a morning/afternoon quite nicely. There are lots of animals for the kids to see and various interesting talks throughout the day. Would recommend the food in the café we had a lovely lunch there.
We came here on a damp and drizzly day but the zoo didn't disappoint. It is small but there is a kids trail to do on the way round and interesting talks about the animals. The kids loved that they could pay 50p and feed the penguins!! I would recommend it for a day out but be aware that it isn't big and therefore if you didn't want to spend time doing the trail etc, you could be finished fairly quickly.
Lots to do at Newquay Zoo!
Although comparatively small, this is reflected in the price and there is still plenty to do to make a worthwhile day out. The zoo is well landscaped throughout, with further improvements currently being carried out, making for a lovely walk if nothing else! The animals all looked healthy and were easy to see, and we were given a map, some vouchers and a timetable of the talks/shows upon entry. Considering we went out-of-season, on a very cold February morning, there were at least five feeding times/talks to go and see throughout the day, plenty of picnic benches and a cafe (although the little food stalls dotted around were closed), plus a small shop, packed full of animal-related bits and pieces. All in all, a worthwhile trip out on a budget!
if you've got kids this is a good place to take them if the weather turns. It is quite small but in school hols they put on lots of entertainment and it is generally pretty interesting.
Friendly little zoo, right next to the swimming centre and skate park for those groups with a mix of interests. You won't see the range of animals you expect at the larger zoos, but those that are there are happy and well cared for. You won't see penguins, tapirs, lions and lynx anywhere else in Cornwall!
Said to be the stepping stones of a giant, the Bedruthan Steps are a series of rock formations soaring from the sea along Cornwall's north coast. Just a few miles from Padstow, the sea stacks are best viewed from the cliffs above Bedruthan beach. Park in the National Trust car park and take a short walk to be treated to spectacular views. The Bedruthan Steps are a sight to behold all throughout the year.
We were there in early season and there were very few people on the beach: it felt really wild and pristine. The best time to visit is shortly before low tide, when access to the various parts of the beach is easiest.
Beware: there are 150 (steep) steps going down, but at least double that number coming back up!
Best cream tea
Walk along the cliffs above Bedruthan steps for stunning views and crashing waves. If the tide is right you can add a walk along the dramatic sandy beach. The tearoom at the National Trust car park at Carnewas served the best cream tea of our holiday - fresh, melt in your mouth scones. Yummy! If you are an NT member the parking is free and right at the cliff edge for starting your walk.
Probably the most fantastic sandy beach I've been on. Amazing and well worth the climb down. I have Fibromyalgia, a painful muscle/joint condition, but I could not resist going down onto this beach and I was very glad I did. It was overcast when we started the descent but the sun came out for a while. I would imagine the beach would be like paradise on a warm sunny day as it was when overcast!!! There wasn't many people on the beach which added to the feel. Lots of warm pools everywhere, beautiful rocks and little caves. Dramatic and wild. My husband, 21 yr old son and 2 teenage daughters loved it. We had a snack in the lovely tea room at the top that had an extensive menu for such a small cafe and lovely coffee. Really enjoyed the day. It was worth the pain of coming back up, but I did so slowly in my own time. I would definately do it again. It would be very hard for anyone more disabled than me though.
Dramatic and beautiful
We visited Bedruthan Steps on a windy and overcast day, parking at the National Trust carpark and following the paths across the heathland to the clifftop. Our 3yr old daughter was just entranced by the rocks and swore that she saw a mermaid...
As the tide was in we didn't climb down the steps, and wouldn't have attempted it with our daughter, but just seeing the amazing rocks and cliffs from the viewing spots at the cliffedge was enough.
An Elizabethan manor house with beautiful gardens and many restored rooms to explore inside. Highlights include the ornate fireplaces and ceilings and the traditional orchard containing rare ‘heritage’ varieties of apples and pears.
Trerice by Candlelight
An idea the National Trust should adopt for every area!
Friday nights in March and October Trerice is lit by flickering candles (not real ones obviously, health and safety would have a fit) and open from 6pm. Such a great idea, and very atmospheric. Gardens quite spooky which is good. Highly recommended.
Trerice, National Trust historic house & garden, near Newquay - 5 stars. Fascinating historic house and garden, very visitor friendly (especially for families/children) - not as well known as other NT properties in the area but should not be overlooked!
Fistral Beach is where the action sports take place, including ASP World Tour Surfing. Further along the coast Watergate Bay plays host to the festival. These events are certainly for the young or young at heart, take a look at their Web site for further details and to buy tickets.
I went to the 2015 Boardmasters and it was fantastic. Brilliantly organised, The line up was varied and interesting with some classics like Faithless and Reef together with and up and comers like the stunning Rag and Bone man. I love the little View stage perched on the cliff over looking Watergate Bay beneath you. Its a breathtaking way to watch live music. I saw a young singer songwriter called Josh Mac from Brighton who was simply brilliant . The festival is starting to feel like a real festival now with its own personality created by fab venues like The Keg and Pasty, a pub Filled to the roof with pasties and cider... perfect.
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