How to Spend a Perfect Day in Newquay

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular, there’s always something new to discover.

Morning: Get a Wave and Explore the Beaches

Surfing at Fistral Beach

Start your day the best way by getting in the water: surfing at Fistral Beach. Known as the UK’s surfing capital, Fistral Beach offers consistent waves suitable for all levels. If you’re new to surfing, Fistral Beach Surf School located on the beach provides lessons and equipment rentals. Rise early to catch the morning waves and enjoy a beautiful start to the day.


Sea Spray: Stay at the beach and enjoy a laid-back breakfast with a view at South Fistral. Enjoy delicious options like their famous avocado toast or fluffy pancakes while soaking in the stunning ocean scenery from the outdoor terrace.

Fore Street Cafe: With its cozy atmosphere and friendly vibe, it’s the perfect spot to kick back and plan your day’s adventures. Savor delicious breakfast options like their mouth-watering eggs benedict or homemade granola.

Box & Barber: Indulge in their delicious smashed avocado or a refreshing acai bowl. With its cool, laid-back vibe and focus on healthy, locally-sourced ingredients, it’s a great spot to fuel up for a day of exploration.

Mid-Morning: Discover the Coastal Paths and Local Shops

Walk the South West Coast Path

Newquay is blessed with breathtaking coastal scenery, and a walk along the South West Coast Path is a must. Head west from Fistral Beach towards Pentire Head for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This walk is relatively easy and offers plenty of photo opportunities.

Visit the Huer’s Hut

Walk to the iconic Huer’s Hut where you will have a spectacular view along the coastline and at all of the Town beaches leading around to Newquay Harbour.

Shop in Newquay 

After your walk, take some time to explore Newquay’s shops. You’ll find a mix of surf shops, boutiques, and local craft stores. Don’t miss out on picking up some unique souvenirs or beachwear. The high street is also home to numerous cafés and bakeries if you fancy a mid-morning coffee or snack.

Really embrace the Cornish vibes and shop at the Beach enjoy looking at Bon Bon, Fat Face and Ann’s Cottage at Fistral.

Afternoon: Relax and Explore Local Attractions

Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium

The Blue Reef Aquarium, located on Towan Beach. This family-friendly attraction showcases an array of marine life, from tropical fish to sharks and turtles. The underwater tunnel provides a unique perspective, allowing you to feel immersed in the marine environment. It’s an educational and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.


Stein’s Fistral: Enjoy a delightful lunch at Stein’s Fistral, where you can savor Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips or a fresh seafood platter right by the beach. The laid-back atmosphere and stunning ocean views make it a perfect spot for a leisurely midday meal.

The Stables: This popular spot offers a menu for everyone with one of the best views in all of Newquay. Enjoy your meal with a stunning view of the ocean, recharging for the day ahead.

Fern Pit Cafe: Famous for their crab sandwiches, the Fern Pit Café provides a charming lunch experience with a delicious, freshly prepared menu. Nestled above the Gannel Estuary, the café boasts picturesque views that enhance the cozy, relaxed dining atmosphere.

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Evening: Dine and Unwind with Sunset Views

Dinner & Sunset Views

The Fish House For dinner, make a reservation at The Fish House, located on Fistral Beach. Renowned for its fresh seafood, this restaurant offers dishes that highlight the best of Cornish produce. Whether you opt for the catch of the day, seafood platters, or their famous fish and chips, you’re in for a treat.

The Colonial at Tolcarne End your day with a memorable dinner at The Colonial on Tolcarne Beach, where you can savor exquisite dishes like fresh seafood linguine or succulent steaks. With its elegant, beachfront setting and stunning sunset views, it’s the ideal spot for relaxing and soaking in the views.

Fistral Beach Bar Enjoy a relaxed dinner at Fistral Beach Bar, where you can dig into pizzas while soaking up the vibrant beachfront atmosphere. With its stunning ocean views and laid-back vibe, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of adventure.

Dinner in Town

Kahuna Head to Kahuna for a culinary journey with their Asian-inspired menu, featuring mouth-watering options like Thai green curry and Pad Thai. The modern setting and friendly service make it an ideal spot for a cozy yet exotic dining experience.

Pachanga Pachanga brings the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine alive with dishes like sizzling fajitas and loaded nachos.

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