10 Nature & Parks in Newquay That You Shouldn't Miss

March 14, 2022 Phylicia Berquist

Catch a wave in Cornwall! Beach, surfing, and scenery draw the crowds to Newquay every summer. Perfect your tan on the beach, paddle in the shallows, or join the surfers out at sea. Just out of town, the Holywell Bay Fun Park, Newquay Zoo, and Blue Reef Aquarium provide family fun, and dedicated cycling tracks offer an alternate way to tour nearby towns of Bodmin, Padstow, and Truro.
Restaurants in Newquay

1. St Columb Major to St Mawgan

Vale of Lanherne, St. Mawgan, Newquay England http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/st_columb_major_to_st_mawgan
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

St Columb Major to St Mawgan

A circular walk along the Vale of Lanherne from the mediaeval market town of St Columb Major, where Cornish Hurling is still played, to the riverside pub and church at St Mawgan, returning through the broadleaf woodland of the Carnanton Estate along the River Menalhyl. 7.3 miles. Steepness: Easy-Moderate.

Reviewed By bevmcg69

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk,we used the iwalkcornwall app.Very scenic,good mix of old town architecture ,old lanes,fields,the valley,long views from top of hills,St Mawgan is lovely ,conveniently half way round ,perfect for refreshments in the pub,shop or cafe, a Church if you like to look around these, then back along a solid woodland path with the river close by with a great display of bluebells and wild garlic, we saw a heron in flight very close by.and back into old country lanes.We clocked up 8 miles on our fitbit.One field was soggy in the middle,and we did have to walk on a road for a bit but it wasn't busy as such. We had dogs who managed stiles generally,a hand needed for one with the larger dog. Have a look at the old part of St Columb Major, some interesting buildings.

2. Fistral Beach

Headland Road, Newquay TR7 1HY England +44 1637 850584
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4.5 based on 4,365 reviews

Fistral Beach

This splendid beach offers excellent water for surfing and body boarding.

Reviewed By mummatash73

Love love this beach ... The facilities are fab.The Life Guards are highly trained & observant ..We are generally here most weekends .And while Covid has played havoc this season in Cornwall & UK .. Procedures are mainly respected with a one way system in place for restaurants /toilets ... Although it is a dog friendly beach.You wouldn’t know it the owners are in a huge majority of cases respectful

3. Polzeath Beach

Newquay England
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4.5 based on 403 reviews

Polzeath Beach

Only a ten-minute walk along a coastal path to Old Polzeath, the beach is well known for its surf, which makes it ideal for Malibu and body surfing.

Reviewed By TheNextDay - Sydney, Australia

Polzeath beach brought back many memories during our North Cornwall stay. It has that special place in my heart of windbreaks, beach cricket and Cornish ice-cream. Doesn’t seem to have changed much over the decades and the tide still goes out miles leaving a huge sandy beach. Easy to climb down to the sand or back up to the cliffs on the west side of the beach. Stunning properties adorn the other side with unrivalled views. Very picturesque surrounds which enhance its natural beauty. The town has your basic amenities, surf shops and cafes. Stay away!!

4. Watergate Bay

Newquay TR8 4AA England +44 1637 860353
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4.5 based on 815 reviews

Watergate Bay

Reviewed By JimB3453 - Lyndhurst, United Kingdom

I have been visiting Watergate Bay for 25 years. It’s a glorious beach, with miles to explore, great waves for surfing or body boarding, attentive and helpful lifeguards, a shop, a cafe, a restaurant and three good car parks. I would recommend the car park on the cliff top, which is reasonably priced and it’s not really a long walk, I did it daily with a rucksack and longboard. I can think of nowhere else I would rather be ❤️

5. Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze House House Lusty Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay TR7 3AE England +44 1637 872444 [email protected] http://www.lustyglaze.co.uk
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4.5 based on 308 reviews

Lusty Glaze

A privately-owned beach on the North Cornish coast. Dreamy beach weddings, exclusive stays & events, and unforgettable views. Crowned Britain's Best Beach by The Sunday Times. Voted Best Coastal Wedding Venue in the 2019 UK Wedding Awards. Named Cornwall's Most Instagrammable Wedding Venue (2019).

Reviewed By WF867 - London, United Kingdom

Wow!!! We decided to elope during lockdown and my husband (!) found Lusty Glaze and booked for 26th August. I had been there once to zip-wire across the beach (never inside) a number of years ago and he had never been. He arranged everything via e-mail as Naomi and the team were working at home - over a period of a few weeks between them they gave us the wedding of our dreams. We popped down unannounced late afternoon the day before (it was raining but that couldn’t mar the beauty of Lusty Glaze) and were both very emotional once we stepped foot into the venue and met the staff. The tears of joy flowed and the staff made us so very welcome and not to feel silly at our reaction! We were encouraged to have a good look around, made a drink (and friends too by the time we left!). The next day, we arrived (full sunshine), met Naomi and Lisa, the wedding team, who were happy to be our witnesses (and impromptu bridesmaids) who duly did everything we needed, from sorting tissues (more tears of joy!), fixing Stu’s buttonhole on, sorting the music.... one of them even cried while witnessing our ceremony! :). Our truly beautiful flowers had been delivered earlier by Rachel at Blossom & Kelp and looked after by the team. We were taken onto the beach after, with a blanket to sit on and bubbles to drink. Debs Alexander, our amazing photographer was also there but so discreet and caring it was as if we were on our own. After an hour or two as the sun was setting we went into the restaurant where Topher, Liv and Diana (along with the incredible chef whose name we can’t remember) looked after us for the evening. The food was absolutely awesome and nothing at all that we coud ever have imagined. The service was totally above and beyond anything we could have hoped for and we feel we could arrive back at anytime in the future and be treated like returning friends. Thank you Lusty Glaze, a piece of the most beautiful paradise with the friendliest yet most professional team of staff ever! Wendy & Stu xxx Ps

6. Tolcarne Beach

Newquay England
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4.5 based on 501 reviews

Tolcarne Beach

Reviewed By Y7443RZtracyb - Callington, United Kingdom

stunning long gold beach soft sand huge seas, beautiful views out to sea , a bit of a climb down, bars on the beach ideal for family

7. The Japanese Garden

St. Mawgan, Newquay TR8 4ET England +44 1637 860116 [email protected] http://www.japanesegarden.co.uk
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4.5 based on 483 reviews

The Japanese Garden

EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. Admission prices: Adults £5.00, Child £2.50, Concessions £4.50. SEASONAL OPENING TIMES: We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets. Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 30 years ago & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Please see our website for more information & photos.

Reviewed By JasonH199 - Wakefield, United Kingdom

Tucked away in the little village of Mawgan, near Newquay airport, the Japanese Garden is a lovely little oasis of calm, tranquility and Zen. The garden is not huge so take your time, and savour the serenity and views from different spots. Within the grounds there are Zen temple gardens, koi ponds, bamboo groves, formal bonsai display area, and various seating to allow you to take a quiet moment to take in the beautiful fusion of stone, moss, maples, pines, tree support props, water falls, Buddha statues, gravel beds, deer scarer water features, koi, stone lanterns etc. The entrance fee is a very reasonable £5 for adults. There unfortunately is no refreshments facilities, but there are public toilets just next to/outside the entrance for those who may have driven some distance to get there. The gift shop had a fabulous selection of statuary and garden ornaments, bonsai, pots and oriental themed items. Staff were delightfully friendly and helpful, offering care advice on the Buddhist Pine tree that I bought. During these strange COVID times be sure to pre-book. In all a lovely visit to a little gem of a garden, which I would be delighted to revisit.

8. Porth Beach

2 Beach Road, Newquay TR7 3LN England
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4.5 based on 871 reviews

Porth Beach

Reviewed By AnneB194 - Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Porth is a lovely beach plenty of walking when the tide goes out . Lifeguards are on duty here. The beach is very peaceful we could have spent hours there just watching the world go by. We took a walk to along the coastal path above the beach and ate our packed lunch watching the waves crashing and thundering against the rocks. We continued out walk to Porth Island and to the edge, the views were lovely up there. We also came across Whipsiderry beach with a steep climb down. Well worth the effort this is a pretty and quiet beach and not too far from Porth.

9. Jungle Jack's

13 & 14 Treloggan Trade Park 11A & 11B Treloggan Industrial Estate, Newquay TR7 2QL England +44 1637 852890 [email protected] http://www.junglejacks.co.uk
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Jungle Jack's

Struggling to entertain them at home? Head down to Jungle Jack's and let your little monkeys run wild, have a blast and burn off some of that energy. Our purpose-built play-frame provides over 1,700 square feet of fun including challenging climbs, a rope bridge, our astra-glide slide, crafty crawl tubes and peekaboo bubble windows. Daredevils will love our super-fast racing slide and spiral tube. There's something for everyone at Jungle Jack's, including a dedicated baby and toddler area where the young ones can play safely. You'll find ample seating, a well-stocked cafe and free WiFi waiting for you here, so you can kick back with a sandwich and a hot cup of tea while the little ones get stuck in. Our seating area has been carefully designed so that you can see the whole play area and keep the kids in your sights. When it comes to curing cabin fever, it doesn't get better than soft play. So get those coats on, get out of the house and come on down!

Reviewed By PChi0 - Cornwall, United Kingdom

Used this place regularly to entertain my granddaughter before she started school - decent amount of equipment and a good cafe serving decent food.

10. Whipsiderry Beach

Newquay TR7 3LY England
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Whipsiderry Beach

Reviewed By 846ll - London, United Kingdom

Worth the climb up and down the very wiggly steps. Get a board and a wetsuit and maybe take a flask!

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