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Things to do in Newquay

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Newquay is legendary for its surfing culture and laid-back vibes. With its gorgeous sandy beaches and stunning harbour town, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. 

It’s family-friendly too, with lots to see and do, and only eight miles from our Perran Sands Holiday Park. Ready to get out and start exploring? Here are just some of the things to do in Newquay. 

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo

For adventurous Newquay things to do, visit Newquay Zoo! This education and research charity is home to over 130 species from across the world, including some of the most rare and endangered known species. Park in the large car park across the road or walk from Newquay town centre. Most of the zoo has accessible pathways for wheelchairs and pushchairs. 

The animal enclosures mimic real-life natural habitats for creatures from armadillos to zebras (and everything in between). As you make your way around, you’ll notice gardens bursting with plants and flowers to encourage native species of birds and insects to thrive here, too. The Oriental Garden follows a traditional Japanese garden design and features beautiful Acers and Azaleas. Spot Asian species such as short-clawed otters and Owston’s civets. 

Kids can go wild in the play parks, while if you’re seeking a quiet spot, there’s the Secret Garden. Places to eat are dotted around the zoo for lunch and snacks on the go. Before you leave, don’t forget to buy a memento from the gift shop. 

Trerice Manor House and Gardens

For one of the finer things to do in Newquay, take a stroll around Trerice manor house and gardens. The original part of the building dates back to 1573 and is surrounded by a varied garden where you’ll find a traditional Knot Garden and viewing mound. Inside, explore the private art collection on the ground and first floors.

Although there are some steep routes and gravel, access maps are available so you can make your way around with ease. When you’ve soaked in the Tudor opulence, treat yourself to gifts and local produce from the gift shop and rest your feet in the Barn Cafe with a cuppa. 

Oasis Fun Pools

Make a splash at Oasis Fun Pools! There’s a mix of two main pools with a river rapid to ride. Get soaked under the geyser and waterfalls or take a shot with the water cannon! For high-octane fun, take the high-speed Aqua Whiz flume or the daring 265ft super flume.

Those don’t float your boat? Take it easy on the gentle slide instead. While the pools and flumes are located inside, there’s an outdoor play park for little ones to burn off their energy, featuring swings and a climbing wall. When everyone’s ready for a bite to eat, you’re in luck—choose breakfast, lunch, or a snack at the Terrace Bar, or refuel with an Italian pizza at Mario’s. 

To swim, it’s best to book in advance.

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Dairyland Farm Park

Tucked into the picturesque Newquay surroundings you’ll find leisurely wildlife trails, adorable animal encounters, and heart-pumping adventures on the ziplines and trampolines. For animal-loving tots, try a pony ride with dedicated handlers to keep your little ones safe. Pop into the farmyard to see sheep, alpacas, and llamas up close, or visit the creepy crawlies in the Bug Zone to learn all there is to know about insects.

Get around in style with a tractor ride and when you've worked up an appetite, relax at the Farmhouse kitchen. Tuck into fresh and tasty lunches and snacks that cater to coeliacs, vegetarians, and vegans. Sit inside if the weather turns or pull up a seat outdoors to soak up the gorgeous view.

The Farm Park is designed with accessibility in mind, with a significant portion accessible to all visitors.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium: a fascinating insight to life underwater

Aquatic animal lovers rejoice—Newquay is home to an aquarium bursting with sea life in its 40 themed habitats. You’ll find it next to Towan Beach (look out for the signposts). Take a walk through the breathtaking underwater tunnel to get up close to fascinating species such as reef sharks, loggerhead turtles, and dwarf caiman. Learn more about marine life and conservation during the scheduled talks and feeds throughout the day.  

For wheelchair users, you’ll be pleased to know there are ramps throughout the aquarium and a lift to take you up to the cafe and gift shop. Speaking of which, the cafe is stocked with delicious hot and cold lunch and snack options, including scrummy cakes and freshly ground coffee.

The Japanese Garden

For a day of tranquillity, head past Newquay Airport to St Mawgan where you’ll find the Japanese Garden. In true Japanese fashion, this beautiful outdoor space is the perfect balance of shaped, styled plants that are neither too stiff nor too overgrown and look stunning in every season. There’s no need to book—turn up and take a thoughtful stroll around the acre of meditative garden. 90% of the space is accessible in a wheelchair so everyone can enjoy the serenity. 

Take a little bit of authentic Japan home with you when you stop off at the shop - you can buy gifts, chimes, incense, and even choose from a selection of carefully nurtured bonsai trees. Although furry friends aren’t allowed in the main garden, they’re more than welcome in the shop and nursery area.

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