When to fly
Newquay’s peak tourist season occurs in July and August, as this is when weather is likely to be warmest and driest. This is reflected in flight and accommodation prices and availability, so if you are planning on flying to Newquay it is advised to book in advance. If you happen to be in Newquay in August, head over to Fistral Beach in August to enjoy a weekend of beach-side living. Boardmasters is one of Newquay's most famous events, offering spectators the chance to see pro surf, skate and BMX competitions. It is set alongside entertainment and music acts. If you're eager to get into the water, grab a board and you can try your hand at surfing. If you are a surfing fan then make sure you visit Newquay in July when Night Surf attracts a large crowd to Fistral Beach. See some of the best British surfers and many international competitors ride the moonlit waves. This unique event also offers spectators a whole host of other activities, such as, live music, DJs and fireworks.
December through February are the quietest months in Newquay, as the weather is likely to be coolest and wettest at this time, consequently, prices for flights and accommodation will be at their cheapest.
April through June, September and October are good times to book low cost flights as the weather is likely to be fairly good, yet peak season crowding and prices have yet to set in. The harbour, which is one of Newquay's hidden gems, is brought to life during the Newquay Fish festival in September. Practical cooking demonstrations by local chefs are a highlight of the festival, whilst local companies, restaurants and hotels are able to showcase and promote their local fresh fish and shellfish, as well as Cornish produce. This is also a great event for families, as Newquay harbour beach comes alive during this period, with a variety of family activities,
The town of Newquay in Cornwall has long been one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts. With beautiful coastline and countryside and a wealth of activities and accommodation options, Newquay boasts some of the best surfing opportunities in England at places like Fistral Beach. The English National Surfing Championships are held every May at Watergate Bay.
Newquay is also an excellent base from which to explore the wider region of Cornwall. Charming towns like Padstow and St. Ives, attractions like the Eden Project, and county capital Truro are all within easy reach. Those with an interest in history are in luck, too: Cornwall contains remains dating as far back as the Neolithic era, with treasures such as Stone Age henges and megaliths, Bronze Age barrows and stone circles, and Iron Age forts like Newquay’s cliff castle at Trevelgue Head.
This little city in Cornwall is famous for being a surfer’s paradise and people fly in from all over the world to be part of the fun. The town only has a population of around 20,000 people, but finding accommodation is easy as there are enough hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges and hostels to sleep 100,000. There are also plenty of camping and caravan sites.
Newquay attracts a lot of young people, some to participate in a sport and many who simply want to party near beautiful coastal scenery. Students come to celebrate the end of exams, and Newquay is also popular for stag and hen parties. There are several festivals held during the summer months at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay for those looking to catch live music and DJs.
Surfing is a very popular activity in Newquay with more than 10 beaches and plenty of wave opportunities to be had. For families learning to surf, Great Western and Harbour beaches are best as they’re fairly quiet. If you’re looking for something sporty inland, maybe try a few holes at Newquay Golf Club in between Fistral Beach and the main town area.
Getting around Newquay
All attractions within the town of Newquay are within easy reach on foot. However, bus routes are operated to nearby towns and villages. Some rail links are also offered in the region.
Getting to the City
Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY) is located in the parish of Mawgan in Pydar about 5 miles northeast of Newquay. There is a regular bus service to the city centre. Taxis are also available, as are rental cars.
Newquay insider information
- Head to Treloy Golf Club and Driving Range just outside Newquay to test your skills on the course.
- Try your hand at surfing on Fistral Beach with the Fistral Beach Surf School, which caters to everyone from beginners to those looking to improve their technique.
- Head to Morris Pasties to taste test traditional beef pasties, once described by the Daily Telegraph as “the finest pasties in Cornwall.”