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      02.11.2011 17:41
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      beautiful town that literally has something to offer for everyone

      The fact i have only been to Newquay the once, and am already writing a full praise view of it, already sums up how i feel about the beautiful seaside town. I grew up in a seaside town (Bexhill-on-sea, see my review for more details) and so when it was suggested i visited Newquay with my friends, i thought surely once you've seen one you've seen it all. Oh how i was wrong.
      Coming off the 8 hour train journey, we hit the one road beautiful bustling high-street. unfortunately (this being a British summer) it was raining, however the beauty and simplicity of the little tuck shops, souvenir shops, cake and pasty shops is warm and welcoming and give you the sense of a well-structured, productive town.
      We rushed to our accommodation. Now being students we plucked for the cheapest possible and landed on a hostel. However we landed on St.Christophers to some of the most friendly and helpful staff known on this planet. For £10 a night we weren't expecting much. And we got what we expected. 3 bunk beds, in a room, with a shower, toilet and sink to share. For us with simple pleasures it was perfect. But there was an added bonus. Our window view overlooked the beautiful beach bay. Waking up to that every day is something people would pay hundreds for.
      The beach itself was beautiful, plenty of room and always feeling in safe hands due to the amount and professional manner of the lifeguards. Although we didn't opt for them, there was no shortage of surf schools around the bay and town; from beginner if you just wanted to try your hand to expert for those 'surfer dudes'.
      The nightlife, the main reason most youngsters and people of my age visit Newquay. And there was no disappointment. No shortage of bars and clubs. Every day there were people out and about offering promotions. We finally forked out on the last night for 'Newquay biggest bar crawl' which for a small fee offered entry to about 6 bars, all offering a free shot in each. Oh and a free straw hat :D. because the high street is so small, you were never more than 5 minutes from the next bar. Just down the road from where we stayed was the franchise 'walkabouts' an Australian themed bar with cheap drinks, good music and good food during the day. We found ourselves situated in there for a large amount of time during the week. After a night out, the clean-up in the town was incredibly quick. One day I and a friend ventured into the town early in the morning (7.30) and you wouldn't have known that hundreds of party goers had been rampaging the streets the night before.
      Food wise, well these is almost all the major food brands around the town, McDonalds, KFC, Subway. But there are also many little cafes's and independently owned restaurants. And with every seaside town, plenty of fish and chip shops. In our experience, each place we went to eat was cheap and very nice so we had zero complaints from us or our stomachs.
      For a cheap week, or weekend, i can highly recommend Newquay as it's cheap, cheerful, quirky and BEAUTIFUL!!


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      21.02.2010 18:01
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      Fun for everyone.

      As an 18 year old, I have been down to Newquay more times than I can remember. In many ways it is an idyllic resort for families, and yet this year I am going down there with around 12 friends to "party".

      Newquay is a very diverse town, situated in mid Cornwall, facing the Atlantic Coast. It is home to 11 beaches all within three miles of the centre, some a mile long. The majority of the commerce in the area is along one long road stretching from one end of the town to the other. The beaches are in general very luxurious, often with modern complexes with surf and wetsuit hire, cafe's and other modern amenities. The beaches are generally golden sand, and some such as Fistral host international surfing competitions due to the excellent waves in the area. The beaches however, due to their very popularity, can sometimes be quite overcrowded, particularly Fistral, despite being nearly a mile long. The sea in areas can be also, but the areas are very well lifeguarded.

      For food, the area is home to many pubs, often overlooking the absolutely gorgeous views. Often very competitively priced also, the bars and pubs are a winner for a big meal out. Many takeaways and smaller joints are also available, and it is the more "indie" food outlets I visit more. For instance you have the charms of places such as Nick & Tad's Internet Cafe, which make you feel very comfortable and welcome, and offer some great prices on food.

      Activities in the area are fantastic also. Crazy golf over the beach is a highlight, as is the countrie's longest zipwire just 15 miles out and easily accessible. In neighbouring Porth, you have the St. Eval go-kart track which is moderately priced. Campsites however, are fairly expensive in the area, but you pay for what you get.

      So all in all, the area is a great place for families to visit, but, Newquay also has a more devilish underbelly when you get to nighttime.

      The nightlife in Newquay is notorious for being wild, with it being a favoured place for groups of youngsters (such as my own forthcoming summer) and stag and hen dos. Many clubs accomodate hundreds of people, and have some of the finest DJ's playing, such as Scott Mills, Annie Mac etc. Some nights even offer prices of 70p a pint on certain nights. Also offered for youngsters and more old people alike is a music festival in August, which last year saw Calvin Harris, The Streets and Cypress Hill headline. Having been there, I can say the atmosphere is idyllic, laid back until the last few acts, and you are on a cliff overlooking Watergate Bay. Parking is easy also.


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        19.09.2009 18:26
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        Well worth a visit!

        This summer was the third time I've visited Newquay, but I've never stayed there before. I've always loved the town as it is Cornwall most civilised place, much better if you like a bit of civilisation rather than rural idyll. First time I visited I was holiday in Polzeath, and second time in Mevagissey. They have a really good direct bus service from Mevaggisey all the way to Newquay, very useful if you haven't got much transport.

        Anyway back to Newquay in 2009, I booked a very late house right in the centre of Newquay, the house was called "Hobart House", and by booking last minute, got it very cheap. The house was lovely, sleeps eight in four bedrooms, and has two bathrooms, a huge kitchen and lounge. And interestingly it was featured on BBC the following week after we were there. The views from the lounge had been spoiled by recent buildings but there was still a great sea view from the lounge and bedrooms. The house was situated very centrally in Newquay right behind the main Post Office, and had a private garage and off road parking, which if you go to Newquay you'll realise how useful it is.
        We happened to go there in the week before the kids broke up from school, and came to realise what a bad choice, as Newquay has become the centre of party for 16 year olds after exams just trying to get away from the parents and just trying to get drunk. Newquay as I remember it used to be full of young 20 something's partying, as Newquay has some good clubs and pubs. And after a few days dodging the kids, we decided to spend more time visiting other places outside of Newquay.

        In the town centre there are the usual shops, some good convenience stores, a Sainsburys and Coop. There is a Boots the chemists, plenty of Surf and clothing shops, and lots of cheap shops. There are plenty of restaurants from Wetherspoons, Walkabout, to Pizza Express, KFC, and Burger King. And on top of that from one end of the High Street to the other are bars, even 10 shops or so! There is even a gentlemens club. There is a Blue Reef Aquarium on the beach.

        Newquay is famous for its beaches; all seven of them, from the famous surfing beach Fistral Beach near the headland, round through the busier touristy beaches of Tolcarne and Great Western Beach. If you're looking for something a bit quieter or family orientated, it's worth travelling a bit further up the coast to either Watergate Bay or Magwan beach, both towards Padshow on the coast road. We stopped at Magwan Porth, which is a huge bay and beach, with two shops, a pub, and two restaurants. It also has the most wonderful Pitch and Putt golf course on a huge hill and a Crazy Golf course as well. They also do surfing lessons from Magwan twice a day in the summer, there are Lifeguards on the beach all through the summer. If you do go to Magwan, it's highly recommended you have a Beach Burger, for £6.95 its one of the best meals we had on holiday! There are two huge car parks at Magwan; both are £3 for all day parking.

        Other places that are highly recommended in the area are the Eden Project, everyone should visit once in they're life. Also good is the Japanese Bonsai Garden just outside Newquay and the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. We also visited Tintagel and Tintagel Castle, the mythical home of King Arthur, which really is worth a visit. It really shows how essential it is to have a car when travelling in Cornwall. The towns we visited are St Austell, Falmouth, Truro, and Wadebridge. You can check out some of my other reviews for other places I visited while in Cornwall.

        Overall, I enjoyed the holiday, it rained 5 days out of 7, but it didn't spoil it. The house was great, and once we got out of Newquay most days doing day trips it was much better. Newquay as a town has changed for the worse, and I wouldn't stay there again, you go on holiday to relax not to be kept awake by screaming brats on their first holiday away from the parents.


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          02.09.2009 09:57
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          Newquay is ideal place for a short break or family holiday there is so many things to see and do in and around and suits all tastes.

          If it is a Beach holiday you want then Newquay is great because it is situated on the north coast of Cornwall and it is blest with many lovely bseaches which you can surf and laze about on . Also if you are keen on walking there are coastal walks to venture on and while you are walking you will be able to take in the scenary and the breathe taking views around the coast line which I find amazing.

          There is a variety of places to safe from Hotels ,B&B, Guest Houses, Self Catering and Surf Lodges to choose from and this is depending on the type of holiday you would like to expericience.

          When I was there I managed to rent out an apartment which was in walking distance to the town and for beaches. {Newquay & Fistral Beaches}.That was ideal as when we were there we did not have to use the car.

          To get to Newquay one can drive,take the train,bus or even take the plane .
          When you get there it is also easy to get around by walking,bus or even the car .

          Not only are there many sandy beaches to visit there are other places to visit such as the Blue Reef Aquarium, Dairyland Farm World and Trenance Park & Gardens and many other places to see these are only a few of them which I have enjoyed visiting during my trips down to Newquay. Also I have enjoyed the beach and one of my favourite one is Fistral Beach which the great sandy beaches which is very ideal for families and great for surfing.

          There are Fishing and Surfing Festivals which are very well supported so if you a re planning to visit Newquay around the festivals book your accommadation earlier as it does get very busy.

          There are many cafes, restaurants to try and of course when you down in Cornwall one needs to try the Cornish Pasty and there are so many flavours and combinations to try. Then there is cream teas with Cornish clotted cream never have tasted anything else like it.

          If you enjoy fish this is a great place for you as Newquay is well known for its fishing and it goes back as far as 1439 when the fishing community around Newquay first began.Today it still has at least twenty official fishing vessals.They fish for Shellfish.Pollack,mackerel ,sardines, bass and ling.It is nothing better than eating fresh fish there is such a difference.

          The weather can be a challenge but if you are familiar with our British weather then you will know that it can be unpredictable wherever you are in Britain.

          So if you re looking for a short break have a look at Cornwall and visit Newquay and all that this place offers and the surrounding area. Just check it out for yourselves. I only have briefly mentioned my experience of Newquay.


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          10.08.2009 22:09



          Good for a visit but not necessarily for a holiday.

          I have just come back from spending a week at Newquay and I have to say it has its good points and its bad points.

          Newquay is a town that lies on the North coast of Cornwall. It is probably the 'tourist capital' of Cornwall and when we went (mid July) the place was full of tourists.

          Newquay is famous for its surfing beaches and regular holds national and international surfing championships. There a quite a wide range of beaches in Newquay some of which are larger than others.

          Within Newquay itself there are a large range of shops, both high street shops and more touristy shops. If you are staying in Newquay for a while there is plenty of tourist attractions in the town centre including a zoo and an aquarium, neither of which I can comment on as I didn't go.

          One problem we did encounter when we were there was parking. There is a small amount of on street parking but unless you arrive super early in the morning there is very little chance of finding a space. There are quite a few car parks however these can be quite expensive so be prepared to pay!

          There is also quite a bit of night life in Newquay, again I cannot comment on it as we did not use it however it looked quite busy!

          I would recommend Newquay as somewhere to go and visit, do some shopping, maybe have a meal but unless you are into tourist stuff or surfing its not a great place to stay.


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          28.06.2009 16:58
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          One place that I've visited that I can't see what others like

          Until a year ago I had never been to Newquay, but it is the surfing capital of England used predominantly for national and international competitions.

          The main beach for this is Watergate which is still considered part of Newquay despite being a good 5+ miles away. Until last year, my wife and her kids loved Trevone a little further along the coast but still considered one of the beaches and was pretty good for body boarding.

          I know that Newquay, Bude and Ilfracombe are the best areas (supposedly) for surfing, but of the 3 I've only ever seen big waves at Ilfracombe.

          Driving into Newquay there's a few areas on the front which look very run down and despite being a very much tourist driven location it does not give me a feeling of excitement.

          The one relief is that I didn't see a McDonalds or KFC - in fact they seem pretty scarce in all my trips last week to the North Coast of Cornwall and around Bideford. The only one of the main fast food chains I've seen was a burger king. So, some kids will be pretty p'd off.

          My most lasting impression is how do I get out of here, which at 5pm on the sea front is virtually impossible.

          I do not like what I've seen so far of Newquay, but I am interested in the zoo and aquarium - perhaps then I might be able to give it a better rating.


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            19.06.2009 22:26
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            Love this place for holidays feeels like abroad beach is gorge!

            I went here with college and wasnt looking forward to it that much but what a great place it is and I cant wait to go back!!
            Our hotel was right on the edge of a cliff and overlooked the beach amazing views! The beach was gorgeous like they have abroad blue sea and white sand what more could you ask for?
            The weather was also great we had a bit if rain but not much the rest of the time was hot hot hot I actually forgot I was in England (Especially in April)
            We stayed at the Great Western hotel which was lovely. We got our breakfast, dinner and tea here. The food was ok breakfast was best as lots to choose from but dinner I found not much choice(But Im VERY fussy)
            The rooms were great very nice and clean and had what you need in a room. Some of us had amazing views of the beach! The hotel also has a bar and swimming pool! Definetly recommend staying here!
            Across from our hotel was some shops and arcades and a lovely Mexican restaurant. The food in there was lovely and the staff are friendly and it has a great atmosphere.
            The town was great for shopping had alot of surfer shops and other unusual shops that had some great things.
            The Eden Project is a must if you are in Cornwall as it is great! The view when driving in is magnificent!! There is alot to do within the project-there are the 2 domes to walk through with a lot of very interesting things you learn about, its not very boring as they have alot of stuff set up on fun, interesting ways so makes the fun part fun! There is a huge food hall which was undergoing a refurb when I went. There is another building that has some more fun stuff about how things work in the plant world with some experiments. This building is used for conferences, events and talks to groups. i.e. schools
            Crealys adventure park wasnnt so greea as its more for youngsters but it wasnnt awful for us. They have a few small rides its more like a park then a theme park. They also have animals and lot of places to eat.
            There are many other attractions in cornwall:
            Cyder farm, museums, Dairyland Farm,Wildlife Zoo, Seal Sanctuary and Aquarium plus much more for all the family.
            There are lots of places to stay-hotels and bed and breakfasts and guest houses-you can even camp!!
            I definetly reccomend going here especially if you want to stay in England but want a nice beach, atmosphere, things to do and see and nice surroundings!


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              23.05.2009 22:53
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              Just a beautiful place to visit, great night life too!

              I first visited Newquay about 7 years ago and fell in love with the place but I do think over the years it has started to look a little run down and as another reviewer has called it a little tacky I have to agree a little.

              Newquay is geared up for tourists, especially the younger generation as there is a lot of bars, clubs and pubs. Don't get me wrong it's a great night out, but there is so much more to Newquay than that. However The first time I went I was in my early twenties and really did enjoy the nights out. I stayed with a friend in a youth hostel called Cribber Green Rooms and it was the best holiday I ever had. It was cheap but the staff and owner were so friendly. As it was out of season it was quite quiet so they took us on a night around the town. It was fantastic.

              My favourite bar has to be the Vic Bar which is fantastic if your into alternative music like myself. I think the thing that I remember the most about this bar was that they played old cartoons and kids programmes like button moon on the big screen with no sound while heavy metal music was playing on the juke box. I just loved this pub.

              If you are taking the family then take a trip to the zoo which is beautiful on a hot summers day or the aquarium which is quite small but still good worth a look.

              The place really is beautiful. The sea is a lovely blue/green colour. It's hard to believe it's part of the UK. The beaches are just gorgeous but they tend to get extremely busy and aren't recommended for bathing especially Fistral beach as you are likely to get hit in the head by a surf board!

              There are loads of water activities to take part in and lessons that can be taken. I would recommend horse riding on the beaches like the Gannel which is actually an estuary but is very peaceful compared to the main beaches.

              I stayed in a cottage on the Gannel one year which was absolutely gorgeous as the garden lead down to the beach. It was really like having a private beach as no one really seems to use it apart from walking dogs.

              Newquay is a great base for exploring Cornwall it's close to all major attractions like the Eden centre. There is plenty to do like visiting beatiful gardens, cider farms and much more. Newquay harbour is truly picturesque. There are plenty of fishing activities, we had a go at shark fishing which is great whether you like fishing or not and if you are there at the right time you will probably see the dolphins which makes the fishing trip worth while even if you don't catch anything.

              There is a huge range of accomodation from youth hostels to 5 star luxury hotels. I swear one day if I win the lottery I will buy the house in the sea (look it up, apparently the most photographed house in England). Newquay boasts an award winning fish and chip restaurant and has one of the best Indian Reastaurants I have ever been to. Sorry can't remember the names though. The people are all so friendly but it does lack local people. Most of the people running holiday accomodation are not from cornwall in fact you won't come across many with that charming cornish accent. That is the one thing that is missing from this cornish town.

              If you don't like masses of tourists and over crowded beaches then the best time to go is April and May. The weather is usually quite nice that time of year. Or you could stay in a smaller village on the outskirts of Newquay like Mawgan Porth which is as equally picturesque.

              I love Newquay, it has become a little too touristy but it still is a beautiful place to visit.


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              10.05.2009 13:32
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              I love it.

              I've visited Newquay four times now, twice as a kid and twice now I'm all grown up! I've enjoyed being there as much every time. So much so I'm considering making it home.

              A lot of the time, if you are holidaying there, the weather will shape whether the time you spend there is a thumbs up or not. Mid summer is a great time to go if you like a busy vibrant atmosphere, the beaches are packed and so are the bars! If you want a quieter break, off season is better. You may compromise on the weather a little, but there's something magical about a beautiful sandy beach and you're the only one there.

              This is why I love Newquay, and it's surrounding area. It's such a mix. On the one hand it's a young lively place that attract stag dos and students looking for a great time in the bars and on the beach. On the other there's little unspoilt beaches, quaint little tea shops searving Cornish teas, miles of beautiful countryside and some amazing wildlife. For the kids there's so many attractions- farms, the zoo, aquarium, theme parks close by and all the places to eat are very family friendly.

              As I've mentioned the beaches are the main attraction for people visiting Newquay unlike many other British beaches, they are gorgeous soft sand, not pebbles! The most famous of these beaches is Fistral beach. This beach is all about surfing. Newquay has a big surfing community and people come from all over the world to ride the waves on Fistral Beach.

              Moving round the coast, walking down from the town most people are likely to stumble on Towan and Great Western Beaches. These are the two that get all the families as they are a about a minute from the town and very safe. When the tides just gone out at the end of the day, it's a great place to have a walk along the rocks and look in the pools for crabs and other creatures the sea has brought in.

              Further up the coast is Tolcarne beach, very pretty but it's quite a climb back up some steep steps back to the road but worth going doen there. Ditinctive for it's rows of multicoloured beach huts, looks to me like something out of a children's book.

              Keeping going up the coast you have smaller, less crowed beaches such as the briliantly named Lusty Glaze and Whipsiderry. Keep going about a mile and you get to Watergate Bay, another fantastic beach popular with surfers and Jamie Oliver, who's opened a branch of Fifteen here.

              EATING OUT-
              Most of the time we were in Newquay this week we ate our way around! There are so many restaurants, pubs, cafes and Fish and Chip shops to satisfy any appetite.
              Pub wise, I would throughly recommend The Fort. Located on Fore Street, this pub overlooks the sea with stunning views to take in while you choose from there extensive menu and the food really is top notch.
              There are also the usual kebab shops, a KFC, Burger King and the dreadful Subway. Amazingly no McDonalds, yet. There really is no need to use these places when there are so many places in Newquay serving fresh, tasty local food, and none of it that expensive either.

              DAYS OUT-
              If you want to get away from the beach there's a lot to do in Newquay and surrounding towns.
              Here's some suggestions -

              Dairyland Farm World -4 minutes out of town. Great for animal lovers and kids alike. A small but charming farm park with many farm animals and countryside nature trails.

              Blue Reef Aquarium- Located right on the beach in the heart of town. Again a small aquaruim, more of a half day trip. Worth a look though.

              Newquay Zoo- One of my favourite zoos in the country. A great atmosphere and a good collection of animals in a small zoo with lots to get involved in. Around a ten minute walk from town.

              Further afield...

              Eden Project- Take the bus that runs from Newquay direct to the Eden Project and save on your ticket. It's an amazing day out and a must do if you've never been. Plants from all over the world growing in Cornwall. Amazing.

              Truro- One of the bigger neighbouring towns. About a 35 minute drive from Newquay. More of a shopping trip and it has a good selection of shops in a very pretty town. Make sure to look in the indoor markets and there's often a Farmer's market in the main square.

              Padstow- Otherwise known as 'Steinville.' Famous for being Rick Stein's home town, he has taken over somewhat. Restuarants, shops and delis all with his name on. Admittedly his Fish and Chips are good though! Worth a trip as it's a beautiful little town and you can see why he's so fond of it.

              As expected the target customer of many of many of Newquay's shops is the tourist, and more specifically the surfer. There's are many many surf shops, some very expensive, some not so bad. They sell all the surf gear, wetsuits, boards etc..but they're worth a look aven if you're not a surfer as they have some great clothes ranges by brands such as Roxy and Gul that you just don't find on the regular high street.

              There are also many gift shops, and so many selling jewellery. It baffles me how so many jewellery stores in such close proximity survive, but I'm pleased to say they do.

              As far as High Street shops go there's not that many. Boots, New Look, Dorothy Perkins and Superdrug are all here. I'm pleased to say however, a lot of the shops are independant and appear to be doing well. Thankfully a seaside town how it should be, with fishmongers, ice cream shops, shops selling bucket and spades and postcards and people coming here to support them. Too many towns now, by the sea or otherwise are just the usual high street suspects just in a different order.

              Food shopping is limited at the moment. There is a fishmonger, a greengrocer and endless bakers, however the absence of a butcher. There's a few little convenience stores dotted about and a Co-op at the very top of town that was deserted the few times we went in. The last time we went the was a large Somerfield which seemed to serve most of the town but now there's a Sainbury's being bulit in it's place and also rumour of a Tesco taking over Newquay's old Woolworth's site.

              REGENERATION- As well as the Sainbury's and possible Tesco that I've already mentioned, There's a lot being bulit in Newquay at the moment. There are luxury flats going up opposite Tolcarne Beach, and the buliding of a Travelodge a little further up. Next to this there are also signs for an Aldi due to open in the Winter. At the other end of town there's plans for a cinema for Newquay. Something, I do think it could do with, as the other main towns are quite a way away.

              It seems then, while shops are shutting up all over the country, Newquay can't stop building! With Cornwall being notoriously bad for unemployment, hopefully, these new companies coming in will do a lot for the local economy. I just just hope it's not at the expense of the charm of this lovely town.

              GETTING AROUND-
              Around the town itself is easy enough to walk, but be warned it's hilly! If you are going out of town for anthing I would reccomend going everywhere by bus. The train goes to Par, and that's it. If you are wanting to get about by train expect lots of changing and waiting around. For confident good drvers, driving is an option but I wouldn't fancy it. The roads are windy, hilly and often very narrow.
              The buses run all day form 6am to midnight on some routes. They are regular, on time and go pretty much everywhere. I was really impressed with the buses and we used them a lot the whole time we were there. Also with some of the routes, there are such beautiful views around you, why drive? I recommend going to Padstow via the coatal route. It's takes about an hour and a half but it breathtaking views all the way.

              Overall I love Newquay and think it's got something for everyone.


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                28.01.2009 19:56
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                Needs help

                being a cornwall native, Newquay just depresses the hell out of me. it's full of tourist based shops and is totally geared towards the summer trade. it's famed for it's fantastic surfing beaches, and every year there are countless festivals and competitions held there, each one bringing hoards of tourists to buy all the tat that''s for sale.

                it's a shame that Newquay is so dependent on the summer trade, as it could be a really great natural beauty spot, but i really feel like it's been spoilt by the incessant need to please people who are only there for three months out of twelve. the whole town centre needs regenerating and i for one can't wait for it to happen.

                If I could chose, I'd take out all the tacky, tourist shops, put in some decent restaurants and bistros, and give it a new lease on life, much like the regeneration of Truro and Falmouth in the last few years.

                [Originally posted on www.helphound.com]


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                  29.11.2008 20:02
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                  You either love it or hate it, but Newquay has something for everyone.

                  Newquay can be a tranquil haven away from the stresses and strains of the fast moving urban life; it can also be a clubbers paradise. The easy going life and popular comment "I will do it dreckly" makes Newquay a popular tourist attraction.

                  Newquay used to be a fishing village called 'Towan Blystra' (Cornish). Newquay is now known as the 'UK's Surf Capital' and is a very lively place for tourists. Newquay's climate is warm and is one of the places in the region where you may see palm trees growing.
                  There are 7 miles of coastline with beaches to suit many people with different interests. The beaches are highly popular with surfers.

                  We stayed in the Sandy Lodge Hotel for a weekend. Like most people in Newquay the laid back attitude and cheerful personality of staff was a great part of the holiday. The way the Cornish do it dreckly was just what we needed. Don't expect your hotel to be fast action and all go like you would in London.

                  We chose the Sandy Lodge Hotel as it looked cosy but affordable and the breakfast sounded lush. If you do plabn to go during Christmas, Easter, bank holidays or the summer holidays then book up a few months in advance. Luckily we loved our hotel and I would certainly recommend it. The rooms were spacious although our room was under the stair case and it was rather squeaky at night. The rooms were en-suite with a colour TV and tea/coffee tray.

                  If you are looking for that basic, cheap place to stay The Newquay Reef Surf Lodge (www.newquayreefsurflodge.co.uk) is probably the best place for you. On first impressions we thought the hotel looked quite ramshackled however they don't claim to be the Ritz and do say that their facilities are for surfers. This little hotel would be ideal if you plan to go away to Newquay on a hen/stag party and don't plan to do a lot of sleeping. They hotel have great group deals and a 24 hour bar for people staying in the hotel. At about £10-£15 per night you can't really go wrong.

                  If you are looking for a posh holiday I thought the Headland Hotel (www.headlandhotel.co.uk) was a nice place, however it is very expensive (a budget room would cost about £170 and a luxury room would cost £340 per night) and for that price you wouldn't want to leave your room. The hotel is situated on a peninsula giving excellent views across the sea. I loved the hotel and if I won the lottery may be able to afford a week there in a luxury room...well we can all dream cant we.

                  PLACES TO GO
                  There is so much to see and do in Newquay. On past trips to Newquay I have enjoyed exploring the coast line and local attractions.

                  *DairyLand Farm World*
                  I enjoy Dairyland, there is something for everyone theer although its better suited for families.

                  There is a play area for kids that looked fantastic and if I ever have kids this will be one place I take them on holiday. It was possible to feed the animals, which was amazing. I was allowed to hold a ferret and bottle feed a piglet. We saw how milk was made and learned about the history of the farm. The day out was great fun and was worth the price. We paid £6 each but there are discounts for children, students OAPs and

                  *Tunnels Through Time*
                  y fiance and I love learning about history and this was one place we had to visit. Tunnels Through Time was a great day out at a great price of £3.10 (with student card, although now I think it would cost a bit more). The tunnels feature famous stories of people such as Merlin, mermaids, pirates, smugglers and cavemen. Go prepared with a coat though as it can get a bit chilly in the tunnels. I particularly enjoyed the Tunnels Through Time in light of the Merlin series on TV.

                  *Cornish Cider Farm*
                  OK so you do have to travel a little to get to this attraction but with Truro (the capital of Cornwall nearby you have a good opportunity to spend the rest of the day shopping). The farm is free to enter and we managed to spend a very boozy day at the farm. We soon realised that with free tasting and cheap alcohol this was a great day out. You can tour the farm to see how cider is produced and packaged and take a tractor ride around the farm, just make sure you do this before the tasting -). The tour cost £6 and the tractor ride cost £3.50. It would also seem the horses are fond of a tipple or two because they had quite bad flatulence - which was obviously the highlight of my day!

                  *Flambards Theme Park*
                  Again you need to travel to this attraction but it is a great day out for adults and kids. The Victorian Village and Blitz simulation scenes are excellent. Ok so it's not really the place to go if you want big rides, it may be called a theme park but the only rollercoaster goes at a disappointing speed. The park would probably suit families with tiny children as most of the rides are small and quite 'boring'. Flambards is situated in Helston.

                  If you don't mind travelling far from Newquay you will also find popular places such as Lands End, the shopping town abd capital of Cornwal - TRuro. The Eden Project is also a lovely day out. Cornwall has a lot to offer and if you are keen to travel out of Newquay for excursions you will be able to see a lot of this lovely place.

                  In case you didn't already know newquay is world famous venue for surfers and has claimed the title of 'UK Surf Capital'. I can't say I have ever been into surfing but I do like to watch the fit men surf. The Rip Curl Boardmasters competition was held in Newquay last week (31st July- 6th August). Living locally it pretty much dominated the local news and radio.

                  *Surf School*
                  This is something I have always wanted to try but been too scared. It is quite expensive to have surfing lessons but if it's something you really want to try it's probably worth the money. You can have lessons at the above mentioned Reef Surf Lodge for about £200 with accommodation.

                  SHOPS TO VISIT
                  *Surf shops*
                  Newquay are full of surf shops. I enjoy looking through these shops even though I can't afford much of the stuff. My favourite shop is the Boardwalk Surf Shop as it has a Boardwalk Babe Boutique next door selling girly surf stuff.

                  Last time I went I bought a lovely beaded shell necklace but it cost £15. You can expect to pay on average £25 for a t-shirt £40 for a jacket £ 30 for a pair of trousers and £60 for a pair of trainers in most surf shops.

                  Most surf shops sell clothes from newborn up to size 16 (although some do go a little bigger). The Newborn clothes are very expensive compared to your average shop.

                  *Popular shops*
                  Newquay is full of 'popular' shops such as ShoeZone, New Look, Clintons Cards, Boots, Superdrug, Claries Accessories, Woolworths, River Island, Comet and Currys I am sure there are many more but cannot remember them. Newquay is a great place to go shopping and with the big companies such as Woolworths and Boots you know that almost anything you need is sold.

                  The two main supermarkets in Newquay are Somerfields and Morrisons both stores sell a wide selection of food and drink. I seem to remember that you have to pay for the car park in the Somerfields store. If you have a car large Tesco and Asda stores are nearby.

                  Cornwall is famous for its pasties and pastries. You could really treat yourself at the chain bakery Warrens or visit a more traditional bakery. You can organise for a Saffron cake to be delivered to your family and friends back home - I suppose it gives another meaning to a postcard. The Pasty Parlour is a nice place to get a hot traditional pasty and a cream bun I must admit as a local it was one of the best pasties I have had.

                  *Confectionary shops*
                  What holiday would not be complete without a few packets of fudge and sticks of rock? I love to walk into a fudge shop and choose from the many piles of fudge. Cornish Goodies is probably my favourite as they stock many souvenirs as well. My favourite fudge is the banoffee fudge from Cornish Goodies.

                  BEACHES TO EXPLORE
                  Newquay has nine beaches, all are different in their own way some offer excellent surfing conditions, others are sun traps for that beautiful tan whereas some are just fun for the kids.

                  *Fistral Beach*
                  Fistral Beach is one of the most popular with surfers. The beach can be dived into three sections, South Fistral and Little Fistral. The beach has many facilities such as a surf school, shop, toilets and café. I don't really like Little Fistral as the sand is quite rocky and unpleasant to walk on, but you can pick up some peculiar washed up items. Fistral beach is a good place for families, couples and surfers. It is protected by a lifeguard so is very safe.

                  *The Great Western Beach*
                  I think this is probably my favourite beach. Our hotel was close to this beach, it was quite nice to walk along the beach at sun rise. A few surfers come here but not as many as at Fistral. I enjoy this beach during really hot weather as there are plenty of areas of shade, so this would obviously be a great feature for families with young children. There is a lifeguard on this beach so is quite safe.

                  *The Harbour Beach*
                  Um what can I say about this one...its kind of set in a harbour ;-) and is great for topping up that tan. Why go abroad when you can sit here and end up looking like a lobster at the end of the day. If you decide to go to this beach take plenty of sun cream as you sometimes don't realise how much sun you are catching.

                  *Tolcarne Beach*
                  I have only spent half a day on this beach during the winter. It was fairly quiet with a few surfers shivering in wetsuits. The beach has a lot of colourful beach huts, so I would guess this is a popular place for families in the summer.

                  *Porth Beach*
                  Again I can't say a lot about this little beach as I have only been during the winter. The beach has a mucky looking river flowing through, I am sure it looks nicer during the summer. The waves on the beach can get a bit choppy but again I am sure this is better during the summer months when the weather is better. There was a nice little pub near the beach called The Mermaid Inn. The food was lovely and I can imagine during the summer month you would get a good view from this pub.

                  PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
                  *Skinners Ale House*
                  There are no shortages of places to drink in Newquay the place is full of them. My partner is a fan of Skinners Real Ale and as a result dragged me into this pub. We spent an afternoon in Skinners Ale House, but the time seemed to fly by. In the evening they had a live band which wasn't as good as I expected, but then again I have never been into jazz music..

                  I can't say that this place has ever really interested me as I like to get away for a relaxing break. When we have walked past the bar it has looked very active with many drunk youngsters outside (usually being sick or picked up by the police). I know that famous DJ's from radio one play regular gigs alongside up and coming DJ's. I have heard that drinks can be quite expensive in the club. You can visit www.barracudanewquay.com for more information.

                  *Brunels Bar*
                  Brunels is a nice bar on the sea front with really nice staff. It took us nearly 25 minutes to get served though. The food in this bar was very nice, and quite reasonably priced. The drinks were a little overpriced but I am sure you will find that most places you go in Newquay

                  *Mexican Cantina*
                  This restaurant has a lovely Mexican feel with statues and decorations all over the walls. The food was lovely and the selection of meals both mild, medium and hot meant that children and wimpy adults like me could have a Mexican meal without tears. The drinks were well priced also with a cocktail and shooter menu.

                  *Burger King*
                  OK so not everyone's taste but if you are a little short on the cash or fancy a treat on the beach this little fast food restaurant is perfect.

                  Ye Old Dolphin Restaurant
                  We had a lovely portion of traditional fish and chips in here, I was most impressed that the served the fish with a wedge of lemon. The food was lovely and the seats were very comfortable. I can't wait to go back. They had a large range of meals on the menu the steak looked rather amazing.

                  *Truscott's Fish and Chip shop*
                  This is a lovely little fish and chip takeaway/restaurant. I had a lovely portion of fish and chips with curry sauce and was very pleased. Its hard to please me with curry sauce, I hate lumpy gloop and hate the runny stuff the curry sauce here was just the right consistency. We sat in the restaurant and it was quite comfortable but very cramped.

                  *The Mararaja*
                  We ordered a takeaway from this Indian restaurant. The meal as lovely but we had to wait a very long time to be served. The prawn Korma was lovely at £6.50 I was very impressed. Delivery is free with orders over £12 but we ordered at the restaurant anyway.

                  ACCESS TO NEWQUAY
                  *By car*
                  The newly built A30 makes newquay an easy resort to reach by car. You have to leave the M5 at Plymouth and head towards Saltash (you will go over a toll bridge costing £1). From here you will need to get onto the A38 following signs to the A30. Follow signs to Newquay. It is fairly easy to get there but at busy periods such as the summer, bank holidays, Christmas and Easter you can expect to be queuing along the A30 for quite a while (not very pleasant in a hot car).

                  *by air*
                  If however you want to start your holiday from the moment you step out of your door the local Airport is highly reliable with flights from Ireland (Cork, Dublin and Belfast), England (Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, London Stansted and London Gatwick) and Scotland (Edinburgh).

                  *by rail*
                  The train station is in the centre of Newquay and is close to the major hotels. Train services are regular to south west and a change will connect you to Newquay therefore the town is very easy to reach by rail. I live in Plymouth and trains are minimal suring quiet periods, at peak time showever it is easy to get to and from Newquay.

                  *by coach*
                  National Express also provide a regular coach service from major cities over the UK, you may need to change coaches near Plymouth or Exeter but several services enter Newquay daily.

                  OTHER FEATURES
                  I was rather surprised one evening to see lots of silver toilet cubicles that seemed to appear out of nowhere. When we entered Skinners it wasn't there when we left it had appeared from nowhere. Apparently they come out of the ground at night to stop drunks from peeing against shop windows. During the day they are lowered into the ground.

                  Arcades are dotted all over Newquay like with most tourist spots. I have spent many hours trying to grab teddies or playing on the 2p machines in order to get a keyring. These are quite fun and can pass an hour here or there especially if you get a rain shower and want to stay dry.

                  RUN TO THE SUN
                  This is a 3 day event with live music and entertainment. The event is held in the Trevelgue Holiday Park. The event is popular with surfers and celebrates the VW Beetle (Surfer Van). Many car enthusiasts from all over the UK enter Newquay to celebrate the beach and cars. Although the Run to the Sun organisers are very open to new ideas.

                  Newquay is a great place to go whether there is huge group of you wanting to celebrate a hen or stag do, if you have small children and fancy a short break, if you have just got married an want a cheap honeymoon or if you just want a break away from urban life. Newquay is a lovely place, with fairly good weather, just make sure you go prepared for all sorts of weather. As a tourist place Newquay can be quite expensive so make sure you go prepared with plenty of money for a great time. I visit Newquay every other month for a day visit but after our weekend we have decided to go more often. We had a great time and it would seem that time goes so fast but the time spent there is valuable. Trust me for a relaxing break Newquay is perfect.


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                    21.11.2008 23:20
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                    Beautiful views right on our own doorstep

                    I love being beside the sea it's my idea of heaven. Just sitting watching the waves crash up against the rocks and flow gently back and forth over the sands is so peaceful and relaxing. If I ever won the lottery I would buy myself a house overlooking the sea so I could see it hear it and smell it whenever I wanted to.
                    In 2002 we had had a particularly tough time when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I moved in with him to look after him but he deteriorated so quickly and sadly died a week later. From first being diagnosed to his death took only thee months and I was left feeling inadaquate and that I should have done more that I had let him down. I entered a very dark hole of depression where I had no interest in anything and I could not see any way out .

                    My husband and I had never had a proper holiday and we decided a good break might be just what we needed to help get over the trauma of the last few months so decided to go to Newquay in Cornwall for a week.
                    We travelled with National buses on a package trip and although the journey was extremely long (10 hours) when we eventually got to our destination and got off the bus I looked to the view across the road from our hotel and I was amazed. It was absolutely beautiful with a panoramic view of the beach below, the very high cliffs surrounding it and curving right around to show other beaches in the area as well .
                    And there were loads of surfers! Having lived in Australia for a few years when I was a child I felt immediately at home there and in a lot of ways Newquay reminded me of Oz with it's laid back atmosphere the glorious weather we had whilst we were there and the diversity of nationalities we came across indeed a lot of them being Australian who lived and worked there.

                    After putting our stuff away in the room we decided to take a walk and see the sights. There are ten beaches in and around Newquay so I was in seventh heaven! As we progressed along the road I happened to look to an opening on my right and I was stunned at what I saw. Now I am not one for for using the "wow" word but this was the word that came out of my mouth at the unexpected beauty of what I was seeing.
                    There was a long grassed area where people of all ages were eating icecreams sun bathing and just generally chilling out but beyond that was a huge rock jutting out of the sea bed with a solitary house nestled snugly on top of it. This was The Island.

                    The Island is connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge and the house on it is owned by Lord and Lady Long. I wouldn't fancy the idea of walking along that bridge on a cold windy day as i'm terrified of heights but the view from there must be amazing.
                    Below the Island is the Towan beach which is a popular family beach and one where dogs are welcome too which isn't the case with all beaches. When the tide is out you can clamber onto the rocks where there are small rock pools for the kids to investigate and there is even a small cave. There is a seating area where you can get something to eat and hire boogie boards etc and a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. The Blue Reef Aquarium is also situated here where you can see all manner of aquatic life from crabs to sharks . There is also an upstairs cafe in here where you have a marvelous view of the surrounding area.

                    Sitting on the green above the beach you have a very good vantage point to see all around. The busy harbour to the right filled with little fishing boats and pleasure cruisers. Sea lions regularly follow the boats into the harbour and can be seen clapping their fins together and barking at the fishermen in an attempt to secure some tasty fishy bits off them much to the amusement of onlookers! Beyond this is the imposing Headlands Hotel perched on the end of a far cliff and situated beside the world famous surfing beach the Fistral.
                    On the aproach to the green there is a tiny shop which sells the most delicious creamy icecream and one where you can buy a variety of sandwiches including locally caught crab. The green itself has seats dotted all over and is a popular place for locals and visitors alike. There is a bandstand where the local brass band often perform and whilst i'm not really into brass bands I must admit sitting in the sunshine, icecream in hand, and listening to their rendition of Queen songs made it a perfect afternoon.

                    Although there are usually lots of things going on I always feel totally relaxed here with the natural beauty of the area and the gentle sound of the sea flowing back and forth. I can't think of anywhere else I would rather be.
                    Yes there must be wonderous sights in exotic locations around the world as indeed there are many in Newquay but for me The Island is the one that stopped me in my tracks and in a way saved saved my sanity. When I am there I feel at peace and that maybe the world is not such a bad place. It helped me to get out of the black hole I had been in and once again see the beauty around me. I felt much calmer than I had done in months and although I was still grieving for my dad I could see some light at the end of the tunnel. This is why The Island is my favourite sea view.

                    Thank you for reading.


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                      14.07.2008 15:04
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                      Don't go here if you want to experience Cornwall

                      As an avid fan of Cornwall for many years, in fact I view this wonderful county as my second home, people who have never been here always focus on Newquay as their first town of choice.

                      All I will say is do not let Newquay cloud your judgement of the county in general.

                      Newquay to me should be avoided at all costs unless you're a surfer (as the surf is great). Yes there are plenty of shops and amusements and the beaches are ok but it has been ruined by mass tourism and marketing and is like the Blackpool of the South. There is nothing inately Cornish remaining in Newquay now although if you are in the area, I highly recommend visiting Bedruthan Steps, although this is quite scary going down the steps that have been cout out of the cliff side, its location is stunning and the little beach and caves at the bottom make it worthwhile.


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                        31.01.2008 13:33
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                        A great holiday resort that is suitable for everyone!

                        I've been to Newquay few times - with family when I was younger and also with friends last year as a birthday week away.

                        Twice before I stayed on campsites and found this to be a great way to have a holiday on a budget due to the cost of campsites being relatively cheaper than hotels. However the last time I went to Newquay it was with my brother and a friend for a week in the summer staying at a guest house - I would say it was more like a youth hostel as some of the rooms were domitory style ones but luckily we were able to get a triple bedded room so it wasn't too bad. It worked out a lot more expensive doing it this way as the room rate didn't include breakfast and considering how small and cramped the room was I would have preferred to have stayed in my tent - however this wasn't my choice as the friend who's birthday it was arranged it all!

                        Newquay in general I would say is great for everybody - especially family holidays as there is lots to do in the evenings. If you ar ewith family there is lots of places to eat and if with friends and going clubbing then there is also lots of bars and pubs to choose from.

                        Obviously, depending on where in the country you are travelling from it can be quite a long drive (I am up north!) but it is worth it in the long run for the amazing beaches and the great nightlife.

                        Overall I would say to anyone thinking of a trip to Newquay that you have to go - I don't think you'd be dissappointed at all but if you want a cheaper bargain then take your tent!


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                          25.01.2006 13:18
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                          Discovering surfing for the first time can be lots of fun!

                          Being a local to Newquay I decided to be a good friend and invite my friend from the city down to experience some of the local culture and to escape the big smoke.
                          The North Cornish Coast is now just one hour and a bargain fare of as little as £19 away from Stansted Airport and other London airports so it wasn’t much of an effort for him to make his way down to sunny Newquay.
                          My friend had never been to Newquay before and I was amused to see his initial reaction, I mean where else in Britain do you find a surf shack every few yards, amusement arcades rubbing shoulders with body-piercing booths, bronzing parlours, boutiques that sell toe rings, diamante bikini chains, Hawaiian shirts and fluorescent Bermudas? And where else can you buy larger and lime rock and pasties filled with anything you can imagine?
                          Newquay is the place where you can dial Surfcall for a daily forecast, with suggested surf spots and wind conditions while you are tucking into a clotted-cream tea or your morning fry up at the many surfer orientated cafes.
                          Newquay has 11 brilliant sandy beaches which had made the resort into surfers' heaven, and even in all weather conditions you will find surfers in the water.
                          My friend hired a soft foam surfboard and a wetsuit and I took him out for a beginners guide in surfing, five minuets later he was face down in the surf, shiny, bloated looking like a beach whale… fond memories.
                          After a surf session I treated him to a walk down the main street which is full of young-at-heart munching pasties and saffron buns and getting themselves black henna tattoos (£5, washes off after two weeks).
                          That night we ventured to a couple of pubs, all which have tv screens showing extreme sports videos and then ended up in Sailors – where there were lots of young girls more than happy to talk to my London friend ;-)
                          My friend had a great couple of days, he returned home with some surf merchandise, some larger and lime rock and of course a splitting head ache from the copious amount of alcohol I apparently made him drink.
                          Newquay is a great place and I loved living there, but getting chance to be on the tourist side of it is brilliant! I recommend it to anyone.
                          Just remember to discover the surf bum within you – as i'm sure its there!


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