Newquay has plenty of beaches perfect for rockpooling, but our favourite has to be the sheltered Towan Beach– a stone’s throw from the town centre and home to Cornwall’s Blue Reef Aquarium. The kids have love peering in the rock pools looking for marine life and sea treasures, and if it rains you can always explore the undersea world inside the aquarium.
Boasting a small beach with decent facilities, Newquay’s working harbour is home to the RNLI lifeboat station and dozens of fishing boats, which makes it a great location for an afternoon out with the kids. If you’re lucky enough to see the fishing boats coming in you might also get a glimpse of the resident seal hoping for ‘spare’ fish.
Children never tire of hitting the beach with buckets and spades, and Newquay has seven perfect beaches for building sandcastles and sand sculptures. We like to visit Tolcarne, with its colourful beach huts that make you feel like you are on a traditional seaside holiday. Getting creative is easy and it’s so much fun looking for shells to add to your masterpiece. Just watch out for that tide…
Biking & boating
With pedalos and rowing boats for hire(during summer), tarmacked paths perfect for little cyclists and plenty of wildlife and plants to check out, the boating lake makes an excellent place to visit with children. As well as exploring the sub-tropical gardens you can also feed the ducks, scoff ice cream, head to the play park and ride the miniature railway.
Sail the seven seas, delve into Cornwall’s smuggling history and come face-to-face with mermaids and buccaneers at Pirate’s Quest. Captain Calico Jack will take the kids back in time to the golden age of piracy, where they can explore mystical caves and murky streets on a swashbuckling adventure.
Waterworld fun pool & flumes
The fun pool at Waterworld is great for rainy days and energetic kids – especially when the sea is too cold. This excellent family pool, situated in Trenance leisure park has flumes and water features to keep the children entertained for hours.
Anyone for tennis?
Head to Heron Tennis Centre at Trenance, where you can play whatever the weather. Indoor and outdoor courts available, plus you can enjoy a stroll around the gardens, pop in the Courtside Café and check out the play park.