Boasting a series of beautiful beaches, Newquay is one of Cornwall’s most popular summer destinations, renowned for its surfing culture and seaside art scene. The town’s laidback charm makes it a particular favourite among families.
Newquay might be a hotspot for surfers, but you’ll find space on its gorgeous beaches for everyone. Closest to the town centre is Great Western Beach, a long stretch of sand bordered by picturesque cliffs. Newquay Beach is another highlight, where you’ll find visitors sunbathing on the golden sands and admiring the turquoise waters. Just around the corner is Porth Beach, a quieter spot perfect for families with young children, thanks to its shallow waters and rock pools. If you’ve come to ride Cornwall’s waves, head for Fistral Beach, Newquay’s prime surfing destination.
Newquay is home to several art galleries that specialise in drawings and paintings of coastal scenery. Local artists feature heavily at Saltwalls Gallery, while the Lorna Wiles Gallery highlights artwork that brings the sea and land together in vibrant colour and texture. You can also browse a huge range of prints, cards and artisan gifts from Cornwall creatives at Whistlefish.