What do family holidays mean to you? I was so lucky to get to grow up along the stunning Cornish coastline. For me, my fondest childhood memories involve holidays and summers by the seaside. Now I have my own little family, I can start to pass those memories on and for us, exploring the British coastline is still our favourite way to spend some quality family time together.
All my best childhood memories involve eating ice cream on beaches, exploring coast paths, looking for wildlife, eating delicious foods and going on adventures in the most stunning coastal towns.
This month we have partnered with Parkdean Resorts to help promote the beauty of Britain’s coastline. As part of their Coastal Adventures campaign we headed to Newquay in Cornwall for the day, which is home to one of Parkdean Resorts most beautiful holiday parks.
What To Do In Newquay With Kids
So, are you curious about what to do in Newquay with kids? Below we’ve rounded up some of favourite things to do along this breathtakingly beautiful coastline.
Alongside the post below, we also made a little video of our day trip to Newquay. So, you can see more for yourself how wonderful this beautiful, little coastal town is!
No trip to the seaside would be complete without taking part in some coastal activities. So, what coastal activities are there to do in Newquay with your family? Here’s a few of our favourites:
Build Sandcastles On Fistral Beach
Fistral Beach is just one of Newquay’s many beautiful beaches and it’s our absolute favourite. Fistral is famous for its surfing and water sports and it is the perfect place to spend the day with your family building sandcastles, taking surfing lessons and sliding down the dunes.
The beach is so big and there are plenty of choices of eateries along the outskirts of the beach. All of them overlook the ocean and serve the most delicious food ranging from traditional Cornish fish dishes, to family favourites. If Fistral doesn’t take your fancy though, Newquay is home to several other beaches including; Towan Beach, Tolcarne Beach, Great Western Beach and Lusty Glaze. All of them offer a different experience and a variety of activities, so it’s well worth planning your trip before you come.
Walk Around The Shops In The Harbour Town
Newquay is buzzing with shops and a day trip to this seaside area can’t be complete without a walk through the main streets of the town. There are plenty of surf shops, high street shops and shops to find souvenirs to take home. The main town is walking distance from all the main local beaches, as well as Newquay’s historic harbour. If kids get tired feet, why not hop onto Newquay’s famous land train, which will take you on a tour of this large coastal town!
Wind Down At The Boating Lake
If you’re looking for a quieter place for your family to visit while in Newquay, our final recommendation is ‘Trenance Gardens and Boating Lake’.
Newquay can get very, very crowded, especially in the summer months. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle and wind down for the afternoon, head to the boating lakes at Trenance Park for a peaceful stroll and an adventure on the lake.
Boat hire is really cheap and for only £5 you can get a pedalo boat, a canoe or a row boat for your family to enjoy.
For us, not coastal trip is complete without a visit to some historic sights and local landmarks. If you’re looking for something different to do in Newquay with kids, here’s two of our favourite ‘local landmarks’ to visit;
As much as our family love spending the day on the beach, nothing beats discovering the unique history of each seaside town we visit. For us, a favourite spot in Newquay is Huers Hut. If you only go here for the views alone, you really won’t regret it.
Huers Hut is a really unique building that has a narrow stairway leading to its flat roof. Perched on the cliff top high above the harbour, the building is said to date way back to the 14th century. When it was active it was used as a unique type of lookout and was looked after by someone called a huer. The huer, at the time, had a really important job; to watch for any signs of pilchard shoals swimming in the bay. The huer would then have to alert the townsfolk of their arrival so that the fisherman could prepare their fleets and head out to bring back tons of fish.
Once the boats were out in the bay, the huer then had the job of making sure the fishing boats were well positioned. He would direct their movements by using signals that he’d make by holding two ‘bushes’ that were covered with cloth. These were clearly visible from the water and would help the fisherman to collect their catch.
Walk The Coast Path
As a family we are huge fans of the South West Coast Path. For us, no coastal adventure in Cornwall, or Devon, would be complete without walking a stretch of the South West Coast Path. The coast path runs around the whole of the South West for 630 miles.
Cornwall definitely plays host to some of the most stunning stretches of that coast path and the views and cliff edges that run along Newquays stretch are breathtaking. Our favourite walk while we visited Newquay, was the stretch from Fistral Beach towards the harbour town. The views were out of this world and the terrain level was really suitable for people of all ages, even younger kids.
There are plenty of wildlife to discover in Newquay. The most famous animal that you will spot is the seagull. Just be pre-warned, if you’re eating food, these seaside gulls will not hesitate in swooping down for a bite. We advise you to keep all food hidden, especially if you are sitting on the beaches.
Newquay is also home to a zoo and a boating lake, where you can spot fish and ducks. Not only that, but just a two minute walk from the centre of town, you’ll find Towan Beach which is home to the Blue Reef Aquarium.
It is a really small aquarium but your ticket allows you to come and go as you please throughout the day. This is perfect for entertaining kids while you’re having a beach day.
This is such a great spot for learning more about marine life found both in this area and all over the world. We fully recommend checking the aquariums website before you’re visit though. This is so you can see feeding times of the animals and so you can plan your day in order to enjoy the full experience.
No trip to a coastal town would be complete, without tucking into some delicious local delicacies. Newquay certainly isn’t short on wonderful, tasty places to eat. Luckily, all of our favourite spots also combine amazing food with the most stunning views. It also helps that they’re all super family friendly too!
Grab A Spot Of Lunch With A View
Whether you fancy some seaside fish and chips, a traditional Cornish pasty or something more, there is food for everyones tastes in Newquay. Our absolute favourite spot is a cafe called ‘Sea Spray’. Mostly because of it’s gorgeous view.
It sits on Fistral beach but is elevated on the cliff edge. This means you can sit and enjoy lunch (or a cup of tea) with panoramic views of the beach and sea.
The food here is really delicious and they cater for any type of dietary requirements. Other eateries with beautiful views include; Lewinnick Lodge, The Slope Beach Bar and the Driftwood Kitchen and Deli.
Eat Ice Cream By The Sea
Finally, It wouldn’t be a day trip to the seaside with out an ice cream by the sea. We always grab an ice cream on the beach (again beware of seagulls). Luckily, every beach in Newquay is home to at least one ice cream parlour. You really are spoilt for choice.
Now It’s Your Turn For A Coastal Adventure
Now it’s our turn to challenge you! We’d love you to share images of your own coastal adventures using the hashtag #CoastalAdventures on social media. For more ideas of adventures you can do with your family on Britain’s amazing coastline, visit Parkdean Resorts ‘Coastal Adventures’ blog post.