Demanding jobs, busy lifestyles and the need for multiple holidays mean that short breaks are becoming increasingly popular. Newquay, in North Cornwall, is an ideal destination for a weekend, or mid-week, foray.
The lively town has a wide variety of activities, restaurants and places to stay, plus with direct flights from London Gatwick taking just 70 minutes, and a car journey (from London) lasting less than five hours, getting there could not be easier.
On arrival, avoid wasting time with these useful tips from Aspects Holidays (one of the leading self-catering cottage companies in Cornwall). The knowledgeable team has a selection of top recommendations to make that short break extra special.
Why Newquay? Newquay has something for everyone: sandy beaches, consistent surf, outstanding walks, delicious food, and an extensive choice of accommodation, plus, with a wide range of events taking place throughout the year, there is never a dull moment. Why not check out the English National Surfing Championships (30 April – 2 May) or the Newquay Art8 Festival (1-4 May)? Alternatively, party at the Electric Beach Festival (8-9 July) or Boardmasters Festival (10-14 August), which always attracts a talented line-up. And for seafood connoisseurs, the Newquay Fish Festival (15-17 September) is not to be missed. For more information, visit aspects-holidays.co.uk.
Check in: Aspects Holidays now features 21 hand-picked cottages in Newquay and along the beautiful north coast of Cornwall. Cosy up at Fistral Reach (sleeps two), a superbly positioned apartment close to Fistral Beach and the Gannel Estuary, or spread out at The Retreat at Mount (sleeps 12), a spectacular property with a large garden and six double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom – plus there’s a yoga studio just across the lane. Alternatively, make full use of the tennis courts and indoor pool when staying at The Granary (sleeps four), a gorgeous cottage next to Crantock Bay. A three-night stay in Newquay with Aspects Holidays costs from £58 pp. For more information, visit aspects-holidays.co.uk.
Eat out: With a vast selection of charming cafés and welcoming restaurants, Newquay is an ideal place to enjoy delicious cuisine. For a first-class meal, head to Little Kahuna for a Pan Asian food fusion (main dishes cost from £11 pp), or Rick Stein’s restaurant on Fistral Beach, which serves his famous fish and chips and rich Indian takeaways (mains cost from £7.95 pp). Fancy a sea view? Sit on the south-facing terrace at the Harbour Fish and Grill and tuck into a fragrant crab linguine or a sizzling côte de boeuf (main meals from £12 pp). Push the boat out and dine at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant (main meals from £21 pp) or, for that romantic evening, leave the coast behind and head inland to The Smugglers’ Den Inn, a 16th century thatched pub serving smooth local ales and mouth-watering dishes (main meals from £9.50 pp). For more information, visit aspects-holidays.co.uk.
Stay active: With its consistent waves and fantastic array of beaches, Newquay is renowned for being a top surfing destination. First timers can learn the basics at The Escape Surf School in central Newquay, and can practise paddling, ‘popping up’ and catching the lively swells (lessons from £35 pp). Alternatively, experts can head to Mawgan Porth on the outskirts of Newquay for a more challenging ride. For those keen to keep their feet dry, the South West Coast Path is an ideal option. At 630 miles long, it’s the lengthiest National Trail in the UK, and the wildlife, geology and scenery along the way is spectacular. And avid golfers can visit Newquay Golf Club: work around the challenging 18-hole course while enjoying the vistas across Fistral Beach (a day at the golf club is from £45 pp.) For more information, visit aspects-holidays.co.uk.
For that rainy day: Although beach holidays and sun go hand in hand, wet weather need not dampen the occasion – especially when Newquay has so many indoor options. Check out the latest blockbuster film at the Lighthouse Cinema (tickets from £5.70 per child aged 3-14 years or £7.80 per adult), or gaze at the seahorses and other marine life at the Blue Reef Aquarium (tickets from £7 per child aged 3-12 years or £8.90 per adult). Alternatively, jump into a car and drive to the renowned Eden Project (just 15 miles away) and explore the two biomes, home to thousands of exotic plant species (tickets from £12.60 per child aged 5-16 years or £25 per adult; free for children under four). Then again, if it is raining, why not go for a swim in the sea? After all, getting wet is unavoidable… For more information, visit aspects-holidays.co.uk.
For more information, and to book one of Aspects Holidays’ coastal and country holiday discoveries in Newquay, for a short break or longer, call 01736 754242 to speak to a knowledgeable member of the team, or visit www.aspects-holidays.co.uk/cottages/in/newquay. Fly from London Gatwick to Cornwall Airport Newquay from £30.99 one way with FlyBe. Regional departures available