72 hrs in Newquay, Cornwall for families
Plan the perfect weekend getaway at one of Britain's best-loved seaside resorts which offers sandy beaches, lots of fun activities and a laid-back vibe thats just perfect for families
72 hrs in Newquay: LUXE SLEEP
Prepare to be blown away by The Headland Hotel with its sensational views over Fistral Beach and its glamorous yet relaxed seaside chic which welcomes families and their pooches! Perfectly positioned on the cliff edge on Towan Headland, it boasts endless panoramic sea views and sparkling sunsets. Guests can wander down from the hotel to the iconic surfing spot, Fistral Beach, for a day of sandcastle building, rock pool adventures and sea dips. Families can relax together and soak up the sunrays and sea breeze on this beautiful golden sand beach, exploring where the land meets the sea.
Days spent on the beach and out in the Cornish sea air builds adventurous appetites, and lunches can be enjoyed in The Terrace Restaurant in The Headland Hotel overlooking the sea where you can gaze at the surfers carving into the waves below. The Samphire Restaurant offers delicious yet elegant fine dining cuisine, and also caters really well for children. With long beach days, splashing around in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or the garden play area, the hotel provides a professional babysitting service for tired out little travellers so mum and dad can enjoy a date night, under clear starry nights.
The kids play area on the hotel’s lush and large green lawn is ideal for the little ones to play pirates on the wooden boats or jungle explorers on the wooden climbing frame and swing. For rainy days, kids will revel in the games room which has a collection of toys and board games, as well as a big TV (in summer they have outdoor film events for families to watch iconic films under the clear starry sky).
> Prices start from £65 per person, per night visit The Headland Hotel for information
72 hrs in Newquay: LAID-BACK SLEEP
For the more outdoor-lifestylers or camping fans, Newquay View Resort, Peter Bull offers bags of family fun, as well as immaculately clean camping options and caravans with super comfy beds! Situated in a series of lush green valleys and just a stone’s throw away from Newquay’s stunning Porth Beach with its rich and diverse wildlife, Newquay View is a very appealing site that is well-maintained all year round with fantastic facilities and fun activities for all the family.
Whether it’s swimming, outdoor play or evening entertainment, this camp site has it covered. For hungry tummies, the on-site café serves up scrumptious breakfast and brunch type food to keep the holiday energy high!
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> Rates to stay at Peter Bull, Newquay View Resort are £130 for a 3 night break in a static caravan visit Peter Bull Resorts for more information
72 hrs in Newquay: ENTERTAIN
Pirates Quest is a pirate-themed walk-through experience featuring actors, special effects and elaborate sets. Join the crew at Pirate’s Quest this Easter as they embark on a special mission set by Captain Blackbeard, to locate the legendary Golden Egg. Visitors will be transported back almost 300 years, where they’ll begin their adventure on board a Pirate Hunter’s Ship called the ‘Royal Anne’ – a vessel that left England in 1721 with the intention of sailing to the Caribbean, but wrecked off the South Coast of Cornwall.
After arriving at Towan Blystra Docks, visitors will be invited into the local pirate tavern before deciding whether they’re brave enough to enter the optional scare section, The Locker of Davy Jones. Eventually you’ll arrive at the Captain’s Ship, ready to successfully return to the Caribbean with the Golden Egg.
The authentic pirates are brought to life by talented theatrical actors, who are guaranteed to make this a unique and memorable experience – a rare opportunity for all ages to learn something new about piracy, and experience the REAL life of a seafarer during the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’.
This Easter, junior buccaneers can even complete an ‘eggciting’ treasure map – those who crack the code can claim their own ‘eggcellent’ pirate treasure!”
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Newquay Zoo is a fantastic day out for all of the family. It’s just the right size for little ones as it’s not too big. However, this doesn’t limit the variety of animals; you’ll be fascinated by the impressive lions, comical meer cats and stripy zebras.
Find out about some of the animals’ funniest behaviours and habits at the feed and talk sessions presented by the well-informed education team. Packed with animal fun facts, the 'feed and talk' sessions happen daily at various times. This Easter welcomes the Eggstreme Easter Egg trail. Complete the eggstreme Easter Egg Trail to claim your chocolate treat.
>>Visit Newquay Zoo for more information
Body Bounce is an exciting family destination based on the Barrowfields in Newquay, overlooking the sea between Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze beach. Quite a spot for sure!
It consists of a massive Bungy Trampoline, a giant inflatable water slide, Mini Quad Bikes, a lazer tag maze, a massive bouncy castle and an inflatable field as well as the slightly more relaxed activity of Crazy Golf!
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Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is just a short drive outside of Newquay and a great day for families. Peter Rabbit- inspired afternoon teas, cyder suppers and a brand new Cream Tea room are amongst the top things to do at Healeys this Easter.
Families can meet the animals which have now settled into their Cornish barns ahead of spring. The vintage tractors are primed and polished ready for little farm adventurers to experience guided tours through Healey’s orchards.
It’s free entry to the farm, free parking, dogs are welcome on leads and, of course, there are lots of free samples, all of which are produced on the farm including much-loved, Rattler Cornish Cloudy Cyder. Every year, the farm welcomes over 400,000 excited visitors.
> Visit Healeys Cyder for more information
72 hrs in Newquay: FAMILY-FRIENDLY EATING
Wander down the winding road along the cliff edge to The Great Western Beach to discover the perfect beachside eatery The Slope. Watch the surfers glide through the Atlantic swell whilst you devour your amazing seaside tasty burger and local Sharp’s Brewery beers. With the tide lapping into this lovely little bay, you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean whilst watching the sun set. The kids menu is extensive and there is also gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options, as well as a takeout 'Hatch' for those who prefer to dine alfresco on the beach.
The Slope is open from March – September
>> Visit Great Western Beach for information
Also directly on the beach (this time Fistral Beach) with panoramic views over the dazzling blue ocean is The Stable. The menu consists of amazing pizza and pies; it really is something special with its vibrant, beachy buzz, 180% sea views and regular live bands performing. If the sun shines, you can sit outside on the terrace and soak up the rays whilst also refreshing on local cyders!
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