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Free Holiday Activities For Kids in Newquay

Updated on September 26, 2016

Free Activities for Kids on Holiday in Newquay

Below are some free ways to entertain the kids if you are on holiday in Newquay and keeping to a budget.

See the Seals at Newquay Harbour - at the time of day when the fishing boats start to return to the harbour, there are 1-3 seals that swim around in the harbour hoping to be thrown some spare fish. They appear friendly and when together they even roll around and playfully fight together. Beware though: they ARE wild animals, so don't let your kids into the water to try to stroke them. They are likely to turn on them. It's nice to find something free to do when trying to entertain kids on holiday

Newquay Boating Lake

The boating lake is between the railway viaduct and the Gannel Estuary. There are small pedal boats or you can simply stroll around the gardens or sit on the benches and watch the new fountain or people in boats. There is an award winning tea garden to be found down there somewhere. Also there is a cafe. Watching is free so the only expense is if the kids want to hire a boat or have an ice cream. If you're planning on doing horse riding, you could combine the two by visiting the boating lake before or after your horse trekking.


Free Holiday Activities for Kids: Watch a Surfing Cntest on Fistral Beach.
Free Holiday Activities for Kids: Watch a Surfing Cntest on Fistral Beach. | Source

Watch a Surfing Contest at Fistral Beach

Check out if there is a surfing contest going on on Fistral Beach.You will need to watch out for posters on surf shop windows. There is generally a surf contest or festival on every few weeks.

If the surfing contest is a major one, then there will usually be skateboard displays and stalls in the car park adjacent to Fistral Beach.

The surfing contests will always be on Fistral Beach at the Headland Hotel end, with any stalls being on the car park beside Fistral Surf Centre. Watching the contest or sitting on the beach - are all free obviously!

If you want to swim/surf yourself when there is a contest on, then go to the left hand side of the beach, away from the Surf Centre. You can watch the contest from the beach, or from above the beach, sitting on the grassy cliffs where you can get a much better viewpoint.

Killacourt, Newquay

Head for Killacourt, just down from the Tourist Information Office and above Towan Beach. If anything is going on it will be here, from a band playing to an occasional French market, sometimes there is a big screen for major events.

From Killacourt you can look out to sea and watch the boats, or stand on the solar sundial and tell the time using the shadow of your body, you can find the solar sundial on the grass close to the cliff fence, between the two sets of steps down to the beach.

There is a putting green on Killacourt, alongside an ice cream kiosk.

Killacourt overlooks The Island, Newquay - you can see the suspension bridge going from the mainland to the Island, this is the only privately owned suspension bridge in the country. The Island is the home to Lord & Lady Long.

Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Exploring Caves - Caves on the Beach, Newquay
Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Exploring Caves - Caves on the Beach, Newquay | Source

Explore the Beach Caves

Quite a few of Newquay's beaches have caves.  Caves are good as they are usually surrounded by rock pools to explore, as well as the excitement of going into the caves themselves. But BE CAREFUL. 

Never go into a cave if the tide's on the way in, so make sure you have the Tide Timetable with you and have checked  it.  Having said that, there are some caves on Newquay beaches that are a long way from the sea and danger.

These caves aren't big, they mostly only go back about 40' or so.

One easy cave to access is on Great Western Beach, it's right under the road that goes down to the beach.

There's another you can access from  Whipsiderry Beach.

Be sure you understand the tides and tide times so you don't wander too far at the wrong time.

Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Follow the Newquay Discovery Trail and visit the Huer's Hut
Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Follow the Newquay Discovery Trail and visit the Huer's Hut | Source
Free Holiday Activities for Kids - Newquay Discovery Trail Disc 13.
Free Holiday Activities for Kids - Newquay Discovery Trail Disc 13. | Source

Newquay Discovery Trail

Pick up a free map from the Newquay Tourist Office in Marcus Hill and follow the trail through clay plaques set into the route and discover history, interesting facts and enjoy a pleasant stroll around the town, headlands and estuaries.

The Newquay Discovery Trail was written by David Faulkner and charts the growth, struggles and endeavours of the town over hundreds of years, from its origins as an ancient port to a haven for holidaymakers that arrive every year to enjoy the surf, the beaches or the local walks.

Along the Newquay Discovery Trail you will find beautiful Cornish slate discs created by local sculptor Peter Martin with words containing clues to Newquay's rich heritage

The trail will take you to hidden corners of Newquay you didn't know existed, far from the plastic buckets and spades and endless pubs and away to quiet places, superb views, Ocean vistas, history and fun.

The Huer's Hut is the white building you can see from the main town beach, perched on the headland behind the Atlantic Hotel - you can see inside or even walk up the narrow steps around the outside to have your photo taken on the roof (not recommended if it's windy!)

Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Visiting Holy Wells is free.
Free Holiday Activities for Kids in Newquay: Visiting Holy Wells is free. | Source

Explore and Discover Holy Wells

There are a number of holy wells near to Newquay which you can discover and explore for free. Holy wells are ancient springs, often associated with Celtic saints. Many have a long-established history as having magical powers and being able to cure illnesses.

These holy wells are right under your nose too. From Newquay, there are two holy wells in Crantock, across the Gannel - which you can walk to if you're keen on hiking, or drive to if you're not. If you've got kids happy to tramp across a few fields, there are some other holy wells a little further out of town to explore. From there, it's just a short trip to Holywell Bay, where there are two more (including one on the beach at low tide).

If you're on a touring holiday of Cornwall, then you can find holy wells in every part of the county as these ancient wells formed the backbone of civilisation and, later, religion. Pilgrims travelled to them, Saints established themselves near them and communites grew around them.

No holy well has any form of entrance fee, they're completely free for you to discover and enjoy. Bring a little magic and wonderment into your kids' holiday memories!

Free Events in Newquay, Cornwall

There are many free events on around the town in most months, especially the summer months. Whether it's watching surfing contests on Fistral Beach, or playing free beach tennis, there's always a group somewhere putting on a new event or activity to be watched or enjoyed.

Check out the Free Events in Newquay Calendar to see what's on now.


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      8 years ago from HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA

      hi! i went to newquay n rest of cornwall just a month back and its a wonderful place. thanks for the post. i invite you to check out my travel hubs and become my follower.

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