Written By Sage Fitzpatrick

Long weekends are a great way to get a much-needed break from studying for exam and coursework deadlines. Some people may opt to jump on a plane and head to Europe, whilst others choose to explore the UK and all it has to offer. Newquay is just one of those places and this Cornish town is a perfect place to relax and spend a long weekend. So if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to your holiday in Newquay, here are just a few suggestions to help you on your way…

One thing you must do when visiting Newquay is to explore the pristine beaches that this seaside town has to offer. Fistral Beach is Newquay’s most iconic beach and offers some of the best surfing in the UK and Europe, or why not head to one of the four beaches in Newquay town? This includes the stunning Tolcarne Beach, which offers excellent views of the many cliffs that cover the Newquay coastline.

Whilst you’re on the beach, why not get involved in some of the water sports? If you’re keen to learn surfing there are plenty of surf schools around the town to choose from, or if that’s not your thing, you could hire a canoe or body board and explore the water that way.

Wildlife sea tours are a must when in Newquay. The Cornish waters offer a chance to see seals, dolphin pods and even basking sharks, as well as a range of sea birds. You can choose between one or two-hour boat tours, fishing and snorkelling trips and some companies even offer a Basking Shark cage diving experience. You can either do a little research on each tour company online, or head to Newquay Harbour where most of the companies are located.

Holidays are for eating and exploring new foods and tastes and Newquay is no exception. The town is home to a large number of beautiful, unique cafes, all serving the famous Cornish Cream Tea, or if you decide something savoury is on the menu, there are an abundance of Cornish Pasty shops around, all serving a range of traditional and some slightly more unique pasties.

If you feel like you’ve exhausted all things to do in Newquay and want to explore a little further a field, then this is a great option for you to choose and is definitely do-able in a long weekend. The Eden Project is easily accessible by public transport from Newquay and is really worth a visit. The Rainforest Biome is definitely a highlight. Smaller towns such as St Austell and Looe have plenty to offer, as well as giving you the chance to experience other Cornish towns.

So, there you have it. Just a few ideas on how you can spend a long weekend away in Newquay. If you have some more suggestions, we would love to hear them! Tweet us @TheSPG.