Visit Cornwall: Things to do in and around Newquay

8 Things To Do In Newquay With Kids | There are loads of fun things to do in Cornwall with kids. These are our top 8 things to do in Newquay with children that you don't want to miss

As I shared earlier this month, in our review of Hoseasons Piran Meadow, I was surprised by just how much there was to do for families in Cornwall. We had the most amazing days out at St Michaels Mount  read our review here) and The Eden Project (read our review here) as well as the best time exploring Newquay and it’s surrounding areas.


Located on Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, Newquay has been voted “One of the nation’s favourite seaside towns” in the prestigious Which Holiday Survey, “Best family holiday destination” by readers of COAST magazine, and has one of the UK’s top ten beaches on Trip Advisor! It is a hugely popular town, all year round, frequented by surfers, travelling from all over the world, and holiday makers throughout the Summer months. It is also incredibly beautiful and, even in the Winter months, a gorgeous, chilled out place to visit.

Fistral beach is Newquay’s iconic beach and one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. West facing, with golden sands, it’s the perfect family beach with car parking, restaurants, cafes, toilets,  and surf equipment hire for those who want to give it a try!

We love visiting the beach in the Autumn/Winter months, just hunting for shells, splashing in the sea in our wellies, and, at Fistral Beach, watching the surfers brave the ice cold temperatures.

For all fans of the popular Roald Dahl film, The Witches, you can see The Headland hotel right here at Fistral beach. We love the film and the children couldn’t believe that the actual hotel was here in Newquay, although they did look a little nervous the nearer we got to it!

The Headland is very impressive and the children were amazed to be stood in the same spots as the witches. Being children, they soon found something even more exciting than that – rolling down the grassy slopes to the hotel!

The views from The Headland are just beautiful and the perfect way to see all of Fistral beach. I would love to return in the Summer months when, I can imagine, the beach is bustling with people and a real hive of activity.

Just a short walk into the town centre there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants, including our favourite find – the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. Even in freezing temperatures, it’s never too cold for an ice cream! I was so impressed by how many things there are to do in Newquay!


When visiting the local area, Padstow is well worth a visit. A charming, working fishing port, surrounded by sandy beaches, Padstow is a bustling harbour town with countless popular eateries, water sports, and the Camel Cycle Trail. Not only does it have so much to offer, but it is incredibly beautiful too.

There are places to eat on every corner, with gorgeous cobbled streets to explore. I was so excited to find the first gluten free bakery I’ve seen and, for the first time in three years, I had a gluten free pasty. Amazing!

We had such a lovely afternoon in Padstow, enjoying fish and chips, ice creams, and exploring some of the quirky seaside shops. We promised the children that we would return in the summer months so they could go crabbing at the harbour, something I know they would gladly do all day long in the sunshine.

Out of all of the places we visited in Cornwall, I think Padstow is my absolute favourite and we will definitely be back to spend to spend more time there next year.


There are a number of amazing National Trust sites close to Newquay and we enjoyed exploring a few of them. Alongside St Michaels Mount, we also visited Lanhydrock. Lanhydrock is a magnificent Victorian country house with the most beautiful gardens and wooded estate. It also has some fantastic events on throughout the year, including, on our visit, a Halloween Pumpkin trail.

The house itself is spectacular and is open to visitors throughout the year. Showing two sides of Victorian life, the house shows you both the luxurious family areas upstairs alongside the workers quarters downstairs, which was so interesting to see!

Having explored the house, Lewis and Gaz hired bikes to do some off road mountain biking through the woodland areas. That left me and the children free to explore the gardens, follow the pumpkins trail, and hunt for unicorns in the woods – always!

It always amazes me how much fun my children can have just exploring the outdoors, and Lanhydrock is perfect for just that. It’s always lovely to see them running around, using their imaginations, and, in the case of Harry, playing Harry Potter with every stick he comes across!

With admission for a family of four costing £39.90, I can’t recommend joining the National Trust enough. As members we pay just £10 a month with free access to all National Trust sites, inclusive of free parking. Just visiting this one site covered a third of our annual membership!

We had such a lovely day at Lanhydrock, finished off by hot choclates and cake in the cafe. It was such a simple day out but one of the best, and those are the days when my favourite memories are made.


Trelissick is a another National Trust site with welcoming country house and garden set in an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks. Alongside the house itself, there are over 300 acres of beautiful grounds to explore.

The house is stunning and the children enjoyed exploring the rooms and taking in all of the interesting and historical things. I’ll be honest, there isn’t a lot to do for children in the house itself but we were keen to get outside and start the Autumn trail.

The Autumn trail was so much fun, with several information points throughout the garden for the children to take part in little activities, answer questions, or draw pictures, and they had so much fun hunting them all out.

We had a lovely few hours at Trelissick just exploring the woodlands together and taking in the views. Cornwall is so beautiful and those peaceful moments, surrounded by my little ones, will stay with me forever.

We had the best week down in Cornwall just spending time together as a family, enjoying the outdoors, exploring new surroundings, and making memories to treasure. We will definitely be back in the Summer months to explore more of Cornwall in the sunshine!





  1. November 26, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Aww there’s so much to see and do! I haven’t been to Newquay since I went on a school trip in Year 9, so I hadn’t considered as a family holiday destination until now 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 26, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      It’s the perfect place for a family holiday! There is so much to see and do in the surrounding areas, all year round! We loved it. xx

  2. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    November 26, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    This has definitely convinced me that I need a return trip to Newquay! Oooooh, that’s so cool that it’s The Witches hotel too!

    • Laura Dove
      November 26, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      We LOVE The Witches so that bit was super exciting! The kids faces were a picture – part excited, part terrified! xx

  3. Melissa
    November 26, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    This looks like you had such a fun time! I always love reading about new places.

    • Laura Dove
      November 26, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks Melissa, we had a fab time! xx

  4. November 26, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    We stay near Padstow every year so your post has brought back lots of memories. But I can’t believe that we haven’t been to Lanhydrock! I will definitely go next year when we’re in Cornwall.

    • Laura Dove
      November 26, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      I loved Padstow, it has the most amazing chilled out vibe doesn’t it? Lanhydrock was lovely, I recommend it! xx

  5. Monidipa Dutta
    November 26, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    I have never been there but I would love to be there. Such a lovely place. Seems you had a great time.

    • Laura Dove
      November 26, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      We had a great time, Cornwall is beautiful! xx

  6. November 26, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I have never been to Cornwall, we have nearly managed to get there but always had to cancel, it looks such a beautiful part of the country to visit x

  7. November 26, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Wow, there is so much to see and do! I love Cornwall but have never been to Newquay, can you believe it? I’d love to visit Newquay one day.

  8. November 26, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Cornwall is just the most amazing place to go and visit, there so much to do and see. It sounds like you really made the most of your time there and got to see some amazing places within the area.

  9. November 26, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    We love Newquay and always end up at Springfields Farm when we visit – the kids all love it

  10. November 26, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I always love reading your travel posts. I have never been to Cornwall, but after reading your post, I definitely want to visit. I hope one day my family and I are able to travel to the UK. Your pictures of the things to do in Newquay are just beautiful!! It looks like your family had great time!

  11. November 26, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    I love Newquay, it is such a fun and vibrant place! Cornwall is such a beautiful part of the country.

  12. November 27, 2018 / 2:06 am

    We used to go to Cornwall all the time when I was a child and I remember how much we loved it, especially the beaches – it never mattered how cold it was, we would always go to the beach! Now I live in Florida and once it’s cold enough to put a jumper on, we don’t go near the beaches, I’ve gotten to be such a wimp!

  13. November 27, 2018 / 3:30 am

    Cornwall looks amazing. Would love to visit one day. I am sure your family had a wonderful time.

  14. November 27, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous, your kids seem to have had an amazing time. I’ve never been to Cornwall yet but I’m considering it for a nice weekend away

  15. Surekha Busa
    November 27, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Wooow! All your photos with your kids are so cute, the photos with the place is stunning. I love to visit there with my family soon.

  16. November 27, 2018 / 10:05 am

    We used to go to Newquay every summer when I was a child – I caught my first conger eel fishing in a rockpool there! (A strong memory as my brother had bought all his ‘posh’ fishing gear with him, and he caught nothing fishing off the rocks … I was given a crab line to use in the rockpools, and hooked a conger eel!!) Fistal Beach in the summer is HEAVING with people, believe me! (And I love Padstein!)

  17. November 27, 2018 / 10:24 am

    The Cornish coast is just stunning isn’t it?! I love their beaches so much. There is certainly plenty to do and it looks like you had a lovely holiday.

  18. November 27, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Cornwall looks lovely. Just a beautiful place and the sea view is stunning. Love the fact that you can do lots of water sports too xx

  19. November 27, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    I love Cornwall, I think it is my favourite place in the UK! Padstow has to be one of my favourite places to visit! Your photos are just incredible x

  20. November 27, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Oh wow, I never knew that about the hotel! We love empty out of season beaches they are so brilliant for exploring with so much space to run around without getting lost in people

  21. November 27, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    These Newquay photos are like a blast from the past for me. I went down there a few times post college and also visited Falmouth as a few of my friends went to Uni there. I suspect if I took the kids down there my new memories would be very different (and much clearer) than my old ones 😉
    It is easy to see why so many people flock there for their holidays every year.

  22. November 27, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Lovely post! I had my first kiss on Fistral beach and used to watch the surfing competitions there as a child. I have a lot of fond memories of Newquay and surrounding areas.

  23. November 27, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    What a beautiful place. I bet you had a nice time. Exploring this place in the summer time would be so amazing.

  24. Suchi
    November 28, 2018 / 2:31 am

    Love reading about new places! This looks like you had such a fun time! :)…..

  25. November 28, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Wow! What amazing shots that you have clicked. Really beautify scenery all around and so adorable kids. Definitely a place to visit.
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. November 28, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I haven’t been to Newquay since I was a child. Looks like so much to do! Stunning photos.

  27. November 28, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    I’ve never been to Newquay before but it looks likes there is so much to see and do there x

  28. November 28, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    We visited Fistral beach on New Years Day last year while staying at Coombe Mill – the area is so beautiful and we love watching people surf x

  29. November 29, 2018 / 1:49 am

    What stunning photos!!! I’m so hesitant to travel these days. I must get out of that mindset and set sail and spread my wings. To much beauty in the world to miss

  30. blair villanueva
    November 29, 2018 / 5:56 am

    You’ve captured the perfect moments specially those photos with your babies 😀
    These are priceless!

  31. Hannah Marie
    November 29, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Wow, the place looks really scenic. Plus, the hotel and establishments really look nice. I have been planning to bring my family to a beach resort on holiday too.

  32. November 29, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    This is some beautiful photography! I love Cornwall, it reminds me of when I was a child – we went there every year. The National Trust is a must when you have little ones. It’s a very inexpensive day out!

  33. November 29, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Such beautiful photos Laura!! You obviously had a wonderful time 🙂 Tressilick house looks stunning.

  34. Khushboo
    November 30, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Looks like amazing place would love to visit there sometime. All the pics are super beautiful loved it and I m sure you guys had fun there.

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