A Guide To Newquay and Its Culture
Formerly known as Towan Bilstra until a new quay was built, Newquay is one of Europe’s most popular seaside resorts and is hugely popular with families, couples and groups. Behind its abundance of charm, beautiful beaches and seafood restaurants, Newquay also has a rich and fascinating history. With its happy vibe, Newquay is one of the best places to visit should you wish to escape the stresses of everyday life.
Art Galleries in Newquay
There is more to Newquay than its beautiful beaches and seaside charm, Newquay is also home to a number of fine art galleries; where you will find a diverse selection of paintings, portraits and prints for sale, all at reasonable prices. Because Newquay has such fine scenery, painters and artists are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing their next project.
The majority of art galleries in and around Newquay specialise in drawing and painting coastal scenery, featuring a number of interesting paintings of nearby areas. All of the exhibition spaces here welcome visitors who are allowed to enjoy the arts at their own leisure.
In the Crantock gallery you will find a selection of wonderful paintings, all painted by local artists who take inspiration from Crantock and its pleasant surroundings.
Newquay’s beaches and Surfing Culture
Newquay is renowned for its surfing and is referred to by many as the capital of British surfing. Take a walk around the town centre and you will instantly notice its surfing culture, with a number of small surfing boutiques and surf lodges, thousands of surfers flock here every summer in the hope of catching some of the finest waves that the resort has to offer.
It’s not just surfers who enjoy Newquay’s beaches though! Every year thousands of families visit Newquay to enjoy its family friendly beaches, below are two of my favourite beaches:
Lusty Glaze Beach
Located on Cornwall’s dramatic north coast, Lusty Glaze beach is a little cracker and one of my favourite beaches. There’s always loads going on here with something to suit everyone, whether that be live music, sporting events, or surfing lessons. There is also a beach restaurant that treats its visitors to spectacular views of the Newquay coastline, ideal for warm summer evenings!
This is a large beach with bags of charm, and what makes it even better, it also has a river flowing through it. Porth beach is perfect for families with young children due to its shallow waters, and even at high tide the sea stays shallow for a considerable distance, making it ideal for swimming.
This beach is known for its gully that connects it to neighbouring beach Whipsiderry. The gully is accessible at low tide and is definitely worth visiting.
Where to visit
Blue Reef Aquarium
Home to an impressive collection of marine displays, Blue Reef aquarium recreates a number of underwater habitats such as the Mediterranean, Caribbean waters and Cornwall’s famous coastline. At the aquarium you can expect to see sharks, stingrays, turtles, and thousands of rare fish.
Set in charming lakeside gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to around 130 different animal species. Here you will find everything from penguins and reptiles, to lion’s, snakes and birds. This is the perfect place to enjoy a family day out; there is something for both children and adults alike. If you do decide to visit Newquay Zoo, be prepared to learn a lot!
Perched proudly above the sea at Towan Head, Huers Hut dates right the way back to the 14th century when it was used by the Huer to watch out for shoals of fish arriving in the bay. To alert the town of their arrival he would yell ‘Heva,Heva’. The views from here are incredible and provide you with an amazing panoramic view of the Cornish coastline.
Trerice Manor is a wonderful Elizabethan manor house located just outside of the Newquay town centre. If you enjoy gorgeous interior and stunning gardens, Trerice manor is definitely worth a visit. If you visit here, make sure you see the inside; some of the antique furniture is incredible.