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48 hours in Newquay, Cornwall

Cornwall, Newquay,

Stay for a short break at Hendra, a Newquay holiday park.

Hendra Holiday Park is a perfectly located holiday park in Newquay, with easy access to the town via car or public transport.

Hendra offers short breaks in our holiday home caravans, Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday. The Friday to Monday weekend break is a great opportunity to get away for the weekend and explore the coastal town of Newquay and all there is to offer.

Newquay has so much coastline to discover, from Fistral to Watergate. Newquay is a great place for couples and families to explore. Here we have our guide to 48 hours in Newquay, whether you want some top tips on which beaches to stop at, history, wildlife, or you want to know where the best places are to eat and shop: our 48 hour Newquay itinerary has it all covered!

Welcome to Hendra Friday – Arrive on the Holiday Park

Many people arrive at Hendra late Friday afternoon or in the evening. Our Reception is open until 8pm and then after that the Park Wardens will be on hand for check-in. You can check in to your accommodation from 5pm and head to one of our four eateries on site for a well-deserved refuel and a relax.

Saturday – Your Newquay Holiday begins!

Morning until lunch 

After a goods night’s sleep, it is time to whip up some breakfast, or enjoy one of our full English breakfasts at the newly refurbished for 2023, Terrace Bar and Restaurant. Delish!

If you have little ones, they may want to ride the Land Train at 9am around the park, and see our mischievous hippos Henry and Henrietta! The Newquay Land Train takes you from Hendra and into town, free of charge at 9.15am. If you want to be a bit more leisurely, you can catch the bus into town later, at the bus stop just outside of Hendra.

Once you are in Newquay, it is time to explore the town. Take a stroll up through Fore Street and towards Newquay’s famous surfing beach, Fistral. Along the way you can browse the surf boutiques and independent shops. We love Razzmattazz for shopping, perfect for homeware, unique jewellery, and gifts. There are lots of great cafes too, including the Box and Barber which does Brunch until 2pm, as well as delicious coffee and hot chocolate.

Fistral Beach, Newquay, CornwallMake your way to Fistral Beach and wander along the shoreline, and take a dip if it’s warm enough! You can walk to the end of the beach and back along the path near the dunes, making your way to the shops and restaurants. Overlooking Fistral you will find a selection of surf shops, along with a good choice of places to eat including Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips, and The Stable. The Stable has delicious pizza, as well as lots of refreshing ciders!

An Afternoon in Newquay

After some refreshment, walk around the coast, past the iconic Headland Hotel, which was the hotel where the first film of Roald Dahl’s The Witches was filmed. This beautiful hotel is a Cornish icon perched grandly on the coast. Follow the coastline around and make your way to Little Fistral. This is a popular spot with Newquay locals and perfect for searching for shells and pebbles. Be aware that this beach has no lifeguards. You can walk to the end of the headland, (be aware of the unfenced cliff tops) and get panoramic views across to Fistral. You can also see the old Coastguard Hut here.

When you make your way back down from the headland, you can walk further along the coastline. OnCoastline, Newquay your way you will see the old life boat slip, and you can walk along the coastline to the Huer’s Hut. The Hut dates back to perhaps as far as the 14th century, where it is thought to had been a hermitage or lighthouse. The hut was home to the Huer in the 16th century. The Huer would look out for pilchards and call out when he saw them so that the boats could fish.

Walk down to the harbour and see how Newquay is still a hub for fishing, with fishing boats moored at the harbour, making it a favourite seal hangout – see if you can spot a seal! The harbour is a bustling environment with fishing, locals and tourists and there’s places to get seafood, drinks, and ice cream.

The Newquay Land Train picks you up in town at Smile Surf Shop at 4.15pm.

Sundown in Newquay

Gannel, NewquayAfter a rest and a cup of tea at the holiday home caravan, get ready to go out once again for more beautiful views. Head down to the Gannel Estuary. A popular spot with locals, the Gannel can be explored by foot, horseback, or kayak. This is a tidal river so check the tide times. When the tide is out, you can walk to Crantock beach, on the other side of Fistral, though be careful not to get cut off! You can take a taxi here, a bus, or you even can walk from Hendra (be aware the roads are busy). There is a small free of charge car park next to the Gannel.

Nature lovers will be in their element – so make sure that you grab some binoculars. You can spot wading birds, and a range of fish including salmon and sea trout. There are remnants of Newquay’s seafaring past with traces of old boatyards, moorings and derelict boats.

For dinner, and to watch the sun go down, head over to nearby Pentire Headland (parking available). Here you can see across Crantock and over to Fistral. After a walk along the headland, a good place to eat, or to get a drink, is the Lewinnick Lodge. The Lewinnick does a range of food for everyone, perfect for families and couples.  The Lewinnick has fantastic sea views, making it a great place to finish a perfect day in Newquay.

Head back to Hendra for a Star Act in The Venue before bed.

Sunday in Newquay 

There’s no better place to be on a Sunday than by the Cornish coast. Take it easy and have a leisurely breakfast. At the Terrace Bar and Restaurant you are spoilt for choice with options for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans, or, if you like something sweet, then fill up with American Pancakes and syrup – yum!

This morning we are going to explore the other end of Newquay, starting off by getting the bus toTolcarne, Newquay Tolcarne, one of Newquay’s 7 beaches. This beach has excellent facilities for families. The beach is accessed by many stairs. If you don’t want to go down to the beach, from the top of Tolcarne, you can look over and enjoy the views. From here, there are some fantastic coastal walks to be had, depending on how far you fancy going!

The Barrowfields is a top Newquay spot, with awesome views: you can see so much of the big blue from here. You can walk over towards Lusty Glaze: another beautiful beach with fantastic facilities. A horseshoe shaped cove, this beach is nice and sheltered. The only way to access the beach is via the stairs, so be aware of this if you have children or people with walking difficulties with you.

Porth Beach and Headland, NewquayYou can continue walking the coast path over to Porth Beach. This is a relaxed spot, perfect for families, and popular with kayakers at high tide. This beach is great for exploring when the tide is out, with many rock pools and caves. Near Porth beach you will find some good places for refreshment, including Gwenna Teahouse which offer delicious breakfasts, and fresh sandwiches and salads which taste fantastic. Gwenna Teahouse is also an excellent choice for a Cornish cream tea.

There’s also The Hole in Wall which has excellent coffee and ice creams, with a choice of tasty toppings – little ones will be in ice cream heaven!

Sunday Afternoon

You may want to explore Porth for a while, before walking over to the other side of the beach. If you like a bit of shopping, then Roo’s Beach is for you! This cool beach-side boutique offers a choice of clothes and homeware. And, for those who want to look ‘Newquay cool’, this is the place to kit yourselves out!

It is Sunday, so that only means one thing… a roast dinner! The Mermaid Inn does a tasty carvery with all the trimmings!

If you want to walk off that roast, or if you still want to explore more of Newquay’s stunning coastline,View from Porth Island, Newquay you are in luck as there is still more to discover and it is beautiful! Head over to Trevelgue Head, known locally as Porth Island, with more views to soak up. Here you can look all the way over Watergate, and towards Towan.

From here you can walk the coast path over to Watergate Bay, where you can relax at the nearby Wax Beach Bar. Enjoy freshly cooked food and a huge choice of drinks, whilst looking over the stunning Watergate Bay.

From Watergate you can get the bus back or if you do drive then there’s two car parks there.

Sunset in Newquay

Another evening, another restaurant. Why not head back over to the iconic Fistral beach, and eat at the Award winning The Fish House Restaurant? The Fish House uses the very best local ingredients to create amazing food.

Or, of course, there are lots of delicious eateries right here on Park. There’s something for everyone, right here at Hendra. We have our Fish and Chip takeaway, Mario’s Pizzeria, where you can takeaway or eat in. The Terrace Bar and Restaurant offers an excellent dining experience, with an extensive and delicious menu. Make sure you soak up the excitement over in The Venue for your last night of Hendra fun!

Monday in Newquay 

It’s time to go, but the fun doesn’t have to end just yet! You can use facilities on the Park all day, so make sure you use our Oasis Fun Pools. Indoors Oasis has three fantastic flumes, geyser, giant tap, and toddler pool. From the end of May to the end of August the outdoor pool is open and heated – a great place for relaxing and soaking up the last of the Cornish sun!

Have a safe journey home and we hope to see you again soon!