Newquay's evolution into the UK's ultimate surfing and beach holiday resort, host to international surfing competitions, is a late 20th century phenomena. The resort took off in the 1960s with an influx of international lifeguards. Prior to the 1960s, New Quay's history is predominantly as a small Cornish port based around fishing, and export of china clay and copper. Today this top British surfing and family beach resort is a multi award-winner with over 10 golden sandy beaches and many seaside attractions from aquariums, zoos, steam railways and theme parks to surf schools and indoor water parks.
Packed with funky surfer bars, best nightclubs and a fantastic choice of quality, affordable accommodation, Newquay is popular with a range of visitors from Stag and Hen Weekenders to all levels of surfers and families. Rolling Atlantic waves guarantee prime surfing territory and each of Newquay's beaches offer a unique experience from gentle family fun on central Towan Beach to rip roaring surfing on Fistral beach. Surfing is king in Newquay, but also popular on the water are adrenalin pumping coasteering, kayaking and bodyboarding. Activities in Newquay aren't just on the water. The resort also features premier coastal golf links courses, cutting edge go karting and paintballing centres, fantastic coastal walking along the South West Coast Path and a range of cycling experiences.