Adventurous Things to Do in Newquay, Cornwall - adventuro

40 Adventurous Things to Do in Newquay, Cornwall

Situated on Cornwall’s coast, Newquay is a top spot for those outdoorsy types – i.e. YOU, given you, are reading this. The beaches offer plenty of opportunities for surfing, diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, coasteering and so much more! For enthusiasts of the sky, there are exhilarating activities like skydiving, freediving, bungee jumping.

These adventures offer unique ways to experience the thrill of the air and water. Each activity caters to those seeking a surge of adrenaline and a new perspective on the world from above or below the surface.

Additionally, Newquay provides trails for hiking and biking enthusiasts to enjoy the stunning landscape. The area allows for great wildlife watching and exploring historical sites in this corner of the country with rich cultural and natural heritage.

Surfing Adventures

Newquay is known for its wide beaches and strong surf, making it one of the top spots for surfing enthusiasts. Most beaches feature prime surf spots that vary throughout seasons, with Fistral and Towan beaches being the best choice for watersport adventures. No matter where you’re staying in Newquay, you’ll always be close to one of the twelve sandy beaches, each offering a unique experience perfect for any day of your visit. 

Best Surfing Beaches

  • Fistral Beach – Stands as Newquay’s premier beach, renowned for being one of the top surfing destinations in the UK and Europe and hosts international competitions. With its west-facing orientation, expansive sandy stretch, and natural backdrop of sand dunes, rocks, and cliffs, it offers a scenic setting for beach-goers. Ideal for both novices and experienced surfers.
  • North Fistral – This part of the beach performs well at all tide levels, especially when large swells roll in. At low tide, surfers can enjoy excellent barrels and peaks. While it primarily offers right-hand waves, there are submerged rocks and rip currents to navigate for lefts at high tide. It’s suitable for beginners but can become crowded in the summer months.
  • South Fistral – The waves generally break left and are best from mid to high tide. The ideal swell direction is from the west-southwest, with south to southeast winds providing offshore conditions. This area is also beginner-friendly, but surfers should be cautious of strong rip currents.
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Watergate Bay Beach Newquay
  • Towan Beach – Stands out as the most central beach in Newquay. It features small, manageable waves that are perfect for beginner surfers. As a hotspot in the heart of the town, Towan Beach is favored by both surfers and families, offering a generous mix of sandy and rocky areas.
    • Surfing Equipment Hire – Has the most extensive selection of surf hire equipment and accessories in the area.
  • Holywell Bay – Spacious and sandy beach, is situated 5 miles west of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. Known for attracting surfers and swimmers, this rural beach is encircled by cliffs. At low tide, it stretches for a mile and is complemented by a vast area of sand dunes. Due to its exposure to large Atlantic swells, it is a great spot for surfers and bodyboarders.
  • Watergate Bay Beach – Located 3 miles from Newquay, offers an extensive stretch of fine golden sand that extends for more than 2 miles at the base of steep cliffs. This wide, open bay regularly catches swells from the Atlantic, making it another favored spot for surfing.

Looking to Improve or Just Starting Out? 

There is a variety of courses in the area that offer lessons to guide you through the basics, ensuring you can partake in this exhilarating adventure with confidence. Or, if you have previous surfing experience, these courses will help you take your skills to the next level. 

Kitesurfing

Newquay is home to few top-tier kiteboarding spots, suitable for all preferences, whether you’re into wave riding or prefer flat water conditions. Watergate Bay and Perran Sands beaches offer the perfect conditions. As long as there’s wind, you’ll likely find a beach that matches your kiteboarding needs.

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Kitesurfing Newquay

Paddleboarding – SUP

Newquay’s scenic coast offers a number of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) opportunities for those looking to explore.  Whether you have some experience and want to hire a board to paddle at your own pace, or you’re seeking to level up your skills, there’s something for everyone. From tranquil river tours to coastal explorations, these activities cater to a range of preferences, ensuring a rewarding experience on the water. Or take part in exciting competitions on Super Boards.

Bodyboarding and Hand Planing

From hand planing, where you use a small board to catch waves more efficiently, to engaging bodyboarding sessions suitable for everyone, Newquay has it all. Whether you want personal coaching to get better at water sports, hire a board, or a family activity that’s both safe and fun, Newquay has options that ensure you have a great time.

Kayaking

The coastline is a kayaker’s dream, offering a unique perspective of the cliffs, secluded coves, and abundant marine life. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a beginner, guided tours and lessons can tailor the experience to your skill level, ensuring an unforgettable journey through some of the most scenic waters in and around Newquay. Or hire a boat and take off on your own adventure.

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Newquay, Cornwall

Go Coasteering

For the thrill-seekers, coasteering is a must-do activity in Newquay. This exhilarating sport involves swimming, climbing, and cliff jumping along the coastline. Guided tours ensure a safe and memorable adventure as you explore caves, plunge into the sea, and enjoy the adrenaline rush. Explore Newquay’s history, or turbo charge your adventure with jet boat coasteering. Below are few of our picks.

Swimming with Sharks

Basking Shark Experience – An adventurous journey to encountering the world’s second-largest shark species. Participants set out by boat to locations where sharks have recently been spotted, watching for the significant dorsal fin that appears above the water as sharks feed. If conditions allow, there’s even the thrilling opportunity to snorkel with these majestic creatures, offering a closer and more immersive experience with one of the ocean’s most fascinating animals.

Shark Cage Diving – This adventure takes you 15-20 miles offshore to spot the elegant Blue Shark. The journey includes preparing ‘chum’ to attract sharks near the boat, offering a vibrant scene with birds and marine life. Participants can enter a shark cage via an open side door and snorkel; no diving experience is needed to safely observe these ocean predators. The trip leaves you exhilarated and informed about the conservation of British sharks and how you can contribute to their preservation.

Freediving

FreediveUK, offers a wide range of freediving and underwater foraging courses in the clear Atlantic waters. They provide everything from beginner courses to advanced freediving training. The courses are designed for all levels, allowing participants to explore marine foraging or even experience being a mermaid.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Newquay is a great way to see the underwater sights along Cornwall’s coast. The clear waters and variety of sea life make it an ideal place for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. Newquay offers everything from calm bays to secluded coves, where you can enjoy encounters with different fish, sea plants, and more. There are local guides and courses that can help you get started safely and make the most of your snorkeling adventure. Some are combined with other watersports making it one (or two) of a kind experience.

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Coast Path, Newquay

Sky High

Experience Cornwall from the skies with Newquay Cornwall Airport’s variety of thrilling airborne activities. Enjoy the region’s warm climate and stunning coastline from thousands of feet up through Aerobatic Flights, Gliding, and Microlight Flying Lessons, offering a unique perspective of one of the British Isles’ warmest places.

Located on Perranporth’s cliffs, The Cornish Parachute Club offers a range of Skydiving experiences, from tandem jumps for beginners to courses for becoming a fully qualified skydiver. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cornish coastline as you ascend to 10,000 feet before experiencing an exhilarating jump, reaching speeds of 120 mph towards the Atlantic. This family-run center combines the thrill of skydiving with the beauty of Cornwall’s scenery.

Or experience Hang Gliding, Paragliding & Paramotoring with Cloud9. They offer Training Courses, Taster Days and Tandem Experience. Taster Days offer introductory options, available for both individuals and groups for one or two days. These sessions aim to provide a comprehensive introduction to each sport, with the goal of getting participants to fly independently by the end of the day. They serve as both an entertaining and memorable introduction to aerial sports and a fun way to experience flying firsthand.

Go Underground

Cornwall Underground offers various mine tours. While the location is about 45 minute drive from Newquay, the adventure is too good not to mention. Three options, the Underground Explorer, Adventurer, and Adventurer Extreme, cater to different levels of adventure and experience. Activities involve exploring historic tin mines, abseiling, traversing underground labyrinths, and learning about Cornish mining history. These unique experiences combine physical challenges with the exploration of Cornwall’s mining heritage.

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Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Rock Climbing

Cornwall is home to several excellent rock climbing locations, such as Sennen, Chair Ladder and Bosigran. One of the closer ones to Newquay is Carn Gowla. Climbers will discover a variety of routes, ranging from simple single-pitch slabs to more complex multi-pitch routes. It offers climbs for all levels, but due to its challenging terrain, a knowledgeable and careful approach is advisable. If you are not ready to tackle the crag on your own, check out the local courses and guides. Check out our Introduction to Rock Climbing in Cornwall.

Hang Loose

Short drive from Newquay, Hangloose Adventure at Eden Project offers a range of high-adrenaline activities such as zip-lining, giant swings, free falls, and aerial trekking. This adventure center is known for combining thrilling outdoor activities with the beautiful setting of the Eden Project, allowing visitors to experience both nature and excitement in one location.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping guarantees a thrilling adventure for those looking to experience the exhilaration of a 160ft leap. Positioned over the Porth Beach, it’s an opportunity for adrenaline seekers to take in breathtaking views before making the jump. This activity presents a memorable day out, blending the views of Cornwall’s coastline with the rush of free-falling.

Biking Adventures

Cornwall has many beautiful cycling routes, including the Camel Trail, which follows a disused railway line from Bodmin to Padstow. The Mineral Tramways Trail is another great cycling route that passes through the historic mining towns of Redruth and Camborne. Or hire an E-Bike and super charge your cycling adventure.

Best Camping Spot

There are many great campsites in Cornwall, including some located right by the sea. Treen Farm Campsite and Trevedra Farm are both popular campsites near the coast. Or combine your camping with some exciting adventures.

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Pentire Headlands, Newquay

Instructor Courses – Go Pro

If you’re passionate about the outdoors and considering a career in it, or simply looking to enhance your skills and knowledge, Newquay offers a variety of specialized courses tailored for those aspiring to become instructors. The courses provide essential skills and certifications needed to teach and ensure safety in water sports and the great outdoors.

There is More…

And if those adventures weren’t enough, here are even more to consider. Newquay truly offers a variety of exciting experiences for anyone’s tastes and needs.

  • Jetskiing
  • Landboarding
  • Sailing & Boating
  • Powerkiting
  • Land Buggying
  • Canoeing
  • Wild Swimming
  • Surf Rafting
  • Quad Biking
  • Waveskiing

Ready, Set, Go!

Whether you’re surfing atop the waves, free-falling from the sky, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty on a bike, Newquay’s got your adventure cravings covered. So pack your spirit of adventure (and maybe a wetsuit) and dive into the endless possibilities. Here, every day’s an invitation to play outside the box. For the latest adventures in Newquay, check out our full listing – adventuro.

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