Our B&B Newquay is perfectly placed for easy access to a brilliant range of things to do and see, a year-round collection of top events, activities and attractions. This month we’re featuring two of the most popular, the Art8 Newquay Arts and Culture Festival, now in its fifth year and set to be better than ever, plus the charming Lappa Valley Steam Railway, a miniature railway adventure adored by adults and children alike.

Art8 Newquay – Sun, sea, sand and culture – 22nd to 24th April 2016

art8The 21st April sees the launch of the town’s 5th prestigious Art8 event, which kicks off at the Greenheart Café on Tower Road, postcode TR7 1LR. Newquay’s Arts & Culture Festival consists of three action-packed days of events, exhibitions and workshops covering everything from art, film, crafts, poetry and dance to photography, theatre, music, literature and more.

The idea is to transform the town into a recognised and respected creative and cultural hub, giving local artists, performers and community groups the support they need to show their work, involve the community and give holidaymakers something special to enjoy early in the season.

If you’re not visiting for the event itself, not to worry. The Art8 team is active all year round, lending important support to a wide range of arts-based events. At the core of Art8 sits a determination to focus on quality and affordability. The results inspire, challenge, motivate and encourage everyone concerned, both  locals and visitors, to take part in the fun.

You’ll discover visual art exhibitions across venues throughout the town. A series of ‘Why Don’t You’ Workshops are a major feature, letting you join in doing something completely different, something you’ve never tried before… which is all part of an exceptional holiday experience. And the fun carries on into the evening, with performances and events, theatre and music, poetry and film, showcasing the best of the arts in Newquay and beyond.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway – A great day out for train fans of every age

lappa valleyHead for Benny Halt at St Newlyn East, postcode TR8 5LX, for the thrilling Lappa Valley Steam Railway, a fabulous miniature railway open every year from late March to late October.

You’ll discover not just one but three different miniature railways, all running through a gorgeous conservation area where the wildlife is protected. And there’s more than amazing mini-trains to enjoy. There’s also a lovely leisure park, a canoeing lake, crazy golf, indoor play carriages, a maze for toddlers, lush  woodland walks, cafes and plenty of places for adventure play.

The steam railway is 15 inch gauge, a full mile of track running through the scenic Lappa Valley between the Benny Halt and East Wheal Rose stations.

The Newlyn Branch Line is 10¼ inch gauge, running from East Wheal Rose for half a mile. a further half mile along the original track bed, was opened in May 1995.

The woodland railway is even smaller, a beautiful 7¼ inch gauge circular track a fifth of a mile long, complete with its own thrilling tunnel and starting / ending at East Wheal Rose.

Stay with us for comfort, style and great facilities

Thanks to our smart, contemporary bed and breakfast in Newquay and all its attractions are yours. We’re conveniently placed for season-round fun, a stone’s throw from the action. Come back next time for another look at what’s on in Newquay.