Well, that’s the summer well and truly over! Another lively holiday season has come and gone, and our town is a bit quieter, a bit more mellow. Before we look at what’s on in Newquay for October, we thought a potted history of our gorgeous town would be a fun thing to talk about.
A short history of Newquay
Roll back time and prehistoric people buried their dead at the Barrowfields and Trevelgue Head, and there’s evidence of Bronze Age and Iron Age homes in the area. By the medieval era our town had developed into a little fishing village, until the 1400s called Towan Blystra, a traditional Cornish language name. The mid 1400s saw Edmund Lacey, Bishop of Exeter, built a new wooden quay in the town, and its name fast changed to ‘Newquay’.
In around 1800 Newquay was home to just 1300 people, but the replacement of the old wooden quay with a rugged new stone one from around 1835 onwards transformed Newquay into a vital centre for tin miners, fisherman and farmers. The railway came in 1876, and our tourist industry was born. By the end of the 1800s we had several smart new hotels to cater for a roaring tourist trade.
The 1930s saw the town’s first Tourist Information Centre. In the 1960s Britain discovered surfing… and the rest is history! Thanks to our excellent surf and gorgeous beaches at Fistral and Watergate, Newquay fast established itself as a star on the surfing circuit.
Today we attract tourists from all over the world as well as throughout Britain. And while we’re busiest during the summer holidays, there’s a lively vacation scene here all year long. Here are just a few of the things that’re going on in and around town during October 2017.
The Newquay Halloween Zombie Crawl – Ages 5-16
Bring your kids, dress up in your most spook-tacular outfit and join the massive Newquay Zombie Crawl event on 28th October – it’s free and it starts 1.30pm at the Piazza. There’s a Zombie Crawl, family disco and face painting, and Titan the Robot is performing at the Piazza.
Thundercat Racing – Watergate Bay – 28th to 29th October
Enjoy the spectacle of 20 teams completing 6 heats, with the top 12 teams taking a thrilling final 9 lap heat on both the Saturday and Sunday. Action packed powerboat racing is the name of the game, and it’s a thrill a minute!
Fright Night at Pirate’s Quest – 27th October – Adults Only
A terrifying horde of Ghost Pirates awaits grown-ups, complete with a Ghost Ship, spooky caves, and coves full of gruesome scenes, an awesome fully-immersive, walk-through experience that’ll leave you shivering. You will be scared!
Floyd in the Flesh – The brilliant Pink Floyd tribute band
Floyd in the Flesh is a fantastic 7-piece tribute band who play the Floyd’s hits to perfection, a remarkable musical experience you won’t forget in a hurry! See a legend in real life.
The Producers at Lane Theatre
The Producers play the blues, headlined by Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer. They play fresh live blues with a unique feel and attitude, known for their refusal to simply copy the American blues style but make it their own, a glorious blend of their own songs and some beautifully re-invented classics.
Always something to do and see…
There are all sorts of attractions and things to do all year round, everything from our magical aquarium and zoo, both Cornwall’s biggest, to the National Trust’s Trerice Manor, Pirates Quest, Flambards theme park, Camel Creek, numerous surf schools, water sports, hiking and more.
Bed and Breakfast Newquay availability autumn 2017
Our Newquay B&B is open for business until the end of October, at which point we close for a well earned rest. Check out our bookings page to see what’s available during the autumn – we’ll look forward to seeing you soon!