Like many B and Bs in Newquay, we close our doors in the winter for annual maintenance, to make sure everything is ship shape and Bristol fashion for the coming year. But there’s still plenty to do and see in and around our lovely little town, no matter what the season. Here are some of the best year-round attractions in Newquay and beyond.
High off-season drama on stunning Fistral beach
Visitors to our BnB Newquay love Fistral beach, which takes on an entirely different personality in the winter. It’s iconic, known across Europe for its consistently excellent surf. It faces due West and is lined with dramatic rocks and cliffs. In summer it’s jam packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sea and surf, surfing equipment hire, lessons and boutiques, fully accessibly showers, toilets, car parking, restaurants and cafés. When the weather cools down and the famous Cornish winds rise, it’s a different story: a thrillingly wild place dotted with hardy walkers, sometimes with enormous crashing waves, other times with a flat and millpond-calm ocean.
The temperature of the water varies widely throughout the year, but the surfing carries on thanks to winter wetsuits, special cold water boots, gloves and hoods, all available for hire from the excellent Fistral Beach Surf School. They’re open all year round, providing free equipment with your surfing and bodyboarding lessons as well as lovely hot showers, free parking from October to March, group discounts, special offers and more. You might even experience the legendary Cribbar Wave, an unpredictable monster that pops up on the north eastern end of Fistral Beach, the other side of the Headland Hotel, at random around twice a year.
As an extra bonus, the beachcombing in winter is exceptional – who knows what you’ll find, quite apart from beautiful, delicate seashells.
Lovely Trerice – A stone’s throw from our Newquay BnB
Open as normal through October and at weekends between November and the end of the year, beautiful Trerice is a wonderful, mellow historic Elizabethan manor house in the nearby parish of Newlyn East, at Kestle Mill. It’s a National Trust property and open to the public, with a very fine garden and world famous orchard full of unusual and ancient fruit trees.
There’s the house itself to explore, a Tudor masterpiece, plus the grounds and Great Hall, a shop and a tea room, a warm and cosy place to relax, full of lovely, rich, comforting smells: tea and coffee, great cake, tasty snacks. On 8th October you can stargaze there, a free event open to everyone, and later in the month there’s a Spooky Trerice by Night event, perfect for ghost hunters and anyone else who enjoys a jolly good scare! Plus there are daily silent house tours, also pretty spooky, plus beeswax candle-making, a woven snowflake event… the list goes on.
Newquay’s spectacular Blue Reef Aquarium
Home to remarkable jellyfish, tropical sharks, piranha fish, a giant octopus and loads more, Newquay’s brilliant aquarium is open all year round, 10am to 6pm, whatever the weather. The feeds and special talks alone are worth it, a brilliant way to see the amazing collection of sea creatures close up as they’re fed by their keepers. More than forty remarkable themed habitats await you, as fascinating as they are educational and fun.
Treat yourself to exceptional pub grub
We locals, of course, are here all year long. And we love a good pub meal. There’s a great choice of gastro pubs serving delicious food throughout the winter, including the Fort Inn overlooking the harbour, with its lovely garden, the Laherne Pub and Restaurant on Ulalia Road, The 16th century Tavern with its lively live music scene and the Central Inn on Central Square, home to dining, dancing, a cocktail bar and a massive 3d TV screen in the bar.
If you’re looking for a beautifully equipped, cosy, smart and friendly bed & breakfast in Newquay for your next great British staycation, why not book early and secure your room before things get busy? We’ll be delighted to hear from you.