Within approximately 30 minutes from your holiday base there is plenty more to see and do. You can reach Newquay in 20-25 minutes where you’ll find more great beaches including the famous Fistral Beach where the Boardmasters surfing championship is held in August each year. You can also visit the Harbour and the other beaches, of Great Western where you will find the Sea Life Centre and Towan as well as the many shops, pubs, and cafes in the town centre.
At the far end of Fistral beach is the Pentire Headland where you can overlook Crantock beach. The other side of town takes you to Lusty Glaze beach where you can enjoy banana boat rides, jet ski lessons, high speed and coastal boat trips plus much more with Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre.
Slightly outside Newquay you will find the popular Holywell Bay with its beach and sand dunes and National Trust car park. Screech Owl Sanctuary & Animal Park is a charitable Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release Centre near Indian Queens. More animals can be found, along with various rides and activities at DairyLand Farm Park, and if you love trains you may want to visit Lappa Valley at St Newlyn East.
No visit to the area is complete without a stop at the home of Rattler – Healy’s Cyder Farm where you can enjoy guided tours of the distillery, a tractor ride through the apple orchards, a gin tasting experience, a cream tea in the café or just browse the shop.
Heading in the opposite direction from your base, northwards, you can visit the popular family and surfing beach of Polzeath and little further along the coast is the historic picturesque fishing port Port Isaac, made famous by the TV show Doc Martin and where Fisherman’s Friends was filmed.
If you go inland from your base, towards the South Coast you have the UK’s only china mining museum – Wheal Martyn Clay Works – where you can enjoy exploring the indoor Discovery Centre, outdoor museum finding out about Cornwall’s largest mining industry past and present plus woodland trails, children’s adventure trail and a café.
Then there is the famous Eden Project where education is at the heart of everything they do in celebrating plants and the natural world. The indoor Biomes and the gardens outside cover approximately 30 acres and has plenty of facilities to make an enjoyable visit.Head to Bodmin and you can enjoy the past coming back to life with a visit to Bodmin Jail, a trip on a steam train with Bodmin & Wenford Railway or a visit to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House which has grounds to explore and cycle trails.