In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: Dinard in Brittany, France
Population: 20,342 in 2011 (although likely to be much higher now)
Notable former residents: Novelist William Golding and presenter Philip Schofield
Films shot in town: ‘The Witches’ (1990) and ‘Blue Juice’ (1995)
Interesting factoid: The Beatles filmed some scenes for 1967’s ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ on Towan Beach and at the Atlantic Hotel


There’s no denying it: surfing has put Newquay on the international map. Its north Cornish coast waves and awesome beaches really are this town’s prime feathers in its cap. As a result of its popularity with surfers, an entire tourist industry has built up around the sport, meaning that Newquay is awash with great nightspots, resorts, pubs and restaurants. It is party central at night and beach central during the day, especially on the super-famous Fistral Beach but also on Porth Beach, Towan Beach and anywhere else that’s next to the sea. This vibrant atmosphere in the summer is exactly why thousands and thousands of visitors flock to the town every year. However, it’s not impossible to have a quiet and relaxing time in Newquay either, by the way. In fact, many of us positively encourage it. Whatever your pursuit, this famous north coast town has it all.