With Summer drifting ever further behind us, the temperature dropping and the kids back to school, many might feel that the holiday season is well and truly over. Whilst, there may not be the appeal of the fabulous heat and sun that we’ve been treated to this summer, the shores of the UK still have plenty on offer this Autumn.
If the end of the summer has left you bereft of any holiday plans and you’re already counting down the days until summer 2019, why not do something different and take an Autumn trip to the north shore of Cornwall?
Perfectly situated on the north coast, Newquay has become famous for being a surfer and party-goers paradise, but this coastal town is so much more than that, and has plenty on offer for everyone, throughout the year.
Let’s start with what Newquay is most famous for; surfing. The Atlantic waters provide the perfect spot for surfers of all abilities, and draws a massive number of people to the town each year.
Newquay is the host for the biggest surfing events in the country, with both the English National Surf Championships and the British National Surfing Championships taking part at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach respectively.
Surfing is part of the culture here and continues to attract people from across the world throughout the year, all looking to ride the Cornish waves. Autumn is a great time to get in the water; the summer crowds have largely dispersed giving you more freedom to catch the perfect wave.
Newquay is home to countless beaches, and not just for surfing. For dramatic views take a trip to Bedruthan Steps, visit Crantock and Holywell Bay for rolling sand dunes, and finally treat yourself at Watergate bay with a taste of Cornwall’s fine dining in Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.
The best way to take in Newquay’s stretch of beaches is via the south west coast path which winds its way around the whole Cornish coast, perfect for an Autumn walk.
During the cooler months at this time of year, get your timing right and you will be treated to incredible sunsets and picture-perfect moments.
Cast a Line
Something that most people don’t think about when they think of Newquay is fishing. However, the town is a great spot for sea fishing, and particularly good for mackerel and bass. With quieter waters comes better fishing, so now is a fantastic time of year to try and catch the biggest fish around. Take to the beach, rocks and headlands, or head down to the harbour and book onto one of the many fishing boat trips available out to sea.
If the weather’s not so kind…
Newquay has an abundance of things to see and do, with a great range of attractions throughout the town. Newquay Zoo is set in over ten acres of sub-tropical lakeside gardens where many endangered species can be seen. Complete your animal fix by heading to Blue Reef Aquarium, allowing you to explore the wonderful wildlife that lives in the nearby waters.
Venture outside of Newquay and you’ll find countless impressive gardens, stately homes, and museums, including attractions such as The lost gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project and Lanydrock Estate.
Most major attractions are open all year round, and with the queues considerably shorter, there’s no better time to visit.
Stay in Cornwall can help you find great accommodation, whether that be in a cottage, hotel, holiday park or B&B, helping ensure that you’ll take lasting memories home with you.
Find autumn flights from Birmingham, Manchester, London Heathrow, and Leeds-Bradford to Cornwall Airport Newquay at www.flybe.com, or flights from Dublin at www.aerlingus.com.
Make Newquay your next holiday destination and you won’t be disappointed!