The 7 Best Things to Do in Newquay this Summer (2023!)

With the great British summer in full swing, summer is a great time of year to visit the coastal paradise of Newquay. With schools breaking up and annual leave commencing, Cornish businesses are busting open their doors to welcome visitors from all over the country (and world!) to the many activities and events that are taking place this month. Here are some of the best things to do in Newquay this summer:


 Attend Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival

The world-famous festival full of epic surf, a laid-back beachy atmosphere and fantastic acts will soon return to our clifftops. Boardmasters has a venue truly like no other, with breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean, festival goers can watch the sun set to the sound of their favourite acts.

There are also plenty of other activities to enjoy throughout the weekend including food stalls, beach parties, and live entertainment.

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Explore the beaches:

We couldn’t write a blog about the best things to do in Newquay without mentioning the beautiful white sand beaches sprinkled along our coastline.

Whether you are into swimming, paddleboarding or coasteering, there is a beach to suit everyone.

Some of our favourites include: Fistral, Watergate Bay, and Towan Beach.  

Things to do in newquay this august


Go surfing

Newquay is a world-renowned surfing destination, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn to surf or improve your skills. There are also plenty of surf schools and rental shops in the town.

We recommend Fins Surf School, ideally located between two brilliant surfing beaches – Fistral and Towan. Fins also specialise in surfing, making them some of the best surf lessons available in Newquay!



Things to do in newquay this august

Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium

This aquarium is home to over 40 different species of marine life, including sharks, rays, and tropical fish. There is also a touch tank where you can get up close to some of the animals.


Things to do in newquay this august

Go coasteering

What better way to explore our beautiful coastline than by scrambling, jumping and swimming along it! Coasteering is a thrilling and adventurous activity that allows you to experience the coastline in a whole new way. It’s a great way to get your heart racing and to see some of the most beautiful parts of the coast that you might not otherwise be able to access.

Newquay is abundant with local businesses offering coasteering tours, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure!


Things to do in newquay this august

Take a boat trip

There are several boat trips that depart from Newquay, which offer the chance to see dolphins, seals, and other marine life. These trips are a great way to get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures that call the Cornish coast home. Or if you’re looking to visit somewhere with a Mediterranean feel, hopping on a boat to the Isles of Scilly will have you feeling like you’ve been dropped off in the South of France.



Things to do in newquay this august

Visit the Eden Project

Just a short drive from Newquay, this award-winning garden is home to a variety of plants from around the world, including rainforests, Mediterranean gardens, and a tropical rainforest.

Alongside being a visual masterpiece of biodiversity and plant life, the Eden Project is also a highly educational experience about how the impact of fossil fuels on our plant life and how we can make changes towards a better future.


Things to do in newquay this august



These are just a few of the many things to do in Newquay in August. With its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, and vibrant nightlife, Newquay is the perfect place to spend a summer vacation.

Here are some additional tips for planning your trip to Newquay in August:

  • Accommodation can get booked up very quickly for August, so it is better to book in advance. If you are looking for some last-minute accommodation, we do have some rooms available at The Atlantic Hotel. We are currently running an offer where you can grab 30% off all rooms during August and September. Availability is running out so book now to secure your stay – only redeemable by phone.


  • Pack plenty of suncream. It may be overcast this week but Cornwall can get delightfully hot during the summer months.


  • Be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses, as well.


  • There are a number of festivals and events taking place in Newquay in August, so be sure to check before you travel for any events taking place plan ahead.  You can find a full list of Newquay events on the VisitCornwall website.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to visit Newquay in August, we wish you a wonderful summer!


5 reasons you should holiday in Cornwall this summer.




Traveling abroad currently is showing to be quite a difficult and stressful experience, with long airport delays and many restrictions impacting the joy of taking a holiday.


Just a few hours drive from the majority of places within the UK, Newquay Cornwall is a paradise in waiting. Oceans to match those abroad, some of the best beaches in the world, and long warm days finished off with what we believe to be some of the most magical sunsets in the world.



The Crystal Clear Water


Seeing the ocean in Newquay during the summer months might lead you to think you were in fact abroad. Bright, clear, turquoise waters perfect for swimming, and surfing.

Tropical-looking coves and caves exist in abundance, all waiting to be explored in the warm summer sun.

Newquay is awash with water sports including, coasteering, paddleboarding, kayaks, jetskis, and surf hire available at every turn.

Our helpful and informed reception team is always on hands with advice on where to hire, or secret spots to explore.



The Surf


Surfing is simply put, part of Newquay, it’s in our soul. Often described as the surf capital of the UK, there is no better place to try your hand at learning the local’s favourite pass time.

Newquay is home to several great beaches, all with waves perfect for those looking to learn. The perfect family or couple activity, surfing offers so much fun to be had. Everywhere you turn in Newquay you will see board and wetsuit hire, along with lessons available.

The jewel in Newquay’s surfing crown is without doubt Fistral Beach, a short stroll from the hotel front door. Known worldwide as the mecca of UK surfing, Fistral is the perfect place to ride some waves as a beginner or watch the locals tackle big waves as the sun begins to set.





An adventurer’s playground, Newquay is the perfect getaway for those seeking fun and adventure on the sea.

Just behind the Atlantic Hotel, you will find hidden caves amongst crystal clear waters, perfect for stand-up paddleboarding.

For those looking for a high adrenaline activity why not try coasteering. Leap from high rocks into man-made plunge pools and hidden coves.

Surrounded by the ocean the Atlantic Hotel is a short stroll from the local harbour where you can hire jet skis and take to the sea exploring and creating your own adventure.



The Sunsets


There truly is no sunset like a Newquay sunset. In summer warm oranges fill the sky as the sun begins to drop into the sea.

A mere few minute’s walk from the Atlantic Hotel is Fistral Beach, where you can relax on the stunning sandy beach and watch the locals take the last waves of the day as the sky begins to fill with the most magical warm colours.

One thing is for sure, you will never forget your first sunset on Fistral Beach.



The History


When we say we are proud of our history, we really mean it. A stay with us at The Atlantic Hotel is a stay walking the same steps as some of the most famous people in the world.

The world’s most famous band ‘The Beatles’ stayed in this very hotel during their now-infamous visit whilst filming the iconic Magical Mystery tour in 1967.

Trace their steps in and around the hotel and have your picture taken in some of the places included in the movie, such as the outdoor pool, the Huers Hut, or perhaps on the grand steps to the rear of the hotel where the infamous group photo was taken.


To find out more about the Atlantic Hotel or to book your summer break this year call our friendly team on 01637 872244 or email



10 Reasons to book a staycation in Cornwall this Summer


The Summer Holidays are here.

Here are 10 reasons why a Staycation in Cornwall is the best choice this Summer…

1: Beaches

Cornwall has over 400 beaches, with 14 beaches in Newquay alone.

Stunning golden sands, crystal clear blue seas, with comparisons of California or the Caribbean, and World-class surf breaks, Cornwall’s beaches rival destinations overseas.

With many beaches patrolled by the RNLI, Cornwall offers a safe environment to enjoy a swim, try out the fantastic watersports on offer, or take a boat trip.

Simple pleasures, such as buying fishing nets, buckets and spades from the local shops, enjoying a picnic (our luxury hampers are nice!) and watching the sunset will make memories forever.


 2: Cuisine

Cornwall is England’s Cuisine Capital, with its fresh produce shipped all over the world.

Home to World famous restaurants and celebrity chefs, Cornwall has 1000’s of restaurants, cafes and deli’s to enjoy.

Nothing beats a piping hot Traditional Cornish Pasty overlooking the sea, and of course, England’s favourite Fish and Chips tastes all the better when the fish is freshly caught and enjoyed on the beach. Afternoon Teas have raged into fashion, with Cornish Clotted Cream, and Jam playing it’s the famous role (always Jam first!!)

Locally caught seafood from Newquay Harbour offers delicious fresh Lobster, Crab, Oysters and Mussels, to name just a few- you don’t have to travel abroad to try something new!

Cornwall is also home to many fine wineries and breweries- Skinners, and St Austell Brewery are producing first-class ales and beers, while wineries such as Camel Valley are winning International awards for their wines.


3: Travel

Hands down a tank of fuel is cheaper than flights for the family, and with children having to pay for a seat from the age of 2 on most airlines, suddenly many families become priced out when looking at travelling abroad. With rail options, and Cornwall Airport’s range of domestic flights at affordable rates from Manchester, Edinborough, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Dublin, you can be in Cornwall within an hour.

Listening to “Are we there yet” from the backseat, packing snacks, arguing with the sat nav, and finally arriving right outside your hotel form part of the holiday and family memories.


 4: Places to visit

With so many places to visit during your stay, the only thing to do is research and prioritise, the World famous Eden Project is an absolute must for first time visitors.

There are also 100’s of theme parks and family friendly days out ensure that little ones are catered for rain or shine, with discounted entry booklets available in our hotel, the hard part will be deciding where to visit.

Tate St Ives, The Minack Theatre, Land’s End, and Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro offer stunning exhibitions and live performances for a family friendly arts and culture fix.

5: Events

Cornwall has a packed programme of events planned this Summer, from music festivals to food and sailing.

Why not team up your summer holiday with Boardmasters Festival in August (check out our photo below by Tim Borrow!) with Headliners Florence and the Machines, The Foals and Wu Tang Clan. At Fistral beach, live surfing, skateboarding and surf village packed with stalls (look out for our Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar stall!) and bars just a short stroll away from our hotel, this event is for all the family and is not to be missed.  Day tickets are available, so that you can enjoy all the music and events and be home to your luxury sea view room within 15 minutes.

For the foodies there are weekly Farmers Markets all over Cornwall and various famous food festivals, including the famous Rock Oyster Festival in July, and Newlyn Fish Festival in August.

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week is one of Britain’s Premier Sailing Events, with spectacular firework displays, gig racing, live music, and an appearance from the red arrows.

 6: Watersports

How would you like a coasteering lesson? Surf lesson? Stand up paddleboarding? Kayaking? Kayak fishing? White Water Rafting? Jet-skiing? The list is endless, and all available in Cornwall, just steps away from our hotel. Surfing remains one of the most popular activities in the area and the Cornish surf scene is thriving. Here in Newquay, Escape Surf School are our go-to for both large group and one on one surf lessons from professional surfers and instructors and top of the range facilities.

7: Accessible for all

Travelling in your own vehicle can be the easiest, and least stressful way for families with members who have disabilities. Being able to travel with everything they need, parking outside the entrance to their accommodation, and avoiding long waits, queues, and vast airports can be worth so much.

With full disabled access and our facilities on the ground floor, the Atlantic Hotel can accommodate any guest’s requests and are happy to make any arrangements necessary in the interest of our customer’s comfort.

Our chefs and waiting staff are allergen trained and can adapt our extensive menu accordingly, we are dog-friendly, with allocated rooms for dogs, and we allow guide dogs in all areas of the hotel.

 8: Cost

The cost of staycation can be far cheaper than a holiday abroad, without the costs of flights per person, airport parking, etc, booking a break on your doorstep is often much cheaper for families. With the Sterling at now 1.15 vs the Euro*, gone are the days when you would make double on your cash exchange. By holidaying in the UK you are actively helping the British Economy and supporting the British Tourism industry.

 9: Wildlife

Cornwall is rich with natural wildlife, and offers a wonderful opportunity to educate, and enjoy nature with your children.

Go Dolphin spotting on a boat trip from Newquay’s Harbour, just minutes away from our hotel, and take snaps of sea birds, sun fish and hope to see pods of dolphins jumping in and out the water.

Rockpooling is fun for all ages with crabs, shrimps, starfish, and lots of species of little fish to catch.

Cornish Seagulls often a little too friendly (hold onto your Patsy with a firm grip!) are an iconic image of Cornwall, and waking to the gulls calling in the mornings will stay with you long after your holiday is over.

 10: Accommodation

 Voted “Modern Luxury Hotel of the Year 2016” the Atlantic Hotel offers 4 star luxury, with first-class facilities.

As soon as you arrive at our private headland the panoramic ocean views will leave you stunned, everywhere you turn, you can see the sea, and our Art Deco theme, with black and white marble flooring, sweeping staircases, and twinkling chandeliers rival any luxury accommodation World wide.

With a friendly welcome from our reception team, who will personally give you a tour and take you to your sea view room, the Atlantic Hotel is family-friendly without compromise, with children’s menus, leisure facilities and friendly staff on hand to help, this is the perfect break for all the family.

Our rooms sell out each and every Summer so book early to avoid disappointment. Give our friendly reservation team a call today and discuss your luxury staycation needs.

01637 872244

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