Walks in Cornwall

Cornwall has many miles of natural beauty to explore and Newquay is no exception. The town and the surrounding area has a stunning array of sights to be seen and what the best way to experience it is on foot. The South West Coast Path runs around the town and beyond taking you past many of the highlights of Newquay as you meander around the cliffs near Watergate Bay or venture to the west towards the small and cosy village of Crantock with its increasingly popular beach.

This time of year is a wonderful time to be in Cornwall. With the leaves crunching under your feet, Cornwall comes alive in the Autumn with an abundance of family friendly activities… often themed towards, you’ve guessed it, Halloween.

We’ve compiled a few things we think are worth doing this October half term in and around Newquay.

1. Newquay Bat Trail – Runs 21st – 28th October.

Halloween Bat Trail in Newquay

Spooky bats are taking over the town this Halloween, help Newquay BID find them all!

Bats are taking up residence in businesses across the town and Newquay BID is inviting families to search for them in order to win treats this Halloween.

The competition, created by Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), involves children (accompanied by an adult) following the trail to help find the hidden bats. Participants just need to solve the clues to find the business locations. Clue sheets will be made available from the Tourist Information Centre from Saturday 21st October.

Participating businesses will give each child a stamp on their clue sheet once they have been into the shop. Once the clue sheet has been completed it can be handed to Newquay Tourist Information Centre where the keen Bat Collectors can claim a Halloween treat! The trail does not have to be completed all in one day and budding bat adventurers have until Monday 30th October to return their completed sheet.

For more information on the Bat Trail visit: Newquay Bid.

2. Creepy Creek – at Camel Creek – Runs 21st – 28th October.

Creepy Camel Creek – October half term fun

Camel Creek will be hosting an abundance of ghoulish activities throughout October Half Term as guests prepare to be tricked and treated from 21st-29th October.

An additional scare zone aimed at children 7 and over will accompany the popular “Crocodile Crypt” scare zone aimed at those with a more nervous disposition.

The Demon Drop will be transformed into a hair-raising maze with animated characters in costume providing thrills along the way. (All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Activities included in admission price:

  • Camel Creek Witch’s Grotto
  • “Old Creeker’s Mine” the thrilling scare zone for over 7’s
  • “Crocodile Crypt” scare zone for under 7’s
  • Free gift for children in fancy-dress
  • Spooky Games
  • Mystical Magic Show
  • Freaky Face Painting
  • Grim Reaper Ghost Train
  • Snake & Spider encounter

For more information on Creepy Creek visit Camel Creek.

3. Cats – from Newquay Stage Company – Runs 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th October (extra matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th)

Cats Production by the Newquay Stage CompanyCats Production by the Newquay Stage Company

Cats Production by the Newquay Stage Company

 Newquay Stage Company presents…

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger- than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.

Cast of Cats getting into character.

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball.

One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Midnight. Not a sound from the pavement.

There is a Matinee at 2.30pm Saturday 28th October.
‘Meet the CATS’ after the Matinee – Buy yourself a ‘Junk Yard Pass’ £2.50

4. ZOMBIE CRAWL – 28th October – begins at 1pm.

zombie crawl Newquay - 28th October 2017

Zombie Crawl in Newquay – 28th October 2017.

Newquay BID’s Zombie Crawl is back with a vengeance, bigger and better than before!

This free family event takes place on Saturday 28th October. It all starts with Titan performing in the piazza opposite the Lighthouse Cinema at 1pm. Then there’s a family disco at The Cribbar with face painters and a dance workshop by Unity Dance and Mind.

The Zombie Crawl starts from Gover Lane at 3pm, ending with a family party at the Hotel Victoria at 3.30pm, followed by an acrobatic show at 5pm and Titan performing again at 6pm.

This year, watch out for stiltwalkers, street dancers, scary statues and the creepy campervan photo booth.

5. FRIGHT NIGHT – NEWQUAY ZOO – 30th October – Shows at 6:00 pm, 8:30pm

Fright Night at Newquay zoo this Halloween

Why not visit Newquay Zoo for Fright Night this October?

The zoo, partnered with NT Drama, from Newquay Tretherras Academy, invite you to an evening of terror on the 30th of October. Watch the frightfully spooky stories performed in the deepest darkest depths of Newquay Zoo, led by some of our supernatural story tellers. Enjoy a hot chocolate and a stroll around the zoo at night lit by torch light – you don’t know what horror’s you’ll find!

Tickets are £8 for Adults and £5 for concession and include a 45 minute guided theatre tour. Time slots are to be selected upon ticket purchase.

Booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased here.

Time slots are available from 6.00pm, with the last tour running at 7.45pm. The event will run until 8.30pm approx.

All proceeds raised from this event will be used to support the conservation charity work at Newquay Zoo​.

6. Take a trip to the woods

Woodlands near Newquay – Photo taken at Cardinham Woods.

During the Autumn, Newquay really is beautiful. Newquay is most famous for its beaches but why not head out of town a little to one of the nearby woodland areas.  Watch as the leaves turn amber and hear the crunch as they fall under your feet at Tehidy, Cardinham and Respryn Woods.

These woodland are all within a 40 minute drive of Newquay and are perfect for stretching your legs and to get those tails wagging. Cardinham Woods also has a lovely little cafe well worth a visit for a Cornish cream tea or light lunch after your autumnal walk.

For more ideas this half term, take a look at our What’s On Events Calendar.

The Cornish Way

If you want to experience Cornwall - Cycling is a great way to do it

The Cornish Way Cycle route

The alternative to the South West Cost Path is The Cornish Way which is aimed at cyclists as well as walkers. Its six routes run between Bude and Lands End, with a few detours on the way. As the crow flies, Newquay falls in the middle of these two towns and is a great place to rest and recuperate after a hard day on the road.

Route Details

  • From – To: Lands End to Bude via Newquay and Padstow or St Austell
  • Distance: 123 miles. Map shows 175 miles of route, of which 29 are traffic-free.
  • National Cycle Network: Routes 3 and 32
  • Type: There is something for everyone! Including mainly minor, rural roads with some traffic free sections mean that novice cyclists and more experienced cyclists are both catered for equally.
  • Maps: Sections of the route are downloadable from Cornwall Council’s website.  Sustrans map of the entire Cornish Way can be purchased here

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

Running 630 miles around the South West coast – The South West Coast Path covers it all really.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon stroll or fancy a more challenging hike, this coastal path has a plethora of routes that vary in ability. With the South West Coast path you can encounter a different section of the Cornish landscape around every next corner.

Along the way you will see the coast splatted with Culture, heritage and history that outlines Cornwall as one of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations.

Head over to the SWCP website for more tips and ideas to walking the South West Coast Path.

Pentire Headland and Fistral Beach.

Crantock Beach overlook

Crantock Beach overlook at Pentire Headland

After short drive up to Pentire Headland, where there is ample parking, you will see Crantock Beach to the West. From here you can take a short walk through the grass across the left side of the headland towards the furthest point which will give you stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

From here you can walk back along the opposite side of the mound back towards the car park, admiring the view to the other side where you’ll see Fistral Beach and even see a glimpse of Newquay’s infamous Huer’s Hut.

Once you reach the car park, you could decide to take a stroll down to the Lewinnick Lodge for lunch or a spot of coffee and cake whilst you take in the delicious views of the sea.

Alternatively, if you carry on past the car park and turn left, you’ll find another small walkway, which will take you alongside the pitch and putt course on the right if you fancy a game of golf. As you walk down the rocky path, you will be blown away (almost literally) by the view that will strike you of Fistral Beach as you round the corner.

At the West side of Fistral there are a set of steps down to another Newquay foodie delight in Bodhi’s Beach Café and Bistro before you venture across Newquay’s largest beach.

From there you could go for cream tea at the Headland Hotel (which you may need to pre-book) before you venture back to the Pentire Headland.

Dinner at the Fistral Beach Hotel or Lewinnick Lodge is also popular if you’re not already full up.