June 17

U.K. Staycation at Tolcarne Beach Village in Newquay, Cornwall

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Sandy beaches, clear blue water, friendly locals and a good range of food spots makes Newquay the perfect place for a U.K. staycation.

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The U.K. really does have some amazing hidden treasures and given the current predicament in regards to flying out, now is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the best sights the U.K. has to offer. When you think of places for a quick getaway in the country, Cornwall is often a place that springs to mind. In Newquay, known as the surfing capital of the U.K., you're spoilt for choice with 12 sandy clear water beaches, an incredible wildlife, fun action-packed attractions and outdoor activities.

Tolcarne Beach Village view from our balcony

THE JOURNEY

The journey from London to Newquay is 5 hours on average via car or train. My friends and I drove down to Cornwall. Four of us contributed £50 each for petrol which was enough to get us to Newquay and back to London. It is a long journey that can get uncomfortable at times, especially during hot weather, but it was definitely worth it.

Train tickets cost around £130 for a return without a railcard. The cheapest option is to take the coach (around £40 via National Express) although the journey is an hour or two longer. You can fly to Newquay from Heathrow Airport. It's a one hour journey and the tickets are a little cheaper than the train fare.


TOLCARNE BEACH VILLAGE

This privately owned paradise is perfect for anybody who loves the beach. It honestly looks just as gorgeous in real life as it does on camera. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and dogs aren't allowed during peak season (May to October) so it's a very clean and safe family friendly area. Shops and the town centre are close - a 5 to 10 minute walk away. Warning: this beach can only be accessed by a narrow slope or steep steps. Great exercise but also quite gruelling.

My friends and I stayed in Chapel Porth - a beautiful self-catered duplex apartment with enough room for 8 people. This apartment is laid out across two floors with two bathrooms, a balcony overlooking the beach front and an open plan kitchen and lounge area. Priced at £355 a night *for our dates*, we each paid around £150 for our three-night stay which felt like a steal compared to some of the overpriced accommodation in the area.


tolcarnebeach.co.uk / @tolcarnebeachvillage

chapel porth
chapel porth

Chapel Porth duplex apartment

PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK

One of the best things about Newquay is the range of food spots. You're definitely spoilt for choice down here and a lot of the places are family owned/independent which makes a nice change from London. If you are planning on travelling to Newquay, I'd suggest doing some research and pre-booking the restaurants you'd like to visit. I left it a bit too late and wasn't able to secure a table at a few of the places I wanted to go to.

El Huichol
The Colonial
Box & Barber

El Huichol

The Colonial

Box & Barber

EL HUICHOL

When researching food spots in Newquay, this Mexican inspired streetfood shack will surely cross your radar. Located by Newquay Harbour, I was eager to try the food here as it has received rave reviews on Google and TripAdvisor. I went with the Pulled Chicken Tacos, which although I think were slightly overrated, was still an enjoyable meal.

elhuichol.co.uk / @el.huichol

THE COLONIAL

Tolcarne Beach's very own serving a somewhat limited range of Caribbean inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. The Spiced Sweetcorn Fritters starter was nice but a little bland. I did quite enjoy my main which was the Panko Hake Goujons. Two of my friends ordered the Cornish Crab & Prawn Linguine main and loved it. The impeccable service and the beautiful view of the beachfront definitely adds to the overall dining experience here. Shout out to our waiter who gave me a free shot in honour of my 25th birthday the week before.

tolcarnebeach.co.uk/the-colonial / @colonial_tolcarnebeach

BOX & BARBER

A stunning artisan coffee-house serving fresh foods, cakes, açai bowls, smoothies and juices. This was undoubtedly the food highlight of my trip to Newquay. As in I would literally go back just to eat breakfast here one more time. I ordered the Box Breakfast Plate (hash, beans, avocado, scrambled egg, mushrooms and toasted sourdough) with Endless Summer Smoothie (coconut, lime, pineapple, coco milk) to wash it down. The breakfast was amazing. Everything was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavour to the point where I didn't even care that there was no meat on my plate. The smoothie was basically a non-alcoholic pina colada but it tasted incredibly fresh. It was definitely missing a shot of Malibu though. Genuinely one of the best cafes I've ever been to.

@box_and_barber

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

high speed boat
ocean

Coastal boat tour via Cornwall Waverunner Safaris

For those of you after a more active trip Newquay has so much to offer in terms of outdoor activities. Jet skis, power boat trips, banana boat rides, abseiling, tight rope walking. You name it. Fistral Beach, which we sadly didn't get to go to on this trip, is probably the most well known surfing beach in the U.K. 


I wanted to book a beginner surf lesson but half my friends can't swim (lol) so we booked a power boat trip instead with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris. On this excursion, you'll explore the Cornish coastline with a fully qualified skipper and pass a number of neighbouring beaches from the Newquay Harbour. It's a very fun trip that lasts around 90 minutes long and takes you about 15 miles give or take into the ocean. We were so far out at one point, we couldn't see land at all. The trip costs £40 and is one of the more pricy options that Cornwall Waverunner Safaris have to offer.


cornwallwaverunnersafaris.co.uk / @cornwallwaverunnersafaris


PLACES TO VISIT

As aforementioned, Newquay is home to 12 distinct sandy beaches. Each one different from the last. Most of them have a range of restaurants on site and water sports activities that can be pre-booked. Heritage sites/historic manors such as the Trerice Manor House and the Trenance Cottages are also must visits. We had plan to visit Newquay Zoo and the Aquarium but didn't have the time to make it to either.


I particularly enjoyed visiting the Japanese Garden - a tranquil garden located in St. Mawgan. Although quite small, this hidden gem boasts a number of distinctive Japanese styled gardens (although two were closed when we visited). There's also a nice little selection of East Asian flowers and themed gifts available to buy in the gift shop. Fairly well kept and only a fiver for admission.


japanesegarden.co.uk / @japanesegardencornwall


the japanese garden
lusty gaze beach

The Japanese Garden

Lusty Gaze Beach

Check out my Newquay highlights video on Instagram below. Don't forget to like, share, comment and save the post!

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