A Short Visit to the Tropics – The Eden Project
Eden is a gigantic tropical garden, designed to offer an insight into how dependent we are on plant life.
A 100% mind – blowing attraction, Eden allows visitors to visit a tropical rainforest without ever leaving England. The Rainforest Biome – the world’s largest greenhouse – houses tropical plants used to produce everyday products, as well as orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, including hemp, sunflowers and other plants that could play a central part in humanity’s future. A great option for families who wish to combine summer vacation, education and taste brilliant local food in the in-house restaurants and cafes.
Explore the Trebah Garden
Trebah Garden is a sub-tropical paradise valley offering over 4 miles of footpath, surrounded by exotic blooms and leading to vibrant tunnels of colour that ultimately lead to a secluded beach on the Helford River. Besides the century old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias and the giant gunnera, the facilities include adventure play areas, children’s trails and host special events all year round.
The Zoo & Blue Reef Aquarium
Newquay is home to Cornwall’s largest zoo, home to more than 130 different species, including playful penguins, creepy crawlies, fierce yet charming big cats and many more, that will thrill the young ones and excite adults that love coming closer to nature.
Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous Towan Island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit. Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.
Newquay’s main attraction is, obviously, its 12 sandy beaches, each of which offers a diverse beach experience: vast spaces, perfect for the children to go wild, rejuvenating waters and stunning scenery for grown-ups to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and genuine relaxation. If, on the other hand, you feel a bit more energetic, surfing is the most popular choice in these waters – and don’t worry if you have never tried it before; most of the beaches have surfing schools and provide both the gear and the necessary instructions to master the basics.
Being the unrivalled surf capital of England, Newquay is crowded every once in a while by professional surfers that seek to gain prizes and reputation in various surf competitions. Most events are held on Fistral Beach and at Watergate Bay, including the celebrated Night Surf, the Boardmasters Surf Championships and the National Surf Championships many more. So, the best thing to do is plan your visit during one of these events – great displays of skill and agility, crowds of enthusiastic people and a magnificent opportunity to meet interesting people.
An Aviation Enthusiast
Just 10 minutes from Newquay lays the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, preserving a great selection of classic airplanes and iconic jet fighters. You will have the chance to sit in their cockpits and get a feel of what aviation meant decades ago.
The great indoor and outdoor exhibits, a 50s style café and a spacious picnic area add to the whole visit, making it an excellent option for a great day out with the family and friends.
Ever dreamed as a child to sail the 7 seas and experience a genuine pirate adventure? Pirate’s Quest will make a real pirate out of you: escaping a shipwreck, you and your mates must find your way through mystical caves and the murky streets of 18th century Cornwall to Blackbeard’s Tavern and, eventually, to the Captain’s Ship, setting sail to an exotic Caribbean island.
A children’s favorite, this hour – long walk-through experience allows pirate fans to feel, hear, smell, and see Cornwall’s intriguing legends and exciting history.