Newquay is famous for Fistral and Watergate beaches, the rolling Atlantic waves and the surfing. It’s a town that works and plays hard, and it’s certainly on the tourist map of Cornwall. That all means a strong local economy and a new home with ready-made action for all the family on the doorstep. When the summer season is at its height, you can join in or head off along the coastal path to find a secluded cove of your own. Newquay is halfway down Cornwall’s north coast putting the key towns and the county city Truro within easy reach for travelling to work.
Cornwall’s main road route is the A30. Some of it is dual-carriageway and it heads down the spine of Cornwall all the way to Penzance. The A392 links the town with the A30 at Indian Queens, and the A3075 joins it at Three Burrows, where you can pick up the A390 into Truro. Newquay has its own train station conveniently close to the town centre, on the Atlantic Coast Line from Par. It provides intercity services during the summer with a daily service to and from London in July and August. The town has also got a small regional airport offering domestic and European flights. Travel by bus is part and parcel of living in Cornwall, with First Kernow and Go Cornwall Bus as the local operators.
It’s great fun to shop in a seaside town but when you need to get down to earth, Newquay has a good range of local shops as well as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, ALDI and Tesco. There’s also the convenience of a SPAR and a Co-op. You’d head to Truro for all the high street brands and the flagship M&S store. Newquay has its own local hospital, and the nearest general hospital is at Truro 16 miles away.
As well as its primary schools there are two secondary schools, Newquay Tretherras is a Technology College, and Treviglas Academy is a Business and Enterprise College. Newquay is also home to one of the Cornwall College campuses. It’s part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall Partnership with a wide range of courses and opportunities. A unique pathway is being created for an International Aviation Academy alongside Newquay’s ground-breaking Spaceport initiative.
Surfing comes pretty high up on the list for Newquay and the north coast of Cornwall, whatever your age. Newquay hosts the Boardmasters Festival to celebrate this ‘national’ sport. Inland Cornwall and out of season Cornwall are a change from seaside life. Truro is great for history and culture, for restaurants and shops, entertainment and leisure. For wide open space all to yourself, Bodmin Moor is great for getting away from it all.