Cornwall is calling! It’s 2022 and the year is stretched out before us brimming with opportunity, inspiration, places to see, food to try and experiences to remember. If a trip to Cornwall is in your plans this year (as it should be!) we want you to get the absolute most out of your stay. Cornwall is a county that overflows with incredible things to do and see. A stay on the North Coast means you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy the best surf, most beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and easy access to fantastic days out.
Newquay and the surrounding areas on the North Coast have so much to offer. We’re here to help you discover the best experiences for an unforgettable escape to Newquay. Welcome to your 2022 Cornwall bucket list!
Where to Eat
A 400-year-old pub in the heart of the Cornish Countryside. The Fox’s Revenge offers a stunning dining space either inside the pub or outside in the fairytale-esque tipi. Gaining favour with publications such as the Telegraph and Muddy Stilettos, The Fox’s brings you food that is not only locally sourced, but expertly prepared by their Chef Patron Ben (winner of the National Apprentice Of The Year Award, received at Buckingham Palace from Princess Anne, before taking a position at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant).
If you’re looking for a place to dine that really ticks all the wanderlust boxes, Kahuna is the spot! This trendy, independent eatery is inspired by pan Asian travel, reflecting its roots not only in the delicious food, but the fabulous interior as well. The menu offers divine Asian fusion dishes as well as authentic bubble teas! Book your stay at one of our fabulous Rocklands Apartments just across the road for some of the best views in town.
A real hidden gem. Tom Thumb offers a little slice of heaven, in a glass. This uber-cool cocktail bar remarkably houses of 120 bottles of hand chosen spirits. Their mixology results in untold combinations that you can’t find anywhere else. The best place to go for those who want a unique evening in a venue that oozes old-school cool.
Owned by renowned celebrity chef Rick Stein, the Cornish Arms is a local village pub set lovingly in the Cornish countryside in St Merryn. The appeal of this traditionally inspired inn is in its simplicity and authenticity. Expect a classic pub menu done well, real local ales and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Booking here is definitely advised as they get busy quick!
Stay close by in the lovely Harlyn Bay area, book your stay here!
If you’ve never heard of coasteering, this activity is basically strapping on some safety equipment, scaling the coastline and jumping into the sea. This action-packed adventure allows you to experience Newquay’s stunning coastline like never before. You’ll swim, explore caves, learn about wildlife, pet squishy algae, play in the waves and make thrilling jumps (not to mention tire out the kids). Watched over expertly by fully qualified instructors. This is definitely a holiday must for those who love playing in the sea!
This may come as a bit of a surprise, but did you know we have more species of shark living in UK waters than the Red Sea? That’s right! We have over 40 species patrolling UK seas, with a number of them favouring the South West Coast. Cornwall is home to a variety of predatory sharks, including the thresher shark, porbeagle, blue shark, basking shark and the slightly more elusive mako shark. Why not go out and say hello? Newquay sea safaris offers an exhilarating experience for those curious enough to get up close with these magnificent, misunderstood creatures.
Surfing is one of those sports that most people say they’ve always wanted to try. Make 2022 the year you seize the opportunity! There are many surf schools in Newquay offering to teach you the ways of the wave. However, only Escape boasts the expertise of 2 ex-pros on the team! Learn from the best, book your lesson and get ready to feel empowered, refreshed and very, very cool.
Did you ever think you’d have the opportunity to fly over the Eden Project? Well, now you can with Hangloose adventures. Offering experiences including zip wire, 360 swings, ariel trekking and giant bean bag jumps. Located over the huge and beautiful biomes of the Eden Project, this is sure to be a thrilling ride!
Day’s Out to Remember
Holywell Bay Beach
This is one of our favourite coastal walks here at Self Cater Cornwall! The combination of fresh sea air, stunning sea views and beautiful seaside nature makes it an unmissable way to spend a day for those holidaying in Newquay and the surrounding areas. You’ll follow to coast path from Newquay that takes you past the River Gannel Estuary to Crantock beach, then on past Polly Joke along the rugged North Cornwall coastline. The walk culminates in the awe-inspiring view of Gull Rock at Holywell Bay.
Although there’s much to be said for spending a week on one of our 11 beautiful Newquay beaches, when you branch out a little, what you’ll discover will take your breath away. One of Cornwall’s most awe-inspiring spots is St Nectan’s Glen. Less than an hour’s drive up the coast and you’ll find yourself on an enchanting woodland walk that leads to a mesmerising waterfall. At this sacred site, the river Trevillet has carved its way through the slate, created a magnificent 60-foot waterfall and punched a hole through the original basin. The water now cascades through it into the beautiful valley.
Port Isaac, North Cornwall
You may recognise this idyllic little harbour town from hit T.V series Doc Martin, or the 2019 movie Fisherman’s Friends, or the 2000 film Saving Grace, or Poldark… the list goes on! There’s a reason why the teams behind these fabulous productions chose this stunning location – because it’s absolutely beautiful. Beat the rush of crowds and book your stay before the summer months. You’ll find it to be just as lovely, no matter the season.
Cornwall is steeped in remarkable culture and history. Its UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) status is granted for its rich mining heritage, with tonnes of old mining sites along the North Coast. Encompassing 10 different areas across Cornwall and Devon and spanning 20,000 hectares, this is the U.K’s largest industrial heritage site by far. From Hayle to St Agnes, uncover these beautiful locations and learn all about its vital and intriguing role in industrial history.
If you want to stay within easy reach of some of these picturesque sites, book your stay at Ivy Chimney Cottage. Sat within a World Heritage Mining area where used engine houses can be seen in various directions!
A 45-minute drive South-West of Newquay lies a civil parish and town called Marazion, on the shore of Mount’s Bay. Linked by a low water causeway is the magical tidal island of St. Michael’s Mount. Re-opening for February half-term, we can’t recommend a day out here enough! St. Michael’s Mount is the legendary home to the world’s most well-known giant, Cormoran, made famous by the Cornish folktale Jack and the Beanstalk. There’s only one word to describe the castle that sits at the top and the gardens that surround it – wow.
Porthcurno, Cornwall or Caribbean?
One of the UK staycationers hidden gems, Porthcurno has 647 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor with many remarking on its Caribbean-like qualities. Translated from Kernowek, Porthcurno translates as ‘Cove of Horns’ and is named for its curved rock pinnacles. It’s also one of the UK’s top 10 picnic hotspots! Expect beautiful clear waters, golden sand, perfect light and gorgeous blue skies.
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