Newquay for kids

Beach and beach huts at Newquay, Cornwall

Welcome to the third part of Cornwall on Sunday, an episode a little less rosy than the rest.

According to my slightly aged Lonely Planet Great Britain, Newquay is the kind of place you either love or loathe. Loathe is much too strong a word. That said, Newquay didn’t really appeal to me.

Purple flowers near the beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Sure, Newquay has its pretty spots, there are flowers, hills, bluffs and white-sand beaches. But humans have put some grotty marks on nature’s groundwork here. Newquay, you see, is Cornwall’s surfing mecca and party town numero uno. It’s full of pubs, bars, drunks and surf bums, who apparently live to surf. Some, I think, even live on the beach and have for the last 20 years. Then there’s the traffic.

COol, red Citroen Xsara Picasso with surfboard on the roof, at beach, Newquay, Cornwall
On a somewhat irrelevant note: it’s difficult to dislike anyone who drives a Citroën.

Surfers and boards at the beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Street scene, Main street, Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay for kids. Really!

So why on earth have I called this post Newquay for kids? Did I really mean Newquay for kids – not!?

No, not at all! My then 8-year-old didn’t notice any of Newquay’s dodgier bits. She remembers doing cartwheels on the beach.

Girl doing cartwheels at the beach in Newquay, Cornwall Girl doing cartwheels at the beach in Newquay, Cornwall

She remembers the penny arcade. She loves the blasted things, and I, well… I always try to divert her attention somewhere else, usually without success. I think I can safely say I loathe penny arcades.

Girl at the penny arcade in Newquay, Cornwall

And she remembers lions, zebras and lemurs. She remembers being deliciously frightened by creepy crawlies and getting up close with penguins. In short, she remembers Newquay Zoo.

It’s a nice, responsible little zoo, and part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.

White dove at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall

Cute rodent at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall

Lioness at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall

Lemurs at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall

Penguins at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall

Have you been to Newquay? Thoughts?



22 Responses to “Newquay for kids”

  1. Ana (Ana Travels) 18 March 2012 2229 #

    I’m with you, I hate penny arcades too!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1309 #

      Aaarg… penny arcades.

  2. ItalianNotes 19 March 2012 0916 #

    Children are amazing in that way. No matter what wonders you take them to see they always end up finding the best attractions in a stray cat or a stupid machine:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1312 #

      So true. Here’s the Colosseum… oh, look, a squirrel…

  3. Xavier 20 March 2012 1055 #

    The great thing is that kids always find the best in any place that we, as adults with more complex tastes, cannot find interesting at all.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1312 #

      Sad in a way, that they outgrow it…

  4. Louise 20 March 2012 2044 #

    I know exactly what you mean about some of these surfer types looking like they have lived on the beach for years. My impression of Newquay too. It’s better when you get out of town a ways.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1313 #

      Absolutely! Trerice, for example, is in the neighbourhood. Coming to that on another Cornwall Sunday 🙂

  5. Erica Hargreave @ Roamancing 21 March 2012 1748 #

    Sorry to hear of the human destruction to Newquay. Hate when people do that. It is incredibly selfish and self-absorbed of them.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1318 #

      Not sure they mean to destroy, it’s more… well, being self-absorbed, as you say.

  6. Alexa Meisler 21 March 2012 2117 #

    How would anyone loathe this place? From all the pictures it certainly looks like a place to travel and enjoy yourself. Beach, animals, awesome scenery, what’s not to like??

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1319 #

      I suppose some loathe it for the loud, rowdy crowd.

  7. Andrea 21 March 2012 2311 #

    I look forward to travelling with a little one someday so he or she can fall in love with all the ugly bits of destinations and travel that should have grown on me by now =)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1320 #

      One certainly sees places very differently with a child along.

  8. Robert 22 March 2012 1048 #

    I love how you manage to find good stuff even in places that aren’t all that appealing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1314 #

      Thanks, Robert. There’s always something.

      • Thilak 29 March 2012 1923 #

        Thank you for this post it has been really hleufpl, I am taking the family down to Cornwall for the first time in the Easter holidays. I am a bit nervous as I have never been camping with the entire family but I can not wait to get everyone involved with some . I have been doing them to raise money for a few years but it is the first time with the family. I am definitely keen to see how they get on!

        • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2012 0045 #

          Hope you’ll have a fun holiday 🙂

  9. Lisa 23 March 2012 0235 #

    I love this. It’s great how you’ve shown a completely different perspective through your daughter’s eyes.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 March 2012 1315 #

      Thanks, Lisa. It’s interesting how our perception changes through the years.

  10. Bob G. 28 March 2012 0008 #

    I’ve been to Newquay and didn’t love it. Now, though, I want to see it again, through your daughter’s eyes. A great reminder that there’s more than one way of viewing a place!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2012 0046 #

      Definitely one of the advantages of travelling with children that.

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