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THE 2005 NEWQUAY GUIDE

Hotels, Guest Houses, Self Catering, Holiday parks Camping and Caravans. The widest range of Inspected accommodation to suit your holiday needs. Packed with information and advice, it is the essential Guide to planning your holiday in Newquay.

Newquay- A Day out.


Newquay is the best of both worlds: a resort with so much to do you won 't want to leave, and a centre that is so well placed, with so much to tempt you away.
Its location at the very heart of Cornwall means it is halfway to everywhere and everything worth seeing or doing, offering an extraordinary contrast of coastlines and holiday-styles. It can point you to historic sites, entertain you with theatre or spectacle, take your breath away on a theme-park ride and make your heart beat faster in a stately home or exotic garden. All are within your reach - and means.

In Newquay the Theme is Fun

At theme parks like Dobwalls, near Liskeard, and Flambards, at Helston, families can enjoy an enthralling mix of heart-in-mouth rides, adventure playparks and nostalgic exhibitions. There is refreshment as well as entertainment, and most attractions offer special family discounts. Full details and maps from the Tourist Information Centre.

At Home with King Arthur

King Arthur was a Cornishman, and so was Merlin, the famous magician who still casts a spell over all who stand on the battlements at Tintagel. Here, legend has it, the Round Table was planned, the quest for the Holy Grail launched, and nearby, the last battle with Mordred fought.

Past Style  -  Present Pleasure

Old Cornwall had style to go with its enchantment - as you can see in the beautiful Elizabethan manor and gardens of Trerice. Being so near Newquay, it could be the beginning of a fascinating culture trail that includes another Elizabethan gem, Prideaux Place, at nearby Padstow, famous for its open-air drama and opera, and the beautiful Georgian estate of Pencarrow, near Bodmin, which is reached by a mile-long drive through an ancient British encampment.

A Southern Riviera

South-east of Newquay lies another riviera. A contrast of scale and drama to the north coast a gentle blend of secluded beach and cove, sheltered bay and estuary or inlet leading to picturesque fishing harbours like Charlestown, Mevagissey or Gorran Haven, and the close-set houses and steep lanes of Fowey, tumbling down to a waterfront made famous by Daphne du Maurier. This is a place to sail, to walk, to explore unusual shops and enjoy wonderful seafood.

One Long Festival

Cornwall in summer is one long fiesta - a must-see mix of historic sons et lumieres, art and crafts, music, dance, drama and exhibitions. Three imperatives for your touring diary are the county's oldest festival, Obby Oss Day in Padstow, the fragrant Flora Day in Helston and Truro's fortnight-long Three Spires Festival.

Cornwall by Air or Sea

For the ultimate day-out, why not take the car to Land's End and fly to the sub-tropical paradise of St Mary's, Tresco and the other Scilly Isles? Alternatively, see Cornwall's most famous landmarks from a different angle, relaxing on a fully catered coastal cruise from Penzance. There is entertainment on board, and more on shore - most famously at the Minack, a Roman-style amphitheatre carved from the cliff-face and looking out over the blue Atlantic.



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