Things to do in Newquay
Acres of Fun Much more than a garden, it’s Trenance Park
They call Trenance a park, but really it’s a whole world of leisure and fun, thrills, spills and fascination: 26 acres of lush, sub-tropical colour interspersed with Cornwall’s only zoo, a massive water attraction and a seemingly endless catalogue of activities for all ages and weathers.
A five-minute stroll from the centre of town will bring you to the entrance and the only hard part of your visit, Choosing. What will it be first? A ride on the miniature railway, a battery car – or a real horse? A round of crazy golf. A game of tennis, or messing about on the boating lake- followed by a restorative tea at the Lakeside Cafe.
Been there? Done that? You’ve hardly started – and you haven’t lived till you’ve taken on the giant 60m flume at Waterworld. There’s a fun-pool for kids, a superb 25m pool with a 3.5m deep-end for serious swimmers and divers, and a fitness centre staffed by instructors trained to help all levels of ability. In the evenings, from July, a programme of alternating live acts, junior disco and brass band make Waterworld a day and night family entertainment centre.
At Trenance you either make your own wildlife or watch it, at the unique Newquay Zoo which breeds and cares for many of the world’s most endangered species. Here, in a day, you can trek through the rainforests of Brazil, the plains of Africa and the jungles of Asia; learn first-hand from the keepers and handle some of the animals. There’s an activity farm, a maze, play and picnic areas. You will never forget the experience – and the kids will keep dragging you back for more.
All the interest and excitement a child can handle.
Things to do in Newquay with children
Children love Newquay: there is so much novelty, excitement and choice, so many new friends to play with – and so much space to play in. If one beach becomes too familiar, there are 10 more to try. If sand and sea lose their attraction, there are countless caves and rockpools to explore – and if all that palls, there are a number of attractions in town or close by.
Things to do in Newquay in Town
The 26-acres of Trenance Leisure Park comprise the heated and covered 25m pool and 60m flume of Waterworld, Newquay Zoo and Conservation Centre and the Park itself – a blaze of sub-tropical colour round a boating lake, toboggans, battery-operated self-drive cars and a miniature railway as well as adult sports facilities.
Things to do in Newquay out of the Town
Out of town, there is so much choice the problem is deciding what to do next – and where you will find the time
And that is just the immediate vicinity. If you are prepared to travel a little further, the choice and excitement multiply:
For example, there is Paradise Park at Hayle, with its wonderful world of wildlife in splendid Victorian gardens.
Within half an hour’s drive, there is the beautiful Trerice an Elizabethan Manor house and gardens – Dairyland, where children can meet and handle farm animals and, at Goonhavern, the perfect scale models of World in Miniature.
Railway fans will love Mevagissey’s World of Model Railways and the real-life experience of Lappa Valley Steam railway at St Newlyn East.
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