Our guide to holidays in Holywell Bay
Holidays in Holywell Bay are something of a closely guarded secret, because this gorgeous coastal village sits just a few miles southwest of Newquay, and it’s beautiful. The perfect sandy hideaway for those of you who like to enjoy the very best of the region without the crowds of Newquay, Holywell Bay is all about spending quality time on the coast, within easy reach of family days out.
Holywell Bay Beach is a huge golden beach, with plenty of space to let the kids enjoy the sand between their toes. Backed by fluffy sand dunes, the beach is popular with walkers, surfers, body boarders and storm watchers…and it’s one of those dreamy expanses of sand where anything goes. For those days out, Holywell Bay Fun Park has everything you need to keep the kids entertained for a day. In fact, with its rides and attractions there’s something for every age group, and it’s great fun.
Things to do in Holywell Bay
Ok, so one of the most important things to do in Holywell Bay is to unroll your beach towel and settle down on the sand for some time out. But there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the scenery too…for one thing, the region’s home to some of the most spectacular stretches of the South West Coast Path, so pack a pair of walking boots and make sure you get out there. The lovely thing about the coast path is that you can pick a section and walk as much or as little as you like, and if you take a picnic with you you’ll be able to dine al fresco with a jaw-dropping view.
If all this talk of picnics has got you wondering what you’ll do for an adrenaline rush, then there’s always the water. Whether you’re a surfer or a body boarder (or a novice at both), the bay’s the perfect place to grab a board and see what you can do. There are RNLI lifeguards on hand during the summer too.
Places to visit in Holywell Bay
There are some fantastic places to visit in Holywell Bay, and we should start with Holywell Bay Fun Park. With rides and attractions for children of all ages, you can easily Holywell Bay’s just a few miles from the ever-popular Newquay, and that means you can pop the kids in the car and drive the short distance to those infamous family attractions. Newquay’s home to Newquay Zoo, the Blue Reef Aquarium, and the harbourside’s surrounded by shops and restaurants for those family meals.
Not that you’ll ever get bored with Holywell Bay’s Beach of course, but if you fancy exploring some of the region’s other famous sandy spots you’ll find Fistral Beach, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze Beach near Newquay. Fistral’s perfect for those of you with dogs in tow, as it’s dog friendly all year round. And, if you’re keen to try your hand at surfing under the watchful gaze of a professional, the team at Newquay Activity Centre are trained lifeguards as well as instructors, and they can have most learners on the board within two hours.
Holywell Bay beaches
Aaaaaaaah, now who doesn’t love a great big sandy beach with fluffy little dunes behind it? Holywell Bay Beach has so much space you’ll never find yourself squeezed beside another family on a sunny day, and it’s perfect for all ages. Make sure you take the kids inside the Holywell Cave, complete with fascinating calcium deposits, and when the tide rolls out you can just about see the wreck of an old Argentinian coaster just offshore.
When the tide comes in, head to the dunes to continue your day out, and there’s always plenty of space to pick a patch and enjoy a snack or finish that holiday read before you head back to your home from home. And don’t forget, Holywell Bay Fun Park’s nearby too, so if the kids get restless or you fancy something different, you can head over to enjoy the rides and attractions. To be honest, there’s something for everyone at Holywell Bay, and whether you’re content to watch the sun go down as you walk along the dunes, or you spend every day of your break with the bucket and spade on the sand, it’s perfect.
Holywell Bay restaurants
We know that part of the fun of visiting Cornwall is sampling the local foods, and there are some fabulous restaurants in Holywell Bay. Right at the end of a path that runs between those gorgeous sand dunes, the St Pirans Inn is every inch the friendly local pub. With a menu that strives to showcase local ingredients wherever possible, this pub serves us classics such as beer battered fish and chips, homemade burgers and homemade chilli, so it’s perfect for that meal after a busy day on the beach.
With a thatched roof and a seriously quaint character, The Treguth Inn dates all the way back to the 13th century. With a reputation for its yummy Sunday roasts, this one welcomes dogs (as do most of the pubs in Cornwall to be honest), and it’s great for the whole family. For those evenings when you feel like something fancy, The Fish House is a new restaurant close to Newquay’s Fistral Beach. So close to the sea that you can almost hear the waves, this one’s fast becoming one of the region’s best-loved restaurants, and it’s well worth a visit.