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Newquay Area Guide

Newquay from the Harbor Image courtesy of Flickr user jonl1973

The lively town of Newquay in north Cornwall has long traded on its reputation as the surf capital of the UK. Shoring the Atlantic Ocean, life in Newquay revolves around the town's ten beaches, a geographical vantage that has attracted the surfing fraternity, sailors and holidaymakers for years. However, the area also offers a diverse natural landscape and historic origins dating back as far as the Iron Age.

As a small fishing port, the town was famous for its pilchard trade up to the early 20th century, and its insignia to this day features two pilchards. However stocks are now limited and the local catch of crabs and lobsters are picked up by a small number of boats.

Over the decades, Newquay evolved from a fishing harbour to an industrial centre for tin, lead and china clay. Now with a sprawling urban footprint, the town boundaries continue to move inland taking in areas such as Trencreek, Porth, St Columb Minor and others. It is possible that by the 2030s, should present development trends continue, the edges of the town could encompass an area of up to 3 miles (5 km) from the town centre.

Bars, nightclubs and cafés line many of the streets, but Newquay is not just about the vibrant night life. The town features some of the county's most tranquil gardens and is increasingly popular for its land-based outdoor pursuits including coastal walking, land kiting and golf. 

Demographics

With a resident population in excess of 19,500, Newquay has a changing demographic picture that is in line with the rest of the county. Cornwall has experienced much growth and investment in recent years and has become a popular location for second home ownership and as a retirement destination.

Average earnings in Newquay and the surrounding areas remain lower than the national average, and unemployment is high. However property prices and the cost of living are higher than the national average. Employment opportunities are mostly related to tourism, local government or healthcare.

Education

Newquay has a range of nursery and pre-school provision as well as seven schools serving primary and junior education. Newquay Tretherras is one of two secondary schools and is a state funded academy with specialist Technology status. The other is Treviglas College which offers a specialist Business and Enterprise College.

The town has one higher education campus, Cornwall College Newquay, which is a member of the Combined Universities in Cornwall Partnership. Offering foundation degree courses in Zoological Conservation, Marine Aquaculture, Animal Science and Wildlife Education and Media, the campus is benefits from its close proximity to Newquay Zoo. 

University College Falmouth is a specialist arts institution, approximately 23 miles away and is a key player in the national and international creative scene.

Treliske Hospital in the city of Truro is a medium sized teaching hospital, and the nearby RAF base at Mawgan Porth is home to the Defence Survival Training Organisation which supports operations and training for the Armed Forces.

Transport

Easily accessible by road, rail and air, Newquay is the only town in Cornwall to be within 5 miles of an airport. Newquay Airport offers flights across the UK, to the Isles of Scilly and Europe and there are proposals to extend flight routes further. The town has its own rail branch link which connects it to major cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

Amenities and Shopping

Many of Newquay's shopping streets are pedestrianised which makes the town convenient to walk around. Surfing and sporting equipment and accessories are widely available, as are Cornish gifts and local produce. Food and drink stops include everything from traditional pubs, cafés, takeaways and beach bars, to fine dining restaurants and trendy bars and nightclubs.

The town has a wide range of local amusements and attractions including the Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay Zoo, Dairyland and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway. Festivals take place in and around Newquay throughout the year celebrating the surf culture as well as the arts, produce and music.

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