Outdoor Activities Within 30 Minutes

Here are a few of the outdoor activities within 30 minutes of Newquay. We are sure you will be able to find plenty more.


outdoor activities within 30 minutes

Are you looking for outdoor activities within 30 minutes of Newquay? Why not drive down to Perranporth?
Perranporth is about 20 min away, has a massive beach and is very dog friendly -with dog showers, dog ice cream, and dogs running up and down the beach having a great time. The Tunes in the Dunes festival and other live music events take place here. Perranporth Beach is over 2 miles long at low tide, so space shouldn’t be a problem. Turn to the left for rock pools deep enough to swim in or to the right for the dunes and see if you can spot a lizard.
After a day on the beach we head for The Tywarnhayle behind the beachfront car park. It’s very dog friendly, and they serve good food.
Distance 9 km TR6 OND

Cornwall Heritage Aviation Museum

outdoor activities within 30 minutes

Cornwall Heritage Aviation Museum displays many historic aircraft, mainly from the Cold War period. From a  G11 Hunter to A VC10 refuelling aircraft via a Harrier Jump Jet. These are exhibits you are expected to touch, not just walk past.Do you want to fly a Hawker Hunter ? Take of from Newquay Airport and fly around Cornwall yourself? Well you can`t, but you can do it in the flight simulator.

Ask the staff about these planes, there is a good chance they flew them operationally. When you need a break, head for the fifties style cafe and shop for refreshments and souvenirs.  It’s at Newquay Airport and the A5 bus will take you there.

Thanks to Cornwall Heritage Aviation Museum for the images.

Tel. 01637 861962

TR8 4GP Distance 9km 

Camel Creek Adventure Park

outdoor activities within 30 minutes

This one only just sneaks into the under 30 minutes, but it is well worth the travel time. It has 4. distinct areas offering something for everyone, from meerkat and dinosaur children’s rides to something more adrenaline-fuelled. Catering ranges from burgers and pasties to ice cream and chocolate.
Camel Creek Adventure Park is an award-winning, vibrant and welcoming visitor destination year-round, uniquely interpreting the legends of the area and famous for delivering great adventures and days out for the whole family. The Park is an all-weather attraction open all year round with annual activities reflecting the seasons.

Tel. 01841 540276

Distance 21 Km  PL27 7RA

Thanks to Camel Creek Adventure Park for the images

Screech Owl Sanctuary

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If you are still looking for outdoor activities within 30 minutes, try the Screech Owl Sanctuary near Newquay. This sanctuary went to the top of my list of places to visit after I had looked at their Facebook page. It’s not just screech owls (Caroline Screech runs the sanctuary); they also have several different types of owls from around the world and other birds of prey. They let you handle the owls for a small additional fee with the assistance of one of the keepers. You can also play with the racoons and meerkats. Having seen a photo of someone covered in meerkats during their trip to the sanctuary – I’m sold.

Thanks to The Screech Owl Sanctuary for the images 

Tel. 01726 860182

Distance: 16 km  TR9 6HP.  

Wheal Martyn

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Wheal Martyn in Cornwall is a top-rated destination for history and outdoor enthusiasts. This museum and country park is located at a former china clay works, providing an unparalleled insight into the region’s industrial heritage. Visitors can explore the museum’s interactive displays and indoor galleries to discover the history of china clay mining in Cornwall or take a guided tour of the working pit and processing plant. The area offers fantastic hiking trails, cycling paths, and picnic areas, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers. Kids can have a blast at the adventure playground, while adults can unwind at the on-site cafe. Experience learning, exploration, and outdoor fun at Wheal Martyn – a must-visit destination in Cornwall!

Very dog friendly.

Tel. 01726 850362

Distance 25 Km PL26 8XG

Thanks to Wheal Martyn for the images.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

outdoor activities within 30 minutes

Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a gem in Cornwall’s crown and an ideal destination for those who love trains and outdoor activities. This popular attraction offers a delightful train ride on a miniature steam train that runs through the picturesque Lappa Valley, offering scenic views of the countryside. The park is home to several family-friendly attractions, including a boating lake, crazy golf, and play areas. Visitors can also explore the charming woodland walks or try their hand at panning for gold. The on-site cafe serves delicious meals, while the gift shop offers a range of souvenirs to take home. Lappa Valley Steam Railway is the perfect place to spend a family day out in Cornwall, combining fun, adventure, and history in one visit.


Check out the website here 

Tel. 01872 510317

Distance: 8 km TR8 5LX

Poly Joke.


Poly Joke(Pol-Lejouack = Jackdaw Cove in Cornish) is a hidden gem on Cornwall’s north coast and a must-visit destination for those seeking unspoiled beaches and spectacular coastal views. Located near the picturesque village of Crantock, Poly Joke boasts a wide stretch of golden sands, clear waters, and towering cliffs. This secluded beach is perfect for surfing, sunbathing, and swimming, and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Visitors can explore the nearby caves and rock pools or go for a hike along the rugged coastal path. The beach is accessible via a steep cliff path, which adds to its secluded charm. Parking is available at the National Trust car park nearby. Poly Joke is an idyllic spot to enjoy the beauty of Cornwall’s coastline and a true hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Distance 8 km  TR8 5SE.


Gallery Photo

Carnewas” located on Cornwall’s north coast, is a stunning destination that is sure to take your breath away. This National Trust-owned site is home to the famous Bedruthan Steps, a series of towering rock stacks rising out of the sea. The views from the clifftop are simply breathtaking, making Carnewas an ideal spot for photographers and nature lovers alike. The area offers fantastic walking opportunities, with a well-maintained coastal path that runs along the clifftops. Visitors can also explore the nearby heathland and woodlands, home to a variety of wildlife. The on-site National Trust cafe offers delicious local produce and stunning views of the coast. Carnewas is a must-visit destination in Cornwall, offering spectacular scenery, rich history, and plenty of outdoor activities for all ages.


Tel. 01637 860563

Distance 14.5 km  TR8 4BU

St. Eval Kart Circuit

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St. Eval Kart Circuit is a must-visit destination for thrill-seekers and motorsports enthusiasts visiting Cornwall. Located near the picturesque town of Padstow, this outdoor karting track offers a high-speed experience for all ages. The circuit features a range of challenges, including tight turns, long straights, and banked corners, providing a thrilling experience for drivers of all skill levels. The track is well-maintained and safety-focused, ensuring a fun and secure experience for all. The on-site cafe serves delicious food and drinks, making it a perfect spot for a day out with friends or family. Whether you’re a seasoned driver or a first-time go-karter, St. Eval Kart Circuit is the perfect place to experience the excitement and adrenaline of motorsports in Cornwall.

All places on the starting grid must be pre booked  and you must arrive 45 minutes prior to your booking for driver registration, issue of protective clothing and safety brief.   

Tel.  01637 838296

Distance 12 Km PL27 7UN

Thanks to St.Eval Kart Circuit for the images

The ATV Centre


The ATV Centre is a premier off-road adventure destination in Cornwall, perfect for those who love the thrill of riding all-terrain vehicles. Located in the picturesque countryside near Bodmin, this centre offers a range of experiences, from exhilarating quad bike rides to off-road buggy adventures. The centre provides a range of top-quality vehicles, suitable for both novice and experienced riders. The rides take place in stunning surroundings, providing breathtaking views of the Cornish landscape. Visitors can also enjoy the centre’s shooting range and archery facilities, making it a perfect spot for groups or families. The on-site cafe serves delicious food and drinks, while the shop offers a range of accessories and souvenirs. The ATV Centre is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the thrill of off-road adventure in Cornwall, making it an unforgettable day out.

Instruction  from European ATV Safety Institute  qualified coaches and all the safety gear is included. You have to be wearing sensible cloths such as long sleeve shirts but otherwise your good to go.

Tel.  01872 560753

Distance 20 Km  TR4 8HJ

Thanks to The ATV Centre for the images