Outdoor Activities Within 30 Minutes

Just 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

 looking for outdoor activities within 30 minutes of Newquay?       Why not drive down to Perranporth?

It’s about 20 min away, it’s got a massive beach and its very, very dog friendly – there are dog showers, dog ice cream, and dogs running up and down the beach having a great time. The Tunes in the Dunes festival takes place here, as well as other live music events. At low tide the beach is over 2 miles long, so space shouldn’t be a major problem. Turn to the left for rock pools deep enough to swim in or right for the dunes and see if you can spot a lizard.

After a day on the beach we head for The Twyarnhayle, just near the main car park, its 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 just sneaks in to the under 30 minutes but it is well worth the travel time. It has 4 distinct areas offering something for everyone from meerkats to dinosaurs, children’s rides to something a little more adrenaline fuelled, 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-weathers’ attraction and 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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Still looking for outdoor activities within 30 minutes? Then try the Screech Owl Sanctuary is just outside Newquay (and after a quick look at their Facebook page has gone to the top of my “to visit” list). It’s not just screech owls, (Caroline Screech runs the sanctuary) there are several different types of owl from around the world, as well as other birds of prey. For a small additional fee you can handle the owls with the assistance of one of the keepers. You can also “handle” (i.e. play with) the racoons and meerkats.  I just saw 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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Discover the role that china clay has played in shaping the topography and economy of Cornwall. From the Victorian tools to the modern day mining equipment  Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating incite into Cornwall’s largest mining operation. 

Indoor and outdoor exhibits, historic vehicles and  a cafe.

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

Another one of the great outdoor activities within 30 minutes of Newquay is  the Lappa Valley Steam Railway. It has 3 different gauge train lines you can take a ride on, a  boating lake, indoor soft play areas, outdoor play areas, nature trails and rides for the kids. An on site cafe will provide a bit of chill out time if the kids get over excited.

Tel. 01872 510317

Distance: 8 km TR8 5LX

Poly Joke.


Poly Joke (Pol-Lejouack = Jackdaw cove in Cornish) is a bit of a trek from the nearest car park and has no facilities at all. It has nothing to attract tourists. I should mention its dog friendly, has caves and rock pools, beautiful golden sands with few people on it and a sea that has managed to entice me in when fully clothed.

There is nothing to see here.

Distance 8 km  TR8 5SE.


outdoor activities within 30 minutes

“Carnewas” or “Bedruthan Steps” is a dangerous beach. From the car park, where there is a visitor centre and a café, head along the path to the steep steps, these will take you down to a little beach that most people are happy to stay on, but if you head to the right on a falling tide you will find paradise.

You can’t swim here, as there is no lifeguard service and the currents can be dangerous, but on one occasion all three of us were in the water in just our underwear, whilst the dog barked, to tell us how stupid we were being from the beach. Watch that tide because it will come back in and this place is so beautiful you risk getting cut off as you want to stay just a few minutes more. Check tide times and set an alarm! Don`t tell anyone about this place as its better with fewer people there.


Tel. 01637 860563

Distance 14.5 km  TR8 4BU

St. Eval Kart Circuit

outdoor activities within 30 minutes

If you feel the need for speed then this could be the answer.St. Eval Kart Circuit is the largest and fastest in the Southwest.

Located on the North Cornwall Coast in between Newquay and Padstow, St. Eval Kart Circuit is a fantastic outdoor go kart track. Featuring a family circuit which is designed to cater for ages 12 and above including mum and dad too,  a dedicated Cadet circuit for ages  7-11 , an Adult only track for something a bit more full on, and not forgetting the little ones – they also have a dedicated circuit for ages 3 to 6 

Tel.  01637 838296

Distance 12 Km PL27 7UN

Thanks to St.Eval Kart Circuit for the images

The ATV Centre


This is another attraction that has been recommended by past guests rather than one we have visited. Its on our list now though. It looks great fun. 3 tracks to suit all abilities and quads to suit everyone from the age of 6 upwards . 

Take on the bigger quads and experience the thrill of a lifetime around one of the largest circuits in the country 

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