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NEWQUAY, THE UK’S LIFESTYLE CAPITAL

winter 2015

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NEWQUAY’S BEACH AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

Winter in Newquay Out of season there’s still so much going on!

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Sparkle on Newquay’s High Street Great Short Breaks in Newquay


foreword

WELCOME BACK WINTER… In this issue of Seven we’re celebrating the town’s history, marine life, an exciting world food offer and the upcoming Christmas festivities! We’re over the moon to bring you the 8th edition of Seven magazine – the final edition to be produced within the first five-year term of Newquay Business Improvement District. When we discussed launching Seven back in 2011, it was an aspiration of Newquay BID to bring together the community in a publication that celebrated all things Newquay, as well as creating a magazine that inspired and encouraged visitors to our town. We have been overwhelmed with the overall result – from all the content that we have been able to include to the support from businesses, visitors and residents. In our festive issue we’ve trawled Newquay’s high street to bring you a huge selection of

The Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit company responsible for delivering a number of innovative projects that aim to improve the trading environment of Newquay. It is a businessled partnership that aims to make Newquay a more aspirational place to shop, work, live and enjoy. For more information on Newquay BID visit www.newquay. co.uk or email info@ newquaybid.co.uk.

gifts under £20 – and hopefully given you plenty of reasons to shop locally this Christmas. We also have a ‘Christmas sparkle’ feature, which is your guide to beauty and fashion for those festive nights out. We were also very excited to meet some of the evacuees that were bought to the Pentire Hotel in the 1940s, who have been coming back every year since and have some heartfelt tales to tell that we’ve captured in our Hidden Gem’s feature. We hope that you enjoy this new edition and thank you so much for supporting Seven magazine and Newquay. Newquay BID x You can also find us on Facebook: Newquay BID and Twitter: @NewquayBID Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenmagnewquay and Twitter: @seven_mag


contents

in this issue... 06 In the Limelight: The Cribbar 08 Buzz: What’s on around town 14 Meet: Lee Gamble 16 Best Summer Ever! 18 My Newquay 20 A Break Away 26 Surf Winter 30 A Day in the Life: Richard Holder

32 Guardians of the Sea 34 WW2 Evacuation to Newquay 36 Fashion Forward 38 Christmas Sparkle 40 Newquay’s Global Cuisine 44 Gifts Under £20 46 #LoveNewquay Instagram

Published by Muse Media (www.musemedia.co.uk) on behalf of Newquay BID (www.newquaybid.co.uk) Publisher: Steve England Editor: Louise Searle Contributing Editor: Eve Wooldridge Contributors: Alice Beard, Kate Cortez Design: David Alcock Senior photographer: Mike Searle

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Above: Newquay Bay’s beaches are a lovely place to walk and unwind at any time of the year. Photo Mike Searle Cover: Fireworks exploding over Newquay harbour. Photo: Mike Searle


IN THE LIMELIGHT WORDS BY LOUISE SEARLE

The Cribbar

The Cribbar, a reef off Towan headland, is Newquay’s infamous big wave spot. It rarely breaks, but when it does in the winter months it’s spectacular to see. The town gathers to watch Britain’s top surfers taking on huge waves, and because it breaks so close to the headland you get a bird’s-eye view of the action. It’s impressive! It was in 1965 that a landmark big-wave session went down at The Cribbar. Bob Head, Rod Sumpter and Jack Lydgate became the first surfers to paddle out to the reef and ride the triple overhead waves with 15 to 20 foot faces. It marked the birth of big-wave surfing in Britain. To recognise and celebrate this important anniversary, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched with the aim of raising £15,000 to put up a bronze surfboard sculpture on Towan Head, overlooking The Cribbar. It will symbolise: the importance of surf culture to Newquay, commemorate The Cribbar pioneers, and create a new and unique visitor attraction. To support the campaign, go to Crowdfunder.co.uk and look for Cribbar Surf Heritage Project.

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BEN SKINNER AT THE CRIBBAR. PHOTO COURTESY GEOFF TYDEMAN

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BUZZ around the town...

Five Minutes with the OYSTER LADY This summer Katy Davidson, aka The Oyster Lady, opened a sensational seafood cafe above the Newquay Harbour, from where she serves up delicious produce freshly landed by fishing boats from the harbour below. Katy, why did you name the cafe Amity? It’s a seafood bar named after the island in Jaws – one of my favourite films, and its name also means friendship, good relations and harmony. Why Newquay? I believe that Newquay is having a renaissance and the time felt right for opening here when a little premises at the top of South Quay Hill popped up. We had one week before Whitsun to open, so it was all hands on deck helping to fix up the space. What’s on the menu? The menu developed as I became familiar with what was available from the fishing fleet in the harbour directly below us. It’s wonderful to have the lobster, crab and fresh fish delivered from the boats to my kitchen within minutes. It’s as fresh as it gets. I do of course have oysters on the menu as well; and our bespoke seafood platter and BBQ box service has been a real success too: It’s been getting lovely, local seafood onto tables and beaches throughout Newquay all summer. Amity, 2 South Quay Hill, Newquay.

Newquay: A Foodie Destination

Newquay’s food scene is now becoming renowned and nationally heralded. The much lauded, gourmet guide to Cornwall, the Saltwater

Kitchen Cookbook, devotes an entire chapter to the popular Cornish region that is evidently sharpening its reputation as a foodie mecca. The visually stunning Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook has done a fantastic job of highlighting this and profiles a variety of local characters who have often travelled extensively but been drawn to the Newquay coast to make a living out of their love of Cornish food and the extensive unrivalled provenance available amongst Newquay’s natural larder. The Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook £17.99, is available in Newquay from the Watershed, Jam Jar, The Fish House, Amity Cafe and MWM Revolver. 8

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E R U T L U COFFEE C IF YOU LOVE COFFEE THEN NEWQUAY IS THE PLACE TO BE, WITH A PLETHORA OF COFFEE HOUSES SCATTERED ACROSS TOWN. FOLLOW BY THE AROMA OF FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE BEANS TO SOME OF THESE FUNKY, CAFFEINE-FUELLED CAFÉS: NO.5 COFFEEHOUSE

www.numberfivecoffee.com Located in the heart of Newquay, overlooking the iconic Jago’s island this cool coffee house is one of the recent additions to Cornwall’s vibrant café scene. As well as divine coffee served by a team of expert baristas, you’ll also find a menu created from fresh, fair and local ingredients.

HARRY’S CAFÉ

www.facebook.com/harrys Kick back at this quirky café above On the Rocks, Island Crescent, and enjoy spectacular sea views beyond Killacourt green. Informal décor encourages you to sink into the relaxing ambience over cracking coffee and homemade cakes.

THE GREEN HEART CAFÉ

www.facebook.com/thegreenheartcafe The Green Heart Café serves up lashings of laidback coffee culture, whilst also specialising in nutritious vegan and vegetarian food and drink. Enjoy art, culture and a dose of the holistic lifestyle at this artistic hub on Tower Road.

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MIKE SEARLE

Surf SEED Conference SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2016

Cornwall College’s Surf SEED Conference is an event for anyone with a passion for surfing, the ocean and our beautiful coastline. The event will look at the social, environmental, economic and developmental impacts of the surfing industry in a bid to raise awareness of how these topics affect the surfing world and those within it. There are already several speakers confirmed for the 2016 event, including pro surfer Sam Bleakley, Chris Hines MBE from A Grain of Sand, Adam Porter from Oath, Joe Taylor from the Wave Project, Nick Rees from Surfing GB and Karl Fice-Thompson – the UK’s first ever beach teacher.

To find out more about the event visit www.facebook.com/seedsurfconference.

Shark Cage Diving

Get up close and personal with Britain’s beautiful Blue Sharks on an adventure of a lifetime. Hop aboard the Atlantic Diver, a superfast powerboat catamaran, and speed 15 miles offshore, chumming the water, fishing, snorkelling and spotting all sorts of marine wildlife. £110 per person for an 8-hour day. If you are brave enough to climb into the cage you will have an unforgettable upclose encounter with a shark. www.newquayseasafarisandfishing.co.uk

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Resin Not Just For Surfboards Local company Oltco are leading the way in using resin to create bespoke flooring for homes and workplaces. Promoting a workplace with a healthy work/ life balance, directors John Pearce and Tom Stringer have expanded the business to a national level since its formation in 2004, but are still holding fast to their Newquay roots. John says: ‘It’s simple. Be genuine and make decisions that make you feel good. It breeds in you, your staff and your customers. It may not deliver short-term financial gains but will help you and your company grow long term.” With a range of clients from Wembley Stadium to the

We Love Newquay Newquay has a new short promotional film and we love it. Highlighting Newquay’s cool, laidback lifestyle the film has been created to inspire visitors to experience Newquay in a new way. Produced by Newquay BID, ‘Love Newquay’ features everything from surfing to golf, pirates to lions, hiking to shopping; this is 1 minute 48 seconds of Newquay you don’t want to miss. View it at www.visitnewquay.org

RSPCA, this duo is going to go a long way. www.oltco.co.uk

The Sidewalk Bar/Venue

A new venue has opened in Newquay as a curated collaboration from the makers of fun the Watershed Brand. The new Sidewalk Bar offers craft beers, cocktails, barista coffees and snacks throughout the day and evening plus free parking and free WIFI. The bar is open in the evenings Wed-Sat during the winter and is also available for exclusive hire if you’re thinking of holding a Christmas party with a difference! The Sidewalk Bar is situated at Ocean Surf Lodge, 61-63 Tower Road, Newquay, TR7 1LX. Tel: 01637 877701

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Newquay’s Festive Festival 27-29 November

On Friday 27th November Newquay’s wintry skies will be lit up by a riot of colour from a magical lantern parade, the official switching on of the Christmas lights and a glittering fireworks display over the harbour. Over 100 glowing creations and their makers will set off from Narrowcliff at 6.30pm, parading along Cliff Road and East Street, where they will be joined by none other than Father Christmas and his reindeer. During the afternoon the reindeer will be entertaining children at the Hotel Victoria from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Evening celebrations will culminate with a festive fireworks display over the harbour at 8.45pm. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle whilst also making the most of Newquay’s late-night shopping, during which many retailers will be throwing open their doors until 8.30pm. Throughout the rest of the weekend Newquay’s Music and Ale Festival will be in full swing in Fore Street car park, with a whole host of fantastic music and local ales. There will also be an array of free festive workshops that you can find out more about in the free Festive Events Guide from Newquay’s Tourist Information Centre (available from Wednesday 18th November), which lists details of all local events up until New Year’s Eve.


MEET W O R D S

L O U I S E

S E A R L E MIKE SEARLE

MEET LEE GAMBLE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN LEE GAMBLE HAS RECENTLY OPENED NEWQUAY’S NEWEST COFFEE VENUE, NO.5 COFFEEHOUSE. HE’S ALSO AT THE HELM OF HOTEL SUNNYSIDE – THE TOWN’S LARGEST GROUP ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER AND WINNER OF A TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS.

L

ee, how long have you been working in

noticed more guests from overseas in the past two years.

Newquay? Off and on for 20 years. I was

And our weekend business is more diverse now, with

brought up in a Newquay business, but I worked

more families and couples as oppose to just single-

away for a number of years, returning in 2004. I’ve had

sex groups. Newquay’s restaurant scene has changed

the hotel since 2007 and opened No.5 Coffeehouse in

dramatically in the last few years and I reckon it now

June this year.

rivals Truro and Falmouth for dining options.

What’s it like running a business in Newquay? It’s

The new No.5 Coffeehouse you’ve opened is very

not easy. The seasonality of the area and the lack of

cool; what was the idea behind it? First and foremost

corporate trade is the biggest challenge. We currently

we’ve tried to build a

open the hotel from March to October and would love

space that Newquay

to open all year round and offer our staff permanent

needs. Being the

employment, but unfortunately it is isn’t an option at

father of a toddler, a

the moment.

big focus was having

With the coffeehouse we hope to attract a more local following, so will open all year round.

somewhere familyfriendly – we’ve put in a baby warming

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station and toys and

“We hope No.5 becomes a firm favourite with local families and other residents alike.”


ensured there’s lots of room for buggies to make mums

How do you spend your time when you’re not

(and dads) feel really welcome. But we also wanted to

working? It’s spent with the family. In the summer we

make sure the look was stylish enough to have a broader

usually pop over to Crantock. With two boys, we’re also

appeal – somewhere groups of surfers and ‘ladies that

regular visitors to Newquay Zoo, Dairyland and Lappa

lunch’ feel equally at home. We’ve taken inspiration

Valley.

from New York and Australian coffeehouses, using local staff and tradesman, hopefully creating something

What are your favourite places to eat in Newquay?

that’s a step away from the big corporate coffee venues.

No.5 of course! Otherwise, being a spice fan, I’ve always

Our coffee, hand roasted in Cornwall, is

liked the Maharajah.

complemented by a wide choice of cakes (all made inhouse by our talented cooks, Vivienne and Jade) and some great brunch and lunch options, including my personal favourite, the black bean, sweet potato, and chickpea

What are you looking forward to this winter? A lie-in! No.5 Coffeehouse, The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT

burrito. Again, taking personal preferences into account, vegetarian and healthy menu options were really important when we designed the menu. We hope No.5 becomes a firm favourite with local families and other residents alike. What’s the best thing about living in Newquay? The beaches. Due to work commitments we actually make more use of Newquay’s beaches in the winter. I don’t think you can beat some storm-watching on Fistral. And the worst thing? Parking. I feel more could be done to help holidaymakers and residents.

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NEWQUAY FEATURE B Y

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BEST SUMMER ever!

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SARAH CLARKE

MIKE SEARLE

As always summer in Newquay was packed with vibrant events, from the fun of the Joe Way Paddle for Life and Night Surf in June, to the community Carnival in July, the marvellous Miracle Theatre weekend in August and the fabulous Fish festival in September. Newquay remains the most popular summer destination for visitors in Cornwall and this summer has not disappointed! 16

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Boardmasters

This year saw the biggest Boardmasters yet, with over 150,000 people flocking to the five-day surf and music festival that is now a key fixture on the UK music and surf scene. With headliners Faithless, Rudimental and Bastille, an impressive line-up of support acts, warm sunshine and great waves, Boardmasters gave its fans an amazing weekend. Don’t forget to book your tickets early for 2016.

Electric Beach

Now in its fourth year, Electric Beach was a fantastic success this summer, having moved from Watergate Bay to Fistral Beach. A sell-out event with a beautiful backdrop of the golden sands and ocean, 3,000 people came to watch incredible acts such as Australian legends The Cat Empire, Alabama 3, Dreadzone and a host of other great live music. Organisers are already looking forward to next year and will be releasing dates and tickets as soon as they are confirmed. Keep an eye on www.electricbeachfestival. co.uk for more information

Summer Festival Hundreds of local residents and

visitors flocked to Newquay BID’s Summer Festival and Newquay Town Council’s Summer Finale – all new events intended to bring more people into the town centre, with mischievous Minions, music, magic, rides and more.

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“OUR NEWQUAY” MY NEWQUAY

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Seven asks the locals to sum up the best things about living in Newquay.

NIGEL TARRANT, Trebarwith Hotel

“Newquay is not just where we run our business, it’s also home to our family and friends. It is a beautiful place to live, work and play. Incredible views, the seven beaches and the coastline are inspirational, boasting nature at its very best. Plus a friendly, fun atmosphere makes Newquay a town that keeps giving year after year.”

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RACHEL CRAZE, Newquay Fruit Sales

“I love Newquay because it has always been home. From my own childhood, through to our children, and now our grandchildren, Newquay is home. From the beaches and the coastline to the locals and the visitors, there is no better place to live and work.”


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JENNY CRAVEN, Velotive “My life revolves around cycling, surfing, dog

walking and eating, so what more could I ask for than to live in Newquay? I can leave my front door and cycle some of the most scenic roads in Cornwall, spend my lunchtimes on the beach and fill my evenings with amazing food.”

PHILIP GERAGHTY, Crowd Funder “Newquay is the place where our business

Crowdfunder.co.uk was born. For us it’s a special place where global-leading tech innovation meets the stunning natural beauty and surf of the Cornish coastline.”

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NEWQUAY SHORT BREAKS B Y

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A BREAK AWAY

Newquay has all the ingredients for a sensational short break away for couples, families and large groups. Seven magazine has created some itineries to inspire you and help you plan your flying visit.


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IT TAKES TWO

From boutique hotels to cottages by the sea, Newquay is the perfect couples retreat

TYRON MACKENZIE

WHERE TO STAY The Harbour Hotel

Nestled in the cliffs above the picturesque Newquay Harbour, this boutique hotel offers a private balcony and sea views from every room. The hotel is also home to the much-lauded Harbour Fish and Grill Restaurant, where you can sample the worldfamous Newquay crab.

www.harbourhotel.co.uk, 01637 873040

Chynoweth Lodge

A tranquil hideaway in the heart of Newquay, this traditional guesthouse offers a warm welcome and luxurious surroundings. Self-catering accommodation is also available.

www.chynowethlodge.co.uk, 01637 876684

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WHERE TO EAT • The

Boathouse Located in the harbour, here you can dine on

the freshest catch at the ocean’s edge.

www.the-boathouse-newquay.co.uk, 01637 874062

• Gilmore’s Quirky Mexican restaurant with an emphasis on free, clean food; great breakfasts and delicious cocktails. With a relaxed

atmosphere and its own 18-hole mini golf course, it’s a lovely spot to while away and afternoon into evening.

www.gilmoresnewquay.co.uk, 01637 872995, Tower Road, Newquay

WHAT TO DO

• Play a round of golf overlooking the Atlantic. www.newquaygolfclub.co.uk, 01637 874830

• Hop onboard a sea safari.

www.newquayseasafarisandfishing.co.uk, 01637 877613

• Enjoy a spa treat at Ooh la la!

www.hotel-victoria.co.uk, 01637 872255


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A FAMILY AFFAIR

One of the UK’s favourite family destinations, there’s plenty of fun to be had on a wild weekend in Newquay.

WHERE TO STAY Hotel California

Located on the banks of the Gannel estuary, Hotel California offers breath-taking views over the river to Crantock. With family rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, golf packages and its own bowling alley, here you can enjoy a unique break for all ages.

www.hotel-california.co.uk, 01637 879292

WHERE TO EAT • Frankie

and Benny’s An American/Italian

1950’s inspired chain, serving diner-style food all day. www.frankieandbennys.com, 01637 879761

• Captain

Jack’s A pirate-themed restaurant

specialising in delicious meat and seafood dishes. www.captainjacksnewquay.co.uk, 01637 873000

The Great Western Hotel

Many rooms in this cliff-top hotel overlook the sea, and a range prices suit different budgets. As well as a family-friendly restaurant onsite, you’re only a

WHAT TO DO

• Swashbuckle through time at the Pirate’s Quest. www.piratesquest.co.uk, 01637 873379

• Explore the ocean at the Blue Reef Aquarium.

www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay, 01637 878134

few minutes’ walk from many of the town’s beaches

• Have fun whatever the weather at Trenance Leisure

and popular family attractions such as Newquay Zoo

Park, which includes Newquay Zoo, Heron Tennis

and Heron Tennis Centre.

Centre, Waterworld Fun Pool, Pitch and Putt and a

www.greatwesternnewquay.co.uk, 01637 872010

miniature train ride.


GET TOGETHER

Fancy a bit of girlie time or perhaps a multi-generational break away? Newquay has something for everyone

WHERE TO STAY Zesty Breaks

A me-time break doesn’t have to cost the earth with Zesty Breaks’ bespoke, all-inclusive lifestyle breaks that focus on yoga, massage, healthy eating and coastal walks. Ideal for friends, mums, corporate

WHERE TO EAT • The

groups, hens or small parties, you will return home

Stable Here it’s

all about the pizza, pies

relaxed and rejuvenated.

and cider with amazing

www.zestybreaks.co.uk, 01637 877701

views over Fistral beach. www.stablepizza.com, • Pizza

01637 878311

Express Pizza, pasta and salads with a

great cliff-top location.

www.pizzaexpress.com, 01637 872177

WHAT TO DO

• Cocktail making The Fistral Beach

Hotel (chocolate making and wine tasting

Gannel View House

Sleeping up to 22 people, Gannel View is perfect for reunions and large family groups looking to

co.uk, 01637 852221

• Pamper

yourselves The Headland

Hotel and Spa (group lounge available).

spend time together. With plenty of space, a games

www.headlandhotel.co.uk, 01637 872211

room and located only minutes’ from the Gannel

Get active Kayaking, paddle

and Fistral Beach, this is an excellent self-catering

boarding, surfing, coasteering and more

option.

with Elemental UK at Tolcarne.

www.gannelview.co.uk, 01637 881424 24

also available). www.fistralbeachhotel.

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www.elementaluk.com, 01326 318771


MORE SELF-CATERING PADS FOR SHORT BREAKS IN NEWQUAY: Aspects Holidays

With over 450 properties across Cornwall, and over 25 years of holiday letting experience, Aspects have opened a new office in Newquay. They see Newquay as an up and coming place with lots to offer our guests; it’s a great family holiday destination, with seven dog-friendly beaches, regular festivals and top-end restaurants. This, combined with an increasing preference for short breaks, and the ease of direct flights, makes Newquay the perfect place for a quick getaway with everything you could want on the doorstep. www.aspects-holidays.co.uk, 01736 754242

Aspects have a wide range of properties in and around Newquay for longer stays and short breaks: PERFECT FOR THE FAMILY - Surf View

COSY FOR COUPLES - Atlantic Vista GREAT FOR GROUPS - Beach View

Self Cater Cornwall

Our independent self-catering agency provides holiday accommodation in and around Newquay. We guide our owners to present their holiday properties to an excellent standard so guests have a comfortable and memorable holiday. The team at Self Cater Cornwall have in-depth and invaluable local knowledge of Newquay that guests benefit from. The holiday letting industry has changed immensely in recent years, with Cornwall now seen as a year-round holiday destination. Increased booking flexibility allowing for short breaks has attracted more bookings from couples and families in our outstanding holiday accommodation. www.selfcatercornwall.co.uk, 01637 859595

Direct flights to Newquay are available year round from Manchester, London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Additional routes are available between March and September.


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SURF WINTER Newquay is the place to be for winter surf. Not only does it boast an amazing variety of waves from sheltered bays to big wave spots, there’s lots of surf shops stacked with the best technical winter gear and surf schools to help you get going. What with cosy surfside cafés to warm up in too, there’s no reason why you can’t surf winter.

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SO, THE DARK NIGHTS ARE UPON US.

What with the chill factor, the whipping wind and work taking up our daylight hours, it’s almost impossible for most of us to get in the sea every day. However, if you don’t keep on top of your fitness your surfing performance will suffer, so here some tips to help you surf winter. MIKE SEARLE

Stay Surf Fit

So, what can you do to stay on top of your game through winter? Two things happen when you surf less. First, your paddle fitness decreases; second, your timing goes. When you lose paddle fitness it makes it harder to get out and harder to catch waves, consequently decreasing your surfing ability because you’re tired. The best activity to keep up your paddle fitness is swimming. You need to get in three times a week. It also helps keep up your water confidence. Aim for sets of 16 lengths front crawl as a basic level. If you can’t do that, then do as many crawl as possible, then one breaststroke to get your breath, or alternate one length of each. You’re going for stamina and distance, not speed. Getting to your feet wearing extra layers of neoprene is hard, so get to a fitness or yoga class to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility. There is loads of exercise classes going on in Newquay. Check out Waterworld, where they offer great deals on swimming and fitness classes: www.tempusleisure.org.uk.

Book a Surf Coach

You can learn to surf or get coached right through winter in Newquay. Checkout these surf schools where you can get a lesson under the tutelage of a qualified coach: Elemental at Tolcarne Beach

www.elementaluk.com, 0844 488 9110 Fistral Beach Surf School

www.fistralbeach.co.uk/fistral-surf-school, 01637 850737 Newquay Activity Centre

www.newquayactivitycentre.co.uk, 01637 879571 Newquay Watersports Centre

www.newquaywatersportscentre.co.uk, 07535 103119 Quiksilver Surf School

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KIRSTIN PRISK

Wrap Up

Quiksilver 5/4/3mm AG47 Performance CZ Hooded, £270

C-Skins 6mm Split Toe Boots, £34.99

Winter wetsuits are pretty amazing these days, so there is no excuse not to surf throughout winter. The surf shops in town have an amazing selection of the world’s best wetsuits and accessories, so go and check them out and ask for advice if needed. Sunset Surf, 06 Fore Street • North Shore, 36 Fore Street • Smile

Rip Curl 5/3 Flashbomb Zip Free, £319.99

Surf Shop, 28 Fore Street • Surfing Life Store, 2 Fore Street • Ann’s

Surf Cottage, Fistral Beach Complex • Watershed, 3-5 Bank Street •

Emoceanl Surf, 2-6 Gover Lane • Rip Curl, 61 Bank Street • Fistral Surf Co, 19 Cliff Road • Animal, 14 Central Square

O’Neill Hyperfreak Coldwater Hood, £28

IN SEARCH OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WAVE Pro surfer Tom Butler is Newquay’s big wave warrior. Last winter he took on the infamous Nazare wave in Portugal with his jet-ski partner Sebastian Steudtner, and made global headlines when the team caught the biggest wave in the world, as judged by the WSL XXL Wave category. Tom and his partner clock up 100’s of hours of practice to the make sure they are prepared for the really big swells.


A DAY IN THE LIFE B Y

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

RICHARD HOLDER Having grown up in the town, Richard Holder is a well-known figure in Newquay and has been a Director at David Ball Estate Agents for 20 years. An expert in both residential and commercial sales and lettings, if you want to know anything about property around Newquay then Richard is your man.

What is your favourite place to get breakfast?

Seven caught up with him to find out about his favourite places in Newquay.

coastline really is unique. It’s equally beautiful in

It has to be the Lewinnick Lodge. The Eggs Benedict is simply amazing and it’s topped off with excellent service and a superb view. They do a really tasty prawn linguine too – not for breakfast though! Where do you go for some peace and quiet? I like to walk along the River Gannel at low tide, perhaps over to Crantock beach. That stretch of summer and winter, so it’s a good place to go for some head space all year round. Where the best place to get lunch with a view? That’s a really tricky one because there are so many good choices in Newquay these days. I love the new restaurants at Fistral, but for lunch I’d probably choose The Fern Pitt Café on Riverside Crescent. It’s renowned for its crab sandwiches and the view over the River Gannel. What did you do on your last night out? We went for dinner at Little Kahuna – an intimate, independent restaurant on Crantock MIKE SEARLE


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Street with a menu inspired from years of travelling the world. Then we went onto the Lighthouse Cinema to watch a live performance of Swan Lake from the Royal Ballet. What do your kids like doing in Newquay? Newquay is a great place for the kids to grow up, as there is so much outdoor space and a great choice of beaches. They are happy just getting sandy and running in and out of the sea, and they also love going to the zoo where the lions are a particular favourite.

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ENVIRONMENT

Guardians of the Sand and Sea The sea is at the heart of life in Newquay. The local coastline is teaming with marine life year-round, and in summer attracts more exotic summer visitors such as basking sharks and sunfish. Newquay Marine group, a group of local volunteers, work throughout the seasons to protect and promote Newquay’s marine and coastal environment. Their activities include surveys, talks, family-friendly activities and campaigning.

Gabriella Gilkes of the group says: “Newquay has such a beautiful coastline and boasts a rich and diverse sea life. This is very much part of what makes Newquay the most popular tourist destination in Cornwall, so it’s vital that we look after it.” She adds: “We are always looking to welcome new members to the group and we are really keen to work with local businesses to promote more sustainable packaging, to reduce littering and to recognise those businesses that are doing more to help the environment.’ Top marine activities in Newquay • Seal and dolphin watching in the harbour and along the coast. • Eat Newquay crab in a local restaurant, or buy one from a local fisherman to cook at home. • Get out to sea – try surfing, coasteering, a sea safari, snorkelling, surf boat rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding or a simple swim. • Do your own instant #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN – any litter you take home or pop in the bin is less to contaminate the sea and endanger animals.


Local sea life Seals

Newquay harbour is home to grey and common seals that can often be spotted at high tide from the harbour walls as they meet the fishing boats returning with their catch. Dolphins and porpoises Common and bottlenose dolphins can often be spotted from boats and from the shore. Occasionally you can also spot a porpoise. Crabs and Lobsters Newquay is world famous for its spider crabs, but you will also find edible crabs, lobsters and hermit crabs here. Rock pool life From limpets, anemones and shrimps, to more rare breadcrumb sponges and blennies, Newquay’s rock pools are brimming with life year-round. It’s best to explore at low tide; most beaches have rock pools, including Fistral and Tolcarne.

Some upcoming Newquay Marine Group events: 11th November: Talk on Understanding bottlenose dolphins 13th November: Seal survey by boat 9th December: Christmas Party at the Aquarium 12th December: Beach clean at Towan 16th January: Bird Walk on the Gannel Estuary 4th February: 200 years of the shore with Maya Plass from TV’s ‘Coast’ March: Easter rock pool ramble April: Seal walk May: Plankton day For more information and event details follow Newquay Marine Group on Facebook or email: newquaymarinegroup@gmail.com

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WWII EVACUATION TO NEWQUAY In the summer of 1940, 244 school boys from Gresham school, in Norfolk, were evacuated to Newquay’s Bay and Pentire Hotels. This wartime adventure had an impact on the pupils and on the town’s history.


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he evacuation was due to the Government’s concern that Norfolk would be a likely starting point if the German’s invaded. On 25 June 1940, within 48 hours of letters being sent to parents advising them

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of the decision to evacuate, the entire school left for Cornwall.

Science equipment, sports kit, beds, desks and medical supplies were all packed

onto trains along with the carriages full of pupils, to make the two-day journey

More information about the period and Newquay’s History can be found at Newquay Museum, Crantock Street.

along bombed out tracks to Newquay. From the pupils’ point of view, despite often cramped conditions, food rationing, mined beaches and the blackout, it was an enjoyable adventure with swimming in the sea, cliff-top sports and endless opportunities for boyish mischief. As Headmaster Philip Newells recounted: “Some students were allocated the top floor of the Pentire Hotel. The new occupants soon discovered that their floor had previously housed the hotel bar! A

Opening hours: Wednesday 10am – 3pm, Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon.

bottle of crème de menthe was spotted by matron dangling outside her bedroom window and the revelry ceased.” The evacuation had a big impact upon Newquay. The Atlantic and Headland Hotels were transformed into RAF hospitals, while The Pentire and Bay hotels were entirely given over to the schools. The golf course was turned into a rugby pitch and pigs were reared in the gardens of The Pentire Hotel. Pupils helped pick potatoes in Crantock, joined the Home Guard and regularly ran dawn patrols along the cliffs. (They were sometimes spotted scaling the cliffs, too.)

www.newquay. oldcornwall.org.uk

The boys returned to Norfolk by Christmas 1944, and as one pupil reflected fondly: “It would be true to say that we learnt from our exile, a certain freedom of life that we have been able to bring back with us to Holt. The effect of this freedom has been wholly good.” Since 1990 Frank King has organised reunions of the Gresham Boys, held at The Pentire Hotel. One hundred old boys attended the first reunion but, sadly with the passage of time, less can come, and thirty are now left.

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We caught up with Jemma from I-candy in Newquay’s Central Square, to get the latest on winter fashion trends and the coolest brands…

Native Youth shirt £40 What is the ‘must have’ fashion item for this winter? We love our new range of Parka’s with oversized faux furs – everybody needs a good coat for those winter beach walks. What is your favourite emerging brand? I love Bellfield – it’s home-grown and the knitwear is amazing. There is lots of burnt colours such as burgundy and tans, which are influenced by a 70’s colour palette. What about seasonal accessories? You can accessorize your look with a huge scarf, cape or poncho – perfect for lazy Sundays. We have also seen a trend shift in hats this year, with wide brim fedoras and floppy brimmed felt numbers being popular all year round. Team them up with a pair of Chelsea boots to keep in line with the retro trend. What about a glam look for a Christmas party? We are championing lacy dresses this year; these look great with a statement necklace or earrings and don’t forget that faux fur to keep warm. And for the boys? This winter the catwalks have been brimming with gimmick tees featuring all sorts of childhood memories. Our favourite is the Chunk Star Wars Collection What is the new black for men? There is a couple of ‘new’ blacks this winter, but we are finding that Navy and burgundy are really popular and we have lots of great pieces in these colours. What brands are exciting? As wrapping up warm is a big thing for men this

Paper Dolls dress £58

winter, we have to go with Bellfield and Native Youth for the coats, knits and checked shirts. If you are going for something more formal, Guide has some really good blazers to choose from. What’s a cool Christmas gift for him? Definitely the Native Youth Peacoat or the printed Mi Pac rucksacks.

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Native Youth jumper £50

Chunk Star Wars T Shirt £30

Native Youth Peacoat £90

Glamorous Dress £45

COURTESY BILLABONG

BLACK IS BACK

Black is a fail safe colour for girls, so the good news is it’s back for winter. Surf brand Billabong do a great selection of super cool women’s clothing that ticks this season’s Goth-inspired look.Billabong is stocked in

Newquay’s North Shore, Fore Street and Ann’s Cottage, Fistral Beach.

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With Christmas and New Year just around the corner it’s the time of year to don your glad rags and hit the town for a fun-filled night in Newquay. From gourmet dining hotspots to cosy pubs and state-of-the-art nightclubs, Newquay is the place for a top night out during the festive season. Here’s our guide to making it a night to remember: Newquay Beauty

Get a pre-Christmas hair makeover at Bank

Go gla m Put on the sparkle and go glam. Get your beauty prep done in advance of your big night out so you look and feel great.

Street Hair. Owner Enzo has trained and worked across Europe, and here in Newquay he has established a small but professional salon right in the heart of town. The salon delivers a range of top-quality hair services, including cool cuts and colours, and special occasion up-dos, plus there’s precision barbering with barber Elliot – all at affordable prices. Perfect for a pre-Chrimbo spruce up.

Tel: 01637 850852 or find Bank Street Hair on Facebook.

Gleaming Smile

Have you ever wondered how celebrities have such dazzling white teeth? Quite simply they have them whitened. Green Room’s bespoke teeth whitening system can restore a whiter, more youthful appearance, safely and effectively.

Green Room Dental: 83 Trenance Rd, Newquay, TR7 2HW Tel: 01637 879889, www.greenroomdental.co.uk

Tan Up

Having a tan makes you feel and look healthier during the winter months, so

Get glammed up for Christmas here:

With state-of-the-art facilities and top of the range sunbeds, here you can relax

Butler Hair – www.butlershairstudio.co.uk

on powerful, air-conditioned sunbeds

Ocean Beauty – m.ocean-beauty.co.uk

requirements.

Yoshimi – www.yoshimispa.com Boots – www.boots.com

Superdrug – www.superdrug.com

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take a visit to the Consol tanning salon.

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Consol, 22 Cliff Road, Newquay, TR7 1SG, Tel: 0800 0886090


Dance The Night Away Get your dancing shoes on and head out to one of Newquay’s fun-fuelled bars and nightclubs. You’re never too old to have a great time in Newquay!

Book A Cab

Remember don’t drink and drive; it’s never worth it. Give A2B Taxi Service a call to get you there and back safely.

A2B Taxi’s – www.a2bnewquay.co.uk, 01637 875555

Go Walkabout

After its £400,000 transformation, The Walkabout overlooking Towan Beach is one of the best venues in town. By day and evening it’s a chilled place to meet up and get stuck into Aussie food with a sporty vibe, while at night it’s the ultimate party venue with DJ’s, live music and a great lighting and sound show. So what are you waiting for? Go and get ready for a great night out…

Walkabout, The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DS.

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Tel: 01637 853000

Go out on the town here:

Whiskers – www.whiskersnewquay.co.uk Chy Bar – www.chybarandkitchen-newquay.co.uk Berties – www.bertiesclub.com Sailors – www.sailorsarms.com/Venue.aspx Red Lion – www.redlionnewquay.co.uk/Venue.aspx Salt – www.saltnightclubnewquay.co.uk Central – www.thecentralnewquay.co.uk Belushis – www.belushis.com Bar Help – www.bar-help.co.uk

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No longer famous just for its fish and chips, Newquay’s dining scene has recently become more cosmopolitan. Seven takes a look at some of the town’s top-notch international eateries.


Little Italy

Traditional Italian Pizzeria

Stone baked pizza, simple Italian dishes and a great wine list make this little gem of a restaurant feel like a traditional ‘trattoria’ by the sea. Authentic Italian-style pizzas are made to order by owner Sam Camps, catering for all tastes with a range of toppings from the meat loaded Pizza Carne and spicy Piri Piri Pollo, to the locally inspired Cornish Three Cheese. You can also tuck into fresh pasta and specialities such as mouthwatering Seafood Calzone.

1 Tower Rd, Newquay. 01637 852021,

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Bush Pepper

Contemporary Australian With its contemporary Aussie menu, Bush Pepper brings a brand new international dining experience to Newquay. Ingenious dishes such as kangaroo sausage and crocodile cottage pie, and pork and black pudding terrine, fuse the finest Australian and Cornish ingredients. Having travelled the world in search of the perfect wave, Australian owner and chef Chris Brookes has a real passion for world food, which is injected into his delicious global cuisine.

6 Fore Street. 01637 852530, www.bushpepper.co.uk

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Noodle Kitchen Pan Asian

The stylish Noodle Kitchen serves up healthy, uncomplicated Pan Asian dishes – from Seafood Ramen and Chicken Wok Fried Noodles to tasty salads such as Vietnamese Prawn. All dishes are cooked fresh to order.

Bank Street. 01637 872228, www.thenoodlekitchen.co.uk

Ganesha Thai Authentic Thai Takeaway

Only the freshest and most authentic Thai ingredients are used at this traditional Thai takeaway. From Green Thai Curry to Pad King and Sweet Chilli Noodles, everything is cooked to order in the small, well-organised kitchen. A great option if you’re on holiday or just fancy a takeout with a bit of a kick.

1b Beach Parade, Beach Road. 07772 695273, www.thaitakeawaynewquay.co.uk

Try these other international

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foodie spots on Newquay’s high street: Portuguese Restaurant, specialising in Chicken Piri Piri, fresh fish and speciality Portuguese dishes. 10 Cliff Road. 01637

499049, www.facebook.com/Quicky-chicky

Stavros Greek Taverna, serving authentic Greek Cuisine. 6 Cliff Road. 01637 876391,

www.stavrosgreektaverna.co.uk

Wah Hing, a classic Chinese eatery and takeaway serving Thai and Malaysian cuisine. 62 East St. 01637 874709

Mexican Cantina, Tex-Mex food, plus burgers and steaks. 38 Cliff Rd. 01637

851700, www.mexican-cantina.co.uk

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Shop local this winter...

GIFTS UNDER £20

Mr Lacy ‘Flatties’ laces, £3 Flavour, Beach Parade

Here’s at least 20 reasons to shop in Newquay this Christmas, with our inspirational, fun and fabulous gift guide. Whether you’re buying for mums or sons, looking for scented gifts or surfboard socks, try your local high street. Wild Guide to Devon and Cornwall, £14.00 Velotive, Alma Place Cornish hamper, £18.99 (or build your own) Cornish Cream, Bank St

Pastel mini grad, £19 Discobeads, Bank St Icandy Selfie Stick, £14.99 Go Mobile

Salty Dog Salt spray, £15.55 Beach Shack hair and beauty, Fore St

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Kid’s owl hat, £14.00

Abus bike lock, £7.00

Mountain Warehouse, Bank St

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Beach hut coat hooks, £14.00 Gallery 44, Bank St

Surfboard sock from £20 Slide & Glide, Fore St

Deer, £15 MMW at Revolver

Gift Voucher from £5 Clarissa Nails

Seasalt candle, £12 MMW at Revolver

Skullcandy Ink’d headphones, £20 Fistral Surf Co, Cliff Rd

Baylis & Harding body wash, £6.49 Kayes Chemist, East St

Face mats, £4.99 Clarendon Imports, East St

Vans ‘stance’ socks (Ray Barbee), £12 Flavour Beach Parade

Sodapop drinking jar, £3 Living and Giving, East St

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