While staying at Newquay enjoy the sandy Cornish beaches and blue sea, surf the waves, or walk along the dramatic coast line. Visit the lovely gardens or experience our mining history. As well as places to visit there are many exciting events through the year. Below are some of our favourites, for a full list please click here to go to Visit Cornwall. 

2024 Diary Dates

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, 6th – 8th June.
Carnival Week, No dates yet.
Boardmasters Surf Festival, 7th – 11th August.
RNLI Lifeboat Day, No dates yet.
Crantock Bale Push, No dates yet.
Mens Gig Championship, No dates yet.
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, 13th - 15th September.
Newquay Lions Club Beer Festival, No dates yet.


Newquay Beaches
Newquay is surrounded by beautiful beaches.
Towan beach is the closest and only a short walk from Geckos Rest, it is great for surfing and body boarders.
Fistral beach is world renowned for surfing, less than a mile from Geckos Rest and has larger waves.
The beaches usually have lifeguard cover from Easter to September and you are never far from an ice-cream or tea shop. To check out tide times for Newquay Click Here.

Newquay Activity Centre
Why not make the most of our beaches and get a lesson from Newquay Activity Centre, surfing, paddle boarding or even Coasteering. 

Escape Surf School
For the best surf instructors why not book a lesson with Escape Surf School who offer warm changing rooms and are located in Newquay overlooking Towan Beach.

Blue Reef Aquarium
An amazing little aquarium located at Newquay Bay, a short walk from our guest house.
Blue Reef Aquarium is on Towan Promenade, Newquay
Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: less than ½ mile.

Newquay Zoo
Get closer to over 130 species at the award winning Newquay Zoo. Penguins, creepy crawlies and big cats are all waiting to meet you, always a popular day out.
Newquay Zoo is on Trenance Gardens, Newquay.
Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 1 mile.

National Trust
There are lots of National Trust places to visit including:
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, dramatic sea rocks, approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 8 miles.

English Heritage
Pendennis Castle, a great day out, approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 26 miles and Tintagel Castle of King Arthur fame. Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 32 miles.

There are lots of gardens to visit in Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must see for the enthusiast. Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 20 miles. For a more modern take there is the Eden Project. Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 22 miles.

Flying Tours
Discover the stunning sights of Cornwall - from its unique coastlines, cliffs and beaches to its rural villages and towns from a different prospective or even learn to fly with FlyNqy.

Cornish Wine and Cyder Tours
The Cornish climate is ideal for growing grapes and apples, book a tour, tasting or just pop into the visitors centres to try some of their produce.
Healeys Cyder Farm, see how they make cyder, whiskey and jams! Approximate distance from guest house: 10 miles
Camel Valley, award winning wines. The standard guided tour is great, but if you love your sparkling wines too then book on to the ‘Grand Tour and Tasting’. Approximate distance from guest house: 20 miles.
Trevibban Mill vineyard and orchards. Marvellous wines and a lovely setting, you will think you’re in France. Approximate distance from Geckos Rest: 15 miles.

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