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The local area guide to living in Newquay

Newquay is a famous town on the north coast of Cornwall, England. It has a far-reaching reputation as a surfing capital, party town and favourite among holiday makers. Right beside the Atlantic Ocean, the town has 10 beaches within very easy reach and some favourable breaks that have attracted surfers from all over the world for decades. Following the surfers, the holiday makers came and the town has developed over the years to accommodate them.

However, go a little inland and you'll find fantastic historical and natural things still abound in north Cornwall. It is a windswept, rugged landscape with steep cliffs, beautiful walks and areas of significant archaeological interest.

In centuries past Newquay was a small fishing port, particularly well known for its pilchard trade. This has since diminished, although there are still some good local crab and lobster catches. After pilchard there was iron, lead and china clay to support the area - although again, these have now diminished as is the case for the rest of the country. Now, the service industry and tourism are vital to the economic interests of the town.

Bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs abound on Newquay's streets but there is a lot more to the town than that. It has some peaceful, elegant gardens and offers fantastic hiking trails and links golf courses within easy reach.

Information about the local residents

There is a permanent population of just under 20,000 people in Newquay. Demographically, it is moving in line like much of the rest of the country as retirees decide to move down and baby boomers invest in Newquay's property market.

Average earnings in Newquay, reliant as it is on the service area, are lower than that for the rest of the country and unemployment is relatively high due to the seasonal nature of so many jobs. Beyond the tourism industry, the work options are restricted to local government and healthcare.

Nearby schools

Cornwall is well provisioned for education. The area surrounding Newquay has a large number of nursery and pre-school options as well as seven primary schools.

In terms of secondary schools Newquay also does well. Newquay Tretherras is very popular, and is a state funded academy which has earned specialist Technology status. Within easy reach there is also Treviglas College, which boasts an excellent Business and Enterprise College. Private education is also available in Truro School, which is within driving distance. Truro also has several good state schools.

For higher education, Newquay is served by Cornwall College - a part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall Partnership. The College has close connections to Newquay Zoo and its courses reflect this, having a heavy focus on conservation and animal life.

In south Cornwall, 23 miles away, is University College Falmouth - a specialist arts institution. It has a rapidly growing reputation for its influence on the creative scene.

Getting around

Newquay is very well connected in terms of transport. It has its own airport only 5 miles away, offering flights all over the UK and into Europe. There are even plans to extend its service further afield. Newquay also has its own railway station connecting easily to major cities all over the UK including Exeter, Bristol, London, Birmingham and Manchester. The town is also close to the A30 trunk road, which takes drivers north, west and out of the county.

Local shops

A large section of Newquay is pedestrianised, making it a very pleasant town to explore by foot. Local produce, Cornish gifts, surfing and outdoor-focused shops are everywhere. There are also some great places to eat and drink - from cosy pubs and beach bars, to classy cocktail bars and restaurants, cafes and tearooms.

There is plenty to do in and around Newquay. The Blue Reed Aquarium is very popular among tourists and locals alike, as well as Newquay Zoo, Dairyland and the historic Lappa Valley Steam Railway. There are numerous festivals and events, especially in the summer, most famous of which is Boardmasters - a huge music and extreme sports festival.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.