Fistral beach from above with Newquay golf course in background

Fistral Beach

On our doorstep is Newquay’s most iconic beach, Fistral. It is quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. With jewel-blue sea and a never-ending stretch of golden sand, Fistral is the perfect family beach, offering simple pleasures of sea, sand and surf combined.

aerial view of headland hotel from the sea

Fistral Beach hosts events including Boardmasters – Europe’s largest surf and skate festival every August, the UK ZapCat championships in April and August, the English National Surfing Championship, night surfing and the King of the Groms Junior Surf Festival. Fistral Beach boasts a state-of-the-art RNLI Lifeguard station for the lifeguards who work from May to September and for voluntary lifeguard cover during busy weekends through the winter. The brand new facilities include a dedicated first aid room, storage, changing facilities and a large observational area from which the lifeguards watch the one of the busiest beaches in the country.

You can check out the current conditions at Fistral Beach through our surfcam.

Fistral Beach is a European designated beach which complies with European water quality standards.

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Sunsets on Fistral

Undeniably, the best spot to gaze upon a magical sunset is, of course, Fistral Beach. Renowned for providing an evening spectacle like no other, and considered one of the best spots in the whole of Cornwall, Fistral truly is a special location to experience a sunset. Enjoy from a soft blanket situated on the golden sand or simply from the comforts of The Terrace veranda, as you observe the sun fading behind the Atlantic displaying a myriad of hues glimmering in the dusk sky. Share with us your favourite sunset images by emailing

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Halloween at The Headland

Experience Halloween in Cornwall at the home of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ this coming October. The film has remained close to our hearts here at The Headland, and we will be celebrating with a rather grand and spooky October half-term.

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