Things to enjoy this May Half Term

Things to enjoy this May Half Term

May half term is almost upon us. With the promise of warmer weather, an extra bank holiday, and Jubilee celebrations, we have compiled a fantastic variety of activities in the area suitable for all the family.

The recommendations come from our fabulous head concierge Sarah Gaskin, and hey cater for all weather types and all of them within a short walk or drive from The Headland.

Celebrate the Jubilee in Newquay!

The Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party - On Saturday 4th June, join us for The Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party, where The Headland will be welcoming guests to celebrate this special occasion in style. Bring along family and friends and take your places on the large communal tables to enjoy decadent Afternoon Teas. The Headland Chefs will be recreating the winning dessert from the National Platinum Pudding competition - A mouth-watering Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle.

Spaces are limited so we recommend booking in advance - £35.00 per adult, £17.50 per child.

Savour one of our Jubilee cocktails in The Ballroom afterward, where we will be screening a selection of the televised events. 

Lighting of the Beacon 2nd June - Just down the road from The Headland, the Newquay Beacon lighting will take place at Huers Hut. Starting at 8pm, enjoy an evening of live music from Newquay Male Voice Choir, Pipers and Newquay Town Band before the beacon is lit at 9:45pm.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail - Why not also join in the nationwide celebrations and follow the Beacon Trail. This is an interactive experience and as you visit the story points in order you can collect digital stamps, learn more of the story and, of course, take some selfies!


Take the plunge

The hotel’s very own surf school, Surf Sanctuary offers bespoke and group sessions in a range of water sports, includes stand-up paddle boarding, snorkel tours and ocean confidence training. Travel time from The Headland – None, it’s right on our doorstep!

Find out more and book your spaces:

Retallack Aqua Park - A Total Wipeout-style water park which includes FlowRider, Cornwall’s only surf simulator. Wakeboarding, inflatable volleyball and stand-up paddling can all be enjoyed  here.

Travel time from The Headland – a 20-minute drive

Book in:


Wildlife wanders

E-Bikes – make the journey part of the adventure with E-Bike Cornwall. Explore the extraordinary county in an eco-friendly way by renting an e-bike that can be collected from just outside the hotel.

Newquay Wild Activities - Join the Newquay Marine Group for two amazing, guided walks. The Rockpool Ramble will showcase the weird and wonderful plants and animals which live on our seashore. The Wildlife Walk will be a way of experiencing Newquay from a local’s perspective through headlands, woods, and meadows. Specific dates available to book here: and the team will meet you from the hotel.

Newquay Sea Safari - Cruise the hidden coves and secret beaches around Newquay and meet Cornwall’s wildlife in their marine habitat. Spot grey seals, dolphins and if you’re lucky, have a first-time encounter with a shark in their natural environment.

Discover more:

Newquay Zoo - Discover hundreds of the world’s most amazing animals living among the beautiful gardens in the town. Boasting everything from Tapirs to Tamarin monkeys, it’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with nature. Travel time from The Headland – a 5-minute drive, or a 45-minute walk.

Find out more:


Further afield

Eden Project - The world-famous former clay mine has been converted into a beautiful global garden. Explore huge undercover biomes, trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest and take in the calming fragrance of the Mediterranean biome. There are also outdoor gardens, contemporary artworks, performances, and storytelling. Travel time from The Headland – a 35-minute drive.

Book tickets:

Camel Creek - A family theme park aimed at smaller children, half term week is Circus Week, in which your youngsters can enjoy circus tricks besides the great variety of rides and activities.

Travel time from The Headland – a 25-minute drive

Discover what’s on:

Dairyland - A children’s adventure park offering pony and tractor rides, animal feeding, games and various play areas. Travel time from The Headland – a 10-minute drive

Check for opening times:


Photo credit: _stephbythesea_ on Instagram

Surf Sanctuary 

EBike Cornwall

Eden Project - Photo credit: Matt Jessop

Newquay Marine Group