Great Western beach, Newquay, Cornwall
  • About Us

    Great Western Beach Information

    Newquay’s Great Western beach is a popular family beach, comprising of several west facing sandy coves, backed by towering cliffs, sheltering it and providing early morning natural shade.

    The beach is popular with both families and surfers and despite its close proximity to Newquay town centre, is quieter than some of the other Newquay beaches. It is also possible to walk to neighbouring beaches at low tide.

    There is good disabled access and a private lift which descends through the cliffs from the Great Western Hotel.

    The beach caters for all levels of surfing ability but is particular good for beginners as it is slightly more sheltered than other Newquay surfing beaches.

    Toilets, cafes, showers, deck chair and windbreak rental, surfboard hire, surf schools and seasonal lifeguard cover (May – end of September). Parking is in Newquay Town centre some 5-10min walk away.

    Great Western Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

    Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year. Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 14 beaches around Newquay, 217 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Water Quality


    Beach Bathing Water Quality


    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
  • Tides
  • Weather


    7-day Weather Forecast


    Rain on Saturday, with high temperatures rising to 20°C on Monday.

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     Clear throughout the day.
     
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      5:23 am    9:13 pm
    Thursday, May 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      5:22 am    9:14 pm

    Friday, May 25th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      5:21 am    9:15 pm
    Saturday, May 26th
     Rain in the afternoon.
     
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      5:20 am    9:16 pm

    Sunday, May 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      5:19 am    9:18 pm
    Monday, May 28th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
     
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      5:18 am    9:19 pm

    Tuesday, May 29th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       16%  89%   7 mph
      5:18 am    9:20 pm
    Wednesday, May 30th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      5:17 am    9:21 pm

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