Fistral Beach North

Fistral Beach, Newquay is just one long beach, but it’s often referred to as North and South as this helps to define the access and facilities available.

Fistral Beach North is at the end where the Headland Hotel is, where the Fistral Surf Centre was built and where the surfing competitions are held.

Surf Boards at Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall

Built in 2003, the Fistral Surf Centre provides shops, some great places to eat and some top quality public showers and lavatories.

During the summer season, the large/flat car park at Fistral Beach North is often closed, so that stalls and entertainment can be set up. In the past, national music roadshows and events have been broadcast from Fistral Beach North, and sometimes from the grounds of the Headland Hotel above it.

Fistral Beach used to be a fabulously sandy beach, but since they built the Surf Centre I personally feel it’s become a lot less inviting, with more stones to be found. It’s still sandy, very sandy – just not as fabulously sandy as it used to be ­čÖé

On the east/northern end of Fistral Beach, the other side of the Headland Hotel is where you’ll find the infamous Cribbar Wave, when it’s around – although this legendary monster wave’s only seen about twice a year, if that.

Parking is Pay & Display.

Services at Fistral Beach North, Newquay

  • Car Parking: Yes, a large pay and display car park is available
  • Public Lavatories: Yes, very modern and good.
  • Easy Access for Wheelchairs and Prams: Yes – Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • Food Available: Yes, a good choice in the cafe, or you can lunch at the restaurant in the Fistral Surf Centre complex or even the Headland Hotel
  • Lifeguard: Fistral Beach has probably the most lifeguards available for the most months of the year.

Events at Fistral Beach

Throughout the year there are a number of surfing events held on Fistral Beach, sometimes with accompanying festivals and stalls, etc. Nuts Magazine Boardmasters competition during the summer also comes with the almost statutory beer tent and bikini-clad beauties in their Nuts Babe Bikini Contest.

  • Friday 16 Jun 2017 - 6PM to 11PM

    Night Surf 2017, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Newquay

    On Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June 2017 there will be a Night Surf 2017 surfing contest at Fistral Beach.  This is the only Night Surf contest in the UK. Free to watch. Website: Night Surf 2017 Part of the UK Surf Pro Tour 2017


  • Saturday 17 Jun 2017 - 6PM to 11PM

    Night Surf 2017, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Newquay

    On Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June 2017 there will be a Night Surf 2017 surfing contest at Fistral Beach.  This is the only Night Surf contest in the UK. Free to watch. Website: Night Surf 2017 Part of the UK Surf Pro Tour 2017


  • Wednesday 9 Aug 2017 - 12AM to 12AM

    Newquay Boardmasters 2017, Newquay

    The Newquay Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2017 is held across two locations: Fistral Beach, Newquay, and Watergate Bay, Newquay. ┬áTransport runs between the two venues, which are 2-3 miles apart. Start Date: Wednesday 9 August End Date: Sunday 13 August Music, surfing, after parties, special events. ┬áDay tickets, camping tickets and more Boardmasters Website: […]


  • Thursday 10 Aug 2017 - 12AM to 12AM

    Newquay Boardmasters 2017, Newquay

    The Newquay Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2017 is held across two locations: Fistral Beach, Newquay, and Watergate Bay, Newquay. ┬áTransport runs between the two venues, which are 2-3 miles apart. Start Date: Wednesday 9 August End Date: Sunday 13 August Music, surfing, after parties, special events. ┬áDay tickets, camping tickets and more Boardmasters Website: […]


  • Friday 11 Aug 2017 - 12AM to 12AM

    Newquay Boardmasters 2017, Newquay

    The Newquay Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2017 is held across two locations: Fistral Beach, Newquay, and Watergate Bay, Newquay. ┬áTransport runs between the two venues, which are 2-3 miles apart. Start Date: Wednesday 9 August End Date: Sunday 13 August Music, surfing, after parties, special events. ┬áDay tickets, camping tickets and more Boardmasters Website: […]


  • Saturday 12 Aug 2017 - 12AM to 12AM

    Newquay Boardmasters 2017, Newquay

    The Newquay Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2017 is held across two locations: Fistral Beach, Newquay, and Watergate Bay, Newquay. ┬áTransport runs between the two venues, which are 2-3 miles apart. Start Date: Wednesday 9 August End Date: Sunday 13 August Music, surfing, after parties, special events. ┬áDay tickets, camping tickets and more Boardmasters Website: […]


  • Sunday 13 Aug 2017 - 12AM to 12AM

    Newquay Boardmasters 2017, Newquay

    The Newquay Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2017 is held across two locations: Fistral Beach, Newquay, and Watergate Bay, Newquay. ┬áTransport runs between the two venues, which are 2-3 miles apart. Start Date: Wednesday 9 August End Date: Sunday 13 August Music, surfing, after parties, special events. ┬áDay tickets, camping tickets and more Boardmasters Website: […]


  • Where to Stay Near to Fistral Beach North, Newquay

    The most obvious choice is the Headland Hotel, but there are plenty of new luxury holiday apartments that have been built along the access road, all with fabulous sea views and balconies. These new holiday apartments are built in a row, on the same road, so you just have to choose between a luxury flat with panoramic sea views, or whether to indulge yourself by renting a penthouse suite for the ultimate luxury, combining location, sea views and rooftop terraces.

    Many of these luxury holiday flats, with balconies and sea views, are bookable through Blue Chip, why not check out Zinc, one of the most popular and striking developments overlooking Fistral Beach.

    Beaches in Newquay

    Photography by: PM Cowley.