Cornwall

Exploring Cornwall: Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium

If you’re looking for a fun family day out in Cornwall you can’t beat Newquay. Traditionally playground of surfers and twenty-something clubbers, Newquay is also great for animal-loving families.

During the last Bank Holiday weekend Luke’s parents took us out for the day. We could go pretty much anywhere and I thought Jenson would love the zoo and aquarium.

I planned our day according to opening times and animals talks, so we started out at the zoo. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but I’m terrified of peacocks and, knowing they roam free at Newquay Zoo, I thought I held it together pretty well, especially when I spotted one in a semi-enclosed space. Here’s a look at some of the more ‘appealing’ animals (photos by Luke).

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

newquay zoo

As it’s quite a small zoo, there’s no giraffes, tigers or elephants, but there are red pandas, lions and monkeys. I bleddy love monkeys!

Luke’s parents packed a lunch for all of us and we sat outside to eat it. Jenson thought it was rather yummy.

Jenson at newquay zoo

I was probably a bit optimistic thinking we could do the zoo and the aquarium in the same day but when in Rome and all that. Jenson got quite tired and whingey by the time we reached the aquarium but soon perked up when we found Dory. In fact, that was the only thing he paid much attention to. That and the bubbles he spotted in one of the tanks. I was quite partial to the turtle. Here’s a brief look at the Blue Reef Aquarium – not the best lighting for photography.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay
Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Jenson had some Easter pennies from his grandparents so we let him pick out what he wanted in the gift shop – a cuddly baby penguin. He calls is baby and cuddles it and strokes its head. So cute! I’ll get a picture dreckly.

As the aquarium is right on the beach we were able to have a quick nose around. How cute are these beach huts?! It’s such a ‘blogger/Instagrammer’ thing to want to take photos of but I had to try and get a quick shot. Luke tries to discourage me from following blog photography trends cos I should want to be different but they’re trends for a reason, ammiright? I mean, look how pretty!

beach huts - newquay

What are your favourite family days out in Cornwall?

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