Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The beach, backed by a sea wall, becomes completely covered at high tide. As the beach is in the centre of Newquay, this is a popular beach to visit. To the west of the beach is Newquay Harbour and to the east is The Island, which is connected to the mainland only by a suspension footbridge.


Lots of activities to do here, including: swimming, snorkelling and boogie board hire.

Wildlife and Walks

The Cornish Coastal Path meanders through the town. The area is ideal for walking. Dolphins and seals can often be seen passing the harbour.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

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.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Towan

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Parking is in Newquay, with a ten minute walk to the beach down a hill.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer by contractor.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 29th April - 1st October 2017

Easter Bank Holiday: 14th - 17th April 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.