Trenance Gardens in Newquay were first laid out in 1906 but it wasn't until 1932 that a boating lake was formed, one that has been used for a variety of sporting events. Paddle boat races on the water and other innocent games have been much enjoyed in this beautiful park and on the lake since the 1930’s and it attracts a variety of wildlife, Cormorants, Dabchicks, Coots, Moorhen and a family of Swans. Otters, which must have come across from the River Gannel, have also been observed around the lake.
At the far end of the gardens, on the corner of Mellanvrane Lane and Trevemper Road, are the remains of Mellanvrane Mill. Although mostly hidden from view in a privately owned garden, it is of particular interest.
Trenance Gardens is also a wonderful place for families with children to go when in Newquay. Some of the gardens offer a great many super activities like playgrounds, pedal boats, crazy golf and a fun mini railway. There is also a café and a little tea house. Don’t miss it when you visit Newquay with kids.