New Quay was once a thriving port, shipbuilding and fishing centre. Today it is a popular seaside holiday destination well known for dolphin spotting boat trips, as well as its Blue Flag and Seaside Award winning beaches and watersports. New Quay has a heritage centre and marine wildlife centre, as well as shops and restaurants. Nearby New Quay Honey Farm is the largest bee farm in Wales with a live bee exhibition and shop for honey, mead and bees wax.
New Quay’s harbour is a sheltered, safe haven for pleasure craft and fishing boats. The annual Cardigan Bay Regatta takes place usually in August, and dates back to the 1870s with sailing and dinghy competitions as well as inshore swimming and rowing events. The area is also renowned for frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins and boat trips sail from the little harbour to explore the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast.
New Quay has a strong link with writer Dylan Thomas, who wintered in the area in 1944-5 when he composed ‘Quite Early One Morning’. Thomas had several relatives living in the area and New Quay is often cited as inspiration for the fictitious village of Llareggub (try reading it backwards!), the fictional small Welsh fishing village setting in his most famous work Under Milk Wood. The feature film The Edge of Love (2008) about Dylan Thomas’s life, was filmed locally and included stars Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas.