Cornwall is well-renowned for its stunning coastline, and with over 300 beaches in Cornwall, there are plenty to choose from. However, when you are on a family holiday with young children in tow, it can be important to check which are the most suitable for the kids to play on. To help you get your next trip to Cornwall perfectly planned, read on to discover some of the best child-friendly beaches in this coastal county.
Sitting on the north coast of Cornwall, Holywell Beach boasts a huge stretch of golden sand, framed by towering dunes and impressive waves. Owned by the National Trust, you’re guaranteed a beautiful, well-cared for spot of nature. Little ones will enjoy playing in the sand and the stream, while more adventurous kids will enjoy practising their surf skills in the waves. The beach is covered by lifeguards throughout the summer months, helping to keep the beach safe.
Gyllyngvase Beach, known locally as Gylly, is the ideal beach for family days out. Popular with both visitors and locals, the beach is located around a ten-minute walk away from Falmouth town centre. The soft white sand is perfect for playing, and in the summer, activities such as beach volleyball, paddleboarding and bouncy castles will keep the kids entertained. Inquisitive children will really enjoy the rock pools here, which, at low tide, are full of shrimp, crabs and lobsters! The beach also has a seasonal RNLI Lifeguard service, ensuring that everyone stays safe at the beach. Parking and toilet facilities are also located very close to the beach.
Chapel Porth is a quaint cove with golden sand, located near St Agnes. At low tide, there will be rock pools to explore, and the whole family will enjoy searching for exciting marine life in each pool. During the summer months, there is a lifeguard service and a seasonal dog ban, keeping the beach safe for your little ones to play. The beach has parking and is accompanied by a cute café to refuel in after your beachside adventures – kids will love the legendary ‘hedgehog’ ice creams – an indulgent concoction of Cornish ice cream, clotted cream and a topping of crushed hazelnuts.
Children love Marazion Beach as it overlooks the impressive St. Michael’s Mount – a small tidal island featuring a stunning castle. Marazion Beach is great for families, as there is plenty of accessible parking, lifeguards on duty at the beach and a nearby children’s play park, perfect for when the little ones finally decided to take a break from the sun, sand and sea! The water is safe and clean, putting your mind at ease when the little ones go paddling. There are also plenty of local cafes and restaurants close to the beach, in the village of Marazion, if you are in need of a refreshment.
Porth Beach, to the east of Newquay, is particularly popular with families due to its expanse of flat golden sand that is perfect for both playing and walking. Level access to the beach makes it easily accessible for those with prams, pushchairs or for little ones with scooters and bikes. The water is safe for bathing, and with added protection from the lifeguard cover between May and September.
Pentewan Beach is a large sandy strip spanning over half a mile that is popular for watersports. A local holiday park provides canoes and dinghies for hire, for you to have fun in the sea, while surfing, sailing and swimming are also popular here. Next to Pentewan Beach, you’ll find the delightful Pentewan HUBBOX restaurant, where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious bite with fantastic views out to the sea.
Par Sands, near St Austell, is a wide, sandy beach surrounded by dunes. With a holiday park close by, the beach can get a little busy in the summer months, but the conditions are great for kids, nonetheless. With the sand stretching into a gentle slope for quite a way out, the beach is perfect for paddling and splashing in the shallow water.
Are there any places you love to visit when on family-friendly holidays in Cornwall? Leave a comment below with your recommendations!