Beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall is the number one holiday destination in the UK for families and its coastline is scattered with hidden gems, from craggy rock pools to long glorious stretches of golden sand. If however, you have a little one in a pushchair, a visit to the beach can prove challenging. So if you do fancy a stress-free family day at the beach, which ones should you be heading to?  

Polzeath Beach, Polzeath

This Blue Flag beach is a popular choice with families, not only because of its ease of access from the car park, but also because of the sheer scale. At low tide the beach extends ¼ mile in either direction so there is plenty of space for families, and lifeguards are on the beach from Easter until 30 September. The beach also has toilets, shops, cafes and pubs close by.

IMAGE CREDIT: Adam Gibbard

Porth Beach, Newquay

Porth Beach is another popular choice for families thanks to its large flat expanse of golden sand which is easily accessible with a buggy. The shallow streams are great for little ones to paddle in or you can head off to the rock pools to see what you can discover. Lifeguards are on duty from May through to September and surfing is not permitted during the summer season between 10am and 6pm when the lifeguards are there. There are plenty of amenities nearby including shops, cafes, pubs and toilets.

IMAGE CREDIT: Adam Gibbard

Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Summerleaze Beach is a great choice for all the family. Those with little ones will love the easy, level access for buggies from the car park, and babies will love a dip in the sheltered sea pool. For older kids this really is the place to be for water sports. There is an excellent surf school at the beach, as well as the opportunity to try kayaking and sea fishing. Lifeguards are on duty from 1 May through to 30 September and again, there are plenty of amenities including toilets, changing areas, showers and cafes.


East Looe Beach, Looe

This lovely sandy beach located on Cornwall’s south coast is a long time favourite with families. It’s a great place to spend the day building sand castles and dipping your toes in the water. Kids will love the opportunity to go crabbing off the harbour walls or heading out on one of the many boat trips to explore the coastline including Looe Island, a wildlife sanctuary just off Hannafore Point. Back on the beach there is level access for buggies from the car park and there are plenty of facilities in the main town including toilets, cafes, shops and restaurants.  Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer season.


Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Gyllyngvase Beach is great for families with its wide arc of golden sand and inviting waters. This blue flag beach is the largest and most popular beach and is just 10-15 minutes walk from the centre of Falmouth. Little ones will love playing on the soft sand and exploring the plethora of rock pools filled with shrimps, crabs and squat lobsters. The beach is also home to the award winning Gylly Beach Café which serves delicious local produce. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months and parking and toilets are easily accessible from the beach.

IMAGE CREDIT: Adam Gibbard

SOURCE: Visit Cornwall