Beaches, surfing and fun filled days out for the family in Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is an enchanting and magical region that creates happy memories of family days on the beach, sampling traditional Cornish delicacies, meandering walks to discover historic landscapes and mysterious hidden coves. Here are some great reasons why you should enjoy an everlasting family holiday in Cornwall.

Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall Photo: Stay in Cornwall

Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall

Golden beaches for surfing and swimming

It goes without saying that a family holiday to Cornwall is not complete without a trip to the beach and with around 166 of various shapes and sizes to choose from there is plenty of opportunity to discover your favourite one. Beaches are perfect for relaxing days out because the majority of them are free, with only a bit of loose change needed for parking, the pennies that are saved here are of course best spent on enjoying a refreshing ice cream topped with a dollop of classic Cornish clotted cream.

Water-sports are popular throughout the county, with the obvious examples being surfing or body-boarding, and giving these a try is easy with the numerous surf schools located close to popular beaches. A surf lesson can be a great way of bonding and provide great memories, accompanied by the sounds of laughter as you recall falling into the water countless times. For a cheaper day out, other activities that the whole family can enjoy at the beach include swimming, playing games on the sand, and exploring rock pools.

Surfer at Constantine beach Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Surfer at Constantine beach

Walking and Cycling

Miles, in fact 258 miles, of stunning scenery await you on the Cornwall section of the South West Coast Path. Along the northern coast you will discover Tintagel and the imposing remains of Tintagel Castle which is often claimed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. This is a great area to explore with young ones as they can let their imaginations run wild with myths, legends, and stories of brave knights. Along the southern section of the coast path, near Marazion in the South West of the county is the striking St. Michael’s Mount, which can be accessed by boat or by following the causeway at low tide. Stories of giants will occupy the children, while you take in the grandeur of the castle and gardens. Inland, the 18-mile Camel Trail from Wenfordbridge to Padstow on the northern coast offers spectacular countryside views and is a great cycling route for all ages and abilities. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

Remains of Tintagel Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Remains of Tintagel

Fun-Filled Days Out

Cornwall is home to many great family friendly attractions as well as various events that take place throughout the year. Attractions such as Flambards in Helston, Crealy in Tredinnick, and Newquay Zoo give children, and adults, the chance to run wild and explore in a different way through the use of indoor and outdoor play areas. A bit of advice for visiting attractions, look out for vouchers in local newspapers, brochures, and online to save money! For a more cultural day out in the county, try the Royal Cornwall Show which has been taking place for over two-hundred years in Cornwall or the Falmouth Oyster Festival which celebrates the nautical heritage of the county and allows you to sample traditional Cornish food that isn’t a pasty or cream tea!

Royal Cornwall Show Photo: Ennor of Flickr

Royal Cornwall Show

This article was brought to you by  Stay in Cornwall, for holiday parks in Cornwall that offer great accommodation for families and are the ideal base from which to explore everything that the county has to offer.

Author Bio: Matt Fletcher is a blogger and travel writer from North Devon. After establishing a firm interest in all things media related and returning to the South West after university, he is currently relishing being able to convince people why the South West is Best.

Photo credits: Newquay Port Beach by Stay in Cornwall, Constantine beach by Heatheronhertravels.com, Remains of Tintagel by Wikimedia Commons, and Royal Cornwall Show by Ennor.

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  • Reply
    Thomas Dembie
    May 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Looks beautiful. I wish it were closer to London so that I could go on my next trip to the UK.
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      Heather Cowper
      May 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      @Thomas Cornwall’s worth a detour for, I love walking the cliff paths at this time of year

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    Barbara Weibel
    May 29, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Oh my! I’m leaving the UK tomorrow and haven’t been to Cornwall.Now I must come back. The beach alone looks spectacular!
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      Heather Cowper
      May 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      @Barbara come back soon and I’ll take you to visit some of my favourite beaches in Devon and Cornwall.

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    John B.
    May 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

    That wonderful place, and I love to travel there


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    Shalu Sharma
    May 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Lovely beeches Heather. Cornwall looks nice. Porth Beach Tourist Park looks nice.
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    Matt Fletcher
    May 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

    @Thomas, it’s relatively easy to get to Cornwall by catching the London Paddington to Penzance train. It takes a few hours but, as Heather says, it is well worth the journey!

    @Barbara, there are so many great beaches in Cornwall, from the popular holiday spots in Newquay to the smaller coves like Lantic Bay near Fowey!

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    May 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Although I lived in the UK for a few years, I too never got to Cornwall until decades later and even then only on one of those Summer Academy courses. It was fantastic! I realise you are focusing on family holidays in this post, but my passion was for St Ives and the art world of Cornwall.
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      Heather Cowper
      June 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      @Hels I also love St Ives – went there to see the Tate right in front of the main beach

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    January 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    The image of the beach that you identify as ‘Newquay, Port Beach’ is in fact Porthcurno, with Treen cliffs and Logan Rock in the background……

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      Heather Cowper
      January 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      @David Thanks for letting me know I’ll update that.

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