The best places in Cornwall for a family summer holiday
If you’re looking to book a family summer holiday in Cornwall and don’t know where to start, then look no further. We’ve put together three itineraries that will help you find that perfect place to suit everyone in your clan, including the four-legged friend. These itineraries and locations have been chosen so you don’t need to go too far from base, but there’s always the option for exploring further afield for the more adventurous families out there.
Next to the famous Port Isaac is this secluded cove, perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds…
- Chill in the cove — paddling, sunbathing (giving the parents a chance to rest)
- Coasteering — our friends at Cornish Rock Tors will take you on a adrenaline-filled adventure along this rugged coast.
- Port Isaac — the beautiful fishing village of Port Isaac is only a short walk away. Explore the winding streets and find Doc Martin’s house.
- Polzeath beach — a trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a day on a golden sandy beach! Polzeath is a short drive away. This is a good chance to learn to surf, with numerous surf schools offering lessons.
- Tintagel — Often claimed to be King Arthur’s birthplace, Tintagel is an island and castle definitely worth a visit. They have recently built a footbridge to the island, making it much easier for prams and wheelchairs!
The Helford is perfect for those looking for gentle riverside vistas and dramatic coastlines in one holiday.
- The Helford River — take to the water by kayak, paddleboard or boat. This sheltered place is a great place to learn any of the above with your family. And if you don’t fancy these, the place is great for swimming too. We recommend Grebe Beach for a barbeque or picnic.
- Seal of approval — down at the end of the Helford River is the Gweek Seal Sanctuary. A great day out where you can see and learn about seals, sealions, penguins and otters.
- Kynance Cove — A short drive into the Lizard is the spectacular Kynance Cove. Low tide reveals a beach and rocky maze of cliffs, caves and rockpools. There’s a café that does proper pasties too.
- Porthleven — on a rainy day make the short drive to Porthleven, a chocolate box fishing village with a great little harbour full of fishing and pleasure boats. When the sea is rough, this is a particularly good place to watch storms. Remember to be at a safe distance though!
- Glendurgan — Gardens are a great place for families, as they provide that safe space for endlessly energetic kids to play (and parents to relax). The National Trust’s Gledurgan is no exception to that with an outstanding range of exotic flora on display and even a maze.
With so many stunning beaches on offer, Newquay is certainly a top choice for families looking for a great coastal escape.
- Life’s a beach — As mentioned, there are a few beaches to choose from… they include (going from east to west): Crantock, Fistral, Little Fistral, Towan, Great Western, Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze, Porth, Whipsiderry and Watergate Bay.
- SUP — The Gannel Estuary is great for learning to standup paddleboard with many places offering lessons and hire. The golden sand reaches far in land, so on a flat and sunny day expect beautiful turquoise water.
- Surf — Newquay is the UK’s surf capital right? Newquay is blessed with countless surf schools that will show you ropes in this tricky art. Our recommendation is Cornish Wave who will show all ages and skills the path to wave riding glory.
- Go wild — On the inevitable rainy days (this is the UK after all), Newquay has an excellent zoo where you can see lions, sloths, otters and more!
- Scenic fish ‘n Chips — Pick from the many places on offer with sea views and proper chips with locally caught fish. A couple to start with: the Bowgie Inn at Crantock and Rick Stein’s at Fistral.