16 August 2014
Despite it sometimes feeling like the majority of the UK’s population rush for the airports as soon as the summer weather starts to arrive, the UK has a fine collection of beaches on its very own shores.
Cornwall is, of course, renowned has having some of the country’s best beaches, and with five beaches which have reached Blue Flag status since 2013, Cornwall is the ideal place to take the children. Of course, with nearly 500 kilometres of beaches on the Cornwall coastline, it’s going to take some choosing of where you actually want to all go as a family!
To help you get started, at Parent Friendly Stays we’ve evaluated the best beaches in the Cornwall area and picked five fantastic beaches which we think have the best facilities and extras to really make your day. Can’t decide on the best place to take the kids this summer? Then check out these five brilliant Cornwall beaches which are all perfect for the children.
Situated within the shadows of the Tate St. Ives, this is a stunning part of the Cornwall cost which is extremely popular with swimmers and surfers alike. It’s just a short journey away from St. Ives too, meaning that you can find cool cafes, tourist attractions and rest spots to go and visit if you all want to cool off and get out of the sun for a while. Additionally, it’s the best place in the whole of the region for a picnic – there’s plenty of easy access to the beach for a start, and with dogs allowed on this beach apart from the Sunday before Easter you can all have a great family day out together!
Gylly beach is home to a famous café which is built over the beach, and this provides a real central point for families in the area to congregate and relax. The café prides itself on providing plenty of local produce to really add a local feel to the area – it’s got fresh menus in the cafeteria, and alongside the café is plenty of beach to walk on, sunbathe, relax and enjoy yourselves! You’re also only ten minutes away from the centre of town when you are on the beach, so you and the kids can easily go to and from each area with ease when you fancy a change.
Porthowan beach is popular in the Cornwall area because of the stunning water quality, and comes recommended by the Marine Conservation Society. It’s easy to walk from the beach to the Chapel Porth beach. It’s perfect for a game of cricket or football, or whatever else the children have decided they’d like to do that day!
Carbis Bay Beach
Carbis Bay has won several awards for the condition in which it is kept, and it is owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel. It’s just a mile east of St.Ives, making it really easily accessible. It’s the perfect place for young children as there’s never any real surf around the water, meaning toddlers can play and splash around safely. Carbis Bay Beach is a great place for the kids to have some fun.
Polzeath is another popular and often visited beach, which can be reached with ease from Wadebridge. It’s got a big surfing population as well, and with long and slow waves coming in it’s very easy to enjoy the active environment that you find here with plenty of surfers – pro and amateur – having great fun out in the waters! It’s a real place for activities, and the Waterfront Cafe will serve you all the treats you need to keep the kids happy.
That’s the end of our list of amazing family friendly beaches in Cornwall. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anywhere! And if all this talk of beaches and sunshine has got you in the mood for a family break, why not review our list of child friendly cottages and hotels in Cornwall and find your perfect holiday destination?
The Parent Friendly Stays team