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Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the country, boasting eight Blue Flag beaches and winning the award for ‘Best UK Holiday County’ no less than the last eight years in a row. Synonymous with surfing, scones, and those sandy beaches, Cornwall’s coast is a dream for families.

With its reputation for being one of the world’s best surf hangouts, the town of Newquay, unsurprisingly, has a laidback beachcentric vibe. The high street runs the length of the town, parallel to the coast, with a mix of seaside shops and the odd amusement arcade.

There are plenty of kitsch B&Bs, luxury hotels, like the Headland Hotel, (where The Witches was filmed), and budget family-friendly surf lodges, like Ocean Lodge, in Newquay town, to stay in; as well as eight beaches to explore. The largest, Fistral beach dominates the seafront, with its rows of parked surfboards, and a Rick Stein fish and chip shop, which will more than satisfy those post-sandcastle-building hunger pangs.

But you might prefer to stay in one of the bays just outside, which can be a little less crowded. Perhaps Watergate Bay: a glorious two-mile long sandy beach, which is home to Jamie Oliver’s social enterprise restaurant, Fifteen. It serves up Italian fare with a seafood twist, and isn’t as pricey as you might think – a two-course kids’ lunch is £13.

For days out, Porth (Poly) Joke beach is the local’s favourite spot for a beach BBQ, and there is always a great live music event going on at Lusty Glaze. Head to DairyLand Farm World, for nature trails, cow milking and tractor and pony rides, or to the Zoo, to see monkeys, penguins and big cats. And for rainy days, why not see what’s really lurking under the sea at the town’s Blue Reef Aquarium?

 

Three of the best places to stay around Newquay

 

1. Watergate Bay Hotel
The hotel already on lots of family bucket lists for its comfy cool, beachy décor and boardwalk direct from hotel to THAT beach. There’s a 25-metre infinity pool, which is family-friendly until 6pm. Zacry’s serves a kids’ dinner menu from 5pm-6pm. They serve kids portions of main dishes, and can puree food, too. Don’t miss the waffles for breakfast, which you can make yourself! Watergatebay.co.uk

 

2. Trevornick holiday park

The pre-pitched Eurotents, complete with kitchen area and ‘bedroooms’, mean no collapsing canvas. There are family restaurants on site, as well as a heated pool and nightly entertainment – did someone say, mini disco? Holywell Park is next door, with its go-karts and mazes. But the real selling point must be its location next to Holywell Bay, which has brilliant sand dunes. Trevornick.co.uk

 

3. Bedruthan Hotel

Perched on a cliff overlooking Mawgan Porth, there is nothing more here than a beach, pitch and putt course and pub – what more do you need? The hotel fills the gaps, with packages including two-hours free babysitting, free baby-related equipment hire, a kids’ club with soft play area, and swimming pools. It’s right next to the Scarlet hotel, one of the best adult-only hotels we’ve stayed in #justsaying bedruthan.com

 

Our Cornwall – Porth

 

Kellie, mum to Max, 8, and Stella, 6; thismumbakes.co.uk

“Our family loves visiting Porth: a small town between Newquay and Watergate Bay with a beautiful flat sandy beach, ideal for sand castles, kite flying and games of rounders. My kids cried when we had to leave.
Gwenna Tearoom is brilliant for when only a cream tea will do, and will happily accommodated four sandy slightly damp children straight off of the beach. Or for a coffee or an ice cream, there is the Hole in the Wall cafe on the beach, quite literally cut into the sea wall.
Porth is a lovely walk along the coastal path to Watergate bay, and at low tide you can walk the whole way along the beach via the deserted beaches of Whipsiderry.” 

 

Arriving into St Ives by train takes in one of the most scenic railways lines in the world – noses pressed up against the window, guaranteed. It also avoids the crazy summer traffic. The walk from the station to the harbour is well trodden, but the Penzance daytripper crowds soon disperse once you hit the harbour. The higgledy-piggledy narrow streets weave their way uphill away from the central harbour, past homely cottage rentals and art galleries with brightly coloured doors, and pasty and fudge shops spilling out onto the cobbled streets, away to local beaches.
The town is home to a Tate gallery, which offers child-friendly events throughout the year: including babe in arms talks and beach art workshops. The Barbara Hepworth Studio has a garden with loads of her sculptures to wander around. Nothing is very far away, here, so if little ones are keen to go to the beach, they are only ever a couple of streets away.
At the harbour, you can watch the fishermen unload their catch of the day from the shore. The big boy beaches here are, Porthmeor and Porthminster, but it’s also worth checking out the lesser-known Blue Flag Porthgwidden Beach, which is more sheltered and so ideal for the smallest of beach babes. There is a great café, here, with views to Godrevy lighthouse, serving seafood and cakes, with a children’s menu, too. And if that’s just not enough beach for you, the three mile long sandy beach in the town of Hayle just outside St Ives, should float your boat.
The Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve attracts a huge number of migrating birds, and happily, paths are pushchair-friendly. If it’s quaint Cornwall you are after with buckets of freshly caught fish, traditional Cornish pasties and shops selling locally produced art alongside, St Ives is your woman. But do hold onto your chips: St Ives seagulls can be a bit of a menace, and are always on the lookout for a free meal!

[BOX OUT] Cornwall’s best ice cream

1 Jelberts Ice Cream Parlour, Newlyn, Penzance

2 Roskillys Organic Ice Cream Farm, St Keverne, The Lizard

3 At home? Kelly’s Crème Brulee Cornish ice cream, £2, sainsburys.co.uk

Arriving into St Ives by train takes in one of the most scenic railways lines in the world – noses pressed up against the window, guaranteed. It also avoids the crazy summer traffic. The walk from the station to the harbour is well trodden, but the Penzance daytripper crowds soon disperse once you hit the harbour. The higgledy-piggledy narrow streets weave their way uphill away from the central harbour, past homely cottage rentals and art galleries with brightly coloured doors, and pasty and fudge shops spilling out onto the cobbled streets, away to local beaches.
The town is home to a Tate gallery, which offers child-friendly events throughout the year: including babe in arms talks and beach art workshops. The Barbara Hepworth Studio has a garden with loads of her sculptures to wander around. Nothing is very far away, here, so if little ones are keen to go to the beach, they are only ever a couple of streets away.
At the harbour, you can watch the fishermen unload their catch of the day from the shore. The big boy beaches here are, Porthmeor and Porthminster, but it’s also worth checking out the lesser-known Blue Flag Porthgwidden Beach, which is more sheltered and so ideal for the smallest of beach babes. There is a great café, here, with views to Godrevy lighthouse, serving seafood and cakes, with a children’s menu, too. And if that’s just not enough beach for you, the three mile long sandy beach in the town of Hayle just outside St Ives, should float your boat.
The Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve attracts a huge number of migrating birds, and happily, paths are pushchair-friendly. If it’s quaint Cornwall you are after with buckets of freshly caught fish, traditional Cornish pasties and shops selling locally produced art alongside, St Ives is your woman. But do hold onto your chips: St Ives seagulls can be a bit of a menace, and are always on the lookout for a free meal!

Cornwall’s best ice cream

1 Jelberts Ice Cream Parlour, Newlyn, Penzance

2 Roskillys Organic Ice Cream Farm, St Keverne, The Lizard

3 At home? Kelly’s Crème Brulee Cornish ice cream, £2, sainsburys.co.uk

HOTSPOT: BUDE
Wide-open spaces don’t come much bigger than those in Bude. If you are looking for beaches to run off steam, the award-winning beaches here are ideal, and unusual since the town beach, and sea, runs into a river and canal, which the town surrounds. Check out Court Farm cottage accomodation in Marhamchurch (courtfarm-holidays.co.uk), which are part of a 500-acre farm, complete with heated swimming pools and animal feeding activities.

Our Cornwall – Bude
Carrie, mum to Zac, 2
“Bude is dominated by its wonderful and vast beaches. When the tide is out it can be a good ten-minute walk from the road to the water. One of our favourite things is strolling along the beach and following the canal inland. Zac jumps in puddles, spots cows and charges about. At the end you reach the Weir, where there is a fab teashop, with the best cream teas! On a winter’s day there are roaring fires to cosy up by and in the summer there is a great play area and picnic tables to soak up the sun. If you’re lucky, you can get in there first and nab the ginger scone smothered in honey and clotted cream, just perfect!

HOTSPOT: FALMOUTH
Famous for its maritime heritage, Falmouth has lots of nautical-themed activities to offer, including sailing regattas – the biggest being Falmouth Week in August - and the grand National Maritime Museum. Discovery Quay hosts loads of family friendly events and don’t miss the colourful Maritime Mural. Check out Dolly’s Tearoom for eats, and for sleeps, try new Falmouth B&B opening, The Sandy Duck - a restored Edwardian townhouse.

Our Cornwall – Falmouth
Fatima Truscott, mum to Noah, xx, and xxxxxxxx, xx; the-ft-times.com
“Falmouth is a picture-perfect town and, lucky for us, it’s also home to my in-laws. Our trip always begins with locally baked saffron buns. It’s never long before the kids start making noises to hit the beach and before you know it, we’re rock pooling on Gyllyngvase. As a child my husband spent many hours on this Blue Flag beach that’s overlooked by Pendennis Castle - he also proposed here too so it’s got mega memories for us. Plus, according to the kids, the beach café serves THE BEST hot chocolate and chunky fries, and for the grown-ups, I can personally recommend the juniper berry G&T!
Under the bunting-strewn, cobbled streets in the town, there’s an all-year-round buzz among the melting pot of surf shops, artisan coffee houses and cool craft shops.”

Five of the best days out in Cornwall

1 The Eden Project, edenproject.com

2 St Michaels Mount, stmichaelsmount.co.uk

3 Coast-to-Coast bike trail, cornish-mining.org.uk

4 Lappa Valley Steam Railway, lappavalley.co.uk

5 Spot dolphins, sharks and seals, marinediscovery.co.uk

Sitting at the end of the mainline from London, Penzance is like a gateway to the far west of Cornwall. It is brilliantly located for 20-minute drives to places like St Ives and the glorious stone Minnack Theatre. But the harbour town also stands alone, with its botanical gardens, seafront promenade and the renovation of the art deco Jubilee Pool lido. The open air, seawater pool is bracing at best, but what an experience!
The bustling high street has a few gems in among the pasty shops that all claim to sell the ‘best in the world’, including the Cornish Hen Deli – tip: try the pasties and the chorizo scotch eggs. Dotted throughout the town are green spaces perfect for playtime, including the Morrab Gardens where sub-tropical plants grow in abundance, and the giant fern-filled National Trust managed Trengwainton Gardens. Penlee Park has a big play area and tennis courts as well as an outdoor theatre.
The best fish and chips can be found at Frasers, here, on the promenade – try the pea fritters on the side – and when you’ve refuelled and walked off dinner along the promenade by sunset, why not take a turn in the seafront arcade? As well as the traditional machines, there is a basic bowling alley, which is cheap to play and fun for all.
The nearest good-looking beach is in Marazion, just to the west of Penzance. But for utterly outstanding beach credentials, head to Sennen, just 20-minutes drive and ideal for learning to surf, bodyboard, or perfecting that sandcastle mote. You can also walk the coastal path from Sennen to the famed Lands End, in around 45 minutes – but do take the littlest ones in a carrier. You can drive there instead, if you need a pram.

Where to stay in Penzance

1. Artists Residence
A ten-bedroom hotel with personality on Chapel Street, Penzance’s oldest street. Its Gallery Loft room has just opened, which sleeps up to five and has sea views. And don’t miss the Barn restaurant’s beer can chicken – eat it in the garden area, which is complete with bar and ping pong table. artistresidencecornwall.co.uk

2. Chapel House

Also on Chapel Street, this is its grand dame, which has just six bedrooms and lots of lovely communal space to lounge about in, plus a cupboard full of games or wet weather gear for rainy days. Owner Susan lives in and bakes a cake for guests to help themselves to. YUM. chapelhousepz.co.uk

Best beaches in Cornwall for…

1 Surfing (or watching surfing!), Sennen Beach and Cove, near Penzance

2 Sand dunes and caves, Crantock Beach, near Newquay

3 Rockpooling, Polzeath Beach, near Padstow

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