Cornwall isn’t just a summer surfing destination

Amidst a bumper summer of sunshine and waves, Cornwall’s surfing population is set to soar for the holidays. But if you wait for autumn to book your next family surfing holiday to the UK’s surfing mecca, you’ll find the beaches are less crowded, the waves more consistent and you’ll get more for your money in the boutique surf hotels.

What with high-tech kit, warm wetsuits, expert instructorsand creature comforts to come home to, you don’t need scorching weather to enjoy surfing in Cornwall. Here are three of our favourite Cornish surfing beaches where you can enjoy a stylish family surfing holiday all year-round:


One of the most popular and consistent surf spots on the outskirts of Newquay, the rolling waves at Watergate Bay are perfect for longboarders, beginners and all levels of surfers. With a two-mile stretch of golden sand, a water sports academy and beachside amenities, it’s no wonder that this is a popular family surfing destination.

Nowhere tees up family surfing and beach-chic accommodation quite like the Watergate Bay Hotel, with its surf in/surf out access, indoor infinity pool, spa, kids’ clubs, hot tubs on the decking, and flawless facilities for all ages from tots to teens. Here family beach life is an absolute breeze. And with two contemporary hotel restaurants, a classy cocktail bar, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and The Beach Hut huddled on the seafront, you can enjoy a taste of Cornwall and soak up the surf scene without even hitting the waves.


A short hop north of Newquay and just two minute’s from Cornwall airport, Mawgan Porth’s sandy runway is a swell magnet that breaks on all tides. Whether you want to catch green waves or practise on the white water, you can kit yourself out with everything you need at the surfside stores and book a family surf session with one of Cornwall’s best-loved surf schools – Kingsurf.

Book your surf lessons with Pete and his team @Kingsurf

Idyllic family surfing holidays are a cinch when you’re staying nearby at The Park Cornwall, where you can choose to make yourself at home in an eco-cabin, cosy cottage, yurt or caravan. Enjoy all the flexibility of self-catering, teamed with luxuries such as hot tubs, an indoor and outdoor pool, play areas, soft play, kids’ trails and activities. What with chickens and goats, acres of parkland to explore, and a contemporary restaurant, it’s easy to forget that you’re so close to the beach – and there’s plenty to do when you don’t fancy surfing.  


Dubbed the ‘surfing capital’ of Britain, Fistral’s world-class waves lure surfers from far and wide, and have been the training ground of many of Cornwall’s pro surfers. There are plenty of peaks for all abilities to spread out along the sandy beach, as well as a line-up of surf outlets and surf schools to get you looking the part and honing your skills. Easy parking and an impressive line-up of eateries including Rick Stein’s and our family favourite, The Stable, mean you can spectate or surf to your heart’s content.

Overlooking the waves at North Fistral, the iconic Headland Hotel is a haven for family beach holidays. Experts at the onsite Surf Sanctuary will help you find your feet in the waves, while back in the comfort of your seaside hotel room, you’ve got a spa, swimming pool and two swanky restaurants at your fingertips. 

Fancy booking your next family surfing holiday in Cornwall?

With its stunning, surf-lashed beaches and a new wave of boutique family beach hotels and surfside apartments, Cornwall is a top location to take a family surfing break in autumn.  

Family Surf Co. offers a handpicked collection of luxury family-friendly accommodation beside some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches.


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign up for the chance to WIN 10% off your first family surfing holiday or an eco-travel goodie bag.

Thanks for signing up!