Cornwall

Family fun and cool surf culture

Stay...

in designer family beach hotels and self-catering surf pads

Surf...

accessible beach breaks for the whole family 

Eat...

fresh fish and finger-licking ice cream in coastal cafés

Play...

sandcastles, stand-up paddleboarding and seaside attractions

1hr 10min flight from London
5hr drive from London
Best for Families
April-OCTOBER
beginner & Intermediate,
excellent surf schools

FAMILY BEACH LIFE, FUN WAVES AND A COOL SURFING SCENE

Home to a new wave of a upmarket family beach hotels where you can check the surf from bed, relax with ocean-side facilities and hit the waves under the tutelage of local experts, Cornwall is becoming somewhat of a surfing mecca. High-spec equipment means you can stay warm in the water whatever the weather and get to grips with surfing faster then ever; and there are plenty of attractions for flat days and rainy days, too.

Highlights

  • Sandy beaches and expert surf schools
  • High-tech equipment and warm wetsuits
  • Designer family beach accommodation
  • Easy access for the whole family – including the dog and grandparents
  • Surfside restaurants, cafés and amenities
  • Family attractions for flat days and rainy days

Family Surf Holidays in CORNWALL

WATERGATE BAY HOTEL – CORNWALL

seastar-icon Family Beach House Hotel
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Multi-generational, from babies to grandparents – and dogs too
family-activities-iconSUP, kitesurfing, hand-planing, wave ski 

Designer beach-house style beside the waves 

This iconic family hotel has led the way for family surfing holidays in Cornwall. Its contemporary coastal design makes beach life a breeze; with surf in/ surf out access, an onsite surfing and water sports academy, sea-view suites made for sandy feet, and flawless facilities from its wave-side restaurants to a 25-metre indoor infinity pool.
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THE PARK – CORNWALL

seastar-icon 5-star holiday village
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Multi-generational, from babies to grandparents – dogs too
family-activities-iconWalking, rock-pooling  

Luxurious self-catering holiday pads by the sea 

Make yourself at home in a luxury family lodge just a short stroll from a wave-lashed sandy beach. The perfect location for car-free holidays, these cosy cottages, eco-cabins and caravans make the perfect place to hunker down between surf sessions all year-round…
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THE HEADLAND – CORNWALL

seastar-icon Spa hotel and cottages
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Multi-generational, from babies to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, kitesurfing, Coasteering 

Coastal chic in the UK’s surfing capital 

Beside the pumping surf of Fistral beach, you’ll find a contemporary haven made for family surfing breaks. Choose hotel service or a self-catering cottage, hit the waves with experts from the onsite Surf Sanctuary, unwind in the spa, or soak up the scenery from the sea-view restaurants…

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POLDHU COVE

seastar-icon Luxury resort
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Family friendly, from tots to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering, kayaking

The finest surf beach on the Lizard Peninsula

Ideal for beginners, Poldhu Cove doesn’t catch as much swell as the North Coast beaches. Home to Dan Joel’s family-friendly surf school, it’s within easy reach of a contemporary family beachside retreat boasting excellent facilities for surfers and non-surfers…
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INFORMATION & INSPIRATION

We are lucky to call Cornwall our home and our surfing playground, so we make sure you discover the best locations to surf, eat and play on your family surfing holiday…

SURF

Home to the UK’s surfing capital of Newquay, Cornwall’s stunning coastline is littered with beach breaks. With surf schools aplenty, good quality surfing kit for hire, lifeguarded beaches, mellow summer waves and a thriving family beach scene, it’s one of our favourite spots for a family surf trip. While the North Coast is best known for consistent waves, we also know some quality breaks on the South Coast that are perfect for beginners and stormy weather.

When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family surfing guide to Cornwall.

PLAY

Despite a run of scorching summers, you can’t trust the sun to shine everyday in Cornwall. However, you can don a wetsuit or wrap up and enjoy beach life, coastal walks and rockpool rambles in any weather. Or, there’s plenty to do if you don’t fancy surfing in the rain: play lighthouse keeper on the Lizard, spot ships from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or delve into the underwater world at the Blue Reef Aquarium. 

When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family sightseeing guide to Cornwall.

EAT

While pasties and ice cream are still part of a quintessential Cornish beach holiday, Cornwall’s undergone a foodie revolution in recent years. Now you can feast on delicious seasonal ingredients in swanky seafront restaurants that welcome sandy feet and crazy kids. Menus are built to stoke your energy before and after surf sessions – from fresh smoothies and superfood salads, to juicy burgers and just-caught seafood.

When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family eating out guide to Cornwall.

Travel info

What with Cornwall Airport Newquay being 2 minutes’ drive from Watergate Bay and just 10 minutes’ from the surfing capital of Newquay, going on a surfing holiday to Cornwall couldn’t be easier. You can fly direct from London, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Spain, and link up with flights from around the globe. If you want to pack the boards, the grandparents and the dog in too, driving from London takes around 5 hours. Book a surfing holiday with Family Surf Co. and we can help you organise flights, car hire and transfers to your destination.

CORNWALL IS THE UK’S PREMIER family surfing holiday DESTINATION

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Guest Reviews

We love to spend our surfing holidays in Cornwall. We fly direct to Newquay from Düsseldorf, which makes the journey super easy with the children. From the airport it’s just 5 minutes’ transfer to Watergate Bay, where we love to surf the mellow high-tide waves and eat delicious food at the various restaurants in the bay.

Carina & Stefan

Cornwall has been our top destination for summer surfing holidays in the UK for years. The girls love to take surf lessons and explore the different adventure parks, while myself and Bob enjoy the great restaurants and pubs along the coast. 

Clare & Bob

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