Family fun and cool surf culture


in designer family beach hotels and self-catering surf pads


accessible beach breaks for the whole family 


fresh fish and finger-licking ice cream in coastal cafés


sandcastles, stand-up paddleboarding and seaside attractions

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


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.


  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Surfing Holidays in CORNWALL


seastar-icon Luxury ****
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Babies to grandparents – dogs too
family-activities-iconSUP, kitesurfing, hand-planing, wave ski 

Designer beach-house hotel 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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seastar-icon Unique *
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon 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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seastar-icon Luxury ****
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Babies to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, kitesurfing, Coasteering 

Spa hotel and cliff-top cottages 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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seastar-icon Boutique ***
surfer-icon Beginner
family-friendly-icon Tots to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering, kayaking

A luxury family hotel and villas beside the waves

Bag a family suite in this contemporary family retreat by the beach. Pad down to a private cove or hop to neighbouring Poldhu Cove, which is perfect for beginner surfers as it’s shetered from the westerly winds and bigger Atlantic swells. Dan Joel’s family-friendly surf school will ensure you have fun in the waves, while back at the Polurrian you have an array of facilities including swimming pools and a spa.
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seastar-icon Boutique ***
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Babies to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering 

 A luxury family beach hotel overlooking Mawgan Porth beach

Beach lovers and surfers roll up for some luxury and pampering beside the waves at Mawgan Porth Beach. Hit the waves with expert instructors, dine on nature’s bounty overlooking the ocean and indulge in a sensory spa experience while the kids enjoy the adventure playground, soft play, clubs and activities.

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seastar-iconStylish **
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Toddlers to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering, swimming 

A boutique family beach hotel overlooking the waves in Bude

Soak up the sea views, hit the waves and relax in chic family rooms on the cliffs beside Widemouth Bay, Bude. Immerse yourself in the coastal lifestyle, as you learn to surf, dine on nature’s bounty and enjoy all sorts of activities from coasteering to cricket.

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seastar-icon Boutique ***
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Babies to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering 

Luxury family beach hotel with laid-back Cornish vibes

Brace yourself for the ultimate fusion of style and surf, in a swanky family retreat within a pebble’s throw of the ocean. Spend days with the sand between your toes and max out on ocean-bound adventures from surfing to sea kayaking and coasteering. Balance playtime with down time – pampering at the Cowshed Spa, dining at the Shorecrest restaurant and enjoying flawless family facilities such the Mini Moritz Kids’ Club.

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seastar-icon Stylish **
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Babies to grandparents
family-activities-iconSUP, coasteering 

Family-friendly beach hotel beside world-famous Fistral 

Bag a spacious family room beside the waves at this stylish beach hotel overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay. Soak up the vibes of Cornwall’s coolest surfy town, learn to surf with the Quiksilver surf school, make the most of family facilities and activities, and fuel up on delicious local ingredients served with sea views.

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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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