Family Days Out

 

Cornwall promises plenty of things to see and do for families. Whether you’re dreaming of a Cornish getaway with sandy toes and salty hair, or a jam-packed day of exploring, we have created just a few of the best ways to make memories with your family in Cornwall.

At Polzeath Beach House, we have the advantage of being situated atop the roaring, Atlantic Ocean, over-looking glorious, Polzeath Beach. With the sprawling sand on your doorstep, a beach day is always on the cards when you stay with us. Let’s start there first…

Cornish Beach Days

 

Obviously, first up for your Cornish beach day is Polzeath Beach and Baby Bay. Wrapping around the front of our view, you have Polzeath Beach to your left, with two access points depending on whether the tide is in or out. Please ask our reception team if you’re unsure how to access the beach, or check out our live webcam to view the live tide.

Polzeath Beach is home to Wavehunters, where you can access the best of surf lessons, SUP lessons, and beach yoga sessions. If you’re already a pro in the water, you can also hire equipment from the team. Wavehunters teach all ages, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try! As guests at Polzeath Beach House, you also have access to exclusive discounts, just book in with our reception team and don’t forget to make use of our Surf Shack to store boards or change out of your wetsuit if you’re hiring for a few days!

For all you need to know about Wavehunters, please see our information page

If soaking up the Cornish sun and going for a slow sea swim is more your style, swim where you’re safest between the red and yellow flags. Do ask the RNLI Beach Lifeguards on duty for any assistance or advice.

Be sure to explore the quieter, more secluded beach on your doorstep, Baby Bay. Find the bay by turning right in the front of the hotel and follow this round until you see a coast walk sign to your left. You’ll also see a beachside wood sauna, Saunas By The Sea, on this bay, giving you an opportunity to relax and unwind while the kids build sandcastles or hop in for a swim.

For all your beach days on Polzeath Beach and Baby Bay, be sure to book in at our beachside restaurant, The Atlantic, for lunch on the sun terrace. Say, an Aperol Spritz and homemade pizza? You can ask our team for takeaway pizza too, if you would prefer to snack on the sand.

If you’re looking further afield for a family beach day, the Cornish coastline is your map. Whether you’re planning a dedicated beach day, or you prefer a beach with more than gorgeous views to offer, check out the list below:

Lundy Bay

4 minute drive | 1.4 miles


National Trust

Just over a mile from our doorstep is Lundy Bay. A small sheltered rocky cove, offering a beautiful sandy beach along with plenty of rock pools making great for families with kids. Explore the pleasant coastal walk via a stunning wooded valley through to sloping cliff paths to take in the breathtaking views.

Lundy Bay, Cornwall

Daymer Bay

16 minute drive | 5 miles


Daymer Bay is a sheltered bay and a beach on the east side of the River Camel. Its clear waters make it a haven for swimming and paddling, but also for kitesurfing, being an ideal spot for beginners.

Daymer Bay, Cornwall

Harlyn

35 minute drive | 17 miles


Considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is a wide, sheltered, and spacious beach of golden sand and pebbles, a small stream and plenty of fascinating rock pools to explore. 

Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

Treyarnon

40 minute drive | 18 miles


This north-west facing, sandy beach is surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes, offering a sheltered beach set beside turquoise waters and golden sands. Treyarnon Bay invites walkers, surfers, and families year-round. Don’t miss out on a seriously delicious Treleavens Ice Cream, the horse box at the southern end of the beach, Melt, scoops only the best!

Treyarnon, Cornwall

Porthcothan

38 minute drive | 18 miles


Porthcothan is just south of Treyarnon, at high tide the beach is protected from swells and winds due to the high cliffs, offering a hidden cove perfect for escaping. At low tide, the blue water opens to reveal small coves and rockpools to wander through. Find a proper Cornish Treleavens Ice Cream served at Porthcothan Bay Stores as you enter the beach.

Porthcothan, Cornwall

Mawgan Porth

41 minute drive | 21 miles


A laid-back, sheltered beach promises gentle waves and an ideal place to have your first go at surfing. This award-winning beach has acres of golden sands, great for just relaxing, playing family games or making sand castles. The South West Coast Path also runs right through this gorgeous beach. Fancy a scoop? Find Treleavens Ice Cream served at the seafood restaurant, The Catch.

Mawgan Porth Beach, Cornwall

Watergate Bay

40 minute drive | 22 miles


Watergate Bay is vast stretch of sand, big Atlantic swells, and high sea-beaten cliffs; a dramatic landscape, it’s one of the county’s wildest coastlines and considered by many as one of Cornwall’s best beaches. Find seriously delicious, Treleavens Ice Cream at The Beach Bar.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach

50 minute drive | 26 miles


Renowned, international surfing beach, Fistral Beach is the epicentre of the UK’s surfing scene where a board, a wetsuit and a free and easy attitude is a must. Ideal for a family day out with plenty of eateries and bars available to quench thirst and hunger throughout the day. Treleavens Ice Cream can be found at the Rick Stein Restaurant with the sea-facing ice cream window!

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Days Out

 

From quiet villages nestled in along the Cornish coastline to busy promenades by the seafront, explore Cornwall with a family day out.

Rock to Padstow Adventure:

  • Jump on a Wavehunters water taxi from Rock to Padstow harbour.
  • Indulge in delicious seafood, Cornish pasties and pints, just watch out for seagulls spying your chips!
  • Sample a Cornish ice cream, try Pendragons Ice Cream & Fudge or Tuckers in Rock for a Treleavens Ice Cream – they know how to craft a proper scoop!

An afternoon in Port Isaac:

  • Saunter through the streets of a traditional Cornish fishing village, enjoying gorgeous views from every angle.
  • Take a moment to visit the RNLI Lifeboat Station and catch some local volunteers in action.

A day in St Ives:

Explore Fowey:

  • In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, discover quintessentially Cornish streets, nestled coves and a pint pit-stop by the harbour.
  • Catch a ferry across to Bodinnick and explore the Hall Walk as it meanders through woodland just above the river before catching another ferry back to Fowey.

Now that’s just a few of the gorgeous Cornish towns that are a must for your travel guide. Be sure to speak with our reception team for further recommendations or visit our social media page for ideas!

Things To Do & Activities

 

Let’s keep this short and sweet, explore an exciting list of family activities across Cornwall!

Eden Project

This is a day out that is at the top of everyone’s to do list. The joy, knowledge and adventure that The Eden Project provides for the whole family is why it’s our favourite. Explore the tropical biome of this beautiful global garden and surround yourself with rainforests and leafy nature. The kids will love the magical rope bridge and kids playground – if you’re brave enough, take a leap on the zip-line that spans the valley. 

Eden Project Domes, Cornwall

Minack Theatre

A spectacular open air theatre perched on the Cornish cliffs, Minack Theatre is an amazing place to visit with the family. 4 miles from Land’s End, the theatre in Porthcurno was carved from granite. It currently stages a full programme of live performances and at other times you are welcome to explore the dramatic site and enjoy the glorious sub-tropical gardens full of exotic plants.

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Once lost to the brambles of time during WW1, The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been rediscovered and lovingly restored to become one of the most loved gardens in the UK. Explore 200 acres of dappled woodland trails and meadows with the family and discover over 300 varities of heritage fruit, vegetables and herbs. Adventure in the Giant’s Head Play Area, the Jungle Rope Bridge and Play Meadow. This is a magical estate like no other.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

St Michael's Mount

Tick off something different on your Cornish family holiday with a visit to the tidal island joined to the mainland by a cobbled causeway. Access to the island is ruled by the tides. This means getting across and back is an experience in itself. You may find yourself gliding into the historic harbour on a small ferryboat. Then returning to shore across the ancient causeway, the sea lapping at its edges.

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Trebah Garden

A year round, sub-tropical escape, Trebah Garden is a uniquely beautiful wooded 26 acre ravine garden that descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River. With over four miles of footpaths and a stunning coastal backdrop, the whole family will feel immersed in the tropical setting.

Trebah Garden, Cornwall