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Beaches can be the perfect place for a family day out, especially when seeking an outdoor activity to keep the kids entertained. However, when visiting a new place for a family getaway, it can be stressful picking a beach that is suitable for your little ones.
When you have young kids in tow, there is plenty to consider such as accessibility for prams and little legs, the availability of toilet facilities and the safety of the beach.
Luckily, we’ve put together this guide for you to discover the best beaches for families to visit in Cornwall.
Gyllyngvase Beach – or Gylly, as the locals call it – is one of the best beaches for families in Cornwall. For child-friendly holidays in Falmouth, it has all the important points ticked off, such as accessibility and facilities.
Located only a ten-minute walk from Falmouth town, you could easily stroll over to enjoy the beach, or make use of the car park that is right next to the beach if you are coming from out of town. Access to the beach is flat, making it suitable for pushchairs.
At Gyllyngvase, you’ll find public toilets with facilities for baby changing, allowing you to stay at the beach all day long without having to worry about toilet breaks!
On the beach, you’ll also find Gylly Beach Café, which offers an assortment of nibbles and drinks to keep you refreshed throughout the day.
The beach itself is also ideal for families, with soft sand perfect for building sandcastles and water conditions ideal for a range of watersports. Older kids will love to try out paddle boarding, and this sport is often on offer at the beach.
At low tide, you may be able to find some interesting marine life in the rock pools that appear. Glancing across the water, you’ll be able to see views of Pendennis Castle; something that is bound to make the kids’ imaginations run wild!
Plenty of other fun activities can be found at Gyllyngvase during the summer months, including beach volleyball and even bouncy castles set up by the sand!
As one of the seven beaches in Cornwall to receive the Blue Flag Award 2019, the beach is recognised as being clean and safe, with the highest quality of water.
Between May and September, there is often RNLI Lifeguard cover at this beach. Between May 15th and September 30th, dogs are banned on the beach between 10am and 6pm, so you can rest assured that your children are safe to play.
On the North Coast, about 20 minutes from St Ives, you’ll find Gwithian Beach. While the water is popular with surfers, the sandy stretches are perfect for building sandcastles and digging around.
The beach has its own car park, allowing for easy visiting. To access the beach, you simply need to follow the path through the sand dunes from the car park.
There are a couple of options when it comes to refreshments too. The Sunset Surf beach café, where you can find meals made from local ingredients, or the Jam Pot Café, where you can get snacks from a former coastguard lookout hut!
Framed by sand dunes, the beach is perfect for exploring. At low tide, there is a vast expanse of sand to play on, as well as exposing rock pools to peek into. Around the beach are a number of caves, offering an exciting adventure for families.
While at the beach you may also be able to spot a range of marine life, including seals, guillemots and cormorants.
Gwithian Beach has lifeguard cover on weekends during April and October and full-time from May to September.
A seasonal dog ban is in place during July and August between 10am and 6pm.
A National Trust owned beach, Chapel Porth is a well-maintained spot perfect for a family visit.
The beach is accompanied by a National Trust car park and café. If you are a member of the National Trust, then you can park for free at the beach. The beach also has toilet facilities.
It is best to visit when the tide is out, as, at this time, the beach reveals a big sandy stretch to play on, as well as an assortment of rock pools and caves to explore.
There is a rich mining heritage here, and the landscape is incredible, with the ruins of the Wheal Coates tin mine sitting atop the cliffs surrounding the beach.
One of the biggest draws to this beach is the café, who are famous for their ‘hedgehog ice creams’ – a delicious combination of Cornish ice cream, clotted cream and caramelised hazelnuts which are made to resemble a hedgehog!
The beach is protected by RNLI Lifeguards each day between May and September. While it is safe to play at the beach, becoming cut off can be an issue with the tides here, so be sure to check the tide times.
There is a seasonal dog ban in place at Chapel Porth, with dogs banned in July and August between 10am and 6pm.
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