Family Surfing Holidays in Cornwall

Summer in the UK has arrived with a bang and now the days are heating up, we are experiencing the same temperature as many parts of Spain, Greece and Italy – making staying home for the summer a much more plausible option.

Staying on familiar soil has its fair share of advantages – especially if you have a young family in tow. You save a huge amount on flights, travel insurance and European Health Insurance Cards, as well as having the advantage of always speaking your language, knowing what brands and companies to trust – and you have familiar foods and drinks for children who might find eating out abroad a bit of a challenge.

Cornwall is an excellent family destination for families of any size or age. With a great variety of different seaside towns to enjoy, there is something for everyone – from the relaxed and traditional fishing village of Padstow to the bright and bustling, entertainment-filled town of Newquay.

Cornwall is also famed for its love of the great outdoors – with something for everyone in the family. However, Cornwall is particularly noted for its excellent surfing locations and world-class surf schools.

Family surfing holidays are great fun – and a brilliant way to get your teenagers off their phones and joining in with the rest of the family. Regardless of the age of your child (as long as the correct supervision is given) they can enjoy the water and getting to grips with surfing at any age.

Cornwall offers a variety of locations for those who wish to try their hand at surfing, as well as those who have been participating for years. If you’re considering a surfing holiday this summer, here is our selection of Cornwall’s best family friendly surfing locations.


If you head down to Summerleaze, the town’s beach, you will find some of the best waves for beginners in the area. The waves are smaller and more manageable than at other locations, making them perfect for beginners and young children. For slightly bigger and more exciting waves, wait for low tide and head to Crooklets Beach (which joins with Summerleaze at low tide) where you will find a great swell.


Newquay is the UK’s original surf spot and home to some of the best surfing in the country – and whilst the north of Fistral beach offers fantastic waves, go a few miles out of town and family and beginner-friendly beaches are in abundance.

Great Western, Lusty Glaze, Porth and Towen beaches are all perfect for new riders as well as being great for a family who don’t necessarily wish to get on a board. Rock pooling, beach combing and other seaside pastimes such as volleyball are also popular.


With over three miles of sand at low tide, the beach is perfect for big families who wish to get away from the crowds of the smaller beaches. The waves are perfect for both beginners and intermediate surfers, with a variety of waves and swells.

The beach also offers great facilities for young families, including ice cream vans on the beach and outlets for food, as well as clean bathrooms. The large beach offers a variety of activities to enjoy, from a game of football to rock pooling and diving in large beach pools.

If you’re headed to Cornwall this summer with your young family, don’t forget your summer wetsuits and soft top boards – making learning a safer and more pleasant experience for the whole family!