Cornwall’s Family-Friendly Beaches 2017 Part 1

Blue Flag beaches are awarded not only for water quality, the award criteria also is concerned with the beaches facilities such as disabled access, life guards on duty and toilets etc. It doesn’t mean that there are no other beaches worth visiting in Cornwall with the family,(far from it, there are lots of tiny coves and sandy escapes)  this is just the tip of the iceberg and we will be featuring some hidden gems in our next Family-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall series.

Here is a snapshot of a small collection of beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag status in Cornwall, and overview on what they can offer for families looking for little bit of seaside fun…

Polzeath Beach

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Polzeath is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beach here is sandy and safe, gently shelving into the sea. At high tide Polzeath beach is very small but at low tide it turns into a fantastic sandy haven for all the family, extending about half a mile in all directions. Not only does Polzeath beach boast fine golden sand but it is also fringed with rock pools and if you are lucky you could well spot the odd dolphin or puffin.

Polzeath itself is a small village located on the headland opposite Padstow. There are lots of shops lining the beach front here for family holiday-makers. Within the village itself you will find a number of restaurants, cafés and pubs.

Polzeath beach is very popular and can get busy during the summer months. It is great for rock pooling, sand castle building and is also a fun beach for learning to surf or body board. It is located in a nature reserve and so home to many interesting wildlife species.

Trevone Bay

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Trevone Bay is a rural secluded un-spoilt beach located in north Cornwall close to Padstow. This beach has golden sand and little coves and is home to good marine wildlife. Dogs are welcome here except between Easter Sunday and 30th September when the seasonal ban comes into force. The sea is quite strong here making it popular with surfers. Trevone Bay is a popular little beach with families, it has rocky ledges either side of it, home to lots of rock pools. Apparently if it’s rock pools you are after though, you should visit the Rocky Beach (Newtrain Bay) next door as it has both fab rock pools and a big tidal pool too for splashing around in.

Porthtowan

Porthtowan is a large west-facing beach fringed with granite cliffs. The beach is sandy, perfect for sand castle building and children will also love exploreing the rockpools for life.

Being a Blue Flag beach means that the amenities here are good. There are also a range of cafes and shops within close proximity including the Blue Boar a fashionable beachside café bar. Blue Boar Facebook Page

Porthtowan (Cornish Porth Tewyn, meaning cove of sand dunes) lies on Cornwall’s Atlantic costa just over a mile west of St Agnes, it is a family-friendly beach and is popular with surfers too.

There is a thriving local community here visit the Porthtowan website need more inspiration? visit the Porthtowan online video

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay is located just one mile east of St Ives. It is privately owned by the Carbis Bay hotel but open to the public. The hotel provides beach facilities including washrooms, and food and drink outlets.

This wonderful golden sandy beach in Cornwall is about a mile long and the water is generally quite calm, not great for surfers but perfect for families with toddlers! There is a host of wildlife here, with occasional sightings of dolphins and other sea animals like seals and spider crabs.

Dogs are welcome here (except between the first Sunday before Easter and 30th September when the seasonal ban is in place, however dog walks are allowed between 5 and 8 am).

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Gyllynvase Beach (Falmouth)

One of the most popular beaches in Cornwall is Gyllyngvase Beach (AKA Gylly) with its  wide golden arc and beautiful blue sea it is easy to see why.

Gyllynvase Beach is a south-acing family resort beach with something for everyone, from water based activities to sand castle building. The award-winning, Gylly Beach Café is built over the beach with lovely views, and prides itself with using local produce wherever possible and offers a fresh contemporary menu (shellfish, fish, tapas, salads etc). There are lots of amenities here, along with a beach café selling ice cream and beach goodies next to Gylly Beach Café throughout the summer months. Gylly beach is located to the south of Falmouth town centre which is a 15 minute walk away. There are also Green Flag Award winning gardens making the area well recognised for its environmental quality.

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Coming next: Hidden Family -Friendly Coves in Cornwall

Stop press: Easter activities and availability for your last minute family getaway

There are some last minute Easter week bargains to be had in Cornwall and France, from a short family weekend break to a holiday for the week. Here are a few child-friendly holiday ideas below with Easter availability and all are baby and toddler friendly too! Click on the reference number for more details and how to contact the owners directly…

Holiday Cottages in Cornwall with facilities including indoor pool: ref TVTH

Hidden away in thirteen acres or gardens and woodland are these lovely self-catering holiday cottages. Activities running over the Easter period include basket making for the Easter egg hunt, bush craft, archery and tennis tuition and more including a weekly magic night and themed evenings in the onsite restaurant.

Indoor pool

Indoor pool

2 bedroom cottages now only available:

7 nights now £855 (save £300)
4 nights now £645 (save £150)
3 nights now £635 (save £130)

There are plenty of local events too: Truro Festival (art, culture and music festival), Treireife Easter Food and Craft Fair, Viking Voyagers at the National Maritime Museum, Pirates Ahoy (30th March to 3rd April) and Tudor Castle Capers (6th to 10th April) at Pendennis Castle and more.

Wine and Olive chateau, Languedoc France: ref VCC1 and VCC2

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2 cottages available for Easter weekend at this lovely chateau. Easter Bunny leaves a trail of eggs through the olive groves and vineyards so your children can have a great time hunting for them on Easter Sunday while you can enjoy the taste of something more local in the form of a glass of wine!

Easter egg hunt at the Chateau

Easter egg hunt at the Chateau

Last two cottages now available:

Only 2 cottages available for Easter Weekend from Friday to Monday ( 3 nights)
Cottage one ideal for 2 people and a small child ( there is room for a cot or fold out bed in the master bedroom)
Price: 200€
Or cottage two deal for a family with 2 or 3 children
Price 325€

Child-friendly play all the way at these wonderful holiday homes in the Lot region France: 

Oooh Arrrr!!!

Oooh Arrrr!!!

This fabulous hamlet of childfriendly holiday homes are so kitted out for the chidlren that you will have a hard time draggin them away. Lots of toys and games, swimming pool, pirate ship, climbing frames, dressing up clothes the list is endless

There are two self-catering holiday properties left for the Easter week

Children will love the The Three Bears themed holiday lodge

Children will love the The Three Bears themed holiday lodge

Holiday home one: Goldilocks themed lodge with bears galore: ref LMLC

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Holiday home two: a two bedroom cottage with an amazing terrace. ref LMW1
Both priced at £695 for the week commencing 4th April and include a family lunch to the local Atelier with pottery painting included as well as an Easter egg hunt if they join in the family BBQ.

If a luxury child-friendly micro resort is your thing try out these wonderful luxury cottages in the Languedoc. ref MYKG and MYKS both available from 3rd to 25th April

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The chickens and ponies are waiting to meet you and the pool will be heated! The cottages are located just 10 minutes from the Etang de Thau (inland sea) they enjoy a great spot for exploring the area’s best of the Languedoc with heaps of family friendly activities: take the “oyster boat” from Bouzigues and discover how oysters are produced, enjoy fresh seafood in one of the many restaurants in Meze or Bouzigues, take the kids flying through the trees at the nearby ropes course, visite the dinosaur park, find treasures on the sandy Mediterranean beaches just 15 minutes away…

Or why not try your hand at glamping in these luxury domes near Biarritz in France: ref SGD

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There are lots of family friendly Easter activities happening and if the sun is out the beach will be a hit a the temperature reaches the early 20s. Prices start for just £399 for Easter week.

Child-friendly villas for large family gatherings – last minute offers and last minute availability

If you still haven’t found your family holiday accommodation for 2014 and you are looking for  a holiday suitable for a large family, more than one family sharing or with room for grandparents, look no further! Here are some special offers and last minute deals all perfect for a large family holiday especially suitable if you have babies and toddlers!

France
Brittany

child-friendly cottage, Brittany

child-friendly cottage, Brittany

Sleeps 12 – last few weeks up to 5th July now reduced to 990€ week – beautiful converted farm is situated in the heart of the Brecon countryside. 21 acres of grounds for children to explore, enclosed child-friendly swimming pool 20 miles to Carnac beach – there are other properties within the grounds so there should also be plenty of other children to play with – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Brittany/Brittany-310.html

Gironde

Toddler toys and spa!

Toddler toys and spa!

Sleeps 14 –  w/c 28th June and 5th July £500 off plus a case of Bordeaux châteaux wine – This luxury private child-friendly villa has everything you could wish for including its very own spa. , if you are looking for a luxury retreat this could be it! Fenced heated swimming pool, lots of toys inside and out, acres of private grounds including fenced gardens, set among the Bordeaux vineyars with wine tastings at a near by chateau – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Gironde-207.html

Dordogne

Located in a small hamlet with lots of toddler toys!

Located in a small hamlet with lots of toddler toys!

Sleeps 8 – £200 discount on all stays in September plus kids eat free – this charming child-friendly holiday cottage has four bedrooms and is located within a small hamlet offering fabulous facilities for babies, toddler and young children including fully enclosed heated swimming pool, 52 acres, bar, tennis, five different play areas for children, indoor play barn and more – further afield are no less than 7 award winning villages – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Dordogne-187.html

Dordogne

Beautiful garden to enjoy a family gathering!

Beautiful garden to enjoy a family gathering!

Sleeps 12 – remaining weeks in June and July 20% discount –This beautiful house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a lounge with big fireplace, a pool table room, a library, a huge covered barn a fenced garden with lots of interesting corners. Situated in a quet village it also is just 100m away from the owners own house and their 5 holiday cottages, families have full use of the faciltieis and swimming pool should you want it – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Dordogne-182.html

Charente

Toddlers will love the selection of ride on toys!

Toddlers will love the selection of ride on toys!

Sleeps 8 – 20% discount on all remaining dates in July – abundance of activities for all the family, two under cover play areas, great selection of local restaurants and walking distance to lake beach and within half hour of other lovely lake beaches – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Poitou-charentes/Charente-58.html

Haut Vienne

Stairgates even on the garden stone steps

Stairgates even on the garden stone steps

Sleeps 10 – 10% discount on all available weeks in July and September – Just a short stroll from the local restaurants in the lovely town of Rochechouart is this super child-friendly town house with large lawns, enclosed raised swimming pool and two very friendly dogs to meet -http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Poitou-charentes/Haut-Vienne-243.html

Languedoc- Roussillon

Lazy days in the garden...

Lazy days in the garden…

Sleeps 13 – last week available 23rd august reduced to €2150 for the week – This lovely large bright village holiday house has a private swimming pool in a large secluded garden. There is a childrens playbarn, with lots of baby and toddler toys available. You can also have the choice of self-catering, full or half board and massages to book too – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-183.html

UK
Cornwall

Sea views and 300m walk to beach

Sea views and 300m walk to beach

Sleeps 10 – 25% discount on bookings confirmed by end of June – This luxury family holiday home is detached and offers lovely sea views. It is located in the small town of Downderry and just 300m from Downderry beach. There is an enclosed garden and patio area and restaurants, including Nick Barclay’s Blueplate, bars and shops are all within walking distance. Downderry itself has a community and so never closes – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Cornwall/Downderry,-Cornwall-312.html

Spain
Costa del Sol

View from rooftop

View from rooftop

Sleeps 10 – last couple of summer weeks reduced 28th June – 5th July was £1900 now £1650 – Surprisingly this beautiful family-friendly villa has a couple of weeks available this summer. It is bright and spacious with an annex to the fourth bedroom with its own front door. 1800m from the beach at Atalaya, enclosed garden and roof terraces, shared swimming pool, Apple TV and 600m from a handful of restaurants, supermarket and bakery – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Spain/Costa-Del-Sol-269.html

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New on Holiday Tots: child-friendly holiday farm in Cornwall

The latest child-friendly holiday properties on Holiday Tots are situated near Lostwithiel in South West Cornwall.

Luxury child-friendly holiday farm, Cornwall

Luxury child-friendly holiday farm, Cornwall

A luxury collection of nine farm holiday cottages with great facilities for babies, toddlers and young children

Family-friendly luxury farm holiday cottages in Cornwall

Family-friendly luxury farm holiday cottages in Cornwall

daily animal-feed runs with farmer Tim

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an indoor heated swimming pool (that English weather will not spoil the fun!), play barn and more.

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The cottages have all been fully renovated and offer fabulous child-friendly holiday accommodation. They range from a small 2 bedroom cottage, ideal for a couple and baby through to three bedrooms ideal for a family of six plus baby.

There is a soft play area for a break from the outdoors and within the grounds there are plenty of ride on toys, play park and pony rides.

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Indoor play barn

Indoor play barn

There is also a secret garden with hot tub, the ideal escape with a good book or some family splashing fun under the stars and the farm shop is open 24 hours for all sorts of goodies, even cooked meals for when you just really don’t want to cook!

Secret garden hot tub

Secret garden hot tub

The farm’s location is perfect for exploring Cornwall and has plenty of child-friendly holiday activities including The Eden project. There are lots of beaches and harbours to explore too: the nearest being just 20 minutes drive.

For availability and prices and to contact the owners visit their page on Holiday Tots.