Things to Do in Cornwall

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If you want a fantastic family holiday in Cornwall, St Ives is the place to be. With an endless list of sights to see, things to do, and beaches to play on, we've just about managed to narrow down our top family-friendly activities. Have a look below for a few of our favourites.

Porthminster Beach

Easily one of our favourite places in St Ives, Porthminster Beach is the perfect destination for a family day trip. Beautifully clear waters, breathtaking views, and delicious food await. Family-friendly facilities include:

  • Soft, sandy beach
  • Gentle tides
  • Award-winning beachside cafe
  • Mini golf
  • Beach huts
  • St Ives Water Sports Centre (wetsuit, paddle board, and kayak hire)
  • Guided kayak tours of St Ives Bay

Gwithian Beach

Ever wanted to see a seal up close? This is the place to be. Alongside these adorable critters, Gwithian is also a great place to spot a wide range of sea birds and other wildlife. Popular with surfers and thrill-seekers, this beach is ideal for guests of all ages. Family-friendly facilities include:

  • Soft, sandy beach
  • Medium tides
  • Lifeguarded from Easter to end of summer
  • Outdoor play area
  • Large rockpools
  • Caves
  • Seafood cafe, bar, and grill
  • Beachfront shop selling beach toys, groceries, books, etc

Porthmeor Beach

Home to a whole host of family-friendly facilities, Porthmeor Beach is just over a mile down the road, and is one of only 8 beaches in Cornwall to hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award 2017. Facilities include:

  • Soft, sandy beach
  • St Ives Surf School
  • 2 x take away and 1 x eat in restaurant
  • Lifeguarded from Easter to end of summer
  • Tate St Ives

Culture in St Ives

As well as a haven for shopping, local food, and incredible weather, St Ives is also a cultural hub. Some of our favourite family-friendly cultural attractions are:

  • Tate St Ives
  • Barbara Hepworth Museum
  • Penlee Park Open Theatre (Penzance)
  • Barnoon Workshop
  • St Ives Arts Club
  • St Ives School of Painting

Book your stay online

Make the most of St Ives and book directly through our website for the best rates guaranteed on your stay at Tregenna Castle Resort.