Keeping the kids entertained is often a priority when it comes to family holidays. Portreath, north Cornwall, is a relaxed family holiday resort and has plenty to offer visitors choosing to holiday here, from its stunning beach to nearby attractions.
Here you’ll find five fun-filled ways to spend your days with the best things to do near Portreath.
There’s no better family day out than time spent on the golden sands of Portreath Beach. A wonderful beach to keep the kids entertained, from sandcastle building to riding the waves. There is, naturally, a surf school in Portreath which also hires surf equipment and kayaks, so there is plenty of opportunity to get active. Portreath surf scene is pretty epic, and does experience big high tide swells hitting the harbour wall, so check the conditions before you brave the sea. There are plenty of facilities nearby so the kids can refuel, and RNLI lifeguards patrol here.
Is Portreath beach dog friendly?
There is a seasonal dog ban which operates at Portreath Beach.
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An 11 mile cycle trail starts in Portreath and ends in Devoran on the south coast. The moderate route is challenging more for its length than its difficulty, but you don’t have to complete the whole route. Sure to burn off some excess energy, follow the line of two historic transport routes; the early horse-worked Portreath tramroad and the Redruth and Chasewater Railway. This cycle route is mainly traffic-free, as you cycle along the gravel tracks, although there is the occasional roadside path and road terrain. You can hire bikes from The Hub, moments from Portreath Beach.
Looking for a rainy day activity in Portreath? Fortunately for families, Base Camp situated at Gwel an Mor holiday park, is just half a mile from Portreath Beach and a premier indoor activity centre in Cornwall. Open to all 7 days a week, there’s over 2,000 square feet of soft play, and ‘clip & climb’ climbing walls if you fancy a bit of friendly competition. There’s also indoor archery and laser tag, which you’ll need to prebook.
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Heartlands is less than 3 miles from Portreath, and offers a fun family day out with 19 acres to explore. Situated, just off the A30 at Pool there’s a mining museum, diaspora gardens, heritage, giant adventure play and family activities to enjoy. Entry is free of charge, but donations are welcome.
Cornwall Gold is only 2.4 miles from Portreath with plenty of family fun of offer. It makes and sells amazing jewellery, and has paint-and-create pottery and build-a-bear sessions, as well as undercover panning for gold if the weather isn’t playing ball. There is also free entry to Tolgus Mill, an ongoing restoration project of the last Victorian tin mill where visitors can learn how tin is produced.
Booking your self-catering holiday cottage in Portreath is a smart choice thanks to its pretty sandy beach and small harbour, making it a truly relaxing spot.