Toddler friendly beaches in Newquay

Before I had children, I naively thought that life would carry on pretty much the same. I soon realised that wasn’t the case and everything from holidays, to simple trips out took a lot more consideration and forward planning!
Like everything, this soon becomes second nature and things do get easier. So, to give the parents of young children a bit of a break, I have marked Newquay’s beaches on accessibility, toilet facilities, food facilities and toddler fun to make your trip away as stress-free as possible.

Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, Cornwall Lusty Glaze – GOOD

This horseshoe shaped cove is a great family beach with fabulous facilities. The steps down do make it hard for pushchair access, but once you have made it down it is very toddler friendly. Privately owned, Lusty Glaze is incredibly clean and tidy. There are excellent toilets, complete with baby changing – a rarity in beach toilets. There is also a shop, restaurant, and beach huts. The beach has numerous activities with its own activity centre for adults and older children. Activities include zip-lining, surfing and abseiling. Throughout the summer there are musicians playing, some ticketed events and some not. This July British Indie rock band Razorlight play. It has been voted Britain’s beach of the year 2017 by The Times.

Accessibility – 2/5 (lots of steps, but there is a large car park at the top).
Toilet facilities – 5/5 – good, clean facilities including baby changing.
Food facilities – 5/5 café and shop.
Fun – 5/5 – trampolines in the summer, shop.
Total – 17/20
Dogs allowed outside of main season, no dogs from the 1st of June – the 30th of September.

Porth Beach – RUNNER UP Porth beach, Newquay, Cornwall

This large beach is just outside of Newquay. It does have very good accessibility, and there is a car park on the beach. Otherwise, you could find parking nearby and walk down the slope or hill, which is pushchair friendly, or park at Porth Beach Holiday Park, which is on the other side of the beach. There are public toilets, a café and a hole in the wall selling refreshments and, most importantly, ice cream!
Right by the beach sits The Mermaid pub, which is family friendly, selling great pub food. This is a large beach, with the area near the car park being the best place to set up camp, as it is closer to facilities. Young children will also love to play in the safe stream here.
On the other side, which is where The Mermaid is (and Porth Beach Holiday Park car park), there is also a restaurant and shop. Intrepid tots and parents will love exploring the numerous rock pools on each side of the beach.

Accessibility – 5/5 (if you can get a parking space, and on a slope – good for pushchairs).
Toilet facilities – 4/5, public no baby changing
Food facilities – 5/5, two cafes, and hole in the wall
Fun – 5/5, stream for toddlers to play in and lots of rockpools
Total – 19/20

Dogs allowed outside of main season, no dogs from the 1st of April– the 30th of September.

Towan beach, NewquayTowan

This beach is right in the town centre, and is easily accessible by pushchair. There are lots of rock pools, and the Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks the beach here. It is a great place to stop by if you are in town and the weather brightens up.

Accessibility – 5/5 (parking in town, but very pushchair friendly with a gentle slope towards the beach).
Toilet facilities – 0/5 – no toilet facilities, the only public toilets are in the town centre, which are quite a walk.
Food facilities – 4/5 – very close to town food outlets, but not on the actual beach.
Fun – 3/5 – rockpools.
Total: 12/20

Dogs allowed all year round.

Harbour, Newquay, CornwallHarbour – RUNNER UP

Also in the town, tiny tots will love the boats, and you may even spot a seal. Pushchair accessible, with toilets nearby (although the slope is steep). There are plenty of places to get ice creams and food on the walk down. There are nice views over the Bay too.

Accessibility: 5/5 for pushchairs, parking in town, but not too far.
Toilet facilities: 4/5 – good public toilets (no baby changing).
Food facilities: 5/5 excellent options for sandwiches, fish and chips and ice cream as it is in the town centre.
Fun: 5/5 boats and lots to see.
Total: 19/20

Dogs allowed all year round.

Tolcarne – WINNER Tolcarne Beach, Newquay

A privately-owned beach, which can be accessed via steps, or road (though there are currently roadworks), which makes it good for pushchairs. There are plenty of good facilities with a shop selling all beach essentials. There is safe swimming and rock pools to explore at low tide, sometimes there are games on the beach too. There is a surf school, with qualified BSA instructors, if you have older children with you. There’s a café on the beach, offering lots of food options, beach huts are available to rent and there are good toilet facilities.

Accessibility: 5/5 pushchair accessible, but make sure you look out for the cars on the way down (there shouldn’t be many).
Toilet facilities: 5/5 good toilets
Food: 5/5 – excellent
Fun: 5/5, safe swimming and rock pools.
Total 20/20

Dogs allowed outside of main season, no dogs from the 1st of May – the 30th of September.

Fistral, Newquay, CornwallFistral – WINNER

Cornwall’s number one surfing beach has top-facilities, including toilets and showers, with baby changing. There is parking either, free, at south Fistral or a pay and display car park (although expensive) right by the beach. It is easily accessible from both areas. There are fantastic facilities, with cafes on both south and north Fistral, including Rick Stein’s which serves fish and chips and curries. There is also The Stable and the Beach Bar.

Accessibility: 5/5 pushchair accessible, but it does get busy in the car parks during peak times. You can use a push chair along the path on south Fistral (near the golf links), instead of using the stairs.

Toilet facilities: 5/5 excellent toilets.
Food: 5/5 – excellent options, The Fish House, The Stable, and Rick Stein’s.
Fun: 5/5, swimming, rock pools, surf competitions and, in August, Boardmasters.
Total 20/20

Dogs allowed all year round.

Great Western – RUNNER UP Great Western, Newquay Cornwall

A nice sandy beach popular with surfers and families. It can be accessed via a sloping path. Parking is quite close, and available on the road opposite The Original Factory Shop. Longboard surfer, Adam Griffiths, who is currently ranked third in the world, has just opened The Slope Bar, with local business man Lee Gamble. Great Western beach was Newquay’s original surfing beach, with the 1960s surfers meeting at ‘the slope’. Food includes family favourites, burgers, and vegan, veggie and gluten free options. Facilities include toilets, first aid post, cafe, deck chairs, wind breaks and surf equipment hire. Lifeguards patrol the beach from the end of May to the end of September.

Accessibility: 5/5 pushchair accessible, via the slope.
Toilet facilities: 5/5 good.
Food: 5/5 – check-out Newquay’s hottest new bar.
Fun: 4/5, swimming and rock pools, at high tide though the beach disappears, so be careful.
Total 19/20

Dogs allowed all year round.

Whipsiderry, Newquay, CornwallWhipsiderry

A quiet beach next to Porth, which is great for those who want peace, but not very toddler friendly with hardly any facilities. There are lots of steps on the way down and no toilet facilities – maybe leave this one for when the tots grow up a bit!

Accessibility: 0/5 – steps, parking is opposite Porth beach
Toilet facilities: 0/5 – you would have to walk to Porth
Food: 0/5 again near to Porth
Fun: 5/5 – plenty of rock pools and amazing caves, which are best visited at low tide. The beach has no lifeguards, so be vigilant and avoid exploring at high tide and in stormy weather.

Dogs allowed all year round.

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