Planning a family beach trip this summer? With four beaches, one castle and a wealth of water sports on offer, Falmouth is the perfect place to get outdoors, seize the sunshine and anything else the British summer brings your way. Discover 14 of the
best family friendly things to do in Falmouth.
1. Beachcombing brilliance
As British beaches go, Falmouth will leave you and the family spoilt for choice. Its four beaches include the Blue Flag rated Gyllyngvase Beach – ideal for watersports – and the picturesque cove of Maenporth Beach, which is perfect for sunbathing.
Want to teach the kids rock pooling? Castle Beach is just the spot.
2. Hike harbour to harbour
The journey from Falmouth to Mylor Harbour is a relatively short, easy route, making it ideal for young adventurers. As well as a stroll past a smugglers’ cave, kids will enjoy the short ferry trip that makes up part of the route and provides a
welcome rest for little legs. See the full route.
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3. Take the trail to the beach
Looking for a hiking route for older children? At four miles long, the Pendennis Point to Maenporth Beach route is a little more challenging, making it ideal for occupying active kids. En route, you’ll get views of both Pendennis and St Mawes
castles. Remember to pack your beach kit too so you can enjoy some time on the sand before making the return journey.
4. Join in the festival fun
Falmouth hosts a busy festival calendar throughout the year between late spring and the end of summer. Timing your trip with one of these will mean extra entertainment for the kids. Festival season kicks off in April with the Falmouth Folk &
Cider Fayre, while May brings the Street Food and Craft Ales Festival. June and July are jam-packed with events, including Falmouth Live music festival, the International Sea Shanty Festival, and ZestiFAL – a lively celebration of sports and
activities spanning everything from Zumba to Nordic Walking. The summer season comes to a close with Falmouth Week in August.
5. Make the catch of the day
It’s said that there are few places in the UK that can rival Falmouth for fishing. So whether you’re a first-timer or an old-hand, why not head to one of the popular local spots? Depending on the season, you could catch bream, conger or even turbot.
If you’re a fan of fishing, this has to be one of the top things to do in Falmouth.
6. Discover dog-friendly days out
Falmouth is home to a whole host of dog-friendly venues, making it ideal if you want to bring your four-legged friend on holiday too. You’ll find hotels, restaurants and outdoor venues where canines are welcome, so the whole family can enjoy your
latest adventure. Learn more about dog-friendly destinations in Falmouth.
7. Be the king of the castle
Pendennis Castle, that is. Let the kids explore this impressive fortress, from scaling the steps of the keep, to experiencing the recreated gun deck. If you time your trip just right, you’ll be able to hear the firing of one of the original guns –
which takes place at noon each day from April to October. Quite possibly one of the most popular things to do around Falmouth.
8. Water babies’ wonderland
If you’ve got a couple of water babies in tow, then Falmouth is definitely the place to be. Its four beaches mean ample opportunity to try out a whole host of water sports, from paddle boarding to sailing, kayaking to diving. Thanks to the diverse
range of watersports in Falmouth, even the keenest aqua enthusiast should be able to find something new to try.
9. Embark on an arty adventure
Wondering what to do in Falmouth on rainy days? Alongside its maritime reputation, the town has long been known as a destination for art too. Largely thanks to the quality of light created by its coastal location, artists including J.M.W. Turner,
John Singer Sargent and Ben Nicholson have flocked to the town to pursue their art. All of which makes the town’s gallery a must-visit. Better still, entry is free.
10. Maritime magic at the museum
Step inside the National Maritime Museum to learn about Britain’s long seafaring history. Grown-ups will enjoy the chance to learn something new (previous exhibitions have covered everything from British tattoo art to prominent maritime figures).
Meanwhile, the kids will love the adventure zone, where they can get into character as a mid shipman, sailor or cook, before zipping down the slide in the themed play area.
11. Foodie Falmouth for all
Finding enjoyable foodie experiences can be difficult with fussy eaters in tow. Fortunately, Falmouth has it covered. While the annual Oyster Festival might be best left to the grown-ups, there’s plenty of opportunity for young ones to discover new
flavours in the form of local produce. Head to the heart of the town to pick up some real Cornish pasties, or make time to visit the Falmouth Farmers’ Market (every Tuesday) where you’ll find stalls stocking everything from cheese and honey to cakes
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12. Teach the kids campside cooking
What to do with all that fresh local produce? Why not cook it on your very own campfire (or stove, at least)? Falmouth camping opportunities span everything from farmland that’s ideal for caravans or tents, through to quirkier glamping options such
as yurts or cottages. Whichever you choose, it’s an opportunity to create a memorable experience for the kids and teach them some outdoor survival skills too.
13. Relax at the Regatta
The Falmouth Regatta brings a whole week of racing events to the town. Yachts and dayboats tackle a number of courses, with a selection of prizes handed out. But that’s not the only reason to have the regatta on your radar. It actually forms part of
the wider Falmouth Week – a celebration of the town that spans everything from live music to Red Arrows displays. All of which means there should be something to entertain kids of all ages and interests.
14. Set sail on your very own boat
With its rich maritime culture, there’s no better place to learn to sail than Falmouth. On a more practical level, the town’s harbour is both deep and well sheltered, providing the right sailing conditions for much of the year. Take the opportunity
to learn to sail a dinghy or keelboat, or brush up on your technique. Who knows, you could have a future sailing champion in your midst.
What to pack for Cornwall with the kids
With the right kit, you can enjoy the best that Falmouth has to offer, whatever the weather. Here are our suitcase essentials to help you get the most from your seaside adventures:
• Waterproof jackets all round: Choose lightweight options that can be packed down for easy carrying. Look for durable yet colourful kids’ waterproof jackets that they’ll love to
• Spacious rucksack: Pick up a mini version for the kids too, so they can stash any treasures they find (and you won’t have to carry all their kit).
• Sturdy sandals: Choose a hardwearing but comfy pair with water-friendly features that make beach strolls a breeze.
• Walking boots: For longer hikes on cooler days, you’ll want your walking boots to hand. Discover hiking boots for women and men at Hawkshead.
So there you have it – plenty of inspiration for your next family beach trip. Is there anything we missed? What are your top things to do in Falmouth?