Where to book a UK family surfing break

Sam Lewis gives advice on booking a surfing trip in the UK with the family.

By Sam Lewis
Published 10 Aug 2016, 16:00 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 14:26 BST
Family surfing break

Family surfing break.

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Q. I want to book an extended family surfing break in the UK with my kids. Where would you suggest?

A. Sam Lewis, contributor, National Geographic Traveller (UK): The north coast of Cornwall is the perfect place to catch consistent waves. Newquay has long been king of the UK surf scene, with a wide array of beaches suitable for all abilities.

A bit further south, Perranporth is another surf hotspot that's perfect for families, with its three-mile stretch of golden sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and open-air swimming pool filled with seawater at high tide, and Perranporth Surf School. For little ones keen to learn the basics, Ticket to Ride Surf Schools operate at both locations and offer surf taster sessions designed for children under 10 (£20 for 90mins). It also offers family surf lessons, from six-year-olds to grandparents aged up to 70 (£90 for a family of four).

For those who want to surf with a star, pro Sam Lamiroy has opened the Lamiroy Surf Academy (LSA) in Perranporth, with sessions for all levels (£120 for a 2hr 30min private lesson, £240 for groups of six). tickettoridegroup.com

Published in the Summer 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller Family (UK)

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