From party vibes in Newquay, the surf capital of Britain, to remote breaks where the only company you may have in the water is a seal, Cornwall’s gorgeous beaches, reliable swell and beginner-friendly surf schools make it the perfect county to head to for pro surfers, complete newbies, surfer families and gangs of friends alike. Stay the night at these nine excellent coastal campsites, which all make the ideal base for exploring the coast. From campervan-friendly sites to tiny tent-only fields and gorgeous glamping options (do you fancy a yurt, a bell tent or camping pods?), these are the best surf sites to stay at in Cornwall on your next Cornish camping holiday.
Sennen Cove Camping, Sennen
Camp at the very end of Britain at Sennen Cove, just a few miles from Land’s End. This relaxed site ideal for surfers is within easy reach of Sennen Cove’s reliable waves, perfect for surfing (or for stand-up paddle boarding if the waves are smaller) all year round. On a day off from surfing, hike along the South West Coast Path to Porthgwarra Cove for a cream tea and a dip off the coast. The site itself has a real feeling of space, with 72 pitches for campervans and tents that well spread out and great facilities, including hot showers for warming up in after hitting the waves.
Lower Penderleith Farm Campsite, St Ives
Only a handful of campervans are allowed to join traditional tent campers at this relaxed little site, giving the main camping field a relaxed, family-friendly surfer vibe. This is a peaceful site better suited to smaller groups, but Lower Penderleith is still great for getting social - there’s a big communal firepit to warm up by after a day in the sea, and fire buckets and barbeques are allowed. Sennen, Praa Sands and Hayle’s beaches are all close by, and there’s also a wetsuit washing area for freshening your kit up after a dip. Weather looking bad but surf looking good? A cosy wooden hostel sleeps 24. Ideal for surf-mad families.
Gwithian Farm Campsite, Gwithian
Gwithian and Godrevy beaches’ miles of golden sands on the north coast are well-loved in Cornwall, and all that space means there's more than enough room for beginners and pros (as well as surf schools, swimmers, bodyboarders and stand-up paddleboarders) to rub shoulders on the excellent waves. Explore the beach from this lovely campsite, just a ten minute walk away - ideal for nipping down with your surfboard under your arm whenever the swell picks up. Family and dog friendly, Gwithian Farm accepts caravans, campervans and tents, with great showers and a handy campsite shop on-site and a pub across the road. Ideal for keen surfers, and a good dog-friendly option.
Beacon Cottage Farm, St Agnes
Wake up to views across the ocean from this clifftop campsite, where you can pitch your tent and park your surfboard just a few hundred yards from the sea. The South West Coast Path winds right past the grassy fields and good facilities at Beacons Cottage Farm, where 60 pitches for tents and campervans rub shoulders. Surf at nearby Trevaunance Cove, where you can also hire equipment and book a lesson for any level of ability. Great waves at Porthtowan and Chapel Porth are also just mile or two away from your tent – Chapel Porth is just a short walk away, ideal for a quick dash to the sea when the surf picks up. One of our favourites in the whole of the south west.
Namparra Campsite, Helston
Cornwall’s remote and beautiful Lizard Peninsula is your oyster from this charming and old-fashioned six-acre campsite. Facilities are basic, but the vibe is delightfully chilled out, and open fires are allowed – idea for warming up if you’ve been in the sea. Speaking of the sea - the beginner-friendly surf waves at local beach Kennack Sands just a 15 minute walk away. Bringing your campervan? Request one of the pitches with sea views. Round off the perfect day of perfecting your pop-up with a drink at the on-site Cow Shed bar.
Atlantic Farm, Bude
Bude’s epic surf scene is just a 20 minute walk away from this brilliant camping and glamping site in north Cornwall. Bring a tent to stay in Atlantic Farm’s camping fields, or stay in their futuristic pod-style glamping accommodation, each with comfy double beds and their own barbeques. Or you could really push the boat out and bed down in the farm’s luxurious treehouse. Summerleaze, Crooklets, Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth are all a short drive away, so you’re bound to find somewhere to surf, or you can sign up for lessons with Outdoor Adventure, based by Widemouth Bay. The site is open all year, ideal if you’re searching for winter waves.
Marazion Caravan Club Campsite, Marazion
Taking your caravan to the beach? This is no-frills but friendly caravan club site, close to Porthleven beach’s pumping waves, has good facilities, loads of pitches and a park-like feeling thanks to plenty of grassy fields and trees. Fair-weather camper? Marazion has some of the warmest mean temperatures in Britain, ideal for a balmy night under canvas before a day of surfing, windsurfing or sailing. Extra bonus – a fish and chip van pops by the holiday park regularly.
Real Glamping at the Fir Hill, Newquay
Just three miles from Newquay but a world away from the busy party scene of Britain’s surf capital, this flower-strewn campsite is dotted with nine traditional yurts, each sleeping six. If you fancy a surfing and camping holiday but the local weather looks gloomy or you don’t like the idea of roughing it, this is the perfect place to stay – the yurts are warm, weatherproof and have cosy double beds and mini kitchens. Newquay’s world-renowned beaches and surf festivals are just minutes away, as is Watergate Bay. Back at Fir Hill, there’s a communal barn to hang out in, barbeques ideal for cooking up an evening feast and a water tank for cleaning wetsuits, and there’s even a honeymoon yurt if a seaside surfy escape is your idea of a romantic getaway.
Mousehole Camping, Mousehole
Love football as much as you love surfing? Set up your tent at tiny, quirky Mousehole Camping, which is part of Mousehole AFC’s grounds and shares facilities with the club. If you’re lucky, you may catch a game going on in the field right next to you as you head back from the beach - surfers have their pick of local swell close by. The site is only open to tents in July and August, when the football isn’t on, but campervans and caravans are always welcome year round, and there are bell tents available to rent. Excellent surfing , and the charming town of Mousehole is a ten minute walk away. Score.
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