Nanny Pat’s days out: kite flying at Par Sands Beach

Child on a beach at Par Sands with the rollings hills and clouds in the sky in the background.

Stretching for over half a mile and backed by sand dunes, Par Sands Beach is a popular destination for families. We love popping down here for a spot of kite flying on the huge expanse of beach. I think it’s one of the best locations for kite flying in Cornwall, as there’s nearly always a wind blowing and plenty of level ground to run along to get your kite flying.

Kite flying in Cornwall is a fun activity for families
Let’s go fly a kite…

We have a ‘pockite’ which I keep in my bag at all times – you can just unpack it and with the slightest breath of wind it takes off skywards. It always creates fun and laughter – a far cry from my days of crossed sticks and newspaper tail kites which hardly ever got off the ground! I feel as if I’m cheating as it’s so easy, but the little ones love it all the same. Simple pleasures are always the best…

Kite flying is a fun activity for the beach

The golden sand here is ideal for sandcastle building, so you could pack a picnic and and make a day of it when it’s warm, or enjoy warming up with a hot chocolate when it’s chillier.

Par Sands Beach is perfect for sandcastle building

Useful information

Dogs are allowed on Par Sands all year round.

At high tide, some of the beach’s wide expanse of sand is covered, but a significant portion remains. The relatively shallow waters off the beach are also safe for swimming, although you’ll still need to take care with young children.

Par Sands Beach is popular with locals and visitors
Par Sands Beach is dog friendly and popular with locals and visitors alike

Other top places for kite flying in Cornwall

The best places for kite flying have lots of open space, away from roads, overhead pylons or cliffs.

We love Helman Tor Nature Reserve (2.5 miles south of Bodmin). There’s so much here to explore, including rocks to scramble over, and there’s usually plenty of wind. You can also combine your visit with a walk, or perhaps some wildlife spotting! Read about our kite flying adventures at Helman Tor on our blog.

Getting there

Par is situated between St Austell and Fowey and has good parking facilities. From Bosinver, it’s just over 20 minutes’ drive via the A390 and A3082. Postcode for SatNavs: PL25 5DS

Par Sands Beach offers beautiful views
Beautiful views as the sun goes down at Par Sands Beach

Where’s your favourite spot for kite flying in Cornwall? We’d love to hear your suggestions – why not leave a message below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver?

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