Twelve thousand people expected on single Cornwall beach this afternoon

With the promise of the last bit of sunny weather for a few days, one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches is already heaving – and it’s likely to get busier by the end of the day.

Lee Trewhela

The RNLI has verified that Perranporth beach is already very busy with approximately 9,000 people finding their own little patch of sand.

All the car parks in the town were reported to have been full by 10.30am and the Perran lifeguard team say that the beach will get even busier today with the good weather and are expecting it to reach around 12,000 people later in the day, which is almost four times the population of the town.

RNLI lifeguard Rory Tellam, who is working at Perranporth today, said: “The surf today is still relatively small but is set to build towards the end of the week. With good weather and increasing surf we urge anyone planning to visit the coast to choose a lifeguarded beach.

“If you are heading in the water always swim between the red and yellow flags.”

“Be aware of your footing and don’t do out of your depth, keep an eye on the flags and make sure to stay between them where the lifeguards can see you.”

Cornwall’s beaches are expected to be even busier than normal this month as more people holiday in the Duchy due to the pandemic curbing overseas travel.