A family holiday at Trevella Holiday Park in Cornwall involves days at the beach, mini golf, an outdoor heated swimming pool, Newquay Zoo, The Eden Project and many more great days the kids will love
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We had big decisions to make every day during our family vacation in Cornwall. Which of the gorgeous beaches should we visit exactly?
Stretching along this sparkling, rugged coastline in the far south west of England, sand dunes and ocean waves last as far as the eye can see. So you really are spoiled for choice.
We started our seaside adventure in Crantock, near Newquay, as it was on the doorstep of Trevella Holiday Park, our home for the week.
The National Trust, which looks after the beach, describes it as “a stretch of golden sand, ideal for sandcastles and surfing”.
Our six-year-old son, Harry, with his bodyboard under one arm and his bucket and shovel under the other, wholeheartedly agreed.
We joined the army of parents chasing their children in and out of the sea, digging holes in the sand and sliding down the dunes.
The great thing about Crantock is not only its beauty but also its size, so even in the height of summer there is always plenty of room for a day of fun.
Trevella Holiday Park is a short drive or short walk from the beach and is an ideal base.
Our caravan had everything we needed but you can pay extra for a deluxe lodge and there are some with hot tubs.
If you’re not brave enough to pitch a family tent, you can do the next best thing and go glamping. Safari lodges, safari tents and geodomes are all available in the park, along with plenty of pitches for your traditional tents and touring caravans.
The heated outdoor swimming pool is well worth a visit, but make sure you reserve a time slot with reception on arrival as it is very popular.
Additionally, there is mini golf and the nearby adventure playground.
After all that exertion, you can enjoy a drink in Crantock’s smallest pub, the Piskie (Cornish for Pixie) on the holiday park, which seats around eight people.
If you want a little more room at the bar, you can walk down the road to the 400 year old old Albion Inn in the village.
It would have been easy for us to set up camp every day at Crantock Beach, but we would have missed so many coastal treats. We spent a day at Porth beach to the east of Newquay which also has a sandy beach and safe swimming. A rain shower did not dampen our spirits and after sheltering in our beach tent we were soon back in the sea. Sandwiches and ice cream from the seaside cafe capped off a great day.
Fistral beach needs no introduction and we had a lovely afternoon watching experienced surfers ride the waves.
Rick Stein’s restaurant, right on the sand, serves curries inspired by his travels as well as traditional fish and chips.
There are no fewer than 11 beaches in Newquay, including Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze and Harbor Beach. Further afield there is Holywell Bay with its twin rocks rising out of the sea, as seen in the TV series Poldark, as well as the famous surfing beaches to the north, Watergate Bay, Harlyn and Polzeath. A special mention for the RNLI lifeguards who do a brilliant job keeping everyone safe.
Away from the beaches, we spent a wild afternoon at Newquay Zoo, home to an incredible variety of exotic animals. Harry enjoyed his interactions with parrots, lions and penguins not to mention meerkats, lemurs and a very slow sloth.
True to wildlife, Sealife Safaris in Padstow offers boat trips to spot marine life including gray seals, minke whales, basking sharks and bottlenose dolphins.
We also had a memorable day at the Eden Project, the largest indoor rainforest in the world.
You can explore the amazing biomes with Mediterranean and tropical rainforest trees and plantations and learn about the interactive exhibits.
Thanks to impressive state-of-the-art technology, Bodmin Jail is now a fascinating visitor attraction, bringing some of Cornwall’s darkest secrets to life.
The dark tales of punishments, executions and child criminals are made even more thrilling with theatrical effects and cinematic visual tours. More of Cornish’s past can be discovered at Tintagel Castle, which also offers stunning views over the cliffs.
Camel Creek Adventure Park in Wadebridge offers many family rides and play areas on 100 acres.
For the more adventurous and energetic there is the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard where you can try your hand at go-karting, ziplining and a giant swing.
We took a trip to the fishing ports of Newlyn and Mousehole near Penzance.
Steeped in history, you can watch the boats dance in the bright blue harbours.
Both are perfect for a good old-school rock pool for the kids. Suffice it to say, you don’t have to look too far for a cracking fish and chips dinner.
We ended our brilliant week where it started, back on Crantock beach for a final dip in the sea and digging in the sand. And another tough decision – what flavor of ice cream?
- Download ‘App for Cornwall’ before you hit the road. It has great information on the county’s main attractions, activities, restaurants and accommodations. In addition, you can take advantage of the coupons and offers found there.
- Some pubs and restaurants operate a no-reservation policy for meals, so it’s first come, first seated. Others accept reservations, mostly online. It is worth doing some research before arriving.
- Download the various parking apps to skip the hassle of searching for coins or browsing long automated messages on your phone. JustPark and PayByPhone have the destinations we visited covered.
Book the holidays
Park Holidays offers summer school holidays at Trevella Holiday Park, near Newquay in North Cornwall, from £401 for three or four nights for up to eight people sharing a caravan in the summer. Stays in March from £166, Easter from £208. Learn more parkholidays.com.
Find more information at visitcornwall.com.