Family Stay: Trevornick Holiday Park
Pitch up on ‘Poldark land’ at this dog-friendly, family campsite.
Have you been watching the new series of Poldark? We’re glued in our house. And one beach seems to get more airtime than all the others put together – young Geoffrey Charles even called it ‘the best beach in the world’.
It’s easy to see why Holywell Bay is a favourite on the cult TV drama. There are cliffs and caves, beautiful grassy sand dunes and long stretches of white sand to charge along in despair. Not just a hit with BBC producers, Holywell is a super popular family beach and tucked behind it is the five star holiday park Trevornick.
We went to stay at Trevornick for a long weekend in June and though it rained quite a lot, we practically had to drag the children away. Here’s everything you need to know…
You can bring your own tent or motorhome or go for the ready-made camping option like we did. All the fun but none of the hassle of traditional camping, our pre-pitched Eurotent had three bedroom compartments complete with wireframe beds (a double and three singles) and surprisingly comfortable mattresses. Bedding in not provided, but that’s almost all you’ll need to worry about.
Outside the bedrooms you’ll find a fridge, gas cooker and grill, microwave and even a TV with scheduled movies (a saviour on rainy days). The kitchen is kitted out with all the basics but if you’re cooking for a week, I’d bring a cheese grater, a couple of sharp knives and any other utensils you can’t do without.
Rather than a big field of tents, The Eurotents are grouped in fours in small, hedged sections. Pitches are spacious, so you don’t feel like you’re on top of other campers and if you came in a gang and hired tents together, you’d feel like you had your own private space.
Last summer we spent a month camping on the west coast of France and our kids adored the campsites there. Playgrounds, swimming pools, activities and pizza takeaways – these four and five star sites were impeccably kept and perfectly geared up for no-fuss family holidays. Trevornick is the first British campsite we’ve visited that offers the same level of camping experience.
There’s a fantastic heated outdoor pool with a hot tub (great if you happen to be swimming in the rain), a fun park with rides and go-carts, fishing ponds, a par-3 golf course and pitch and put over-looking Holywell Bay.
There is also the kids club Wild Tribe. Held in the Trevornick woodland, kids can get stuck in with bush crafts, den building and assault courses.
In the centre of the park is a café that serves lots of crowd pleasers and particularly good chips. It has a soft-play area and games arcade here too, as well as a bar and a pretty well stocked shop for anything you’ve run out of. We were camping well away from this central hub though, so were never disturbed by any noise in the evenings.
The shower blocks and washing facilities are regularly spaced and immaculate – plus, you don’t need endless 20 pence pieces to keep the water going.
Holywell Bay is the closest beach, a twenty minute walk across the sand dunes (you could probably do it faster without kids) and local favourite, Porth Joke is just a few miles away. From mid-June to mid-July the West Pentire headland is especially beautiful, covered with poppies and other wild flowers.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had in and around Newquay at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Waterworld, Newquay Zoo and Dairyland. There are also numerous great pubs and restaurants and many other beaches to hit in Newquay and out the other side, towards Porth and Watergate Bay.
Personal favourites include Lewinnick Lodge, The Smugglers Den in Cubert and The Fox’s Revenge at Summercourt or Samphire at The Headland Hotel or Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, if you a posh meal out (everyone pretend we’re not camping!!)
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Families – there’s loads to do even if you get unlucky with the weather and easy access to some of Cornwall’s best family and dog-friendly beaches.
Not for: If you like the peace and quiet of a more wild camping experience, this site may feel a bit big or busy for you.
££: In high season you can expect to pay £667 for a week in a Eurotent but in June the site was offering a weekend for a family of four for £99.
Trevornick Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, TR8 5PW.01637 830531. Trevornick.co.uk