Out-of-Season Escape to Trevornick
Happy kids are guaranteed at this beach-side camping resort near Newquay. Muddy tries out the new luxury statics
One of the things I love best about living in Cornwall is skipping off for impromptu weekends away before the crowds descend. We’ve done a few this year already and last weekend, the kids were in raptures at family-centric Trevornick.
Right behind Holywell Bay (of Poldark fame) it’s perfectly placed to enjoy some quality, north Cornwall beach time. But there’s also loads on site to keep the kids entertained, whatever the weather.
We stayed in one of Trevornick’s spinky spanky new static caravans, which meant we could spend all day outdoors but return to some creature comforts at the end of the day. The kitchen was well equipped, beds were very comfortable and the wide-screen TV and Wifi meant we didn’t even have to miss out on the Royal Wedding.
Fully kitted-out Eurotents are also available as a slightly cheaper option and there are plenty of simple grass pitches to choose from, if you prefer camping the old-fashioned way.
Things to do
As parents of two small boys, we basically can’t relax unless the kids are entertained, which is one of the main attractions of Trevornick for us. The site is immaculately kept and has a lovely, heated outdoor pool, with a baby pool, jacuzzi and treatment room.
There are fishing lakes that our eldest loved (despite netting nothing), a par 3 golf course with exceptional views and a fun park with rides, aqua zorbs, mazes and bouncy castles galore (at a safe distance from the campsite, don’t worry).
The natural surroundings are also ripe for exploring, with miles of rambling sand dunes, woodland and beach on your door step (all dog and child friendly).
Sand tobogganing on your boogie board down the tallest dunes is a particular favourite at Holywell and an ideal way to tire them out for an early bed time.
Newquay is a short drive away, if you want to hit the hipster cafes, seafood restaurants or surf beaches. A few we love are Sea Spray, Box & Barber, Jam Jar, The Fish House and Kahuna. And if you want to escape for some indulgent Mum-time, the serene Crantock Bay Spa can be found just a beach away, offering amazing organic treatments and a perfect light lunch at the sea-view cafe/bistro.
Good for: A stay in one of Trevornick’s new static caravans is ideal for families with little children or older relatives, looking for a no-fuss break in the outdoors. Also, since they’re considerably more weather-proof than tents, a static is less risky for spring or autumn visits.
Not for: From camping pitches to holiday cottages, there are lots of other options on site if a static doesn’t take your fancy. The golf course or fun park are also worth a day trip, if you’re staying elsewhere.
Damage: A week in a static starts from £435 out of season, going up to £1049 in August.
Trevornick Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, TR8 5PW.01637 830531. Trevornick.co.uk