The Best Holiday Parks In Cornwall
Cornwall and caravan holidays go hand-in-hand. Not only does the UK’s most south-westerly county have more than 50 caravan holiday parks to choose from, but it’s also home to some of the country’s most stunning scenery, including dramatic coastlines, rolling countryside and picturesque towns.
Here are some of the top family holiday parks Cornwall has to offer, alongside holiday parks in Cornwall for those who need a break from the kids and sites that are ideally located for exploring everything this part of the world has to offer.
What are the best caravan holidays in Cornwall?
Sat on England’s southwestern tip, Cornwall is made up by miles of wild moorland, rugged cliff tops and sandy beaches, making it the ideal destination for a UK caravan holiday.
Set among the beautiful sand dunes of Perranporth beach, Haven’s Perran Sands holiday park is ideal for families with toddlers and small children. The site has heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, complete with a flume and lazy river, alongside adventure golf, an indoor sports dome complete with a football academy and no fewer than six outdoor play areas – more than enough to keep everyone occupied.
The site also offers an evening entertainment schedule including quizzes and shows that are suitable for the whole family and there’s no shortage of things to do once you leave the site.
The nearby beach is ideal for family days out, with sand art and pottery painting classes available alongside a surf school for older children, while Perran Sands also provides the ideal base for visiting attractions such as Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium, Pirates Quest and the Eden Project.
This huge site has a whopping 344 pitches of all types, ideal for caravans, campers and glampers.
If caravan holidays in Cornwall are about getting away from it all, then Praa Sands is the perfect destination. The site houses an indoor swimming pool, complete with a gym and spa pool and sauna, perfect for both working up a sweat or kicking back and relaxing, as well as a restaurant and a terrace bar with lovely sea views.
If golf is your pleasure, then you can get discounted green fees for Praa Sands Golf and Country Club – a stunning 9-hole course with glorious views over the wide expanse of Mounts Bay.
One of the area’s most southerly camp sites, the holiday park also offers the ideal base for trips to Lands End and the Flambard theme park, as well as the picturesque seaside town of St Ives, and the beautiful sandy beach and surf school at Praa Sands.
Situated in North Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – think stunning sea views, sweeping sands, and craggy rock pools – Sandymouth is one of the best holiday parks in Cornwall for active families who love countryside walks or days out at the beach. The park is a short walk from the golden sands and crystal waters of Sandymouth beach, and a short drive from the town of Bude, with its historic castle and tidal swimming pool – a semi-natural sea pool that’s ideal for paddling and swimming and a must-see for any visitors to the area.
The site itself has lots of facilities for toddlers and children, including a heated indoor swimming pool and outdoor splash pool, a Pirates Paradise playground, Clown Academy and Charlie Bears Children’s Club. If the countryside and seaside walks don’t tire you out, there’s a ‘trim trail’ complete with outdoor gym equipment and an all-weather multi-sports court. For sports lovers, there’s also laser clay rifle shooting, archery and fencing.
If you want to take things at a more relaxed pace, you can enjoy the excellent bar and restaurant and nightly entertainment before retiring to your caravan.
An ideal base for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer, Porth Beach Holiday Park sits just outside the vibrant surfing town of Newquay, and is about an hour’s drive from both Bude and Penzance – each town has its own unique charm and all are definitely worth visiting.
Although the park’s facilities are relatively basic – it’s one of the few parks on our list that doesn’t have a swimming pool – it’s only a short walk from the sandy beach at Porth, which is one of the region’s safest swimming beaches. The fact that this beautiful beach is within walking distance of the campsite is also a massive bonus if you’re visiting at peak times, as you’ll not have to battle for a parking space when visiting the seaside.
If caravan holidays in Cornwall are about quiet countryside retreats, then there are none better than this family-run holiday park in St Austell. Set among miles of rolling green countryside, the site has a seasonal, outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with sun loungers and a quiet fishing lake. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas that will keep kids and toddlers happy for hours. This pet-friendly site also has a large exercise park so your dog can also enjoy a good run-out.
Situated in the secluded, tree-lined countryside on the Lizard Peninsula – as far south as you can go without leaving England – Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat is another site that offers the perfect peaceful getaway. The on-site facilities are limited, and so it should be used as a base rather than the focal point of your stay.
The ‘storybook’ harbour at Mullion Cove is a must-see, while the stunning coastal walks along the Lizard Peninsula are dotted with hidden coves, secluded bays, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. The site is also perfectly located for a number of outdoor activities, including golf, horse riding and surfing. Although there is no shop on the park, you can arrange for food deliveries to be sent to the site and guests are welcome to use disposable barbecues.
Although Cornwall is famous for its stunning coastlines and sandy surfing beaches, once you venture inland you’ll be greeted by scenic countryside, complete with beautiful, tree-studded rolling green hills and valleys. And Piran Meadows is set right in the middle of such striking scenery.
The site itself is one of the best-equipped Cornwall family holiday parks, featuring both indoor and outdoor swimming pools that are complemented by a sauna and fitness suite. Activities including snorkelling and ‘WaterWalkerz’ – giant Zorbing balls you get inside and walk on water – are also on offer, as well as indoor golf, archery, fencing, horse riding and quad biking. There’s also an indoor soft play area that’s ideal for toddlers.
The site is also perfectly located for days out in Newquay, St Austell, Falmouth and Polzeath, as well as the Eden Project. St Enodoc Golf Club, a beautiful undulating links course, on the North Cornwall coast, is also a short drive away.
Set in 80 acres of landscaped parkland and rural countryside, and just minutes from Newquay’s buzzing town and sensational surf, Hendra Holiday Park offers the perfect base for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer. From here you can check out the brilliant beaches of Newquay and Perranporth, the classic Cornish towns of Padstow, St Ives, Tintagel, Mevagissy, the rugged coastline at Lands End, and the family attractions at the Eden Project and St Michael’s Mount.
The site itself is home to one of the south west’s best swimming pools – the Oasis Pool is a giant indoor pool, complete with flumes, fountains, slides, geysers and a toddlers’ area. There’s also an indoor and outdoor play area for smaller children, as well as a wide range of activities involving football, pirates and splashing, although not necessarily all at the same time. For older kids and adults, there are Segway tours, archery, sea scooters and snorkelling and a skate and scooter park.
Hendra Holiday Park also has its own pizzeria and takeaway, fish and chip shop, family entertainment venue, as well as bars and a restaurant.
Set amidst a leafy country park between St Ives and Penzance, a short distance from the county’s south coast, River Valley is another of those quiet sites for caravans in Cornwall. Situated in one of the region’s more picturesque valleys, the country park has won numerous conservation awards, and the site itself forgoes noisy swimming pools and entertainment to offer the perfect caravan holiday for any families who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Nestled within the rolling hills of the gorgeous Rame Peninsula lies Whitsand Bay Fort, a Napoleonic Fort, crammed with hidden architecture, gun emplacements, and underground tunnels – perfect for explorers and history lovers of any age. The Whitsand Bay Fort campsite sits in this ‘Forgotten Corner’, just on the border of Devon and Cornwall, close to Whitsand Bay Beach, which has been voted as one of the area’s best beaches for dogs. The site is also a short distance from Cawsand and Kingsand, which have recently been ranked among the most beautiful places in Cornwall.
The site has serviced motorhome, caravan and tent pitches, along with a shop, café, bar and restaurant and heritage centre. There’s also an indoor games room and fire pit and stargazing garden that offers spectacular views of the night sky, unspoilt by light pollution.
Set on the Lizard Peninsula, among the cliffs of Cornwall and in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this site will offer a memorable holiday for any families looking for a peaceful retreat.
The park is a short walk from Kennack Sands beach, which is essentially two beaches flanked by grassy hills and divided by the small hill of Carn Kennack and a shore rock feature called Caerverracks, and offers some of the most spectacular coastal views around.
The site itself houses all manner of activities for families of all ages, including a brilliant indoor heated swimming pool, an adventure playground and pitch and putt with lovely sea views. For the more intrepid traveller, the park has its own PADI diving centre, so you can go scuba diving in the crystal waters off the south-west coast.
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