A Cornish Treat
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We explored Cornwall from our base at Perran Sands


Yours Verdict


Product: www.haven.com
Price: £408.00
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

It’d been a while since I last went to Cornwall, and a stay at Haven Perran Sands seemed like the perfect base to explore the area.

The caravan and camping site is a couple of miles from Perranporth and about five miles from Newquay. Nestled amongst the dunes on a cliff top, if their miles of golden sandy beach aren’t enough for you, there are activities galore on site for children of all ages – from den building and nature walks to roller discos, sports tournaments and pool kayaking, there is certainly plenty to do. I did manage to teach my grandchildren to skate and by the end of the week I surprised myself getting back in a pair of boots - and almost upright - after over 40 years.

The long steep walk down to the beach is not suitable for those with mobility problems and will raise the heart rate of even the fittest of people. But it’s a short car journey into nearby Perranporth with it’s beautiful clean beach, excellent facilities, and when you've exhausted yourself exploring their independent shops, it's an excuse (if ever one were needed) to try a Cornish Cream Tea with tea grown on the Tregothnan Estate in Truro.

Lappa Valley is a hidden gem, perfect for a picnic with all the family. With a boating lake, crazy golf, narrow gauge train rides and lovely walks and the odd ice cream, you can easily while away a whole day.

The more adventurous of our family decided to spend some time at Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard for a morning of daring-do’s (or total muppetry depending on your point of view!). Here you can take part in a range of adrenalin pumping sports. Mine decided to try the zip-line over the quarry and zero gravity swing, giving us no end of giggles whilst watching the video footage afterwards.

For those who like life slightly more gentile, the historical Lost Gardens of Heligan in Mevagissey is a must for lovers of botanical gardens.

The torrential rain didn’t stop us making a trip to the estuary near the beautiful village of Gweek. A walk around the Cornish Seal Sanctuary makes you realise what good work they do here, but there’s so much more than just seals. Learn about the various animals rescued from dire situations or rehomed, by following the seemingly never-ending string of plastic bottle caps. The string was created to help reinforce the impact of plastic discarded on our beaches and in our oceans.

There was so much to explore in this stunning county and we only managed to see a very small part of the tourist trail. I think it’s definitely worth revisiting in the future to maybe explore off the beaten track.

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Haven’s Perran Sands Holiday Park is an award winning cliff top park in Perranporth, Cornwall that provides the perfect mix of stunning UK coastal views and on-site activities that makes for the ideal family staycation choice.

Haven are offering a seven night self catering holiday staying at Perran Sands Holiday Park for £408pp. Price is based on a family of four sharing prestige accommodation on August 4 and includes family entertainment (0333 202 5250, www.haven.com)

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