With its gorgeous stretches of beach and rolling sand dunes, Perranporth is the perfect place for a quiet and outdoorsy staycation. And with Newquay just a few miles away, you can spend the days discovering stunning cliffs and enjoy Cornish nightlife once the sun goes down.
WHERE TO STAY
Perran Sands is a five star holiday park set across a cliff top landscape. While the idea of caravanning in a holiday park may seem like a bit of nostalgic fun, it's actually so much more than that.
On site at Haven's park, you'll sleep in a luxury caravan surrounded by towering sand dunes. As well as a spacious living and dining area, the bedrooms are comfy and relaxing. The Oakley holiday home, beautifully manufactured by ABI, can sleep four and is perfect for couples and families with children.
Positioned just a few minutes walk from the beach, all you have to do is stroll over the dunes and the majestic Cornish sea is right there in front of you.
The surf's always "up" in Cornwall and you can learn to tame those rolling Atlantic breakers at their very own surf and paddleboard school. As well as hitting the waves, you can also dine in the park's great array of restaurants - one of which is beach-themed and has a camper van converted into a dining area. Bars and music venues are open late and there's even an amazing live 80s band who cover all the classics.
Perran Sands' swimming pool has a super fun water slide too, and it's not just for kids. Why not try mini golf, rollerblading or taking one of their classes in surviving in the wilderness.
The park is open between March and October.
Anyone new to caravanning and camping holidays should visit freedomtogo.co.uk to help you plan their next adventure.
To book a caravan stay visit haven.com
WHAT TO DO
When you're not climbing the impressive dunes or strolling along the beach, you can take a short drive or taxi into Newquay. As well as the annual Boardmasters Festival, which runs from August 10-14, the town is known for its surfing ops.
The Eden Project, the world's largest indoor rainforest, is also nearby. So you can go out for an educational day surrounded by impressive nature, before hitting the great array or bars and restaurants.
Walking the beach from Perranporth town centre, you will pass stone-walled sea pools and natural caves in the cliff side, so there's plenty to explore.
Liggers Point is just two miles stroll from the centre, so if the tide is out you can walk there and back in an afternoon at a leisurely pace.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Perranporth itself, is home to the world's only bar on a beach.
The Watering Hole has plenty of benches on the sand, situated spitting-distance from the sea. Plus, it has a 12-inch burrito which comes highly recommended.
Like any other beach town, it boasts many ice cream parlours and good old fish and chip shops.
Chrissy's Tearoom is fabulous for cream teas and Willows has a menu packed with fresh and locally caught seafood.
The town is slightly lacking if you're after a fancy meal, but there are plenty of gastro-style pubs serving trusty burgers.
The nearest train station to Perranporth is Newquay. Travelling from London Paddington, there is a direct route or an alternative journey via Par. Although the train ride takes over five hours, you get to see the most beautiful coast line.
From Newquay station, you can take a 15-minute taxi ride to the town (costing around £15). Or if you've hired a car it's a lovely nature-side drive.
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