Posts Tagged ‘Newquay’

  • Newquay and Truro Cottages with £50 OFF

    Date: 2012.10.21 | Category: Cornwall, Cottages, Latest News, Self catering, South West England, Special offers - time limited | Response: 0

    £50 OFF Cornwall CottagesIf you are heading to Cornwall in 2013 then take advantage of an excellent £50 Off discount voucher through Find Cottage Holidays.

    It’s not often we can give you a head start on a discount, so we are happy to recommend this great offer from the Find Cottage Holiday and Mardens Holiday Cottages teams.  You can find full deatils of the selected Cornwall cottages the offer is for and more details about the Cornwall Cottages with £50 Off.

  • Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, South West England

    Date: 2010.08.24 | Category: Been there, Places to go, Review 5 star | Response: 0

    One word comes to mind when thinking of Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall… surfing.  Fistral Beach is the home of British surfing, with the British Surfing Association based there, and so is a must for surfers of all experiences and levels.

    Before I go any further, if surfing conjures up images of Hawaii and young athletic people riding the waves… don’t be put off.  Fistral, particularly during the summer months, is the haven of the family amateur surfer, body boarder and the swimmer.  In fact with the RNLI Lifeguards present throught the summer months, keeping order and keeping you safe, Fistral Beach is a great place to take the family for safe water fun.

    Fistral Beach has a car park above it, but you will need to get there early or be lucky to find a space.  If not, there are a plenty of car parks in the town which are not too long a  walk away.  However, we always tried the car park first, if we were not lucky with a space then we dropped all our stuff and the passengers off and then went to park the car.

    Fistral itself is a large, generally flat, sandy beach.  It will get busy in the summer holidays when the sun is out but you can usually find yourself somewhere to sit.  We found our beach tent invaluable in securing a little bit of space and, more importantly, to help us find our way back to our stuff after being in the sea!

    The facilities at Fistral are very good, there are toilets and showers (50p token required) as well as a cafe and shops over looking the beach.  The food is not the cheapest – £2 for chips – but all in all, the facilities make it far easier to spend the day at the beach.

    So the surfing and bodyboarding.  Well the summer swells are not the best time of year for the serious surfer – it is much better in the Autumn – but it is a good time for beginner as there are usually good waves to learn and practice on.  As you would imagine there are a number of BSA approved surf schools that operate on Fistral Beach and lessons for a half day tend to be around £30.  It is well worth having a lesson at the beginning of your holiday to teach you the techniques and the safety basics nad then you can spend the rest of the holiday refining your technique. Surf lessons are appropriate for people of all ages – from 8 to 78, so there are no excuses not to give it a go!

    Your surf school will provide everything you need for your lesson – including boards and wetsuits – you just need to remember your swimming costume, a towel and the sunscreen (even on cloudy days)!  If you don’t want the lesson but don’t have the equipment, there are plenty of places on the beach or nearby that you can hire surf equipment including the wetsuits.

    Whether you are swimming, surfing or bodyboarding, there are specific areas for you to be in on the sea and the RNLI Lifeguards keep it well organised, meaning you can feel safe whatever you are doing.

    Newquay town centre is only a short walk from the beach and so at the end of the day it is easy to head for a bar or pub for a drink to celebrate your success!

    Where to stay?


    • Suitable for Family: 5 stars
    • Beach and surf: 5 stars
    • Beach facilities (toilets/showers): 4 stars
    • Cafe/food: 4 stars
    • Safety: 5 stars (RNLI Lifeguards during season)
  • New Perran Holiday Park, Cornwall

    Date: 2010.08.14 | Category: Been there, Review 3 star | Response: 0

    New Perran Holiday Park is on the north coast of Cornwall close to the popular beaches of Newquay and Perranporth.

    The first thing you will notice about this park is the view.  Situated in an elevated position you have a terrific view of un-spoilt countryside in all directions.  In fact it is so completely  surrounded by countryside and farm land, that New Perran has no traffic or car noise near by so you can really feel away from it all.

    Of course an elevated position does mean that you notice the windy days more but most of the site is bordered by hedges which provide some protection.  We would still recommend that you take along a wind break or two to give yourself some extra sun trap areas.

    New Perran has caravan accommodation as well as touring and camping pitches.


    New Perran is ideally placed for Newquay, with the popular surfing and body boarding locations of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay just 5-6 miles away.  Even closer is the beach at Perranporth which is just 4 miles from the site entrance.

    Touring caravans, motor homes and camping pitches

    The pitches are large and well spaced around green central areas meaning that the park feels open and spacious.  We visited this park in the school summer holidays and the site was busy but did not feel crowded and was not noisy.

    The are a number of toilet blocks that have showers, washbasins and toilets. These are  cleaned daily and during our stay were clean – although after everyone gets back from the beach they can get a bit sandy.  There are also family rooms that include a baby bath.

    Washing up facilities were located in the same blocks and these were adequate.


    There is a good sized ‘heated’ swimming pool on the park but during our stay the children found the pool very cold – although this was not helped by the wind.

    There is a shop on site for your basic needs but this is open between 8am to 11am and 4pm-7pm so you need to be organised to be there before lunchtime.

    There is a also a Cottage Inn on site but on our 2010 summer stay this remained closed.  So it is worth checking before you book if you were expecting to have this bar facility.

    For children there is a good adventure playground in the middle of the park that our children spent quite a lot of time on.  There is also a toddlers play area and games/TV room.

    For those traveling with pets their are large dog exercise areas at each end of the park.

    Caravan accommodation

    The park has a number of luxury holiday caravans catering for 4 to 8 people. Each comes with a shower, toilet, hot and cold water, tv, full sized cooker, microwave oven, fridges, gas fires and electric heaters. Some also come with central heating.

    For more information about the accommodation>

    Review scores

    • Pitch sizes: 4 stars
    • Washing and toilet facilities: 3 stars
    • Entertainment facilities: 2 stars
    • Swimming pool: 3 stars
    • Overall score: 3 stars

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