5 of the Best: Top Caravan and Camp Sites in Cornwall

24 Jan 2013

Cornwall has some truly stunning scenery with amazing coastal panoramas, inspiring moorland vistas and fantastic rolling countryside. Those looking for outdoor sports action, food and drink festivals, music events or a peaceful and relaxing break will be well served in the land of cider and cream teas.

If you want to experience Kernow (Cornwall) to its full then you could do a lot worse than book yourself onto one of the many campsites that litter this part of Britain. Al fresco living is Cornwall’s forte through summer, with camping and touring sites in plentiful supply.

But which to choose? Here are five of the best to consider next time you’re planning your trip.

Trevelgue Campsite

Trevelgue Holiday Park, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4AS, 01637 851851


Trevelgue is famous among ‘Bug Heads’ (VW enthusiasts) as being the place that hosts the annual Run To The Sun Festival. Featuring some of the UKs best DJs, bands and some amazingly tricked out V – Dubz, this is a weekend that goes off!

With fantastic onsite facilities, nightly entertainment and free kid’s spaces at certain times of year, Trevelgue is a good choice for those seeking Newquay fun in the sun.

Facilities – Herbies Diner (onsite) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites with speciality theme nights during peak periods. Waves Bar kicks off from 7pm nightly. Costcutter is open every day so you can stock up on the essentials. A surf shop is available for those wanting H2O action and a large indoor pool and heated outdoor pool is available for those wanting a more sedate watery experience.

Open – All year.

Cost – Camping prices start at £4.85 per night per adult, £6.40 for electric hook up.

Trenance Holiday Park

Trenance Holiday Park, Edgcumbe Avenue, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2 JY, 01637 873447


Trenance Holiday Park is the closest camping/touring site to the centre of Newquay and the town’s great beaches.

Spread across five different sites, the holiday park offers everything from tent pitches, caravan areas, static mobile home options and chalet packages.

Being based in the heart of all the action gives plenty of options for seeking activities to keep your family happy. All through the year Newquay is buzzing with events, festivals and things to help keep you entertained.

Facilities – Featuring a mini market and off licence with clean and ample washroom and toilet facilities, Trenance Holiday Park is a good option for those looking to stay in the heart of ‘Surf City UK’.

Open – April – October.

Cost – Touring and camping starts at £8 for a basic pitch and £9 for a pitch with electric. Static caravans and chalets cost more – give them a call for options.

Higher Trevaskis

14, Gwinear Road, Connor Downs, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5JQ, 01209 831736


Just a few miles away from the glorious golden sands of Gwithian beach, Higher Trevaskis is a family orientated campsite that welcomes visitors with all types of accommodation offered – be that tents, camper vans, caravans or motor homes.

A sleepy atmosphere with the rural village of Carnhell Green a short hop away, Higher Trevaskis is perfect when seeking a tranquil retreat.

For those fancying a trip into St Ives, this buzzing Cornish seaside town is a short drive away with plenty of pubs, restaurants and entertainment all along the harbour front.

This is a stunning part of Cornwall offering visitors some great coastal scenery, stunning beaches and Caribbean blue coloured water – for those that fancy dipping their toes in!

Facilities – Ample spaced shower and washroom facilities with new family rooms available. Children’s play area and sports field. Laundry room, onsite shop and 82 spacious pitches.

Open – April – October.

Cost – £20 per night, £4 for electric hook up, £2.50 per extra child.

Treen Farm Campsite

Treen, St Levan, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6LF, 01736 810273


Treen Farm is a site placed right next to one of Cornwall’s best beaches. Perched right on the cliff next to Pedn Vounder, which during spring low tides can link to Porthcurno, the views on a summer’s day can be stunning.

Onsite facilities are pretty basic but the vistas more than make up for this and, as much as the camping experience is an unflowery version, what’s available is clean and perfectly adequate.

Campers have the option of pitching in one of two fields, with the real draw to this area being the tranquil isolation – that and the Tribute ale takeaway option from the local pub!

Facilities – Onsite shower, washroom and toilets with ample hot running water. Superb campsite shop.

Open – 30 March – 30 September.

Cost – Tents £2.50 – £4, campervans £3 – £4, car £1, Adult £4.50, child £2 – £3.

Beacon Cottage Farm

Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR NU, 01872 552347


Sitting on the lower slopes of St Agnes Beacon and featuring stunning views of the Cornish coastline, Beacon Cottage Farm is one of those fabulous finds amongst campsites.

Totally unspoilt by the rampant commercialism that seems prevalent amongst much of Cornwall’s tourist industry, the owners of the site provide a well organised and cared for camping experience that also happens to be a working arable and beef farm.

The slight downside is the site is very exposed to the inclement weather sweeping in from the Atlantic – a sturdy tent is a must. Obviously ‘vanners won’t have this problem and during harsh conditions a static caravan could be the best place to ride out the storm?

Facilities – Spacious and immaculate washroom, toilet and showering facilities. Family washroom available with baby bath and changer. Onsite laundry room. Campsite shop. Dog exercise field, children’s play area, electric hook ups and chemical disposal point.

Open – Easter – September.

Cost – £22 for 2 people, £4.50 extra adult. Cottages £300 – £780 per week.

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