We recently went on our first family holiday down to Cornwall. It was booked 2 years ago but no thanks to covid, it was postponed up until now. Needless to say we were desperate for a little get away.
I'd heard a mix of good and bad reviews of the holiday park so I wasn't sure what to expect but when we arrived we were greeted by a lovely gentleman who directed us to our caravan and wished us a happy holiday. Inside the caravan was clean and tidy and I couldn't fault it. The girls were so excited.
Despite paying for a standard saver caravan, we were placed in Oakley, Bassett 156 only 4 rows back from a sea view which was amazing. We went off for a wonder and I couldn't believe how close to the beach we were.
This was taken from the gap of a caravan on the front row.
The sea was SO blue (these photo's have no filters!)
We ventured down to the beach to watch the sunset and although it was super windy and a bit breezy, we were just happy to be there. On our first night we had chips from Cooks which was onsite, the food was okay - nothing special and portions were tiny and quite pricey so I probably wouldn't go there again however it was convenient for us as we didn't arrive at the park until around 4pm. Apparently there is a lovely chip shop in Hayle town called Sanders.
Day 2 of our holiday we headed down to the Bluff Inn for breakfast, no regrets - the views were amazing and we really enjoyed our food.
We had cooked breakfasts and the girls had strawberries and pancakes to share.
In the distance you can see St Ives which is approximately 15 mins drive away.
The views were incredible!
We drove to the big carpark at the top of the hill, caught the bus from the carpark down to the town (cost us about £3 for 2 adults, 2 children), had a look around the shops and then sat at the train station with an ice cream whilst we waited for the next train to Carbis Bay.
A gap in between some houses in St Ives!
This train trip was only a few minutes long but the sea views were incredible. I'd highly recommend this train trip, It cost us under £5 for our family of four to have an open return ticket which I thought was brilliant.
The girls really enjoyed their first bus and train rides and it made the holiday so special seeing them find so much joy in the simple things.
The beach at Carbis Bay was also stunning, we set up camp and spent the majority of the day down there. Its a hidden gem in my opinion and was a lot quieter and less busy than St Ives.
After this we headed back to the holiday park and took the girls swimming which they thoroughly enjoyed (we booked a stay+play holiday so swimming was included in this).
The next day we went to lands end, we've always wanted to go so thought whilst we were close to the area we would tick it off our list. It was super windy, we needed coats and scarves (nothing like the day before) but we all enjoyed it.
We had a bite to eat and a nice walk around..
.. and then drove back to Hayle and finished off our day with a carvery at The Old Quay House.
We went to the entertainment on the last night and had a lovely time, I wish we had stayed longer so that we could have gone every night but we were so busy exploring we just didn't get chance to do it all. We packed up the caravan once the girls were in bed and then the next morning started our journey home, checkout was at 10am and we stopped at Newquay Zoo on the way home which was a lovely way to end the holiday.
Overall we had an amazing holiday and I am already looking at when we can book our next one. I asked the girls what their favourite parts about the holiday park were and they said the arcade and swimming.. Cornwall is the most amazing, magical place and if you're looking for a lovely place to stay I'd recommend trying Riviere Sands in Hayle.