I didn’t realise when I booked our Parkdean bank holiday escape in Crantock, quite how much of a fantastic location it was. We were surrounded by some of Cornwall‘s most beautiful beaches and lots of family-friendly activities to choose from. We had the town of Newquay just right next door to us.
Crantock Holiday Park itself was a beautiful little park; it wasn’t a big one which meant it was so calm and peaceful which is always a plus when you’re on holiday. Our accommodation had a view of the play park as well as the sea; we always seem to get lucky when it comes to the views from our caravans.
We spent our time on site playing mini golf, spending pounds worth of 2ps in the arcade. Us adults played bingo while the kids tucked into ice creams and had fun with the children’s entertainment. It does lack an onsite swimming pool, but when the weather is right, you have the sea so no biggie for us.
Our main reason for booking this holiday park was for it’s proximity to the beach. It was Dylan’s 6th Birthday on the Sunday, and this was the most perfect gift you could give to him, he adores spending time at the beach and will happily spend all day chucking sand into water, huge sensory enjoyment for this boy.
On your walk to/from Holywell Beach, you go past a cafe, and we would highly recommend the cream tea option. The Man is a baker by profession so for him to rate the scones highly is a huge compliment. They were the perfect kind of fluffy, and Charlotte and I enjoyed smothering ours in cream and then jam!
One of the family-friendly places we decided to hit up was Newquay Zoo, it’s not the biggest of zoos, but for the entry prices and what you see, it was good value for this family of 5. We even got given a barcode which would allow us to return for free within 7 days. The kids had a fun afternoon, we took a picnic with us and learnt lots more about the animal kingdom, Charlotte even got to hold a centipede which she has’nt stopped going on about since arrived home.
I wish we had the full week down there to explore; there was so much to do in the town of Newquay, we eyed up a boating lake and played in lots of rather cool play parks. Even the surrounding area had lots more activities we could have checked it, it was a great central base for exploring Cornwall, and we’re glad we picked it.