“ Perranporth / Cornwall / TR6 0AQ / An entertainment park that offers something for the entire family: sandy beach, water activities, sports, day and evening entertainment and quaint bars and cafes. „
This May we had a week long break in this Haven park.
Perran Sands is located near Perranporth, Cornwall.
We choose Perran sands we all love Cornwall and had been to area many times before even with the near 5 hour drive.
It cost us £221 (Booking in Nov)staying in a self catering standard 2 bed roomed chalet in mid may for 3 adults and 3 children. This included a Saturday premium, linen and fun works passes.
According to the Haven write up......
'If you love Cornwall's highest dunes, widest bays and biggest Atlantic rollers, then look no further.
Surfers and Para gliders are in their element here. Complete with their wetsuits, they're always out there, having a wild time. This is a lively Park with a great holiday atmosphere and something for everyone including the chic attractions of Newquay, St. Ives or Padstow. Why not try staying in a Yurt or a Super Tent, unique to this Holiday Park?'
The park has a spar, burger king, papa johns café bar, sports bar, the Fun works complex( which had recently had a re vamp), crazy golf , football court, bike hire and surf school . It also has the usual caravan sales site, reception and cash point. Overall the Complex is quite small for the size of the site although its not really a problem.
We arrived at 3pm and although we could not book in until 4pm the staff gave us our passes so we could use the facilities immediately, we decided instead to go and eat at Burger King as we hadn't yet eaten. Four o'clock arrived and we were booked in and given information packs and a site map, it was all very easy and the staff we helpful and pleasant.
We were based in the chalets which were directly behind the complex amongst sand dunes. The chalet also had a working TV with free view, radiators, microwave, table chairs etc. The bedrooms were basic but good the chalet contained a double room and a twin as well as a sofa bed in the lounge area-all were tidy, the bathroom was also cleaned well and contained a bath instead of a shower which was VERY convenient . One thing to note though- we later found out they are planning to demolish the chalets for more caravans.
As we had arrived in the late afternoon and had eaten we decided to check out the beach instead of going off camp etc. There are two ways to access the beach a steep path and ramp or via the sand dunes, now as we had a double buggy and a 4 year old we took the path option. Walking down the path gave us an amazing view of a beautiful beach it is properly one of the nicest beaches in the UK just flat sands. I have to admit though that the walk back up was a killer as it is VERY steep almost vertical very hard with a buggy. We did later realize that the sand dune way is a lot easier although buggies wouldn't make it.
By the next morning I had had enough of the moaning and caved in to take the kids swimming. The swimming pool is in the main fun works complex. Upon entering you are asked to remove shoes and place them on shelves (we put them under the buggy instead). The changing rooms were quite small and unisex but nothing was a major problem. There are three pools a under 2's, a kids one and the main larger pool (as well as a outside pool but it was closed), for me personally these pools weren't big enough for the size of the camp although it wasn't that busy when we went I can see it being a problem in high season. There is also a flume ride which was open but wasn't used by us. One small problem we found was that we had to pay to use the lockers which I found annoying as the first time we went I left all the money in the chalet!
We later decided to go into Perranporth itself to have a shop around and fill up the car. Perranporth is situated about 1 mile from the park. The park also has a footpath directly into Perranporth. The town contains a Co-Op, cost-cutter, boots as well as the usual tourist and pasty shops as well as possibly the best chippy in the world. It also has a lovely big beach with caves etc. One thing I did find was that petrol prices are HIGH!!
As we were self catering we travelled to Newquay to the Sainsbury's there as the on site spar was very expensive and not very good value for money. Truro also has an Asda and Tesco with petrol stations.
We went to the entertainment every night from there on and it included some really good, fun things including bingo, a panto of Aladdin (early much) and fancy dress competitions etc all held in the live lounge which looked great although as usual the bar was uber expensive. The kids all got to meet the 'fun stars' and characters as well which they loved. We also let them play in the Fun works complex as it has a soft play area as well as bowling and the usual 2p machines, we also had a photo picture done of them in the 'Van Gogh painting workshop' machine. I think out of everything we done letting them loose in there was the most expensive thing of the week, but then they always are.
For the rest of the week we didn't really stay on the park except for the morning swims we had we decided on visiting places as much as possible these included
- Newquay, the blue reef aquarium and zoo (discount leaflets were available in the haven reception)- 9 miles
-Healeys cider farm- 3 miles
-Eden project - around 25 miles
-Bodmin gaols- 25 miles
As you can imagine these were NOT cheap for example the Eden project cost me the best part of £40 to get in and that's with under 5's free!
I did end up spending far to much visiting places but the kids loved it and that's all that matters, although next time I will be saving up for visits to all these places. There are also a lot of English heritage and National trust places near-by such as Tintagel castle and Trerice, also towns such as Boscastle and Port Issac ( film set of Doc Martin).
Overall I found this site brilliant although we didn't really seem to be there during the day we did use the facilities and spend a fortune on the site mainly haven souvenirs and swimming lockers!! The location of the park is great and as there was so much to do around we did find the price we paid very good value. I have already booked another holiday there for the end of the year/season and ive only been back one day, considering my previous experience of haven im surprised and my faith in haven has been restored.
***Be aware that if you live in Wales the return toll price is around £8!!!!!***
Perran Sands Haven Holiday Park is literally situated within walking distance (approximately a half-mile) from one of the finest sandy beaches in the UK. There is a steep hill to negotiate getting down to the beach, however, during the peak summer months a mini-bus is provided to get you there and back again.
The on site facilities accommodate the needs of a wide-range of visitor, from football pitches and a crazy-golf course, through to an extensive nightlife catering for those that prefer to stay on 'base' and not go far. To do so, however, is a shame because the local town, Perranporth is a must-see. It's a typically quaint Cornish town bustling with tourists from June-September. Also worth a trip is the only pub on a beach anywhere in England, The Watering Hole.
Haven has a range of caravans and chalets that these days come complete with DVD players, flat-screen TVs, microwaves and extensive cooking equipment. It's recommended though that you take warm clothing for the cold evenings, because even with heating in the caravans, it still gets chilly late at night.
I am not a very outdoorsy person, so when my boyfriend suggested we head to a Haven Holiday Park I wasn't all that impressed. After he had suggested this, he decided to also state that we would not be staying in a caravan or a 'supertent'...We would be camping in our own two person, very small tent. Again i was not impressed. The main reason I went for this is because of the price...It was £22.00 for three nights, and that included both of us, a car, awning, plug socket and fun passes.
The site that we decided on was Perran Sands which is very close to the town of Perranporth in Cornwall. Now, it is a lovely place, beautiful scenery and very calm atmosphere. The site however...Well!
The rules state that check in has to be after 12pm and pitches must be vacated before 10am on the day of departure. We arrived at 13:00. How to get there wasn't too clear, but it wasn't impossible to find either. I think the only reason why we didn't get lost was thanks to the trusty SatNav! Once you are in the parl there are numerous signposts pointing in different directions. At first this is confusing because you are not sure where you are meant to be going. The roads are very narrow and there are some blind corners which seems a little bit dangerous when there are kids running around.
However, we managed to get to the centre of the park where everything happens. The reception is easy to find and that was our first stop. The staff were very pleasant...and after a long journey this helped reassure me that this might not be such a bad idea. I spoke to soon! The people may be nice but they are not very organised, it took the receptionist around 20 minutes to find our passes and information. When she had finally found them she also handed over a map of the park, a map of the camping area, an itinerary of 'What's On' and a questionnaire to hand in on checking out.
Our pitch was easy enough to find, it is all clearly numbered and there was plenty of room between us and other tents/caravans. Also due to the large area that the camping site is spread over there wasn't much noise at all.
Once the tent was up (a difficulty which would have been avoidable if we had a supertent) we decided to explore the area.
In the centre of the park, where it all happens, there are quite a few things to do. There is a restaurant/bar, sports bar, Spar (with a bakery inside), Burger King, Pizza Place, Surf centre, two amusement arcades, indoor swimming pool, Entertainment bar, football/basketball courts, mini golf and outdoor play areas.
The majority of the organised activities are for kids only, so I expect children do have a lot of fun. As long as you have your fun pass (which is included in the price) you can get in to all the areas of the park. The park does seem to try and get kids into a healthy lifestyle. The sports activities are free to take part in and they get little stickers for choosing healthy options on the menus. If they get a certain amount by the end of the holiday they get there very own 'Kids Alive' badges and a certificate. I think this is a great idea...However, as I am a bit too old for this, I couldn't take part. Also, because I am too old, I wasn't allowed to take part in the 5-11 competitions and games or the under 5s playtime!
The entertainment bar was a good place to be on the evenings. Again early on in the evening it is very much aimed at children. There are little award ceremonies and talent shows. The nostalgia of watching all of this really did send me back to when i was a child. In my mind I am still a child and couldn't miss an opportunity of a lifetime! That is right ladies and gentlemen I get to meet Bradley Bear and Rory the Tiger...the highlight of my holiday (much to the annoyance of the boyfriend).
The sports bar is more for the adults. There are snooker tables a couple of arcade games and air hockey. This takes up one half of the bar, the other is of course for drinking purposes only! I can imagine that in the sports seasons this would be a good place to be. Mainly because there is a huge pull down projector screen and lots of little tvs planted all over the pub. The atmosphere is good when its busy...however, when it is quiet it is rather boring as there is no other entertainment apart from watching television (which i can do at home).
The restaurant serves nice food at reasonable ish prices. The breakfast is great and the prices for this are very reasonable indeed. The pizza place has some good deals if you are in a group, or have children, but when there are only two of you it can be very expensive. The most economically beneficial eating place is Burger King (£1.99 for a cheeseburger meal). However, this can be very sickly and lets face it, not great if you are on any kind of diet or healthy eating plan.
Again the mini golf is alright value if there are a few of you...but just two works out rather expensive.
The cleanliness of the park is excellent! There are three buildings within in immediate walking distance from our pitch that had showers, toilets and plug sockets (ladies, to dry your hair, straighten it or curl it) which is good. And each one is closed on a certain day so it can be cleaned out properly. It is on a cycle and it is something which i find very good!
There is a beach about 5 minutes walk away and it is beautiful. It is also possible to walk across the tops of the cliffs and eventually you arrive into the Perranporth town...i only recommend this if you like walking though. On the beach front, which seems to go on for miles, you can be the only person on it because it is so big. Also there are a couple of little caves, which if you are brave enough (I wasn't. I had just watched the Descent...) you can explore. It is very dog friendly aswell.
Lifeguards are stationed on the beach between 9:00 and 18:00. There are also designated zones if you wish to surf or windsurf so make sure you make a note of this.
The weather was good while we were there, which i think is why I enjoyed it. If the weather was bad, i wouldnt recommend a tent, possibly a caravan so you can have your own heating.
There are chalets available for you to hire, and even purchase, which is a good idea if you can afford it.
The only thing that really did annoy me was the fact that the cash machines charged you to withdraw money...apart from this it was an enjoyable experience.
I think families would benefit more from visiting Haven, or if you are still young at heart and don't mind joining in! If you are up for a laugh then there is no reason why you can't enjoy yourself. Overall, it was a pleasant time spent there and I would do it again in the future...
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Perran Sands Haven Site was ideally situated in Perranporth, Cornwall and had its own beach - accessed from a steep hill and had no car park near the beach. However, it was excellent for body-boarding and we enjoyed this for several hours. The only down side was the climb back up !! There was no life guard - but we did got out of season, so this was to be expected.
The caravan we used was a Silver type which came with duvets, microwave and had a gas fire in the living room. The kitchenette was quite big and we had 2 toilets, 1 with a shower and the caravan had 3 bedrooms.
On site was 2 amusement arcades, a Burger King, 3 or 4 bars (we did not visit the Surf Rider to see what it contained), a mini supermarket and Crazy Golf and a ride which was similar to bumper cars but span you round and had lasers on it, which cost £1 a go and were suitable for both adults and children.
We paid £154.50 for 7 nights at Perran Sands which included
* £19 per person under the Sunday express holiday offer,
* then £20 for Entertainment Passes, which should have been £40 but were free for part of the week for 4 of us, as children under a certain age don't need their own pass.
* £20 for linen, which included a £10 refundable deposit
Perran Sands Holiday Park is near Perranporth and it's address is Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0AQ. Tel 01872 573551. To get there from Exeter take the A30 through Devon and Cornwall and 1 mile beyond the Wind farm roundabout turn right onto the B3285 towards Perranporth. The park is on the right before you go down the hill into Perranporth.
Enquiries can be made to Haven on 0870 2423333 Mon-Sat between 9am and 7pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This price compares well to the early booking offers of £155 for 7 nights on March 14, which goes up to £329 just one week later and £581 for August 2, 9 and 16.
On site was the Oasis Family Club which included a bar, entertainment every night including Family Prize Bingo, meet the Characters, and a band or dancers. Also in this building was Funworks Amusements, which included pool and ten pin bowling; Indoor Swimming Pool, and a small gift shop.
We had to check in the Show Bar in the Tropicana Centre at 3.30pm (because we had a Bronze or 3 star accommodation). Please note that this was ticketed - collect a ticket from the staff, then return at your check in time and await your number being called out so you can collect your caravan keys. If you arrive very early, you can get your ticket then use the facilities available while you wait.
There was an outdoor pool but this was closed due to it being October. I noticed that there were trampolines outside the Tropicana centre, but we didn't use them.
There was a sports bar called Stikes but we didn't venture in this either, as neither of our boyfriends are into sport. We went into Burger King, as I had some vouchers valid for that week but a male member of staff stormed out from the back stating "We don't take vouchers" and then walked back off without checking if we still wanted to order. Needless to say, because of his attitude we did not bother purchasing anything and we complained about this on our points of view questionnaire, which we submitted at the end of the week.
There was a Cafe Bar cum Restaurant which we went into for a drink. In my view the drinks are expensive on site but this bar had a large Connect 4 game outside on the patio area and plenty of seating, with more pool tables. Drinks in the Tropicana bar included Rory's which were for kids and were a special glass, which looked like an egg timer stretched out, and were £3.75 each but you could get the glass refilled for £1.95 with soft drinks. I bought Robert a pint of Guiness and myself a half of Cider and didn't get any change from £5. When I went in the cafe bar, I bought 2 drinks (a pint and a half) for £4.50. I was glad that I don't drink much alcohol and that we were self-catering, and had brought some of our own. I bought a litre of Perry and a litre of Rose from Tesco and the first was £0.94 and the second was £1.49 and Michelle and I really enjoyed them.
We did not have any food but Sandwiches started at £3.75 and served until 5pm daily, Salads started at £5.95, Jacket Potatoes stated at £4.25 and Meals ranged from £5.65 for Pasta with Tomato & Basil Sauce to Lamb Shank at £10.95 or Mixed Grill for £11.95. Deserts started from £3.15 for Raspberry Jam Sponge.
Next door was a fish and chips shop, which we again didn't use. There is an ATM on site but it charges over £1 to get your money out, so again I didn't use it. Next to this ATM is the Crazy Golf (you have to get the balls/clubs from the Tropicana centre) and as it was usually dark when we wanted to do anything on site we didn't find out how much this would have been to do. There was also an Orbiters ride, mentioned above for £1 per person.
There was a gift shop on site, with a post box outside it and public telephones. I was pleased to see plenty of bins around the site, and near the caravans were large green bins for rubbish. I was disappointed that there did not seem to be any recycling points near these bin areas though.
The map shows an adventure playground but it is near the Haven Super tents and tourer area and not near any of the other attractions on site and would have been a very long walk from our caravan, which on the map was the nearest set of caravans. We did not see this so cannot comment on it and I also didn't see the All weather multi sports court, which offered at additional cost, Football, Archery and Fencing in the Sports guide which came with the map and keys in your welcome pack. Most were £3 or £5 per person and you could also do pool activities like Aquacise, Aqua Jets (submersibles), Aqua Fun (gliders and dodgems), Learn 2 Swim and Surf Rider (bodyboarding, skin diving, snorkelling and lifeguard initiation). NB Some activities may have a 25 metre swim test and/or age restrictions.
Nearby attractions are Newquy (15 minutes drive), Bodmin Moor (30 minutes drive), The Eden Project (40 minutes drive) and St Ives (40 minutes drive) - all times are supplied by Haven in their Welcome Pack.
Reception - open daily 9am to 6.30. Security open 24 hours
Shop - open 8am to 8pm
Bakery - open 8am to 4pm
Launderette open 8am to 8pm - tokens to be purchased from store
Swimming pools open 10 to 12.45 and 2 to 5.45pm
Outdoor pool open from Whitsun to End August (summer season only)
Please note all times above subject to change according to season, please check at Reception.
Dedicated 24 hour helpline 07811 874328.
We should have had a Bronze accommodation and paid extra to upgrade - see options below.
Option 1 Upgrade to Luxury to include duvets £2.50 per person per night
Option 2 Upgrade to Luxury Plus to include extra space and a microwave. Start holiday at 2.30pm! £4.50 per person per night
Option 3 Upgrade to Super Luxury to enjoy option 2 plus heaters in the bedrooms. Start your holiday at 1.30pm! £6 per person per night.
Option 4 Book a 3rd bedroom £1 per person per night.
Option 5 Bed Linen £2.50 per person per night
Option 6 Upgrade to Super Range or above and book a 2006 model holiday home for just £20 per short break.
We had option 5 but did not book any other upgrades yet still got put in a Silver caravan with Option 2 items!!
We were told that if we booked on a Newspaper promotion we would not be upgraded and staying in a standard chalet/caravan and would have to hire a microwave from the Hire Shop.
Evening entertainment included Meet n Greet, Character Show Time Family Prize Bingo, Rory & Bradley's Fun Time and Magical Parade every evening from 6pm to 8.45pm.
After 8.45pm each evenng was slightly different but all had Party in the dark (or Party Dances) and Disco to finish off. Most had StarTime Cabaret and Game Show Time (a fun competition) or Fun Stars Forever Show instead of the Cabaret.
Michelle, Mark (baby) and myself watched a lot of these and found them very enjoyable but a bit samey sometimes. Richard and Robert enjoyed the bands but were bored with the other items that were on the bill earlier in the evenings so went to play pool or on racing games.
Mark fell asleep through most of these so if we needed him to get to sleep we took him into the shows!!
The Surf Rider club was supposed to have Cash Bingo from 7pm (sales), but it never looked open so we never ventured in.
Day time entertainment was not applicable to us - we went off site every day and would not have been appropriate for Mark as he was only 5 months old. It should have included Character Breakfasts, Making days, Story Times and Game Show Times for Kids. I cannot comment as we did not see any of it.
We had a wonderful time in Cornwall and used the caravan site as a base to visit The Eden Project, Flambards, Falmouth Maritime Museum, Penzance, Goonhilly Satellite Station (see other review), Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Perranporth and Truro.