Cornwall is a popular destination for all types of visitors, from backpacking solos to couples to families. Set at the western end of England, it enjoys a mild climate and has a rich cultural heritage.
There are hundreds of campsites and holiday parks across Cornwall offering everything from basic, clean facilities right up to luxury caravans and yurts, meaning there is something to suit every taste and every budget.
So once you have your campsite booked, you can plan how to spend your break. Cornwall has so much more to offer than just dramatic, cliff top walks and quaint villages … here are 10 of the best ideas for those on a budget …
- The Eden Project – based near St. Austell, the world famous Eden Project boasts the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls; evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter; an educational centre and demonstrations; local, fairly traded food in the restaurants and cafes, plus much more. You can easily spend a day or more here, there is so much to see and do.
- Rick Stein’s fish and chips – if you have worked up an appetite, why not pop along to the famous chef’s chip shop set in the stunning Padstow? They serve gluten free options as well as wine and beer, for that perfect seaside lunch or dinner.
- Cornish fayre – Cornwall is famous for its ice cream, pasties and local ales. Try them out on your travels at any one of a number of places!
- Surfing – both Newquay and Fistral beaches are favourites for surfers, but there are dozens of great Cornish beaches where both amateurs and experienced surfers alike can ride the waves. Visit here for more details.
- Fishing – there are lots of great places where you can do a spot of fishing for the day. Or, if you want a relaxing fishing holiday, why not visit Perran Springs holiday park? They offer a range of budget-busting accommodation including camping & caravanning, as well as three well stocked fishing lakes with carp over 20lb, and a well-stocked fishing tackle shop onsite.
- Newquay Zoo offers animals and fun a-plenty, as well as experience days such as feeding lemurs!
- Cornwall Seal Sanctuary – set in 42 acres of wonderful Cornish scenery, the sanctuary is not only home to rescued seals, but penguins, otters and sea lions too! You can meet the residents, have something to eat at the cafe whilst looking over the River, as well as enjoy woodland walks too.
- Boat trips – there are lots of boat trips you can enjoy from watching dolphins to taking a mini cruise along the coast to watching a floating theatre.
- Rock pooling – no seaside holiday would be complete without a spot of rock pooling. Try Trevaunance Cove, next to St Agnes at low tide for the best rock pools in Cornwall!
- Penzance – listed as one of Cornwall’s top ten towns, Penzance has a mix of both commercial shops as well as small, independent boutiques and galleries. Visit the weekly farmer’s market then take a stroll along the promenade.
This is just a snapshot of the sort of things you can do while on your camping holiday – but there are literally dozens more. The only problem you may have is how to pack everything in to one holiday!