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Perran Sands Holiday Park

Perranporth, Cornwall

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Go glamping in North Cornwall by hiring yurts, safari tents, 'Supertents' and geo domes at Perran Sands Holiday Park. This four-star campsite near Newquay is on cliffs right next to a wonderful sandy beach with soft sand dunes. There are 343 touring pitches for tents, trailer tents, motorhomes and touring caravans. You can also hire – or buy – holiday caravans and luxury chalets at this Haven Holidays park. Adapted caravans for hire are available for wheelchair-users, too. You're welcome to bring the whole family, including your dog.

North Cornwall is, quite rightly, a top destination for seaside holidays in England. Somehow the weather seems better, the sand softer and surf more fun here than anywhere else. There's something for all ages at Perran Sands Holiday Park, and from here you'll also be able to enjoy fabulous sunsets along this unspoilt coast, with sea views as far as St Ives Bay.

If you're looking for tent camping, motorhome and caravan holidays here in North Cornwall, this is a good place to stay. Perran Sands has three large shower blocks for the grassy touring area. Some of the pitches are basic tent pitches without hook-ups, while others do have electric hook-ups for motorhomes and caravans. There are also Euro electric pitches on concrete or reinforced grass bases with super-pitch posts providing a TV point, drinking water tap, electric hook-up and grey water drain right on the pitch. Finally there are extra large pitches, with and without hook-up, which are for caravans and motorhomes more than 6m or 20ft long. There's room to put up normal sized awnings and park a car next to most of the pitches.

For the touring area there are washing up sinks, waste disposal, hot showers, toilets, washbasins and a WC and shower for disabled visitors in the three washblocks. There is a dedicated 'touring warden' to look after you in this area.

Hire spacious yurts, safari tents, 'Supertents' and Geo Dome tents and enjoy glamping holidays at Perran Sands. All the tents are pre-erected and come with electric sockets, cookers, fridges, furniture and proper beds! The Yurts even have carpets and while some sleep four people, others sleep up to eight people.

From 2015 there have been beach houses to rent, which give you a chance to enjoy amazing sea views out to the west. They come with a flat screen TV, bunk beds, open plan living area, and sleep up to six people. The beach houses have space for socialising, too, with a hot tub, covered dining veranda, barbecue, sun lounging deck, swing seat, hammock and beach garden with a sandpit. There's also an outside shower, loo and sink so that you can wash the sand off before going indoors.

There are three comfort levels of chalets for hire at Perran Sands, for instance the most luxurious ones come with comfy furniture and beds made up with fresh bed linen for your arrival, a fridge, microwave, TV and DVD player and heating.

Perran Sands Holiday Park really does aim to entertain every age and type of guest. You'll find heated swimming pools with qualified lifeguards, free kids' clubs, soft play for children under five, an adventure playground, organised sport with sports coaches, pony riding, crazy golf, craft activities, spotting wildlife, entertainment by day and night, the Surf Bay café bar with a terrace, a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway, a pizza place with takeaways and a SPAR mini supermarket.

There are sports for all ages to play, such as archery, target shooting, fencing and cycling, table tennis and using 'Easy gliders'. Coaches can help you improve your football, archery and fencing skills. There's also an indoor 'activity hub' and gym. Plus there's a Roller Disco that costs extra.

While you're in North Cornwall you might want to see some famous landmarks and tourist attractions in the area. From Perran Sands you can visit Newquay Zoo or the Blue Reef Aquarium, drive right down the coast to Land's End and the Lizard, or head inland to see The Eden Project's bio domes and experience a day in a steamy tropical jungle, or the dry Mediterranean and enjoy unusual foods from around the world. Visit Bodmin Moor, see Cornish artists at work in St Ives, watch the boats at Falmouth harbour and go surfing in Newquay.

But most of all, sink your toes into the soft sand right by Perran Sands Holiday Park and enjoy all the natural wonders of the North Cornish coast.

Open from:
18th March to 31st October

Disabled access, Family park, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Chemical disposal point, Designated / private parking, Drainage hook-ups, Electric hook-ups, Laundry, 3 Sanitary block(s), Shop, Swimming pool(s), Take away food, Visitor parking, 3 Washing up facilities, Water hook-ups, Restaurant, Cafe, Club house

Head for the pool
 Refurbished Heated Indoor Fun Pool with Flume**†
 Heated Outdoor Fun Pool with Terrace
 FREE Water Confidence
 Water Walkerz*
 AquaJets*
 FREE Fun Inflatables
 Aqua Gliders*

Time to get active
 FREE Coke FC Football Coaching
 Archery Coaching*
 Fencing Coaching*
 On Park Surfing Lessons* & Equipment Hire*
 Sports Court

More for everyone
 Direct beach access through a steep dune walk
 Bike & Kart Hire*
 Adventure Golf*
 Rory’s Playland
 Mini Ten-Pin Bowling*
 Perran Puffer Road Train
 FunWorks Amusements*
 Pool Tables*

From toddlers to teens
 Little Cubs for 1-4’s
 Club R&B for 5-11’s
 T-Co Zone for 12-16+
 Character Olympics
 BFit
 Mini Archery
 Mini Fencing
 Family FunTime Shows
 Character Breakfasts
 Soft Play Area
(* Moderate extra charge applies)

Shops and Services
 SPAR Convenience Store with Bakery, Off Licence & Gift Shop
 Launderette

Food and Drink
 Café Bar & Grill with Terrace
 Papa John’s Pizza (delivery service available)
 Burger King
 Sports Bar
*Subject to planning permission

Chalets (for rent), 284 Holiday homes (for rent), 344 Motorhome pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 344 Tent pitches, 344 Touring pitches, Yurts, Safari tents, Domes, Swimming pool(s), 182 Holiday homes (owned)

Nearby attractions:
Beach, Fishing, Swimming (Indoor), Swimming (Outdoor), Organised Entertainment, Sports Ground, Games Room, Snooker/Pool

Bodmin Moor Bodmin Moor is Cornwall at its wildest. The highest and least populated part of Cornwall, Bodmin Moor is rich in ancient history.
Gothia Falls Golitha Falls refers to an area of ancient woodlands that sit alongside the river Fowey as it cascades it’s way through a steep valley gorge
The Eden Project Cornwall's famous Biomes - a unique celebration of our connection to the natural world.
Blue Reef Aquarium Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding of the natural world.
St Ives The art of enjoyment, with excellent beaches, a fashionable resort and Tate St Ives.
Lands End The 'ultimate' outdoor family destination and vistor centre with endless attractions.
Flambards Theme Park Cornwall's premier 'wild day out' experience, with fantastic rides, events and entertainment.
Carbis Bay Visit this little village to experience the true beauty Cornwall has to offer.
Paradise Park, Hayle A top wildlife sanctuary, featuring fantastic birds & the Jungle Barn

There are lots of places to visit near the park - here are some of our favourites for a great family day out:
Surfing School on the park
Newquay 9 miles
Blue Reef Aquarium 9 miles
The Eden Project 24 miles
St Ives 27 miles

Perran Sands Holiday Park

Cornwall, South West England
United Kingdom
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Overall rating

1.5 stars

Based on 4 review(s)

1.0 stars

Unfortunately left two days early due to poor toilets and facilities, most facilities seem worn out and require desperate attention, the pool was good the bar seemed expensive. We all ended up with a sickness bug and had only eaten on the site, there where kids approximately 14 years old hanging outside bars and play areas smoking massive put off for family. Unfortunately id never choose to book here again haven needs to pull there act together


2.0 stars

I've just returned here from here after an out of season getaway at the end of the year. The campsite was pitiful, only one toilet block open and the showers were lousy. Badly rutted pitches, full of rabbit holes. I realise that rabbits live in the dunes, but seriously on our pitch alone we counted twenty holes... the children were having to watch their step carefully to avoid broken ankles. The site was about to close for the winter, but of the three toilet blocks only one stayed open but over half the campsite was still being used! With the amount of rain and muck the showers were filthy all day every day and you felt grimy getting changed, we took to swimming every morning instead so as to use the cleaner showers in the swimming pool area.
The shop was closing at 7pm each night instead of 9 but some nights it was shut long before 7pm.
Food is still as in the previous reviews, burgers, pizza and a cafe/bar, no fish and chips though. The cafe/bar advertises free wifi, but I couldn't get a connection, ended up taking advantage of the campsite next doors wifi signal which reached the campsite (unlike Haven's own!)

The kids loved it, it was dirt cheap but I can't say I will rush to rebook again.


1.0 stars

Last year 2007 we spent 2 weeks at this holiday park in our unit. We were so put off with the toilets/showers facilites etc that we packed up and moved to another site.I agree that Haven have spent a lot on the entertainement facilities, but not enough thought on the upkeep/maintainance of the touring site,we vowed never to spend our hard earned cash on a Haven site again.
Perran Sands Holiday Park


2.0 stars

I have just read the only other review of this site (at the moment) written in Aug 2005- sadly it is now June 2006 and apparently NOTHING has changed...The touring section is still REALLY uneven and the pitches are very close together with no privacy (unlike other cheaper sites we have visited) and NOT had ANY money spent on it.
The section called 'Supertents' reminded me of an army barracks, in row upon row of identical 'job lot' purchases. Luckily, we only used this site as a base and travelled to various attractions and places on most days. It was obvious when we were there that it was not school holidays, but when the schools break up god help you if you need a toilet!!!
There were two toilet blocks and one was boarded up 'being worked on' apparently, and a sign in the other one saying 'toilets cleaned between 1.30 and 2.30 please use other block'..thank God we had a toilet in the caravan or were out!
Mind you when they were open they were not very clean or well maintained. (And my husband informed me two of the pedestals in the gents actually wobbled when you sit on them!!)
However the staff were very helpful, and when our electric hook up failed at 9.45pm they DID send someone out within minutes. BUT having fixed it temporarily,promised to return the next day- but never did!
The entertainments are many if you like arcades, eating burgers, fish and chips( But THAT is only open on Saturday and Sunday) and the mini supermarket is RIDICULOUSLY over priced even for a site shop. We have two older sons and would have liked to visit the Show Bar for a drink and Cabaret at night, but READ THE SMALL PRINT - surprise surprise- only from July -school holidays!!)
Strikes me they want to make money from families with children (arcades, burgers etc) but not cater for other families.
Well positioned for access to most places in Cornwall if you want to travel each day, but not good if you want to stay on site and don't have young children.


Overall, Perran Sands offers the camper or caravanner very little for the pitch fee and falls short of the basic standards expected by most families especially as far as toilet and shower facilities are concerned.

Haven money has been well spent on things that will make Haven more money such as burger bars and arcades while some areas of the park remain neglected and in dire need of updating. It smacks of Hi-Di-Hi in a lot of places. Think slot machines. Think no effort. Think burgers. Think “oh-no!”

If you’re not averse to spending the highest pitch fee charged by any UK park and receiving the lowest standards in return then Perran Sands will meet your needs adequately. If the British weather is kind to you when you visit, your kids can enjoy endless fun in the dunes followed by the south-west’s staple diet of burgers (or fish & chips if they prefer more saturated fat) while you huddle in to your tiny pitch and work out whether to go eyes down for bingo in the Show Bar later, sing Karaoke or attempt to change your life by winning the penny arcades.

In writing this review, I realise that we all have different expectations when choosing a family holiday but I believe that there are some basic expectations that all campers and caravanners agree on.

Conveniences & Washing Facilities:-

We are a family of 2 adults with 2 teenage boys and a baby girl. Like most families, at the top our list of priorities is the standard and cleanliness of toilet and shower facilities. In our opinion those at Perran Sands are by far the worst we have encountered. There are 3 blocks all of which are in a state of disrepair. There is paint peeling off the walls, cracked tiles and they are generally tatty and smell unpleasant. The real measure for me was when my 13 year old son asked, “dad, do I have to shower in the shower-block it’s disgusting?” We used the shower in our ‘van more than we’ve ever used it before, in spite of the endless filling of water containers and disposal of grey water.

When I complained to the rep about the condition of the facilities she said that the staff had been asking [Haven] for a refurbishment of the facilities for 4 years. The rep also said that the staff were frustrated that Haven had spent over a £1 million on improvements (including a Burger King) when the touring facilities we so badly in need of refurbishment. Haven spent its £1.2 million budget on revenue-earning improvements such as Burger King and arcades and none of the investment has gone into improving the basic standard of the touring facilities. What does that tell you?

Standard of Pitch:-

No care or attention has been given to the touring area. It is basically a large field set between sand dunes. The pitches (many of which are on uneven ground) are small and within close proximity to each other. There are no shrubs or plantations to offer any degree of privacy. Just line upon line of ‘vans and tents. There are no signs indicating where the grey water disposal points are. I never found one. The chemical disposal point was disgusting (that’s all I’m prepared to say).


The staff generally provide a fun environment for kids and there is a programme of activities for all ages. The website states “Everything Included in the Price.” In fact, many of the activities are subject to extra charges (E.g. Go Karts £3, Aqua-jets £4). This can turn out to be expensive if you’ve got a 2 or more children wanting to use these facilities on a daily basis.

The indoor and outdoor pools are generally good for children but with poor planning for changing facilities. There’s a small decked area with plastic sun-beds next to the outdoor pool which is convenient for lazing but sparse and could be improved by the addition of some well-positioned plants. Again, no effort.

The café-bar offers a well priced, comprehensive breakfast menu ranging from cereals at 95p, to a full breakfast at £1.95. Lunch and dinner menus are reasonable. Drinks are expensive. Whilst smoking is permitted on the patio (flagged area, metal chairs, zero plants, zero effort, get the picture?) the indoor area is smoke-free which, considering that it’s a family area, is a great move in my opinion.


The sand dunes provide endless hours of fun for children and of course they’re free. You pay a price-hiked pitch fee to cover the cost of the on-site entertainment yet ironically when I asked my teenagers what they liked about the site the most they said, “the dunes.”

The quality of a family park can be measured by the lasting impression it leaves with your children. I asked my son if he'd like to go back to Perran Sands again. He said he'd rather chew his own arms off.