Forget the French Riviera or the Amalfi Coast – why go abroad at all when we have Devon & Cornwall on our very own shores?
The Southwest is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and has great holiday parks to match. There’s one thing you must remember though… bring your sunglasses because it gets some pretty glorious weather too!
Don’t make going on holiday a chore – we’ve scoured the reviews so you don’t have to. Here’s the 9 greatest holiday parks in Cornwall & Devon, AKA heaven on earth:
- Parkdean Resorts Crantock Beach
- Park Holidays UK Riviera Bay
- Haven Devon Cliffs
- Parkdean Resorts Ruda
- Park Holidays UK Tarka
- Parkdean Resorts White Acres
- Haven Riviere Sands
- Haven Perran Sands
- Parkdean Resorts Sea Acres
1. Parkdean Resorts Crantock Beach
Location: Newquay, Cornwall
Best for: Visiting Newquay
If you still think of Newquay as being a hotspot for hen parties and teenage revelers, you seriously need to give it another look. The town has reclaimed its family-friendly roots and returned as the go-to place for independent cafes, shops, and restaurants.
This holiday park is in the perfect location to visit the town and gets consistently glowing reviews. The friendly site is only four miles away from Newquay town centre, and there’s a beautiful sandy beach just a short walk away. After enjoying the beach, we reckon you should treat yourself to a Cornish Cream Tea in Crantock Village… We would!
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Facilities: This is a quiet and peaceful park with great onsite facilities – so you can have your cake and eat it too. Whether you want to unwind in your cosy caravan or play a round of mini-golf, you’ll be able to chill out and also have some great family fun at the site. There isn’t a swimming pool, but with the beach on your doorstep, it couldn’t be easier to cool off from the Cornish sun. With an adventure playground, games room, and dog-friendly caravans, this holiday park is bound to be a winner with all the family.
2. Park Holidays UK Riviera Bay
Location: Brixham, Devon
Best for: A tranquil getaway on the English Riviera
The English Riviera is the jewel in the crown of seaside resorts, and this is one of the best holiday parks in Devon to appreciate the beauty of the coastal area. Made up of Brixham, Torquay, and Paignton, the English Riviera has been a much-loved destination for decades.
You’ll feel like you’re staying on the Mediterranean, as the site looks out over the idyllic St Mary’s Bay, and the park has changed its holiday chalets for luxury lodges – meaning you’ll have even more space to appreciate your stunning surroundings.
The holiday park gets outstanding reviews and is one of the best caravan holidays out there if you’re looking for a tranquil and ambient stay amongst calming nature. For similarly stunning locations, we promise you’ll be wowed by these 7 Top Holiday Parks in Dorset.
Facilities: The park itself doesn’t have the usual entertainment facilities that you might expect on a caravan holiday, but is all the better for it. Without unnecessary distractions, you can truly appreciate the glorious view over the turquoise sea. Plus, if you do fancy some onsite entertainment, you have access to the facilities at its sister park, Park Holidays UK Landscove, where you’ll find both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an adventure play area, family-friendly evening entertainment seven nights a week, and kids clubs for youngsters up to 14 years. What are you waiting for..?
3. Haven Devon Cliffs
Location: Exmouth, Devon
Best for: Direct access to a Blue Flag beach and onsite swimming pools
This is one of the top parks in the region for water babies, as not only do you have direct access to an award-winning Blue Flag beach, there’s also an awesome swimming pool complex at the site. So children can enjoy splashing around in Devon no matter what the weather.
In between swims, you can enjoy the view over the sandy beach from the terrace of the park’s South Beach Cafe. With a whopping 12 food & drink venues, you’re sure to find something to please all the family, even the fussiest of eaters. With evening shows and plenty of activities to get stuck into, this is the perfect holiday park for parents who don’t want to be the main source of entertainment on holiday.
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Facilities: The main attraction at this park has to be the great complex of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The indoor swimming pool has a multi-lane slide and children will love racing to the bottom, while the outdoor heated pool with a flume is sure to be a hit during the warmer months. If your kids love making friends in the play area, this park has a fantastic three to expel some excess energy at. Challenge your family to a friendly game of table tennis on the multi-sports court, or even some adventure golf.
4. Parkdean Resorts Ruda
Location: Croyde Bay, Devon
Best for: Seaside holidays with little ones
Sometimes the highlight of the holiday is simply watching your toddler paddling in the sea for the first time, or having a whale of a time building sandcastles on the beach. This holiday park in Devon is perfect to spend some quality time with your kids by the seaside, and also watch them grow in confidence as they make new friends at the park.
Children will love the friendly kid’s clubs, which run for youngsters up to 15 years. For little ones, there’s a fab soft play area, and bigger kids will want to spend the whole holiday at the adventure playground.
You’ll be staying on Croyde Bay, which is one of the UK’s top surfing spots, so why not treat your better half to some lessons? Either they’ll impress you by riding some gnarly waves, or you could have a good laugh watching them fall over. Win-win.
Facilities: Just a short stroll down to the sandy bay, you’re bound to want to spend most of your time by the sea. It might be tempting to stay onsite though, considering that the top-notch facilities include the Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool (with a slide), tennis courts, a fishing pond, and of course the indoor soft play area for younger children. After a busy day, you can kick back and relax as you catch some of the family-friendly evening entertainment, which is sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. With your cosy caravan just a stone’s throw away, it couldn’t be easier to slink off to the privacy of your own holiday home for some well-deserved shut-eye.
5. Parkdean Resorts UK Tarka
Location: Barnstaple, Devon
Best for: Exploring the beautiful countryside of Devon
If the hustle and bustle of everyday life is getting you down, this peaceful holiday park in Devon is the answer to your problems.
Similar to the Riviera Bay site, this holiday park is free from entertainment venues like a swimming pool or play area, so you’ll have nothing to interrupt the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside. This is a great park for adults who love walking, and with a special area to walk your pooch, is one of the top dog-friendly parks in Devon.
With the sandy beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe only a short drive away, we don’t know if it’s possible not to feel completely relaxed on this Devon holiday.
Facilities: Sure there’s no swimming pool or crazy golf, but with amazing sandy beaches nearby and atmospheric woodland walks on your doorstep, trust us when we say you won’t miss them. The caravan park gets outstanding reviews that highlight the friendly staff and sparkling holiday homes. Whether you want your family to reconnect with nature, or to have some special time away with your other half, this is the holiday park for you.
6. Parkdean Resorts White Acres
Location: Nr. Newquay, Cornwall
Best for: Fishing in peaceful lakes
This gorgeous holiday park is set amongst 13 fishing lakes, so not only will it be a firm favourite with the anglers in your family, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a restorative break in Cornwall.
While the park is only five miles from Newquay, and close to some of the most amazing beaches in Cornwall like Fistral and Lusty Glaze – with so much fun to be had on site you never have to leave the park if you don’t want to.
Whether grandad is teaching the little ones to fish on the lake, or the whole family is having fun in the swimming pool, White Acres is one of the top caravan parks in Cornwall for a memorable family bonding experience.
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Facilities: There’s so much to see and do at this family-friendly holiday park, it’s hard to know where to begin! Children will love the inflatable kayaks and water walkers at the indoor swimming pool, which has its own heated pool for toddlers, while adults can spend some ‘me-time’ relaxing in the sauna. As well as an indoor soft play area, there’s also an adventure playground and children are bound to go mad for the great evening entertainment. You’ll be doing Cornwall in style with a stay in one of the luxury holiday homes, or why not go for a classic caravan and save your money for some extra holiday treats?
7. Haven Riviere Sands
Location: Hayle, Cornwall
Best for: Visiting St. Ives
St. Ives might just be one of the prettiest seaside towns out there, and this clifftop holiday park is in the perfect position to appreciate the picture-perfect harbour and seafront buildings.
St. Ives has long been a favourite retreat amongst artists and the town has plenty of galleries to visit. If cafe and restaurant hopping is more your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great food and drink.
Who said holidays in Cornwall had to be all about surfing and beaches? With all the fun of the fair at Flambards Theme Park just a short drive away, you’ll score big brownie points with the children when you treat them to a day out there. The theme park has fantastic rides and attractions that will go down a storm with all the family.
Facilities: Life’s a beach, at this fantastic holiday park. When you’re done having fun on the surrounding beaches, you can carry on enjoying the water onsite. With two swimming pools, both an outdoor heated and indoor swimming pool, you can splash around to your heart’s content come rain or shine. Children will love making new friends on their holidays at the adventure playground or outdoor play area, and the whole family is sure to get competitive on the crazy golf course or potting red on the pool table. With day and evening entertainment, this is one stay you’ll cherish forever.
8. Haven Perran Sands
Location: Perranporth, Cornwall
Best for: Stunning beaches and the Lappa Valley Railway
You’re never too old to enjoy a ride on a miniature steam railway, and the Lappa Valley Railway is loved by children and adults alike. It’s a great way to explore the surrounding conservation area and will give your holiday in Cornwall that truly traditional British seaside feeling.
We know by now that caravan parks in Cornwall are awesome for families looking to do a little surfing on holiday, and this park is no exception. The park runs its own lessons, and who knows – you might even be joined by some of the local seals and dolphins as you catch the waves.
If you love getting back to nature on a camping holiday, but have some reluctant children to persuade, why not try out the onsite glamping? With a choice of accommodation including yurts and safari tents to stay in, you’ll have all your creature comforts while still getting to enjoy outdoor living.
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Facilities: This is one of the most friendly holiday parks in Cornwall, and gets glowing reviews year after year. Water babies will go wild for this park – as well as an indoor swimming pool with a flume, there’s an outdoor pool with a lazy river and a paddling pool for younger children. With an indoor SportsDrome (table tennis, anyone?), and six outdoor play areas, your kids will love getting active on their holiday in Cornwall.
9. Parkdean Resorts Sea Acres
Location: Nr. Helston, Cornwall
Best for: Onsite PADI scuba diving
If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual caravan parks this year, take a look at this awesome site in Cornwall. With a 5-star PADI scuba diving centre, you can finally take the plunge and feel like James Bond for a day.
You’ll be staying in a park near plenty of the region’s top sights, including Lizard Peninsula and Kynance Cove, so it couldn’t be easier to pop home and relax in the comfort of your own caravan after a jam-packed day on the south coast of Cornwall.
Facilities: You’ll want to stay forever at this friendly caravan park. Situated by plenty of beautiful beaches, the park has outstanding water facilities onsite too. Children will love the inflatables at the indoor pool, and there are great kids clubs – so you don’t have to worry about being the main source of entertainment all week. A three bedroom caravan will sleep up to eight people, and there are luxury holiday homes to choose from too, if you’re looking to make the trip extra special.
Still Looking For The Ideal Holiday Park?
We think these holiday parks in Cornwall & Devon are the bee’s knees – but if you’re still looking for your perfect resort, why not check out the full range of parks on our website?
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