We have just spent the Bank Holiday Weekend in a Eurotent at Trevornick. It was fabulous. The perfect break for me as I had been desperate to take the kid camping this summer and have wanted to return to Cornwall for years.
I hadn’t been to Cornwall since I was a child and was oddly only a few coves away from Trevornick’s fabulous location at Holywell Bay. Neither husb nor L had been before, so I was excited to share it with them.
Our plan was simple, I wanted to visit Tintagel, husb wanted to visit Lands End, the kid wanted to collect some dried seaweed. We would then just hang out at Trevornick. Turns out our three night break was nowhere near long enough. Trevornick is amazing and hands down the best equipped campsite I have visited, in fact campsite doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like a resort.
Today I am just going to talk about Trevornick and our Eurotent, I’ll cover the days out in separate posts as this will get way too long otherwise.
What’s On Site
So much! Honestly just so much. There are pitches for Campers, Caravans and Tents. New for this year are some fab Static Caravans and then there are the pre-pitched Eurotents we used.
There are plenty of very clean and well looked after toilet/shower blocks with washing up areas and even family bathrooms with tubs if you have kids who don’t shower! The family bathrooms cost £5 plus a refundable deposit for the key during your stay, we didn’t bother personally but had a quick peak in one and if this was a year ago I would have 100% got one as it would have made life so much easier with L, if we had been longer than three nights this stay I would have also got one, just for the extra space.
There are plenty of rubbish areas as well, though I would have liked to have seen more recycling points, we only found one near the main courtyard.
There was also a laundrette that costs £4 for a wash and spin and then the dryers start from 20p, I think it was basically a penny per second but those big drums dried way quicker than our dryer at home!
As for the more exciting stuff, well frankly, I’m sure I won’t get it all. We certainly didn’t get chance to use it all. I feel like we only scratched the surface.
There is a heated pool, with a separate kids pool and jacuzzi. There’s also a sauna and solarium. Much to L’s disappointment we didn’t get chance to use the pool, which is sad as it looked great, very busy (oddly enough) but great. Next to the pool is another thing I didn’t get chance to try, the Tranquility Spa, mmmmm, I would have loved a treatment but we were just too busy adventuring.
For the kids there was a nice outdoor playground and also an indoor soft play, not the largest area, but great for little ones. There was also a games room with arcade games, pool and table tennis. Plus, there is a dedicated sports field, so when the ball games get a bit too much for in between the pitches you can head up to a big field to really have fun.
The one thing I’m sad we didn’t get to do is the nature trail, I would have loved a little wander round it but time did not permit. There was too much other stuff.
The on site shop is brilliant, with everything from your standard food and drink essentials, hot baked goods and fresh bread to all those things you might forget, L’s flip-flops for example, wind breakers, buckets and spades, batteries and even body boards. The prices were reasonable too.
There are a couple fo bar areas and on site entertainment too, if you fancy it.
There are great food options on site which I thought offered great value for money. Perfect for when you don’t fancy cooking or just want a treat.
We ate at Woody’s on our first night, it had been a long day having driven from Swindon to Tintagel, walked a million steps and we didn’t have it in us to do a food shop or cook. L loved the kids choices and I had a great fish packed creamy spaghetti, husb had one of the specials Jerk Chicken with rice. We all got huge portions and the food was very nice. The prices were really reasonable too.
Fodder’s was another great find as well, offering takeaway as well as eat in food I headed there one evening for cheesy chips and onions rings to enjoy during a movie and then husb discovered they did breakfast and L found a love for Bacon Sarnies, it was a match made in heaven.
I was really happy with the choice and it meant we could be a bit more relaxed about organising food shops and cooking, even how long we spent out and about as there would always be a back up option.
The Trevornick are a great way to ‘camp’ if you either don’t have all the gear, are trying it for the first time, or like me have a reluctant camper in the household.
You get to be under canvas and enjoy the fresh air, relaxed vibes and all the best bits of camping but in a tent you can stand up in, with beds, electric, WiFi and a TV.
The tent is really well equipped, the only thing missing was a pair of scissors, but everything else was thought of, a washing up bowl, mirror, water container, crockery, cutlery, even coat hangers.
The tents are set up in little groups of four, you get a picnic bench outside and a table and chair inside. The set up made it seem nice and small and personal, which i liked. The kids got to make friends and play, well obviously not L, he just watched the other children have fun and told them off if their ball hit the tent. He’s such an old man!
One of the best things for me was the DVD channel on the TV. Trevornick show three movies a day so one afternoon whilst husb was playing golf L and I got to watch Paddington 2 as we ate our dinner. Also, most excitingly, I finally got to watch The Greatest Showman. The times are a bit hit and miss as someone has to press play I’m guessing with some films starting a bit early and others late, but the choice was great and won’t see the same movie twice in a week.
What we really loved about Trevornick was the fact we didn’t have to leave as there are so many extra’s.
A path direct from the site, through the golf course to Holywell Bay Beach, which is gorgeous, it’s a National Trust Beach with gorgeous dunes, a surf school, great areas to paddle and a really nice chilled out feel.
There are three well stocked fishing pools on site, so if you like to fish, you’ll be sorted.
Holywell Bay Golf Club has a pitch and putt and a Par 3 course, it’s attached to the site but open to anyone. L and husb played most of the pitch and putt together and it had some seriously impressive holes, husb then nipped back the next evening to play the Par 3 course which he enjoyed. He liked both options and said the courses were so much better than he would have expected from a beach side resort, not your usual Par 3 at all.
Also attached to Trevornick is Holywell Bay Fun Park, I’m going to have to write about this one separately but we spent the whole day there, from open to close and had the best time, it’s a brilliant park for people of all ages. Loved it.
Things to remember
So there are the obvious things like towels and bedding, sleeping bags work best as you can get good and cosy under them in the evening as well as sleep in them.
You’ll need matches or a lighter for the gas rings as Trevornick are not allowed to supply you with them.
Hot chocolate is a must for me, great for warming up and gin is another must!
Washing up liquid and a tea towel were things we forgot and would have been useful, as well as few laundry capsules. Not the end of the world for us as we grabbed some from the shop but we could have just bought what we needed.
Flip flops, or slip on shoes, something easy to get to and from the toilet blocks with and easy to pull om Jumpers or a Cardigan.
Plenty of extra clothes for the kids as they will get grubby, at least if they are having enough fun!
Though to be honest I forgot all of the above, bar the gin, obviously I remembered the gin, and we were just fine because what you don’t have you can buy.
Trevornick is super dog-friendly, even stocking ice cream for your canine friends, so don’t leave the dogs at home. If you are nervous around dogs, like our little boy, just double check where your pitch is compared to the dog friendly ones. Day to day it wasn’t an issue for us, but had we been next door to a tent with dogs L wouldn’t have been happy. The map makes it clear where every single pitch is and we the booking team would help you pick the perfect spot.
We wouldn’t hesitate to return to Trevornick. There is so much to see and do and you are in a beautiful area of Cornwall.
It is the perfect place to bring kids and if you choose your pitch wisely you can even get some peace and quiet. This isn’t a quiet site, there are no rules about being quiet after a certain time, but it is a large site with plenty of space and different spots to choose from. We were quite central, perfect for L not having to walk too far to get to anything.
We really loved everything on offer on the site and wish we had been able to stay longer as I really don’t feel like we got to see everything and we certainly didn’t get to do everything.
I liked that we didn’t have to do a load of day trips as there is everything you need and more at Trevornick which helps keep holiday costs down, especially if you add one of the great value leisure passes to your stay which will give you access to the Fishing, Golf and Fun Park depending on what you choose.
Disclosure – we received our tent, meal at Woody’s, Golf Pass and Fun Park pass in order to write this review. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.