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Holywell Bay Holiday Park ( Parkdean )
Holywell Bay
Cornwall (West)   (Browse area)
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Tel: 0844 335 3548

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Open: March - November

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 31 Reviews
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Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: TimStraw 2 reviews from this member

The Site is very clean and easy access with a touring van. The Staff are fab, very friendly, hard working and professional.

The pitches are narrow but long. The shower blocks need updating. If there are more than 2 being used, the water trickles out and down the wall. So you have to flick the water on to you off the wall.

This is a great site for young families.

It's not for families with teenagers. There is nothing for teens to do. There is no mobile signal and the TV signal is very poor. The wifi signal in the club house is poor. Only a few can get on at any one time. As we all know life is over for a teenager without mobile, TV and Internet.

The beach is lovely, just a 10min walk. The Treguth Inn is a great pub. Just a five minute walk with great food and friendly staff and atmosphere.

The site is in a great location to go visiting other lovely Cornish places.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The Dootsons 7 reviews from this member

Our second visit to Holywell Bay. The beach is perfect for everyone, sand, dunes, caves, rock pools, surf and no tacky shops or arcades.

The St Pirins Inn is a great pub, good food, good beer, good service, good garden and great views.

In all we love Holywell Bay.

We stayed in one of Parkdeans caravans during our first visit in June '09 - Perfect value for money and had a great time (amazing weather helped)

This time we camped - Busiest time of year - Oh dear

The pitches are a good size (our tent is huge, but it fitted) however they are deep not wide so our tent was less than 12 inches away from our neighbours, cars park in front - Not a pretty view. There was no space for the kids to run around except the roadway where the speed limit was routinely ignored. We seemed to be the only people who did not make a wall of wind breaks around our area - There was no wind.

The loos and showers were great, but only 3 showers per sex was not enough, 6am seemed to about the only time for no queue

The washing up area was very good, the pool is fantastic and all the staff were wonderful.

We did not use the club house, but the wifi was a fantastic boon for up to date weather reports.

I would go out of season again, but, despite having 2 kids at school - Never during the school holidays again.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dishydeb 4 reviews from this member

Weather was not too bad to say most of the country were having floods, we called the site to make sure everything was fine there and it was. Think they had some areas near the caravans that were a little water logged. This is the 2nd year we have been as the location is wonderful amazing beaches fantastic for photography. Lots of good sized pitches and even with some heavy rain they did not become water logged.

We were allowed to pitch the tent as soon as we arrived @ 9am on a Sunday after a 6 hour drive.

Very clean site, always see staff picking up litter and very regular patrols around the site too for security. The only thing they can not protect you against is the seagulls stealing your food of your plate. We had one steal a full ham salad sandwich whilst our backs were turned. And they also investigate any carrier bags that maybe located outside your tent.

Showers and toilets all cleaned regularly, plenty of loo role, think they could do with better hairdryers though. Showers also FREE and amazingly hot.

The Quiz night in the club was fun. If you wish to play bingo get there early to get a seat. While you're there use the wifi.

On site shop very expensive £1. 38 for a tin of baked beans shocking! I suggest what others have said so already, go to morrisons or Lidl. Take a good cool box or fill buckets up with cold water to cool your beers. Cool blocks can be refroze in the reception for 20p per block

The beach is a 10 min walk and is amazing and the reason why this was our 2nd trip. If you're a member of national trust there is a car park there which is free so you can load the car up and then walk across the dunes. If you are not a trust member this is £4 per day or over the road St Piran's Inn at £3 per day. Used the laundrette £4 for a wash, advise to spin them after for additional 40p saves a lot on tumble dryer.

Places we visited not too far away.

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm - Free tasting, (cider and jams were amazing) recommend the scones and clotted cream in the cafe here is a tour of the distillery, musemum and via tractor a visit to the orchards £7 per person

Watergate Bay - Amazing surfing

St Eval Kart Circuit - Teenagers were so pleased at the adenaline thrill.

Annual duck race on the beach and they held a family fun day at Treguth Inn to raise funds for the local school

Would I go back - Yes !

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Thelittlesthobo 1 review from this member

We have just spent a lovely weekend camping in our tent with our children. Firstly the weather was fabulous, 34 degrees.

We were pleased with our pitch size plenty of room for our 6 man tent, mpv and room for he kids to play. The showers and toilets were always clean, my only gripe is that the showers were piping hot, far too hot for my children, I had to stand them in the cubicle and splash water onto them, as they couldn't stand under them. I managed to shower but that water was too hot to be comfortable. I also wish they had somewhere to straighten my hair!I never had to queue but then there were only about 8 pitches taken.

The outdoor pool was wonderful and due to the weather it was like being in Spain, plenty of loungers and tables and chairs. My kids loved the slide and I tried it too before I let my four year old on it to make sure it was safe. It didn't have any drops in it, it gently slopes down and isn't too fast for smaller children. The life guards were friendly too and if they told anyone off for jumping in the pool they were jovial about it.

The clubhouse was nice, the kids enjoyed the entertainment. We ate there both nights and found the food to be very nice and the prices were good too. I would be wary about coming here in August as the clubhouse was full when we were there and there only seemed to be about twenty families in there.

The play area was fine for small kids but again very small, you can buy similar sized things for your own garden in argos just to give you an idea of the size.

The indoor play area was also very small.

The shop was expensive and again small to move around in, you are better off stocking up at newquay morrisons, the shop also shut at 7pm.

Holywell bay village basically has a pub and a small shop. The beach there is lovely but a fair walk away if you have to carry lots of stuff, cool boxes, wind breaks etc. Also to point out the toilets are in the village about a 10 minute walk from the beach so if you have kids that need the toilet regular it's about a 20 minute round trip to take them.

All the staff from the cleaners, bar staff, waitresses were lovely, the friendliest we have met and were very welcoming.

Also the website states about not accepting groups of under 25's but there was a few static caravans full of them and the noise coming from them was horrendous.

Overall we had a lovely time, the weather was a major factor in this. If you were coming for a week, it's a great base as there isn't too much to do in the days especially if the weather isn't great.

We would come again but because the facilies are very small I wouldn't come in the August Holidays.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jojo802 5 reviews from this member


This site is in a fantastic location a short walk to an amazing beach and a short drive away from Newquay and Perranporth. The beach had everything you’d need for a good holiday – caves, rockpools, sand dunes, body boarding waves and a stream. If I was 20 years younger I could’ve spent hours attempting to build a dam! We went to St. Ives (definitely worth using the park and ride train for amazing views) and Padstow which were within easy distance. We also drove to the Minack Theatre which was a fantastic experience if rather cold.


Quite good value and nice atmosphere but rather overcrowded the couple of nights we went there. This may have been because it was Easter weekend and the site was quite full but in the summer the situation could be worse. The bingo and quiz were fun and, although we didn’t have children with us, I got the impression there was lots of entertainment for them.

There was a Costcutter shop on site which was well stocked but rather overpriced. If you can it’s best to go to Morrisons on the main road to Newquay or Sainsburys / ASDA in Newquay. We needed to use the laundrette because everything we owned was so muddy or wouldn’t dry due to weather – it was £4. 00 for a full load of washing (you don’t need powder as it includes this) and about £3. 00 for the tumble dryer so quite pricey but worth it to have clean dry clothes!

Toilets and Showers

They were kept very clean despite the large amount of mud due to poor weather and seemed to be regularly inspected. The showers were hot which is always a plus. My only concern would be the fact that during summer months when the site is full the 5 toilets and 3 showers could get full but when we were there I never had to queue.


A good size, accommodated a large tent, awning and car easily and we weren’t even on one of the larger ones. If I was going to be picky the only thing I could really moan about were the rabbit holes and stony patches on the pitch but we worked round them. Electric was great and we managed to use a small heater (it was very cold!).

One other point of interest….

There is no mobile signal whatsoever at the site, which suited us fine, but could be annoying for some.

We would definitely return, hopefully for better weather so we can enjoy the amazing beach!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Srpayne1974 1 review from this member

We have just got back from a one week camping holiday at Holywell Bay Park (five of us in total including three children aged 12, 10 and 6).

Whilst easy to jump on the bandwagon of previous reviews, the one toilet block (separate for gents and women) could do with a lick of paint and modernisation. That said, the shower cubicles are plenty big enough and the water was always hot. I understand the development this year was the entertainment area, it would be nice for future budgets to be spent on decorating the existing one or even adding a second block.


Location – walking distance to an absolute fantastic beech – if you get the weather you couldn’t ask for better – buy some body boards, everyone on the beach has them for surfing.

Pitch size – We have a large Sunncamp family 900 tent and sometimes struggle with normal pitch sizes, here though the pitches were really large ours was 14m long by about 8 wide, plenty big enough for the tent, trailer and car.


Swimming pool + water slide – decent size swimming pool with a 300ft water slide which the kids enjoyed. Friendly lifeguards on duty all the time who didn’t seem to be whistle happy Hasslehoff wannabes – with the beach being very close the pool never seemed overly busy.

Evening entertainment – The entertainments team run by Clare was really good providing fun for smaller children early evening, bingo and evening entertainment for adults afterwards. Our 12 year old was too old for the younger bits but enjoyed playing pool and air hockey in the amusement arcade.

Restaurant + Bar: I think this is a new bar for 2011, bar staff are really friendly, prices for drinks are around normal bar prices, good choice on the food menu and of good quality although I thought a bit expensive for a family of five and perhaps served as a reminder that I should have been cooking in the great outdoors more.

Overall we really enjoyed our week at Holywell and would recommend this site certainly for family camping holidays. The touring pitches are about a 5 minute walk away from the main club and became quiet at a reasonable time. The staff are very friendly and provide a good service, the beach is superb, decent tent pitches, good entertainment, well stocked shop etc etc. Yep, all in all a good fun holiday, and already talking about returning next year with more of the family.

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