Best places to stay in Cornwall with a Campervan during summer# Camping
Situated in England’s southwestern region, the county of Cornwall is a popular ocean side getaway. The main feature of this region is its long, sandy beaches, but the landscape also consists of wild moorlands, valleys, towering cliffs and sprawling countryside. Cornwall’s south coast, which is known as the Cornish Riviera, is known for its scenic villages. The north coast is known for its rugged scenery and excellent surfing beaches. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful peninsula, you’re likely wondering about the best places to stay in Cornwall with a Campervan.
Keep reading to find out about some of the best Campervan parks and wild camping sites that are around the region. Learn more about this amazing place that’s so unique, it even has its own language! Another thing that makes Cornwall a great place to visit with a Campervan during summer is the fabulous weather. With mild temperatures and plenty of sun, the county has one of the most favourable climates in the United Kingdom.
Top 5 campsites to stay in Cornwall with Campervan during summer
If you’re travelling with children and want access to comfort amenities in a safe and maintained environment, the best place to park your Campervan is at a campsite, and there are many of them around Cornwall.
1. Campsite in St. Austell
Trelispen Caravan and Camping Park is a scenic, relaxing place close to beaches and historic sites such as the Iron Hill Fort and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. On-site facilities include toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Other nearby attractions include the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Wheal Martyn Clay Works and Hangloose Adventure Zip lining Adventures.
2. Campsite in St. Ives
Ayr Holiday Park overlooks a beach and is the perfect spot to enjoy incredible sunsets. This campsite is only a five-minute walk away from the pretty little town of St. Ives where you’ll find many services and attractions including the Tate Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Penwith Gallery. Some of the amenities you’ll find at this campsite include toilets, showers, laundry facilities, a games room, free Wi-Fi and a café.
3. Campsite in Newquay
At The View Campsite, you’ll enjoy a central location close to one of the best beaches in the region at Watergate Bay. You’ll enjoy a range of amenities including an indoor swimming pool, café, skate park, tennis courts and a games room. This campsite is considered to be one of the best places to stay in Cornwall with Campervan. Nearby attractions include Pirate’s Quest Adventure Golf and Town Walking Trail.
4. Campsite in Helston
Granary Barn Camping is a more traditional campsite set in an ideal position for exploring the scenic Lizard Peninsula region of Cornwall. A long beautiful beach is only a few minutes away in Porthleven and hiking, sea kayaking and cliff climbing are popular activities in the area. Toilets, hot showers and laundry facilities are some of the amenities you’ll find here. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Cornish Life, Cornish Seal Sanctuary and Crealy Theme Park & Resort.
5. Campsite in Porthtowan
Mount Pleasant Eco Park is set in a countryside location with direct access to a beach. On-site you’ll find basic amenities and a cosy vegan café. Nearby attractions include Tehidy Park, Heartlands Mining Heritage Site and St. Agnes Head.
Best places to stay in Cornwall with Campervan – Semi-wild campsites
1. Semi-wild campsite in Saltash
Bush Farm Wild Camping is conveniently positioned close to Whitsand Beach and the town of Looe. Besides a couple of toilets and showers, there aren’t many facilities at this campsite, but the 200 acres of land to explore more than make up for that! Nearby attractions include Mount Edgcumbe House and Country, Trematon Castle and Antony Woodland Garden.
2. Semi-wild campsite in Falmouth
Trewen Farm Campsite is a family-run site in a scenic area overlooking Falmouth Bay. The pitch area is large and wide-open, and pets are welcome. Nearby attractions include Pendennis Castle, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth Art Gallery and Trebah Garden.
3. Semi-wild campsite in Barn
Pleasant Streams Farm Camping is a peaceful and wild place surrounded by stunning natural beauty. On-site, you’ll find several lakes, row boats and friendly farm animals. A beautiful beach is only ten minutes away.
Another option for semi-wild camping is stopover sites such as Gorran Haven Car park in St, Austell and King Arthur’s Car Park in Tintagel. Some pubs and businesses will allow Campervans to stay overnight for a small fee.
More travel tips for Cornwall
Cornwall is home to some amazing attractions for the whole family. As you explore the region in your Campervan, be sure to stop at:
- Tintagel Castle in Tintagel
- Land’s End in Penzance
- Tate St. Ives Gallery and Café
- Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay
- The Newquay Zoo
- The Minack Theatre in Penzance
If you prefer to explore the natural features of the region, Eden Project in St. Blazey, Saint Michael’s Mount in Marazion and Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula are top places to visit.
Kids love stopping at Flambards Theme Park in Helston, where they’ll enjoy a wide range of exciting things to do and Camel Creek in Wadebridge, which is home to many rides and other fun attractions. Other popular attractions for families include Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary in Hayle and Dairyland Farm World in Newquay.
Of course, if you’re travelling in a Campervan, you’ll likely want to check out some of the incredible scenic drives that are around the Cornwall region of England. The road that travels from St. Ives to Sennen is sandwiched between vast ocean views and expansive moorlands and along this road, you’ll see lighthouses, farms, headlands and scenic villages.
Boscastle to Bude features rugged scenery and towering cliffs, ending at the stunning beaches of Bude. Portreath to Godrevy features dramatic cliffs and amazing views of St. Ives Bay. You’ll also see the Hell’s Mouth seal colony and pass through the pretty town of Hayle before arriving in beautiful St. Ives. Other popular road tripping routes in Cornwall include The Roseland, Newquay to Padstow, Marazion to Mousehole and Bodmin Moor.
Summer Festivals in Cornwall
While travelling around Cornwall during summer, you can also plan to attend one or more festivals that take place in the region during that time. Whether you’re into food, beverages, music, culture, or history, there are festivals catering to every interest!
Music festivals are particularly popular in all of England, including the Cornwall region. St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Port Isaac, Rock Oyster Festival in Wadebridge, Tunes in the Dunes in Perranporth and the Cornwall Folk Festival in Wadebridge are just some of the popular music festivals in Cornwall.
Tropical Pressure, which takes place in Porthtowan in July, is a celebration of world music. At this festival, you’ll enjoy the tastes and sounds of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Boardmasters, which takes place in Watergate in August, features a variety of musical acts but mainly focuses on surfing and skateboarding. The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival takes place in September in Penhallow and showcases folk artists.
As you can see, Cornwall is definitely worth a visit (or maybe even several visits). No matter if you’re looking for a beach holiday this summer or exploring castles and wildlife, there’s something in it for everyone! Need even more inspiration for visiting Cornwall in a Campervan? Check out our “Holidays in Cornwall” article! Our crew member Steffi is sharing her experiences travelling the Cornwall region with her family.
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