Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4NY
Our continuing mission to visit and review the best campsites in Cornwall to visit whilst on your campervan hire recently took us to Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay for a quick weekend away.
What They Say:
“Our park is the perfect choice for a family fun Cornwall holiday by the seaside and
our central Cornwall location makes it the perfect spot for exploring the county”
For a site of this size, Hendra really is a cut above most. Compared to other, large, chain operated holiday parks in Cornwall, Hendra is ahead of the game in so many respects. A family owned operation, founded in 1972 (older than our campervans – just!), the level at which the management really cares can be seen time and time again all throughout the detail and up-keep around the site. Hendra is a pretty large operation, accommodating a lot of touring pitches with a range of options and pricing, a huge amount of holiday homes of varying sizes and prices, plus premium lodges and the all important glamping pods. This should ensure there’s an affordable choice for most budgets. It can’t be easy to keep on top of so much on a site this size, but they do it very well.
As campers, we are very family orientated and so are pretty focused on facilities like soft play and playgrounds, especially the upkeep, cleanliness and safety elements, as I am sure many other parents are. In all these areas, Hendra really does score top marks. Our boys (4 and 5) really loved the soft play (Henry’s Playloft). Although it’s not massive, it kept them amused for hours and we were able to keep an eye on them the whole time – perfect – one way in and out, so no worries there! The cafe was also very clean, well stocked and reasonably priced compared to some.
It was unfortunately quite rainy during our stay, but what we did see of the outdoor facilities really impressed us. Playgrounds, climbing wall, skate park, table tennis etc, all in a good state of repair. Safe, attractive and fun. You really get the impression at this site that if anything is defective or ugly, it gets dealt with straight away.
The evening entertainment (which can often be quite a painful affair!) was actually quite fun, and for once, the sound wasn’t ear-splittingly loud and all treble-y, as we’ve seen (and heard) so many times before. Enthusiastic, happy entertainment staff, without being too gaudy, cheesy or over the top. A difficult area to perfect, I’m sure, but they’ve got it right here too. We were also treated to a free land-train ride around the site on the Saturday morning. Kids always love a train ride – even in the rain!
In terms of service, every member of staff we came across during our stay was courteous, helpful and they all seemed very happy to be there. They all seemed to know their jobs well too and do them with confidence. A really good vibe, all in all.
One of the main highlights of Hendra is definitely the swimming. Wow! The indoor pools are great! With your daily pass, you get up to 1.5 hours swimming time and free use of all the flumes and bits and bobs. This is such a great pool for both kids and adults alike. There are small slides, waterfalls, lillypad islands and squirty animals which all help to engage the younger ones, making them feel content, happy and confident and a fairly rapid lazy river, for the slightly older swimmers, that looks a lot of fun too. In the two days we were there, we witnessed both our kids confidence in swimming improve vastly – we were pretty amazed to be fair!
Big fun to be had on the three large flumes there:
Green Flume – The slowest of the three, can be ridden solo by anyone that can swim, or you can take a little one on your lap. Our two absolutely loved going on this slide again and again and I really think this propelled their confidence forwards no end.
Blue Flume – For this one, you jump on a large inflatable doughnut and bounce of the sides all the way down.
Red Flume – This is the bad-boy! Didn’t get round to trying this one out, but it’s a fast slide! completely covered tunnel that drops you down pretty fast and sends you flying out of the end in a splashy blaze of glory…
Here’s some more pics of the park…
Food-wise, we had a chance to try out the restaurant, bar, and Mario’s pizzeria and they were all properly nice and reasonably priced. Service with a smile and nice and prompt. Everything you need. On departure, we went for the two (veggie) breakfasts for £7 offer and weren’t disappointed either. Again, top marks here.
In terms of activities, Hendra really excels here. There is a lot on. Particularly for kids, other than the morning kids club and varied evening entertainment, there are sporting activities, pirate academy, different stuff in the pool, archery, segway just to mention a few. They also run larger events here. During our stay was also a real ale festival, with a couple of pop up marquees, live bands, food etc – this was very popular and kept very seperate from the rest of the site.
As you would expect, the touring facilities here are top-notch. As previously stated, there are a range of options and pricing for camping pitches, with different locations, sizes and facilities. Enough to cater for most setups. The facilities are plentiful, never far away and very well maintained, just like the rest of the site. We were actually in one of their mobile homes for our stay, which we were blown away with the quality of – We stayed in a “Porthminster” static, which felt brand new and more like being in an apartment than a caravan. All mod-cons of normal house-like proportions, central heating etc. King size bed in the main room and the choice of either en-suite and one other bedroom, or two more double rooms. With the door shut, we couldn’t even notice the horrendous weather outside. On that note, we were always able to drive from our pitch to the main area and always found a car parking space, despite the site being quite busy with the beer festival and a lot of holidaymakers too.
Those unfamiliar with the local area of Newquay would be introduced to its many offerings. There are some of the most gorgeous beaches, coastal paths and views in Cornwall, a decent zoo, aquarium, boating lake, crazy golf and often funfairs in holiday season. It’s a surfing hotspot and also very popular for its myriad of bars, clubs, restaurants and surf-style clothing stores. There should be something for most people and ages here, proving why it’s heralded as one of the top holiday destinations of the UK. Of an evening, especially on a summer weekend, the town centre itself can get very busy with the younger, party generation – it’s sometimes touted as “The Ibiza of the UK” so don’t say I didn’t warn you, lots of revelry goes on here!
In conclusion, we really would rate Hendra as one of the top (if not the top) holiday park of its type in the south west. If you’re after a fun, family site, that’s nice and laid back but has everything you need for you and your kids to have a great time, then you don’t need to look much further – especially if you like swimming! So, if you’re going to take your kids on a campervan holiday in Cornwall, we recommend you have a good look at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay.
Full disclosure: We were invited to come and stay at Hendra Holiday Park. If you would like us to come and review your campsite, please just drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do! As usual, any comments, questions or suggestions always welcome… see you in a field!