We were so excited when asked to visit and review Trevella Park in Cornwall. When we checked out their website it sounded just perfect for us. It is a Five Star Caravan and Camping Park and also has newly erected Safari Tents if you are a fashionable ‘glamper’. There is no noisy clubhouse (been there, done that, never again!), loads of space for children to run around and they actively encourage children to enjoy all the space on the site and in the local area.
Trevella has been awarded the David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award for the last 15 years and when we arrived on site we could see why. The park is immaculately kept, whilst still allowing areas of wild grass to encourage wildlife. There are two man-made fishing lakes which have been planted as a nature reserve and look like they have been there forever! We walked around both lakes and were amazed by all the wildlife we saw. The staff actively encourage ‘green’ travel around the area. A bus will pick you up right outside the gate and there is also a local taxi service which is very easy to book. You can recycle your waste at Trevella although I did think specific instructions for doing this could have been given to us on arrival. We are very pro-active in doing this but I think a little more encouragement would not go amiss, for those families that may not think of doing so.
During the summer season (July 26th to August 30th) they also offer Ranger Activities and Campfire Storytelling which sounds just perfect for children with a love of the outdoors. The Ranger Activities includes:
- Spooky night-time walks to spot moths and bats
- building animal homes and feeding stations
- discovering underwater insects
- exploring underground mammal burrows with tiny cameras
- catching bugs with pit-fall traps
- survival skills including shelter building and map reading
- freshwater fishing for beginners
As we visited out of the summer holidays we were not able to try out the ranger activities but I know my children would have just loved to try out everything on this list! We were at Trevella for 3 nights and we tried to cram in as much as we could but there is SO much to do in this part of Cornwall. The first thing we wanted to do was to check out the outdoor heated pool. We’ve tried a fair few supposedly heated outdoor pools only to find that they are more like jumping into a freezing cold bath. Thankfully, the pool at Trevella really is heated to a good temperature and despite it being a very cloudy day we still managed to enjoy having a good swim. Well, when I say ‘we’ I mean Daddy and the children as I had an important job of
reading the paper by the pool taking photographs.
Next up on our list of ‘must do’ activities was to try out the walk from Trevella down to Crantock Beach. I am from Cornwall and have visited so many beaches and coves up and down the coast and Crantock has always been one of my favourites. At low tide the tidal river leaves a multitude of warm pools which are perfect for small children. Be warned though you should definitely not venture into the river at high tide as it is very dangerous. The walk down to Crantock takes about half an hour with small children (or a lot longer if like us, you stop to play on the robe swings that can be found along the way). It is a beautiful walk, just head to the bottom of the park and find the ‘kissing gate’ and start your walk here. Initially the walk is through farmland and then it follows the beautiful Gannal Estuary. As a lover of Enid Blyton adventures, this walk has it all. Hidden coves, secret dens, bunnies and butterflies galore. The children absolutely loved it!
If visiting Trevella with young children I would highly recommend a trip to The Lappa Valley Steam Railway. We LOVE it here and it is perfect for pre-teenage children. In addition to the lovely rides on the miniature steam trains, Lappa Valley is full of good, old-fashioned fun. There is a (very safe) boating lake and 3 lovely playgrounds, a brick maize and a great little cafe which sells good, healthy foods and some not so healthy but very yummy cakes! The gift shop on site is filled with gift ideas which are all surprisingly good value for money and we came away with quite a few purchases for our ‘Christmas drawer’.
There are too many other fantastic local attractions to mention in this post but if I had to suggest more then I would have to say Dairyland, Newquay and of course The Eden Project. If you want other ideas of what to do when visiting Cornwall then take a look at Trevella’s own 50 Great Adventures in Cornwall which is full of ideas that will keep you busy year after year. There are some great suggestions on here, many of which you can do for free.
So would I recommend Trevella to other people? Yes, most definitely! In fact I have been ever since we got back. It is a perfect setting for Cornwall family holidays and also great for couples or those with a passion for fishing. We saw a massive carp being landed from one of those lakes! If you do visit the park, please pop back here and share your holiday tips too!
Disclaimer: Trevella provided me with a free 3-night break in a luxury caravan in return for an honest review of their Camping and Caravan Park. All comments and opinions are my own.