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Stayed there in August 2012 – two adults and two small children (then 5 and three) - loved it and came straight back the next year (2013 obviously) ! The first time, we took a taxi from Penzance train station which took about 10 minutes. The kids just loved the site instantly – there’s three fields with lots of space to run around, race a soapbox down the hill, fly a kite or just play - there’s always lots of the other children. Amazing views of the beach – you can check the tide (and the swell) from up the hill. It takes about 10 minutes to walk down to the beach, you can also drive but it’s really close. The walk back up can be daunting, so you better pack your beach bags carefully in the morning!
There’s a smallish restaurant at the beach – the Sandbar – and they have a nice terrace to sit and watch the waves from. The prices are ok but not overly cheap. You can take surfing lessons and rent surf boards or body boards at the surf shop next door. The beach is good for body boarders and beginner surfers.
A small shop at the campsite sells a few basic items – milk, crisps and sweets – and they will let you freeze your ice packs and charge your phone for a small fee. Mobile phone reception is very poor but this was a plus in our book. There’s a petrol station about five minutes’ walk from the site where you can stock up on bacon, bread and vegetables. If you need a supermarket, there’s a Morrison’s on the way to Penzance and a Lidl in town but you need a car for these. If you are into fishing, the angling shop opposite the petrol station sells the best bait. Shower blocks at the site are very basic but always clean and hot showers are free. There’s a washing machine and also a tumble dryer. The owners are incredibly friendly. John even recharged our battery the second time around when our car didn’t start – we were going to pay for it but he wouldn’t have it.
It can get busy over the August bank holidays but it never feels packed. The only caveat is the slope – most pitches are flat but some definitely aren’t – you have been warned. Overall, it’s a lovely site at amazing value and if we could we would definitely be coming back again this year!
This is a very 'rustic' campsite. It is basically 2-3 fields on a farm. There is a toilet block for ladies and gents- the ladies were okay but very rustic indeed and not the cleanest! The poor guys though had 3 showers- one of 'which was practically a shower tray in a corregated hut. Didn't see the owner much, but the shop/office was open a few hours early morning and 6-8pm in the evening (although we didn't venture in there). The fields are very slopy but bearable. On the upside, the location of the campsite is amazing and the views in the lower field where we were are beautiful, overlooking Praa Sands beach. Although the beach looks far away, you are higher up than further away. It is a steep climb back to the campsite from the beach but worth it! Beach was pretty much empty which was lovely and we hired kayaks from the beach store for only £15 a double kayak. They also rent out surfboards, wetsuits etc. It is only £3 to park there all day, which is a bonus. The 'Sandbar' was very nice, but not the cheapest drinks. Although food looked amazing! Overall, a very rustic campsite but worth the sacrifice for the stunning location and beach.
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Loads of lovely space in the main field to run around and around and around in – 'til everyone’s really dizzy.The main block has 12 toilets and 4 showers for ladies and just 1 shower, a toilet plus some urinals for the gents. But don’t feel like you’re the victims of sexism here, guys, as there’s a smaller block behind the farmhouse with 3 toilets and another shower. They can get a bit mucky during busy times, so have your flip-flops to hand and spare loo roll, though rumour has it this situation is improving. There’s also a washing machine and ironing board available in the laundry room, 3 large sinks for dishwashing, electrical hook-ups and waste-disposal facilities.
Make sure the bicycle brakes work before spinning off down the hill to the beach.
The beach. Surfboards are available to hire and there are rock pools at either end of the mile-long beach. A pub, café and beach shop are all within easy reach.
If it rains
Flambards (01326 573404) in nearby Helston is a vast adventure ride, activities and exhibitions attraction. The rides are outdoors, but the popular Victorian Village experience is inside, along with play areas and a hands-on science experience. A more cultured alternative would be the Tate – plus the cafés, restaurants and shops – at St Ives (01736 796226), about 20 minutes’ drive from here.
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Take a train to Penzance then hop onto a First Western National bus 2, 2A or 2B to Praa Sands. If the bus driver’s a good ‘un you may be lucky enough to get dropped off at the campsite