May Bank Holiday Camping in Newquay, Cornwall
A couple of months ago, another May Bank Holiday weekend came rolling around – where is the time going?! And in keeping with tradition, some friends and I spent the long weekend by the Cornish coast.
Our group was small again this year and therefore, we opted for a change in campsite. We booked to stay at the Trethiggey Park, just north of Newquay and were very pleased with our choice. The site was great! The staff were helpful and friendly, the grass pitches were clean and level and facilities were exactly what we needed. It even had a lovely little bar, ideal for relaxing after a busy day! The showers gave the most plus points though, by being free – a feature we totally took for granted until we started camping at Newquay!
Once we’d pitched up the tents and explored our home for the weekend, we nipped to the supermarket to stock up on the weekend’s essentials. The rest of our afternoon was then spent trying to avoid the rain, cooking dinner on the BBQ as soon as there was a break in the clouds and playing some fun rounds of Love Letters before retiring to bed.
We awoke the next morning to sunshine and clear blue skies – heaven! Being sure to pack our sun cream, we jumped in the cars and raced over to Holywell Bay Beach.
Jodie had visited years ago and we’d been trying to make it over for a while, but the weather had always failed us. I can now see why she was keen to return! Holywell Bay was impressive, with huge sand dunes towering at the top of the beach and dramatic coastal cliffs on either side.
The guys certainly had fun running up and down the dunes, that’s for sure!
We walked to the shoreline, bracing ourselves in the gusting winds. At the water, the men went for a paddle and we all played in the squelching sand…yes, we’re still such kids at heart!
Once we’d had enough of the dunes, we trooped back to cars and meandered over to Newquay, with one thing on our mind’s. A milkshake from Kook, a.k.a. the masters of milkshakes.
Kook offers a variety of drinks with all kinds of flavours that are scrumptious! Having had a craving for a Peanut Butter M&M shake since last year’s visit, this was my first order. Let’s just say: the craving was definitely satisfied. *Insert the heart-eyed emoji here!!*
As with each May Bank Holiday in Cornwall, we try to get a bit dressed up and venture out for a meal and couple of drinks out. This year, having had a good time last time, we decided to go back to the Bowgie Inn. I ordered mussels to start and lasagne for main, all washed down with a bottle of fizz shared with Jodie. It was delish!
After eating, we hopped in a taxi back to the campsite and proceeded to have the worst night’s sleep due to the most almighty storm. It sounded as if the world was ending! But hey, what is camping without a little drama?!
The Bank Holiday Sunday started off with sunny intervals but relatively cold. However, after a breakfast and warm coffee, we headed over to the Eden Project to do something different for the day.
The Eden Project was somewhere I’d always wanted to go but had never had the chance, so it was brilliant to finally see it. And let me tell you, it certainly didn’t disappoint – even if it was rather pricey!
If the domed Biomes weren’t impressive enough on first sight, we saw all kinds of fascinating plants and flowers whilst making our way down to them, including a pretty wildflower area and recycled art and musical pieces.
As well as the flora, there were plenty of sculptures to admire, including the Eve sculpture and giant Bumblebee.
Then we entered the Mediterranean Biome. A humid home to all kinds of weird and wonderful tropical plants. It was absolutely fascinating and completely gorgeous. Just look at those exotic flowers!
We made our way along the paths, up to the canopies, trying to spot birds and reptiles as we went. My achievement of the day had to be photographing a Lizard on the way back down!
The second Biome contained all things Mediterranean. Jodie and I were definitely in our element with all the beautiful things to photograph! It was also slightly cooler and therefore, a more enjoyable wander all round.
All of the attractions were accompanied by a detailed write-up. For example, did you know that banana’s are in fact a nut? Or that when the brightly coloured and exotic plant of the Kniphofia was originally discovered that they thought it was part of the Aloe family? And that 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our ocean’s every year?! That’s a lot of plastic! It was an eye-opening and educational experience; it would be perfect to take children to.
As I’m sure you can gather, the bromance is strong with these two!
Our final stop was the latest attraction: Invisible Worlds. We walked through the different exhibitions and learnt about the smaller world that we can’t see.
See what I mean? We’re just big kids!
After we had exhausted our time at the Eden Project, we then drove back up to Newquay and enjoyed a drink with a view at Barefoot.
Monday saw the end of our Bank Holiday break. But not before another dip into Newquay for a scone at Martha’s Tea Rooms, Kook shake – this time, I went for Ferrero Rocher…yum!! – and one last look at the beach.
I was sad to see the end of our trip but like always, I had a great time with some truly great people. And like always, I’m looking forward to next year’s already…
P I N F O R L A T E R . . .