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A Typical English Holiday in Cornwall

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A May 2005 trip to Cornwall by Sarah the Expat

Paradise Park Photo, Cornwall, England More Photos
Quote: Hubby thought I needed to experience the English "holiday camp" of his childhood, so we were off with the in-laws to Haven Perran Sands, just south of Newquay.

A Typical English Holiday in Cornwall

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Paradise Park in Cornwall was really my most favourite thing. The holiday camp experience was interesting but certainly didn't fulfill my craving for "real" camping. However, it was fairly easy-going and relaxing, and I'd do it again if we had children.Quick Tips: The holiday camp office has plenty of brochures and information about local attractions, and you'll pick up lots when you check in.Best Way To Get Around: It's best to have a car so you can get to some of the more far-flung attractions, such as Paradise Park, or just explore the small towns yourselves. There are buses from Perran Sands that go to Truro or Newquay once an hour, and from Truro bus station, you can get to m...Read More

Haven Perran Sands

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Hotel

Haven Perran Sands Photo, Cornwall, England
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Best Things Nearby:It is about a 20-minute drive from Newquay or Truro and a 40-minute drive to St Ives or Eden Project.Best Things About the Resort:Beautiful views of the beach, a waterslide (called a "flume" here), and barsResort Experience:An English holiday camp is my husband's idea of "roughing it," which I find hysterically funny given my upbringing on US state campgrounds with tents, campfire cooking, and pit toilets! He tells me this is a very typical "camp," so I'll describe it. Your accommodation choices are mainly between a caravan (basically a mobile home) or a chalet (small apartment). Depending on how much you want to pay, you can ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Haven Perran Sands
Perranporth, Cornwall
Cornwall, England

Cream Teas

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Restaurant | "Demystifying Cream Teas"

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One thing my husband insisted I had to have was a traditional cream tea. Apparently only popular in Devon and Cornwall, you'll see small signs or notices in tons of restaurants and cafés saying "Cream Teas served here," so it's not hard to find! Not native to England, I wasn't sure what to expect, and the substance called "clotted cream" sounded anything but appetizing. A cream tea basically consists of two scones, a small pot of clotted cream, two packets of strawberry jam, and a pot of tea (though you can usually ask to substitute coffee). The best way to describe clotted cream is somewhere in between cream and butter--thicker than cream, softer than butter, tastes like bland unsalte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Cream Teas
Throughout Cornwall & Devon
Cornwall, England

Smuggler's Den Inn

Restaurant

Smuggler's Den Inn Photo, Cornwall, England
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This is a 16th-century thatched cottage tucked away in the valley near the Perran Sands holiday camp--we were lucky to find it! We had to stop and ask directions twice, but both people told us it wasn't to be missed, and they were right. This is not your typical pub fare. I had brie, bacon, and cranberry-topped garlic bread to start and a perfectly cooked steak for my main, served with jacket potato and salad. My in-laws had delicious-looking fish specials and said that they were excellent. This place is a bit pricy if you were expecting Cornwall to be a bargain, but with hubby and I used to London prices, it seemed reasonable at £70 for the four of us to have starters, mains, and drinks. ...Read More

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Smuggler's Den Inn
Trebellan, Cubert, Newquay
Cornwall, England
+44 01672 830209

Paradise Park

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Attraction | "Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary"

Paradise Park Photo, Cornwall, England
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Opening Time: 10am, every day of the year, last entry times vary with season Admission: Adults 8.50, Children 3-15 7.50, under 3 years free, seniors 6.50, disabled 5.00 Getting there: Take the A30 to the Hayle/St Ives roundabout, the follow the signs. Website: www.paradisepark.org.uk This is a lovely park with beautiful gardens all the way through. It isn't terribly big but would be tiring enough to small children. There was some construction going on when we went, so I assume it's a bit more peaceful at other times! Mostly you'll see birds of all different shapes and sizes, and there is an opportunity to feed the lorikeets, which I wa...Read More

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Paradise Park
16 Trelissick Road
Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HB

Land's End

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Attraction

Land's End Photo, Cornwall, England
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Since we'd already driven to St Ives, we decided to keep going and see Land's End. I've never seen a more spectacular tourist trap. The scenery is gorgeous, and it's well worth going, but it's somewhat depressing how much money they try to milk out of you while you're there. You'll need to pay £3 minimum for parking, but at least it's free to walk around and take pictures! However, if you want your picture with the famous sign that shows the mileage to wherever you're from, it will cost you £10 at the least, and they have it cordoned off, so you can't take your own pictures. Your best bet is to wait until the photographer is distracted, check the mileage chart to see how far your hometown is, and...Read More

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Land's End
B3306 from St. Ives/B3315 fro Penzance
Cornwall, England