For your first night, head to the North Coast of Cornwall, staying at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park.
Mother Ivey’s Bay, Trevose Head PL28 8SL - This campsite is where us ‘locals’ tend to choose if we have a weekend free. It is in a wonderful location at Trevose Head: near enough to Padstow to visit, without being too close! Mother Ivey’s Bay has a private beach which is stunning – you needn’t leave the campsite to keep the kids entertained. And supper cooked in the van and eaten on the beach just can’t be beaten. Open April 1st – end October 01841 520990 or www.motheriveysbay.com
Padstow can get busy even during quieter seasons. We like to visit without actually driving into the town – via a beautiful cycle route. If you jump in your camper, drive instead to Wadebridge (10 miles away). If you park in the car park behind Lidl, you can hire bikes from Bridge Cycle Hire www.bridgebikehire.co.uk just next door and cycle straight onto the Camel Trail. Completely traffic free; this flat scenic route follows the Exe Estuary and you can often find refreshment stands along the route, offering hot & cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. You can reach Padstow within 5 miles and lunch at Rick Steins’ for some delicious fish & chips or nosh a pasty on the harbour wall (beware the seagulls, though!) During the spring and summer it is always best to book your bikes in advance as this route can by quite busy at times. Bridge Cycle Hire offer a range of bikes, tandems, tag-alongs etc, so something to suit everyone!
For your second night you might like to head to the South Coast of Cornwall. Treveague Farm at Gorran, St Austell comes highly recommended by previous customers.
Treveague Farm, Gorran , St Austell PL26 6NY– a very friendly site with immaculate facilities and beautiful views of the sea. Within walking distance of three beaches. The owners have clearly put some thought into summer entertainment, with a story teller visiting during peak season and a wonderful organic alfresco café. I can’t wait to visit, myself! Open April – September 01726 842295 www.treveaguefarm.co.uk
The Eden Project is a great family attraction: with plenty to see and do, both indoors and outdoors and a good selection of eateries. Our children have always enjoyed visiting. Just 15 miles from Treveague Farm campsite: about 45 mins in the campervan. www.edenproject.com Make sure you check out their website to see what will be going on when you visit.
For your third night it would be worth driving a little closer to Okehampton so you don’t need to make a lengthy journey on your final morning. Harford Bridge Holiday Park at Tavistock is a firm favourite with younger families.
Harford Bridge, Tavistock PL19 9LS Tel: 01822 810349 10% off all Bookings here when you trundle up in an O’Connors Campervan! This award winning, beautiful, family-run caravan park is set in Dartmoor National Park with delightful views of Cox Tor. The River Tavy forms a boundary offering riverside camping and other level spacious pitches. Previous customers have recommended the bottom field for camping which is right next to the river. This site can be found to the west of Okehampton (about 25 minutes away). Open mid-March – mid-November. www.harfordbridge.co.uk The Elephant’s Nest at Horndon, Mary Tavy is worth a visit. Great food and gorgeous garden. 01822 810349. The Peter Tavy Inn is also about 30 minutes (brisk) walk from the campsite & serves good local food & real ale.
Time to return your campervan in time for 10am, on your final morning. It is a 14 mile journey from Harford Bridge Holiday Park to Okehampton, taking you just under half an hour to reach O’Connors Campers. Don’t want to go home yet? The Original Miniature Pony Centre can be found just beyond Moretonhampstead on the road towards Princetown TQ13 8RG · 01647 432400 www.miniatureponycentre.com (Open Easter - October) Our children loved this park when they were younger and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, wonderful restaurant and rolling countryside setting.
Alternatively Simmon’s Park in Okehampton has a great children’s play area and is beautifully landscaped – perfect for a final picnic!