Beachside Holiday Park Review Hayle Cornwall
We were invited by are good friends Tony and Tina to spend my birthday weekend at the Beachside Holiday Park. They have been visiting this park for many years and had always sung it’s praises.
This was the first time we had visited this area and the park was really easy to find. Through the main entrance from the main road is a long winding lane that does have passing lay-by’s.
As you enter the park there is a large grassed area with pitches with hook up and water, this area did get very busy and had the majority of the pitches. would be great for families and groups of friends travelling together.
Our pitch was located further into the park turning right past the swimming pool and up a small hill. Our pitch 54 was ideal with only one other pitch next door and all the other pitches separated by large grass areas. Hook up and water was readily available.
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Facilities at the Beachside Park
Toilet and shower block
There is only one Shower and Toilet block at the Beachside Holiday Park that does get very busy. Really with the size of the park a second block would be useful. It was clean, functional and had an accessible shower room too. There was also an area with multiple sinks for washing up too.
Reception and shop
There is a shop with a selection of provisions on their shelves and we did see an Asda delivery van dropping off shopping to people staying on site. Asda and Lidl are a short drive away. There is a small selection of take ways foods on site and we also noticed many Chinese, Thai and Indian takeaways in Hayle which would deliver to the Beachside Holiday Park. You won’t go hungry here! At the Beachside shop you can also hire Kayaks, paddleboards, and wet suits.
In the bar area it was quite strange to have an area right by the big screen for the kids to play which could be a little distracting. However the bar area was a decent size and had a really cute nautical theme. Paul watched some football in the bar, it had a good selection of beers, friendly staff with basic plastic chairs to sit on.
Outdoor heated swimming pool
The Beachside holiday park facilities are really family friendly. They include a children’s adventure playground, games room, outdoor boules and table tennis. The outdoor heated swimming pool was very popular and you need to get there early to get a bed. It was good to see a lifeguard on duty too.
If you walk towards the sea past the chalet accomodation, you come across a huge grassed playing area which had goal posts and plenty of room for the kids to run around. There was also a large play area to the right. Something to consider, if you are booking a sea view chalet or bungalow to bear this in mind, great if you are travelling with kids but is very noisy if you are not.
There are multiple benches at the edge of the park all with beautiful seaviews. There is a sandy path that leads directly onto Hayle Beach, this was easy to walk down, but very challenging to coming back up. We were very happy to see these benches so we could get our breath back!
The benches are a great place to sit and watch the sun go down too!
There are various other types of accommodation at the Beachside Holiday Park and we will include a link at the bottom of this post so you can see the options that are available to book.
A Motorhome service point is also available just to the left of the main reception building should you need it.
Location of the Beachside Holiday Park
The location is excellent, walking distance to the beach and a 20 minute walk into Hayle. We had heard that Hayle beach was beautiful but we were still surprised at how stunning it was, we were blessed with excellent weather and we both thought we could of been walking on a beach in Thailand not the UK.
Hayle beach is stunning in the sunshine but we had been warned about the Weever fish that can be found in shallow waters and have spines that can impale the soles of your feet so beach shoes are really recommended. Some parts of the year too jelly fish can be seen but we only saw a couple during our stay.
We loved this beach and spent a lot of our time here, if you turn left on the beach you can walk all the way into Hayle town via the estuary in low tide. You will pass a pub called the Bluff Inn which is great for a refreshment break and has great views over the beach too, another great spot for a sunset.
If you are travelling with your dog do be aware that dogs are not allowed on the beach during May to September.
What to do in the surrounding area
Sample the local Cornish food delights!
We were told by so many people to try the Philps famous pasties of Cornwall. Coming in standard and extra large size, I am sure you can guess which one Paul picked. I chose the standard one, it was filling but so delicious I struggled through!
We also tried Warren’s pasties which were excellent too!
Paul loves Fish and Chips and these from Lewis’s in Hayle were particularly good, succulent white fish with lashings off salt and vinegar, delicious!
Walk to the Bucket of Blood Pub
Walk down the driveway, turn right and just past the church you will come to the Bucket of Blood Pub. The name came from an old well that was present in the grounds where the water was red tainted from the tin of the local mines.
We spent a few nights here, had a great time with the Cornish hospitality and some superb food. We would definitely recommend a visit for a meal, they currently only serve food between 6-9 pm but do check out their opening times on their website here.
Go bird watching at the Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve
From the Bucket of Blood you can walk down Phillack Hill and go bird watching at the Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve. It is a site of special scientific interest, noted for it’s biological interest including wintering and migrating birds. Wander down King George V Memorial Walk into the town. If your a twitcher then this is the place to be. This is tidal however, on a Sunday the area is flooded and the lock gates used. Regatta’s and other water based events are then held here.
Go for a dip at Hayle’s outdoor swimming pool
At the end of King George V Memorial Walk you will find the outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months. For more information check out Hayles Council Site here.
Go for a swim or grab a snack at the Black Lobster
Walk to the right from the pool and you will come to the beach on the estuary. This was a popular spot for families to take their kids and dogs for a swim. There is also a little cafe here called the Black Lobster that serve drinks and snacks, with bean bags and deck chairs to relax on and watch the world go by.
Jump on the local bus and visit St Ives
Buses go regularly from the main road to St Ives. It only takes about 20 minutes and is a beautiful place to explore. Wander around the harbour then head to Porthmeor Beach for a sunset drink, a great day out. We found taxis easy to find and reasonable too.
Our verdict of the Beachside Holiday Park
The Beachside Holiday Park is in a perfect location, and Hayle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen in the UK. The facilities on the park are good with lots of options of camping through to private bungalows depending on your budget. We would definitely recommend a stay here and we are sure that we will return.
Our video of the full tour of the Beachside Holiday Park.
We had a wonderful time in Cornwall and have put this video together for travel tips on what to see in this beautiful part of the world. Do make sure you watch this too so you can make the most of your stay.
For more information about the variety of accommodation available and prices do visit the Beachside Holiday Park Website here.
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