Campsites in Helston, Cornwall

116 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Helston

Campsites near Helston: scenic stays at Cornwall’s western end

It’s a very handsome part of the world, the far end of Cornwall – and we reckon that holiday parks and campsites near Helston are excellent places from which to explore. Why so? Well, here’s a spot that’s got easy access from the main roads and is strategically placed just between the gorgeous Lizard Peninsula and the also-gorgeous Penwith Heritage Coast (that’s the bit that lays claim to Land’s End).

There are so many beaches and cracking coastal views around here that you could dawdle around for many a day/week/month and still find new views to gaze at. And those views are another reason why skipping the indoor accommodation in favour of a campsite or holiday park near Helston makes so much sense: out there in the fresh air you can soak up that scenery from the start of the day through to sunset and starry night.

And on top of the beaches and coast walks, there are pretty gardens to wander around and arty times close by in St Ives, and there’s an excellent theme park just outside town… All ready to say hello to the best campsites near Helston? Read on for our guide to picking your place to stay.

Seclusion or social times: which Helston camping style suits you?

That spectacular scenery and the famously mild climate that accompanies it draw all sorts of folk to these parts – and with that in mind there’s also a good amount of variety among Helston campsites and holiday parks.

Bringing along your own canvas? Our tent pitches around this part of Cornwall cater for everyone from those keen to find a quiet corner with just the basic facilities to families who favour more interaction and a good stack of facilities to keep the nippers busy. 

It’s a similar situation for motorhome pitches and caravan parks in Helston: some will be simple spots in a grass field, while others will have you hooked up to electricity, water and wifi and give you access to leisure activities on site.

In need of somewhere all set up and ready to move into? Glamping near Helston is the way forward for you, whether you select a sweet little shepherd’s hut for two or opt to bundle the whole tribe into something like a yurt, bell tent, wigwam or tipi for the camping vibe without having to do any construction.

If you like a little more solidity and space in your life, there are plenty of Helston holiday parks that can sort you with smart lodges and static caravans – details vary from place to place, but most of these setups have most of the kit you’ll need provided (the saucepans, the towels, the oh-so-vital bottle opener, that sort of thing) so you can afford to travel light too (well, aside from the surfboards, bikes and any other kit you may be bringing).

Finding facilities for your Helston camping trip

Another aspect of picking the place for you is to think about the facilities on your wishlist: both the non-negotiables and the would-be-nices. Whatever kind of Helston holiday park or campsite you’re plumping for, our handy tick boxes of features and themes will help you narrow down the choices to the ones that are just right for you.

On offer around this part of Cornwall are all sorts of styles, from very simple pitches with access to little more than a toilet all the way up to all-singing, all-dancing family resorts packed with things to do on site. And in between are various places that have cherry-picked a few facilities to make life a little comfier for guests… it’s all up to you which you choose.

What sort of thing might you expect to find? Well, this being one of the warmest parts of the UK, there are a fair few Helston campsites with outdoor swimming pool. And as it’s a top family destination, you may well be able to find such things as a play area and a kids’ club that’ll sweep the nippers up for various activities (perhaps allowing the elders a few moments for the bar…) Fishing lake? Place to eat? Hot tub to bubble away any surf-related sore bits? Take your pick.

On top of all that, those tick boxes can help sort various other questions – most handy if you’re looking for a place that allows dogs, for example, or is for adults only.

Where to go, what to do while staying at a Helston campsite

Well, you can’t possibly go to Cornwall without spending some time at the coast, can you? And there’s tons of choice on that front around here, whatever your favoured shoreline activity is. 

If you’re down here for the walks, the South West Coast Path is the obvious place to start: pick a chunk or set out to cover as much of it as you can over the course of a few days. There are some particularly splendid spots around the Lizard Peninsula, just down the road from Helston, and of course the section around Sennen Cove and Land’s End is a must-do. Coastal attractions like St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre aren’t far away either.

More of a beachy type? Try Praa Sands for family swims and easy surfing, or take a walk out to the turquoise waters of Kynance Cove. And there’s plenty of scope for watersports around here too, whether you’re a hardened surf type, just taking your first steps on a board or in search of something like paddleboarding or kayaking.

But although the coast may be utterly fab, it’s really worth leaving at least a little bit of time for some of the other fine stuff to do around here: perhaps a subterranean adventure at the Poldark Mine, an adrenaline-packed day at Flambards Theme Park, a trip to Trebah Garden or some time spent with the cute sea creatures at the National Seal Sanctuary?

There’s so much to see and do in Cornwall, it certainly merits a lengthy stay. Turn your holiday into a proper tour by checking out all our campsites and holiday parks in Cornwall.


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