Watergate Bay Touring Park8.4
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Watergate Bay Touring Park is four miles from the Cornish surfing capital of Newquay, but that’s no scandal – it has a countryside setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the pristine sands of Watergate Bay a mere half mile away for surfing, sand artistry, rock pooling or just lying on the sand reading important papers (holiday novels, mainly).
For those too relaxed to walk, there’s a free minibus in school holidays running from the park to Watergate Bay five times a day apart from Saturdays, or just stay on site instead: there are tons of things to do at this well-maintained family run park to suit all ages and tastes, including tennis, clambering around on the pirate play equipment, kids’ club, games room, skate park and indoor and outdoor heated pools – the latter with a retractable roof to pull over on rainy days. Clever.
Essentials are well covered too, with centrally heated amenity buildings, an on-site shop, bar and café. There’s free wifi across the park if you’ve brought your laptop or tablet; if not, there are internet computers in the amusement arcade.
Please note that depending on the time of year you visit Watergate Bay, not all entertainment and facilities are available. Please check the full terms and conditions in the 'Policies' tab for more information..
This part of Cornwall is stuffed with secluded coves, towering cliffs and sandy beaches, with seaside towns and villages scattered along the coast. But back to Watergate Bay first: the popular beach is big enough to stay uncrowded in the summer months and stretches for two and a half miles at low tide. It’s lifeguarded during summer and there are safe swimming areas for little squirts, with regular events including beach polo, Zapcat racing and family days in peak season – and a watersports and beach sports academy to help newbies dip their toe in the water or sand. Looking for refreshments? Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall is just above the beach.
Beachcombers can walk from Watergate Bay direct to Newquay, Cornwall’s surfing capital with surf schools and surf championships; even Newquay Golf Club overlooks the world-famous views of surfers’ paradise Fistral Beach. Mawgan Porth is also popular for surfers and has the South West Coast Path running along behind it for those who prefer to stay on land.
Watergate Bay is about an hour’s drive from the artisty haven of St Ives, voted Cornwall’s Best Seaside Town in 2010 and 2011, and with four beaches here to laze around on after a visit to Tate St Ives. Or follow your nose to Padstow, ten miles away from Watergate Bay and a pull for foodie types with four Rick Stein restaurants; arrange a sea-fishing trip from here or Newquay to land your own local catch.
For rainy days or day trips, there are endless attractions around Newquay and the rest of Cornwall: Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium for mini naturalists; going under the domes of the Eden Project; exploring china clay country and the Clay Trails, or getting historical at Cornwall’s old houses and castles.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
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- Newquay Zoo (3.1 miles)
- Blue Reef Aquarium (3.3 miles)
- Fistral Beach (3.7 miles)
- Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (2.2 miles)
- Trerice (4.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Bedruthen Steps and Park Head
- Newquay - River Gannel - Crantock - Polly Joke - Newquay (3.6 miles)
- Harlyn and Constantine Bays (6.5 miles)
- Newquay - River Gannel - Crantock - Polly Joke - Newquay (3.6 miles)
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A very enjoyable stay 31 May 2015
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
St Columb Minor (Cornwall): Church St Coach Stop — 2.3mi
2.3mi Newquay: Porthfour Turn Coach Stop — 2.4mi
2.4mi Newquay Bus Station — 3.5mi
- Train stations
Quintrell Downs Rail Station — 3.0mi
3.0mi Newquay Rail Station — 3.1mi
3.1mi St Columb Road Rail Station — 5.1mi
- Ferry ports
Padstow Ferry Landing — 7.7mi
7.7mi Rock Padstow Ferry Landing — 8.1mi
8.1mi Tolverne Ferry Landing — 15.6mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 1.0mi
Leave the A30 dual carriageway at the Victoria, Roche turning after you have passed Bodmin. Take the first exit off the roundabout at the end of this slip-road. Stay on this road until you see signs for the airport. Follow this sign throughout. After passing the airport terminal building, turn left onto the B3276. Half a mile from here, turn right into the park. Alternatively, from Newquay, take the B3276 coast road. The park is signposted from Watergate Bay.
Public transport - use the Newquay to Padstow bus service number 556. The bus stop is at the entrance to our park.
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Arrive:Mon 24 Jun 2013
Depart:Tue 25 Jun 2013
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