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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..

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby


Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Motorhome service point

Seasonal sites

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room


Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access



Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Hikers’ paradise


Remote location

Spectacular scenery


Large (51-200 sites)


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  • Tregurrian, Newquay, Cornwall, England, TR8 4AD
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.4479°N 5.0271°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Columb Minor (Cornwall): Church St Coach Stop — 3.7 kilometres
Newquay: Porthfour Turn Coach Stop — 3.9 kilometres
Newquay Bus Station — 5.7 kilometres
Train stations
Quintrell Downs Rail Station — 4.9 kilometres
Newquay Rail Station — 5.0 kilometres
St Columb Road Rail Station — 8.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Padstow Ferry Landing — 12.4 kilometres
Rock Padstow Ferry Landing — 13.0 kilometres
Tolverne Ferry Landing — 25.1 kilometres
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 1.6 kilometres


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.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • Newquay Zoo (5.1 kilometres)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium (5.4 kilometres)
  • Fistral Beach (5.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (3.6 kilometres)
  • Trerice (7.0 kilometres)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.



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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

Please note that we are a families and couples-only site.

Please be aware that some of our facilities are not available all year round:
- On-site bar is open for Easter week, every weekend from May Day, and every night from spring bank holiday until the last weekend in September as is the Amusement Arcade.
- Nightly entertainment is only organised during busy periods.
- Café and takeaway are open bank holidays and every night from spring bank holiday until mid-September.
- Shop is open from May Day until mid-September but has only limited hours outside busy periods.
- Swimming pool is open for Easter and at least until the end of September, dependent on the weather.
- Kids' club is run throughout spring bank holiday week and the school holidays from the end of July until the end of August.