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Surrounding the prestigious county of Cornwall is its wonderful coasts. Brimming with wildlife and character, the rocky cliffs of the south-western county present a great opportunity for water-based activities.  These exhilarating activities can range between scuba diving with seals, and surfing the notorious breakers on the Cornish coastline. However, the prestigious county also offers a large range of indoor activities when the weather is not up to scratch.

One company that offers a thrilling experience is "Kernow Coasteering”, which claims to be the UK's “most westerly adventure activity provider”, delivers a range of cliff and sea activities. It offers people the chance to see inaccessible parts of the coast whilst climbing and swimming. Customers scramble along the coastline, where they face the lively and overwhelming charisma of the sea. The experience has been described as “heart pumping and energetic” and is highly recommended by previous visitors. Prices start from £40 and you need to be over the age of 9.

If you want to experience the dynamic nature of surfing but do not want to embark on a large expedition to the other side of Cornwall to do so, then look no further than the Sunset Surf. This surf school/café is conveniently located just 0.8 miles away from the park and offers great surf-tutoring regardless of your current ability or age. Two-hour lessons start at £30pp, which includes all the equipment you need; a wetsuit and surfboard. 

You are also entitled to a complimentary hot chocolate after your surf! The Sunset Surf also offers equipment hire which includes wetsuits and surfboards which are handy if you don’t own any equipment. The Sunset Surf café serves great food all day and displays a brilliant view over the golden sands of Gwithian beach and over St. Ives Bay. The “friendly” and “passionate” character of this surf hub makes it a must visit, especially due to its convenient 3-minute drive away.

If you enjoy rapid, adrenaline fuelled activities then cast your search towards Coast2Coast Karting.  This karting corporation offers entertainment for all, over 8 years old.  There are 3 kart types, which have engines especially tailored for the user’s age. There are ‘Junior Evo Karts’ which are for under 12’s. Then for under 16’s, there are ‘Single Engine Karts’ which offer more speed for older drivers.  For over 16’s, there are ‘Twin Engine Karts’ which offer blistering pace for the people who dare to take its wheel. The best thing about this company is its’ location. Situated just 10 minutes away from the site, it is ideal for Atlantic Coast customers.

One of Cornwall’s most popular attractions is the Eden Project. It was built in an abandoned clay pit, which had previously been used for 160 years. With it's two bold and striking biomes, it is an astonishing place to visit. The two biomes simulate tropical environments, one of the Rainforest and the other of the Mediterranean. The two artificial habitats house plants only found in secluded locations, so it is not only educational but totally exclusive to England. However, the Eden Project does not stop at giant biomes. If plants aren’t your thing, then you could always try out its zip wire. Covering 660 metres, it reaches speeds of 60 mph and gives you an astonishing bird’s eye view of the site. The Eden Project also provides a giant swing and a leap of faith at 10 meters high. Described as “incredible” and a “must see”, the Eden Project offers activities suitable for everyone is the family! Furthermore, the Eden Project is dog-friendly so you don’t need to leave your pooch in our dog-friendly caravans all day!

For people passionate about animals and nature, the nearby sanctuary ‘Paradise Park’ will surely have the wildlife wow factor for animals. With species ranging from Citron-crested Cockatoo to the Red Pandas of Nepal, this wildlife preservation park is celebrated for presenting fascinating breeds to its’ thrilled customers, having won countless tourism awards. The organisation provides the opportunity for visitors to take part in hands-on customer activities with the animals and birds. ‘Paradise Park’ offers activities like Penguin feeding and petting and also Lorikeet feeding, which can both be truly breathtaking attractions to behold.

 If the weather is not suitable for outside activities, do not worry, as Paradise Park has that covered too. The park has an indoor play place called the ‘play barn’. It features 4 slides with varying heights, so children can choose one they are confident in going down. The ‘play barn’ also has a cafe which serves hot and cold beverages and also snacks. Prices start at £11.95 for Children and £14.95 for adults. If you are so impressed by what ‘Paradise Park’ has to offer that you cannot wait to re-visit, you can purchase a return ticket which costs just £3.99.

Come rain or shine, Cornwall has an array of different activities to offer. However, when the heavens do open over the great county of Cornwall, you need to abandon your beach towels and head indoors. One place to go could be the Bluereef Aquarium. Equipped with the most astonishing animals like the ‘black tip reef shark’ and the ‘giant Pacific octopus’, Bluereef Aquarium is not short of eye-opening species of the sea. Located a 40-minute drive away from the park, the aquarium is sure to deliver. With over 40 different themes and many different types of aquatic animals, the Newquay based aquarium has been described as “interesting” and “most educational”. With prices starting from £7.43, it is definitely a place to consider visiting.

For the people who want to view the latest blockbuster films but do not want to embark on an expedition to do so, Merlin Cinema in St. Ives is sure to deliver. This cinema is situated just outside the heart of St. Ives and is easy to access from the nearby carpark. It is up to date on the latest movies that have been released and offers reasonably priced refreshments and snacks at the till. Ticket prices start from £4.00 for under 14’s and £5.00 for over 15’s. This small but charming cinema has a lot to offer especially on a day when the weather is poor.

David Bellamy Conservation Award

Atlantic Coast is one of four parks owned by Coastdale Parks, each of the Parks are winners of the David Bellamy Conservation Award. This means whilst having a fantastic holiday near the Sand dunes and the three miles of golden beaches in Hayle, Cornwall, we are also helping the environment.

Our resident seagull at Atlantic Coast - Gully, can often be found 'chilling out' in one of the planters in the wildlife garden. Here he is monitoring progress on the new mound for the children to sit on whilst looking out for wildlife and the many bugs entering our Bug Hotel.

We see plenty of birds flying around the Park, diving into the hedges, singing away in the trees. Swallows have been nesting, the chicks are protected by their parents, who keep a beady eye on passers by! We have many bird feeders around the Park but we struggle to keep up with feeding the birds, we rely on  the children visiting the Park for their holidays, to help us with this. 

The new planters we have made for the Wildlife Garden and for outside our Reception area, all have been made from recycled wood from decking taken down when our older caravans are taken away. They have been made in different shapes and sizes to make them more appealing to the children, and made to a height where the children can help to look after the plants and look for bugs at the same time. 

The talented partner of our landscape gardener, kindly made this sign for our garden, again using natural recycled wood. The sign sits nicely on our Cornish Hedge Stone wall. 
To add a bit more colour to attract the bees and butterflies, we have included this smiley Bee garden wind toy. We also have a Butterfly house, and now the plants are starting to blossom, we are seeing some very pretty butterflies in our garden.
Future projects for Atlantic Coast David Bellamy Conservation Award - 

We have been watching Steve Backshall's 'Meet the Hedgehogs' programme on Channel 5. This has inspired us to put a Hedgehog house in our Wildlife Garden with a plan to sink the 2 dishes into the ground for water for the Hedgehogs. The Garden is tucked away behind our Reception, this should be a safe place for Hedgehogs to make their home.


We have many, many rabbits around the Park, the Hedgerows project for the David Bellamy Conservation Awards may prove challenging for us. The rabbits jump in and out of the hedges around the Park so quickly, we will have to be on our toes when trying to get a photograph or 2......... watch this space!

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Today at Atlantic Coast Holiday Park- comment from a guest staying here with us "there is no other place to be with the beautiful scenery, beaches and atmosphere!" After taking an early morning walk across the beach. looking out at the Atlantic ocean over to the spectacular Godrevy Lighthouse - "pure bliss!"

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Direct access to the sand dunes from Atlantic Coast and a scenic, leisurely walk to the beach, the perfect opportunity to leave the car behind!

These spacious sandy beaches are quiet and popular with surfers and kite surfers. Classes for beginners are also popular, body boarding and paddling boarding are another option for enjoying time on the clear blue sea! For those keen photographers there are lots of opportunities to capture the stunning views and wildlife including the seals at Mutton Cover near Godrevy Lighthouse. 

For a short (4 miles) coastal walk - Hell's Mouth and Godrevy Point passes Mutton Cove then onto the first headland called The Knavocks which gives an ideal view of Godrevy Lighthouse made famous by Virginia Woolf in her novel 'To The Lighthouse.

What's on in June?

Summer is nearly here and in Hayle there are lots of events to look forward to! 

June sees the re-opening of Hayle outdoor pool on 24th - the pool will open daily from 11am until 6pm until 10th September. Prices have remained the same for 5 years which makes for an affordable and enjoyable day out for all of the family. 

The pool is located next to the beautiful King George's Memorial Walk. The walk is ideal for a leisurely stroll alongside the Copperhouse tidal pool. The walk has a free car park, bus stops and train station are also nearby. The level tarmac road and pathway offer easy access to an array of colourful plants and flowers all year round. Hidden away behind the pathway are ponds, mazes and a Bug Garden a local School have created for everyone to explore. The tidal pool is also the perfect home for wildlife. 

From the end of May to mid September the pool and walk are easily accessed using the Atlantic Coasters bus service which stops outside Atlantic Coast Holiday Park. Planning the ideal day out for all the family could not be easier! Foundry Square in Hayle has a traditional toy shop - Blewetts, an Alladin's cave for the children to choose their beach toys. There are some highly recommended places for lunch or an afternoon cream tea. Not forgetting the famous hand made pasties of Hayle - Philps! Just a short walk away is the access to the Hayle beach - three miles of Golden Sands.........

Getting out and about from Atlantic Coast Holiday Park

Walk, drive, bus or train ride? 

Atlantic Coast is the perfect starting point for a stroll over the dunes, whether it is for a peaceful walk in the fresh air with stunning sea views or heading towards the sandy beaches with the family. 

For family fun, Gwithian Sands and Godrevy beach are ideal for building sandcastles, rock pooling, swimming, body boarding, surfing and beach games. These beaches are manned by Life Guards throughout the Summer. 
Upton Towans is the most local Pet Friendly beach with plenty of space for dogs to run, play and splash in the sea. 

For venturing further afield, there is a local bus service from 28th May until 16th September 2017. The open topped double decker bus runs three times a day from Atlantic Coast to St Ives - feel free to pop into reception for timetables and more information.

Alternatively, to experience one the most scenic train rides in England there is the Park and Ride service from St Erth and Lelant train station. Pets are welcome on this service and great value family tickets are available. The train service runs until 10:30pm giving many opportunities to wine and dine in one of the popular restaurants in St Ives. 

Easter Fun and Sales Event at Atlantic Coast

With Easter just around the corner, Atlantic Coast have lots of fun activities and events planned on Thursday 13th April and over the Easter weekend.

 Between 10am and 1pm on 13th April, the team at Atlantic Coast host their annual Easter event. There will be a traditional Easter Egg hunt, Easter Bonnet making and lots of other fun activities. We will be hiding Easter Eggs around the Park so let's hope the Rabbits don't find them first!

Mary from Children's Hospice South West will joining the team to help with the activities, cake stall and raffle raising funds for our chosen charity for 2017. We also have a 'Guess the number of Easter Eggs in a jar' for 50p a go - the winner gets to take home all of the eggs!

The perfect finish after a busy and active morning having fun, would be to indulge in a cream tea for those with a sweet tooth or a Proper Cornish pasty for those who fancy something savoury. All available from our shop for you to take away.

During the Easter holidays from Wednesday 12th April until Tuesday 18th April, the Pemberton Abingdon Holiday Home will be open for viewing. 

Pemberton Abingdon 2010 for sale. This stunning 2 bedroom Holiday Home is on a Super Premium pitch looking out to the dunes. The wraparound decking and French outlook doors are perfect for relaxing on during the long Summer evenings. The high quality of the furnishings, fixtures and fittings really do make the Abingdon home from home. For more information and details of special offers available with this sale, please contact our reception on 01736 752071

Things to do whilst staying at Atlantic Coast

At Atlantic Coast we have a wide selection of Tourist Information in Reception and in our Games room. With many attractions offering discounts, there won't be a shortage of places to visit whatever the weather. 

Angus from The Hoxton Special Kite Surfing School based in Gwithian, Hayle and Long Rock, Penzance called in to see us with new flyers about his popular Kite Surfing School. Angus told us that the School had now been running for 2 years and is rapidly growing. The School offers Kite Surfing, Power Kiting and kite buggying for beginners. Taster sessions are also available. Just down the road from Atlantic Coast, Angus says "Kite surfing is seriously good fun". 

Paradise Park is an awarding winning wildlife sanctuary with JungleBarn play centre. Just 2.5 miles away from Atlantic Coast Holiday Park, there is plenty to do and see with over 650 Birds and Animals. Lots of activities and daily events run throughout the year including Otter and Penguin feeds daily and Flying Bird shows from Easter to September. 

Dolly P of St Ives offers trips to Seal Island. Spectacular views of Godrevy Lighthouse and the beautiful scenery of St Ives Bay. An opportunity to try out Mackerel fishing or for the more adventurous, they also offer a 4 hour wreck fishing trip. For those wildlife lovers, Dolphins and seals are regularly seen in St Ives Bay and Bird watching trips prove popular. 

Tate St Ives has been closed for refurbishment for a while and re-opens on 31st March. This iconic gallery overlooks Porthmeor Beach (The Surfing Beach) and houses international modern and contemporary art. A range of activities and events take place throughout the season with educational and fun things for all of the family to do. The Barbara Hepworth Museum is also a 'must see' in St Ives and is not far from the Tate. 

For more information about booking a holiday at Atlantic Coast Holiday Park and things to do during your stay, contact Melissa or Pat on 01736 752071