Written on: 28/06/2010 by danbailey87 (1 review written)
I have just returned from a 3 night stay **Camping** at the Haven Park - Perran Sands.
We stayed on pitch 128, this was right in front of the play park, and this pitch was chosen as I was with my 2 younger cousins who played on there throughout the day. Bad points were that there were kids on there till about 10:30 - 11pm that kept some of our party awake, there was none there on the last night though!
After reading some of the reviews I can't say I agree. The amenities on the camping site, the showers were a great temperature, and the toilets were very clean. Cleaned by polish, they couldn't understand us when we attempted to speak to them in the morning about 7am when they were cleaning the toilets. Bad points about the amenities are that there are 2 out of 4 hand dryers that don't work gets very annoying trying to remember which side works and which side doesn't. Other than that remember to put your clothes up when in shower as hiding them behind the curtain they will get wet!
Enough about the caravan site, as campers only pay the lowest you are about 5 - 10 min walk from the main area, the Caravan sites seem to get all the glory and views being right up close I presume as they pay more. If you are camping there is a nice brisk walk to the shops, swimming pool & football arena & all other facilities. The Spar shop opens at 8am so the early people don't bother going for your morning paper or Bacon at 7 and don't expect to get any beers past 8/9pm as they close early as well!
The shop area is well laid out, there is a small amusements next to spar and Adventure Golf that I didn't do but is priced at the following: - Family of 4 £12 (2 Adults, 2 Children). 4 Adults £14 each, Children £3 each. They also offer carts to ride in across the park, these I didn't do but was told they are £10 an hour, don't know how true this is. With Perran sands being such a hilly place remember it's hard to get up the hills but I imagine would be good coming down them!
Always remember to take your Park passes with you in the evening as the Surfer Bar; Sports Bar & Main entertainment complex requires you to show them on your entrance.
The entertainment in the main arena I thought was very poor. The kids have a good hour about 6 - 6:30pm (May get repetitive) for about an hour. Haven take pictures of the kids with the characters from the park, they will try and sell you photos from the photo booth for about £9 but also allow you to take your own... but! You always get the staff putting up the Prize Bingo boards and jumping around in front of you, I personally think on purpose so you can't get your shot! They must be on commission to sell the photos. There was a good lady DJ on, on the first night I went in there about 8:30 - 9pm she played a lot of the up-to-date songs (I can't remember her name).
I went swimming in the main complex which is included as long as you have a park pass and will not need to pay. Shoes are taken off at the main door; I think it's best to dress before you get there into swim shorts etc... Just place your items down on a spare table, keep an eye on them (OR 20p non-refundable locker in dressing room) and have a go in the slide Flume, my 75+ granddad I got on there and he fully enjoyed it! Pool is open in the morning for learn to swim sessions and possibly public sessions (check brochure) we went when they re-opened in the afternoon after dinner at 2:30pm. Outside and inside pool very warm, getting changed in the dressing rooms don't get confused with the doors you want to ensure both doors are closed either side and lock the lock, this locks both doors, once you have finished you walk out the door you didn't come in on so make sure you have all your belongings as it could get into a pickle.
The walk to and from the beach is very long as you are walking down a cliff edge. There is a concrete path to follow if you wish unless of course you want to walk down the sand Junes? I would advise to take water, there is a shop on the beach next to the RNIL building a bottle of water is £1 whereas a small bottle (500ml) of fizzy pop is £1.50. There are loads of Jelly fish on the beach and it is one of the cleanest beaches I have seen. I have been told the Jelly Fish do not sting by family but I didn't really want to purposely touch my feet on them, it didn't stop me having a paddle though!
If any of you want some photos of some of the scenery, complex that I may have, please e-mail me: - firstname.lastname@example.org