Nestled between more celebrated coastal resorts in Cornwall is one of the finest beaches you will ever see.
Holywell Bay may not have been punched into as many sat navs as nearby Newquay and Perranporth, but it is a hidden gem worthy of a visit at any time of the year.
With its towering dunes, gentle stream and huge expanse of golden shoreline, it not only offers fun for all the family, but also affords privacy for those wishing to escape the throng.
Framed by the iconic Gull Rocks which loom large a few hundred yards offshore, the more adventurous may explore a low tide shipwreck, or discover the magical “holy well” tucked away in a cave at the north end of the beach.
Holywell Bay, which is dog-friendly all year round, is also on the South West Coast Path. Sat above the sand are spectacular clifftop walks to Perranporth beach to the south and the more secluded Porth Joke beach, to the north.
Besides its natural beauty, powerful surf and secluded sandy spots, Holywell Bay has also played host to some of the UK’s most popular TV shows.
The beach’s dramatic cliffs and rock formations frequently featured in the hugely popular BBC drama Poldark, which ran for five series until 2019. More recently, filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon took place on the beach last year.
Film crews have also descended on Holywell Bay in the past, with Pierce Brosnan coming ashore as James Bond with two other agents carrying surfboards in 2002 picture Die Another Day.
Some scenes from 1984 comedy Top Secret!, starring Val Kilmer and Peter Cushing, also featured the beach and iconic Gull Rocks.
Trevornick Holiday Park, which is just a short stroll across the dunes to Holywell Bay, is the ideal base from which to explore the unspoilt beauty of the beach and surrounding area.
And if you fancy a day off from the bucket and spade, Trevornick has plenty to keep you entertained, including an 18-hole par 3 course, an 18-hole pitch and putt and a mini golf course. There is also a swimming pool and spa, fishing lakes and a Kids’ Club.
There is a range of accommodation to cater for all visitor preferences. From sleeping under canvas to caravan comfort with the choice of touring or luxury statics and finally beach chic interiors in the cottages and the stunning new lodges.
Five ways to stay:
Touring & camping
With five-star facilities, the campsite boasts seven fields with several different pitch types, so you can perfect your plot for your tent, touring caravan or motorhome.
Special Offer – 28th May 7 nights camping from £345 (based on 2 adults & 2 children).
13th August 7 nights camping from £513.80 (based on 2 adults & 2 children).
Choose from three distinct grades – Laidback Coastal, Stylish Comfort and Contemporary Chic – all of which are furnished in a different style and finish, but all offering great value for money. Offering 2 or 3 bedrooms, the caravans sleep up to six people.
21st May – 7 nights in 3 bed from £681
16th July – 7 nights in 3 bed from £1071
All tents have one double bedroom and two single bedrooms. There’s the ability to add an extra bed if needed, accommodating up to six people. The spacious living and dining area with seating makes for the perfect base to start and end your day.
10th June 3 nights from £150
27th August 7 nights from £399
The lodges have three bedrooms and are fully equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday by the sea. Choose from either Harlyn, Harlyn Plus, Sennen or Treyarnon, all of which benefit from outdoor decking space. Some lodges also have a hot tub.
22nd April 3 nights with hot tub from £748.99
26th August 7 nights with hot tub from £2408.67
Situated just a hop, skip and jump away from Holywell Bay beach, relax in the sunny garden and enjoy breath-taking coast and countryside views. There are three cottages to choose from.
6th May for 7 nights 3 bed from £679.28
2nd September 7 nights 2 bed from £974.08