Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay – Review

Last weekend in my role as an Approved Family Friendly blogger, we spent the weekend as a family at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful at Hendra, and had no idea I was there to review/assess the site, so I am sure that was the great welcome that all guests get.

They gave us a brilliant welcome guide when we checked in, which has all the information you could possibly need for your stay in it. Entertainment times and locations, discount vouchers for local attractions, a map of the park and of Newquay, telephone numbers and locations of hospitals and dentists, and much more.

I was especially impressed that Hendra care about seaside safety, and have included in their welcome book a guide to the flag system on beaches, to let people know what they mean and to stay safe by following the rules. Hendra even has their own television channel in the vans, to keep you properly up to date on everything that is on around the park.

This was our ‘home’ for the weekend…

Hendra Holiday Park

As a teenager I used to work for a company that ran various shops on different holiday parks in the Newquay area, so I have worked on a lot of campsites. Hendra was even one of these sites for a short while, more years ago than I care to count! So it was odd at first to be back as so much was different.

Hendra holiday park is a ridiculously well looked after site, everything is clean, the grounds are looked after and our caravan was spotless. We had a 3 bedroom Gwithian caravan, although the boys decided they wanted to share. The same boys who were moaning not that long ago about not having their own bedrooms.

The caravan had everything you could need for a family holiday in it, including a blu-ray player, huge tv and a second one in our room, kitchen utensils, plenty of wardrobe space, plus loads more and even better two toilets. I would love to have the room to be able to fit a second bathroom in at home as it would save a lot of arguments.

Even the bathrooms were spotless, and the shower considering it was a mixer one was actually really powerful.

Hendra caravan inside

Hendra Holiday Park

If you were staying at Hendra with small children or babies, they have an extensive list of items for hire to save you lugging a lot of stuff with you, or to save you buying a travel cot just for one holiday.

On our first night we ate in Mario’s Pizzeria, but having Harley with us who hates pizza we had been planning to get takeaway pizza and then pop to the chip shop takeaway that was next door to feed him. We didn’t have to though, as the friendly staff in Mario’s just pop next door for you and add it to your order. We ate in, which was much nicer.

Hendra Mario's

By the way they don’t sell hybrid pizzas, I actually ordered a cheesy garlic bread for myself then stole a bit of Si’s pizza as well. The food was really tasty and arrived extremely quickly, which is always a bonus when dining with children of any age.

On the first night we checked out the entertainment, which a lot of younger children seemed to be loving. We enjoyed a couple of drinks, but didn’t stay as we were all worn out and although the entertainment seemed great with lots of younger children dancing, my two are a little too ‘cool’ for dancing these days. There was some more grown up entertainment starting later on, but we were after more of a relaxing break anyway.

This is the great thing about places like Hendra, you can pick and choose what you want to do and since the caravans aren’t right next to all the noise from the entertainment, you can choose to enjoy it or not. Our van was only a short walk from the centre of the park and we had a great nights sleep once we were back and settled in.

On the Saturday it was Fin’s 11th birthday, which I still find a little mad as it’s gone too fast! He ripped all his presents open first thing and then played football outside the van with his brother whilst I got all the swimming stuff ready.

Then we went swimming and the place we went swimming in was Hendra’s indoor pool, which is the best pool I have been to in Cornwall!

Hendra's swimming pools

The indoor swimming pool has flumes, a rapids area, a toddler area with a toddler slide, a giant tap and more. The boys loved it, although the red flume was a lot faster than we thought! Hendra holiday park even has an outdoor pool that is heated, so despite it not being a boiling hot day whilst we were there, there were plenty of people enjoying the outdoor pool.

We went in to Newquay for a while on Fin’s birthday for lunch and a mooch around, although Fin’s birthday money didn’t get spent due to the lack of a Game store. There was plenty to do when we came back though, whilst at Hendra the boys loved playing in the playgrounds there and on the climbing wall.

Hendra Holiday Park

They also enjoyed the 2p machines in the main amusement arcade and the one that was attached to one of the restaurants. There was a skateboard and scooter park for older children, so I did get told off for not packing their scooters.

We ate at The Venue on our second and last night, where Si had a huge burger and I had the best lasagne I have had in years. The kids meals were of a decent size as well and there was plenty of choice. Because Hendra are so child friendly, there are children’s options for food and drink everywhere which makes things easier.

Food at Hendra Holiday Park

Instead of going to the entertainment upstairs that night, we settled ourselves down in a quieter spot downstairs where Si and I had a few drinks (I may have struggled with the caravan steps on the way ‘home’) and sat and just talked.

No screens, no children – we didn’t abandon them, they just made some friends and went over to the playground with them and popped back to check in occasionally, or in Fin’s case have his finger prick blood tests done and be given lots of yummy snacks to keep his blood glucose up.

It was so nice to just relax and chat to Si, I am very guilty of neglecting him because of this blog. This week I’ve been awful with it as well, as I had so much to catch up on. However I am pretty much up to date so note to self make more of an effort, as I am lucky to have him and to be with someone who even 5 years on cracks me up.

Hendra is everything you could want from a family holiday, there’s so much to entertain the children that we didn’t get a chance to try everything on our weekend stay, the park has friendly staff, a 24 hour security and housekeeping number for any problems which I found reassuring, amazing swimming pools and food of such a standard that I need to embark on yet another diet!

There was even a Saltrock clothing store on site, which we couldn’t resist, and a mini supermarket with most things you could think of wanting to buy including fresh bread and pasties, plus a Morrisons really close by. There was a large soft play area for the under sixes and so much more.

I would highly recommend Hendra as a family holiday location and would like to thank them and Approved Family Friendly for a lovely stay.

A Cornish Mum
*We had a complimentary stay at Hendra for the purpose of this review and the assessment, but all of my views are as always honest*
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  1. 17 July 2015 / 7:11 am

    Wow it sounds like you had a lovely weekend away!! I look forward to having holidays like this with my boys very soon! :D

    • 17 July 2015 / 9:37 am

      Family holidays are definitely the best, I’m not looking forward to the years when they decide they’re too old to come with us!

      Stevie x

  2. 17 July 2015 / 7:24 am

    This looks really lovely!Some of the best holidays we’ve had have been at caravan parks the kids love it don’t they!Glad you had a lovely stay x #PicnMix

    • 17 July 2015 / 9:39 am

      Thanks hon, it was great and the boys loved every second of it despite us refusing to bring the xbox ;)

      Stevie x

  3. Helen
    17 July 2015 / 7:34 am

    It looks lovely there and like there’s plenty for the children to do too! My grandparents had a caravan on the East coast while I was growing up and we’d go every year, so caravan holidays hold a speical place in my heart :) #PicknMix

    Helen x


    • 17 July 2015 / 9:41 am

      There was kid clubs and activities for children as well, so a definite family friendly holiday.

      Stevie x

  4. 17 July 2015 / 8:30 am

    It sounds like an amazing place! Has everything you’d need for a family holiday! I will keep it in mind for the future.

    The swimming pool looks amazing! Haven’t been to a pool with Rapids for such a long time!

    Glad to hear Fin had a great birthday! Love the fact that he didn’t spend his money because there was no Game store!! Typical boys and their toys eh? #PicknMix

    • 17 July 2015 / 9:54 am

      The rapids were great apart from one thing…I wear bikini bottoms 1 size too big usually for the beach as they’re more flattering but so not a good idea in the rapids and flumes, wil stick to my swim shorts next time!

      Stevie x

      • 18 July 2015 / 6:55 pm

        Ahh yes I can see how that’d be a problem!!

  5. 17 July 2015 / 9:04 am

    I have A LOT of love for Cornwall caravan sites. We spent a lot of time in them as kids. So much fun! This place sounds fab always great when the pool is good and the staff are friendly and helpful….oh and of course good food helps too :)

    • 17 July 2015 / 10:00 am

      I love having staycations in Cornwall and Devon as a family, lovely when you don’t have to travel far, but a change of scenery is always lovely and it didn’t even rain ;)

      Stevie x

  6. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    17 July 2015 / 11:08 am

    What a fab holiday! How lovely that the staff were so lovely too. It really makes a difference when people are friendly and welcoming. Yummy sounding pizza too. Always a winner!

    • 17 July 2015 / 11:48 am

      It really was lovely, so close to home but still felt like a proper break! :)

      Stevie x

  7. 17 July 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Caravan park and destinations are so much better in the UK. That indoor waterpark looks amazing. We have swimming pools that kids are not aloud bring toys into. Might think about relocating lol

    • 17 July 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Ha as good a reason as any ;) There are some lovely holiday parks in Cornwall, I used ot love working in loads of different ones.

      Stevie x

  8. 17 July 2015 / 1:11 pm

    It looks fab! That swimming pool just looks so appealing and the site looks incredibly clean. I think our two little ones would really love a holiday like this and I can’t belive how luxurious the caravan was – especially the two toilets! #picknmix

    • 17 July 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Family caravan holidays are always fun, especially in lovely ones like at Hendra! It’s a good base for seeing most of Cornwall as well :)

      Stevie xx

  9. 17 July 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Love Newquay! Hendra looks lovely, it has always been on our list to go to! Kids climbing wall looks fab PickNMix xx

    • 17 July 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Newquay is lovely, though I don’t tend to go there between July and September as it does get crazily busy! Autumn it’s just right ;) I’d imagine Cornwall’s crazily busy is different to most places as well though ha,

      Stevie xx

  10. 17 July 2015 / 9:50 pm

    This looks like such a great holiday. The caravan looks fab and the facilities look so much better than other caravan sites I have seen x

    • 17 July 2015 / 10:11 pm

      I was actually amazed by how much was there as well, perfect for younger children but still fun for the older ones!

      Stevie x

  11. 17 July 2015 / 9:51 pm

    It looks gorgeous! Like a home away from home!

    So impressed that they go so far as to inform of the beach flag system etc. It’s something that I wouldn’t of had a clue about but now I’m a Mum, I guess I need to be thinking about these things from now on!

    Also that the baby products are readily available, life saver or what?!?!

    I love British caravan/seaside holidays, I can’t wait to take Lily sometime soon for her first holiday :)

    Looks like you had a fab time!

    X X


    • 17 July 2015 / 10:13 pm

      We really did have a fab time and aw I can imagine you’d have some very cute first holiday photos! :) Mine are growing up so fast it’s crazy but glad they still enjoy hols with us, and it’s quite nice now they go off together and do their own thing a little bit on holiday.

      Stevie xx

  12. Mud Cakes and Wine
    17 July 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Sounds really great, having cleaned caravan parks in North Devon I never really thought about staying in them. You have made me re think with this place. #picknmix

    • 17 July 2015 / 10:17 pm

      It really was lovely and so clean! I can imagine you got sick of caravans after a while, but this one was so big but cosy it felt more like a cottage in some ways :)

      Stevie x

  13. 17 July 2015 / 10:02 pm

    How lively! Just a little jealous! The caravan looks amazing so clean and the size of the TV?! X

    • 17 July 2015 / 10:19 pm

      I know what you mean I certainly didn’t expect such a big tv! It was a lovely little break :)

      Stevie xx

  14. 18 July 2015 / 9:09 am

    Sound like an idea place for my kiddies. They would love the pool! Looks, like you also has a nice time there too. Perhaps, this will be our next holiday destination. :)

    • 18 July 2015 / 8:06 pm

      It’s definitely a fab place for families so definitely put it on your future hols list ;)

      Stevie x

  15. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    18 July 2015 / 11:19 am

    I’m so impressed with the caravan – it’s really nice and spotless! It sounds like there’s lots to do and that you guys really enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the lovely review, I always enjoy learning about kid friendly places to stay #PicknMix x

    • 18 July 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks hon, it really is a lovely site :)

      Stevie x

  16. 18 July 2015 / 6:33 pm

    What a lovely caravan you stayed in and so much fun things to do locally. That burger is massive! :) x

    • 18 July 2015 / 8:28 pm

      It really was and he ate it all ;) and the caravan was the nicest one I’ve ever stayed in!

      Stevie x

  17. 20 July 2015 / 9:49 pm

    We have just been looking for something similar for a short stay towards the end of the school holidays but this looks so clean and modern! I love the fact that they still have 2p machines (it’s all 10ps down my way now!)

    And Happy Birthday Fin – 11 years old! Wow! xx

    • 20 July 2015 / 11:47 pm

      I do love short UK breaks, perfect when it’s a family holiday!

      Stevie x

  18. 23 July 2015 / 7:17 pm

    I stayed at Hendra years ago on holiday with my parents. I loved the pools. Looks like you had a lovely time :) x

    • 23 July 2015 / 10:38 pm

      We really did :) was even better being Fin’s birthday as well!

      Stevie xx