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We always stay at Mullion holiday park (it is now partofthe Parkdean chain) We have stayed there at all timesof the year, both in & out of season. The last stay there, it was really quiet on site, which was really nice. We had a lovely caravan to stay in, we take a dog with us everytime, so we have to stay in a caravan suitable for dogs, but they provide a hoover in dog friendly caravans, plus they gave us a dog goodie bag :) with a large dog bonio biscuit, some dog (poo) bags and a list of dog friendly beaches & walks as well as details of the local vets & a day stay kennels if you wanted somewhere safe to leave your dog if you were going out for the day. The holiday park has something to offer everyone, with different types of accomodation including static caravans of many different price ranges, all of a fantastic standards though, bungalows & there is a large area where you can pitch your own tent or caravan with electric hook up, although tents & caravans are only allowed on a certain times of the year. There is so much to do on the site including an indoor & outdoor swimming pool, the indoor pool hosts a pirate ship, they add floats in the pool too. There are indoor showers & changing rooms. There is a bowling alley which hosts 2 lanes, at £2.00 per person per game its not bad, & the balls are the hand held balls that are easy for children to use as well, in the same room there are pool tables, football tables, dart boards & a large flat screen tv. There is evening entertainment for the whole family, kids first with sid & lizzie dancing & games (and occasionally a visit from Roly the dog) then there is cash Bingo for the adults & entertainment shows from Singers, Magic & talent contests for the adults to enter as well. There are Sid & Lizzie groups for the children throughout the day & loads of times where they can meet up with sid & Lizzie. There are 2 age groups for the children, there are Tot stars for the young children up to the age of 4 years & then star landers for 5 years up. The younger group tot stars meet up at a much earlier time so they have finsihed well before mid morning so there is a large part of the day left for outings. There is also a sports court, bouncy castle, pedal cars & much more to do on site, as well as an indoor play area (crazy caves) where there are ball pools, slides & climbing nets/ropes etc & a designated dog walking area. There is an onsite laundry which is open untill 10pm, fast food, a reataruant, bar & an amusements which the kids love. There are loads of machines in the amusements where the kids can play & win tokens every time they play, they can then redeem these in the shop for many different gifts. The coin machines now have keyrings and small gifts on top so that the children can win little prizes on the 2p machines too. At the restaraunt once a week they hold a sid & lizzie breakfast for the children & families to go to, its great fun, sid & lizzie come in make you laugh & sit with you at the tables. The swimming pool has set events on, which are stated on the timetable, such as toddler time first thing in the morning, pool fun with the inflatables (although they tend to put them in anyway outside of the specified time) The only thing we felt dissapointed by was that they opened at 9am but the first hour was toddlers only, then they shut just before midday so that the local schools could come in to use the pool, they then opened again just after 2pm and closed again just after 5pm, this didnt allow too much time for swimming, especially if you wanted to fit it in around the kids clubs or breakfasts. The prices of the food at the restaraunt is good too, were considering going half board next time, which hopefully will be later on in the year again, the food is really nice. You can get discount vouchers for local attractions at the holiday park reception, you can get them for gweek seal life sanctuary, & many other places too. The local attractions in the area are great, there are so many, & the local beaches & cafes are fantastic & well worth a visit too. A visit to Mullion Chip shop just down the road in the village is well worth a visit, the nicest fish & chips i've ever had. My husband likes it as they do mushy pea fritters that he cant get anywhere else. If you carry on past the chippy, you come to poldhu beach which is a nice dog friendly beach, it has a car park over the road & if you want one of the most spectacular views you can get, then drive past the beach and up the hill to the side, theres a small car park at the top of the cliff, we sit up there to eat our fish & chips, as do many people, the views are breath taking. It really is well worth a visit, you will not be dissapointed & you too will want to return there again & again, we are already looking forward to 2 weeks there this easter & wondering when to book next.
Mullion Cove Holiday Park *********************** We booked two short breaks from the sun newspaper, and joined them so we had a weeks long break. We put a selection of holiday parks down, but our first choice was Mullion Cove for its location and this is the park we took our break. Mullion Cove is set in Cornwall. It is about a 10 minutes drive from the Lizard, which is the most Southern land of England. It is a truly breathtaking region. The Caravan Park we stayed in was a Park Dean Caravan site. We had never stayed with Park Dean before so didn't know what to expect. Arriving ******* On arrival after the long 5 hour drive to Cornwall, we found the park easily. It is located off the main road, and there are big 'Mullion Cove- Park Dean Signs, so you can't really miss it. We parked in the car park, and we all got out of the car to check in. We were glad to finally be able to stretch our legs after the long drive. Reception, was a small room, fairly modern. Luckily there weren't too many people checking in, so we were seen too quite quickly. The Staff were pleasant enough, and their was a wealth of leaflets on local places to visit. Which we eagerly picked up. Check-in is only available after 4pm, due to the cleaners cleaning out all the caravans. But this wasn't a problem. At reception they gave us a map of the park, directions to our caravan, our park passes, so we could use all of the facilities onsite, and various other leaflets about the site, and local attractions. They seemed helpful, and there was no problems. Our Caravan ********** The caravan park, had many, many caravans (luckily we had a map to find ours). The site also has Bungalows, which lm told were actually cheaper - which is useful to know. Apparently you can buy caravans on site too. We however rented a 3 bed roomed caravan that sleeps 6, between four of us, so we were not short on space. Obviously it was a caravan, so the bedrooms were rather small, so we used the extra bedroom to put all our luggage in. It was rather handy. The living area was an adequate size. There was a small television with a DVD player. Lots of seating which was fairly comfortable. The Caravan, wasn't the most modern caravan l have ever been in. The Décor looked rather dated. But there was everything that you could need. The living area, combined into a dining area, with the kitchen just off the dining area. Their was a nice dining table to eat at. There was a gas fire available. We didn't think it worked at first, but with the cold evenings we had in September, we persisted and it did work. However it is quite difficult to get a light. But once on it warmed the Caravan up in an instant. Unfortunately it didn't really seem to reach the bedroom areas, they were still quite cold. The Kitchen was well equip, with a microwave, cooker, fridge, small freezer, kettle, toaster etc. Their was plenty of cutlery, and plates, cups, glasses etc and everything worked. Not luxurious by any means but certainly adequate. The bedrooms were as l said, rather small, but suitable. The first bedroom from the dining room, had two single beds, and limited storage. Our friends stayed in this room. They told us there was a heater on the ceiling which was quite effective. The second room, was a room with bunk beds, obviously a room for children, but as we didn't have any children with us, this is where we stored all our belongings. The third room had a double bed. Quite a lot of storage space, and it was the bigger bedroom in the caravan. Unfortunately it was the room that was probably the coldest. Their was a small wall heater, which got warm, but it didn't seem to give any heat out. So l spent most nights asleep with my feet against the side of the heater, which helped a little. When we arrived at our caravan, inside was a bag full of our linen. It was all nice and clean though, and didn't take a minute to sort out. Their were extra blankets and pillows in the caravan. The bathroom was the down fall of this caravan! They left us one toilet roll, (we bought our own anyway). There was no soap, but l didn't really expect there to be. Their was a 'tiny' shower cubicle. But the shower worked fine which was good, unless someone turned on the tap in the kitchen. There was also a very good towel radiator. Possible the hottest radiator in the Caravan. As the bathroom was rather small, (what you would expect in a caravan) some of my friends ended up burning themselves on the heater. So we tended to keep the radiator off. The toilet looked clean and sufficient enough. However there was a constant stench of stale urine. Which was horrible. Everything looked clean. But what we noticed was there looked to be some kind of leak in the toilet. We didn't realise at first. We probably should have asked to be moved. But we put up with it, partly due to the fact we didn't want the hassle of moving. But if there was any complaints about the Caravan, then this would be it. What would have been nice, is if the caravan had provided some kind of chairs so we could have sat outside, but there was nothing. So l resorted to sitting on the grass, on those hot September days we had. The park ******** I've only ever stayed at Haven sites before, or a couple of times, John Fowler. So Park dean was a bit different. Although it had many similar features and facilities. On arrival we were given passes so we could use all of the facilities and the entertainment. However the only time we ever needed them, was once, when we played bingo (we didn't win). On site, there is an indoor pool, it was a lovely large pool, suitable for all the family, and open daily. An outdoor pool which we couldn't use, because it had to be cleaned because of vandalism.... This was a bit disappointing, but generally it is open July - September and there is sun beds around the pool. There was an amusement arcade, which got quite busy and noisy. There was often security guards in this room. This room linked on to the Stargate Entertainment bar, where there was a variety of entertainment scheduled. Entertainment for children and adults. Nightly bingo, and cabarets, discos, all lasting throughout the evening. I believe this went on until the early hours of the morning. This entertainment room was actually huge. We went out of season, so there was plenty of seating available. Drinks at the bar were a little on the pricey side, they also sold a variety of cocktails. Next door was a games room. It had a mini bowling alley, pool tables, and free use of the dart boards. We spent quite a bit of time in here, playing pool. The room is nice enough but nothing special. To be honest most of the facilities looked okay, but sometimes they looked a little old and dilapidated, in need of refurbishment, much like the caravans. There was also a take away. You could get a burger and chips for under £5, but the food really wasn't that great. If your stuck for food its an option, but l wouldn't really recommend it. There was also another Bar and restaurant -Kyance bar and grill. The bar had free wifi, which is useful. I think there was use of some computers too. The restaurant was really nice. It looked like the restaurant had just been done up. We didn't go in for a meal, but had a look round, they had a good menu and did a carvery. The prices were moderate, but not totally unrealistic. There was also crazy golf on site, and you could hire bikes. Again we didn't use many of the site facilities, as we didn't spend a huge amount of time on site, but what we did use, was fairly good. There was an onsite cost cutters which was useful. There was a Children's play room, 'Crazy Caves indoor soft play area, there was also a kids club, the kids clubs catered for children 4 -15 years. There was also an outdoor play area for children, and tennis courts. So there was always something to do, especially if the weather was good. Things to see and do ***************** I would say Mullion is a perfect location. Its set in a small village. Which has a small local shop. Around and about there is a nice beach and there is also a working harbour in Mullion. There are some great coastal walks locally and the harbour is a lovely working fishing harbour and has a nice café. There isn't a lot to do in Mullion but it is very quaint and pretty village. If you choose to stay in Mullion you need a car, but if you have a car there is lots to do. I highly recommend a visit to Kyance cove, it is spectacular here, and if you go in the evening you don't have to pay to park. Here we watched the sun setting one evening -magical. But it is quite a walk down to the beach from the top of the cliffs. Penzance is also not too far, this is probably one of the biggest local towns. We took a lovely boat trip from here, which took us around st Michaels mount and seal spotting. It cost us about £10 each but it was worth it and we thought this was a reasonable price when the boat trip lasted a couple of hours. As l mentioned previously mullion cove is really close to the southern most tip - Lizard , which is definitely worth a trip. Its beautiful, and has a couple of nice cafes where you can get cream teas, and there's a gift shop. I think your only about half an hour away from lands end too, so this is worth a visit. There really is so much that you can do. I've never been this far south in Cornwall, and would highly recommend a trip. Absolutely stunning. There are lots of other things to do, but these are some of my favourites. Things we didn't get to visit were, flambards theme park, Falmouth, National seal Sanctuary, local mines, Cider tasting factories, Chocolate tasting factory etc. If you don't mind a drive, St Ives and the Eden project are definitely worth a visit also. Over all ******** Overall this site has much to offer the family holiday. Location wise, although Mullion itself doesn't have a great deal to offer, the fishing harbour is stunning, there are lots of attractions locally, including local beaches. However this means having a car, and even if you do have a car, driving in this part of Cornwall is a slow process. The area really is beautiful and l highly recommend a visit. The holiday park itself isn't the best l have ever been to. But it has lots of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. it's a big park, so caters for lots of people. I cannot speak for all caravans, but ours seemed a bit rundown. It was practical, and as we had paid next to nothing to stay, l wasn't complaining. Parking the car next to the Caravan wasn't a problem either. We had a great holiday, and l think that this is definitely a park worth considering. Its not luxurious, but its practical and functional and l would definitely go back again! Mullion Holiday park Lizard Peninsula Cornwall TR12 7LJ
Mullion Holiday Park at Ruan Minor near the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall has to be one of the best if not the best holiday park in Cornwall, We always stay there now & have recently just got back from a weeks stay theyre in april, it was fantastic, even though we went for the last fews days of march acroos the first few days of april the weather was fantastic. The holiday park has something to offer everyone, with different types of accomodation including static caravans of many different price ranges, all of a fantastic standards though, bungalows & there is a large area where you can pitch your own tent or caravan with electric hook up, although tents & caravans are only allowed on a certain times of the year. There is so much to do on the site including an indoor & outdoor swimming pool, the indoor pool hosts a water spraying pirate ship, there are indoor showers & changing rooms (altough you normally see the kids running back with their towels wrapped round them back to their caravans to get changed) There is a bowling alley which hosts 2 lanes, at £2.00 per person per game its not bad, & the balls are the hand held balls thatare easy for children to use as well, in the same room there are pool tables, football tables, dart boards & a large flat screen tv (which normally has football or something on, as i think you can request what you want to watch) There is evening entertainment for the whole family, kids first with sid & lizzie dancing & games (and occasionally a visit from Roly the dog) then there is Bigo for the adults & entertainment shows from Singers, Magic & talent contests for the adults to enter as well. There are Sid & Lizzie groups for the children throughout the day & loads of times where they can meet up with sid & Lizzie. There are 2 age groups for the children, there are Tot stars for the young children up to the age of 4 years & then star landers for 5 years up. The only thing we found this time was that our 2 boys were the age now to go into the star landers group but they didnt meet up untill 11.30am in the morning which we found a little bit late, as by the time the group had finished it was time to eat & the there was only the afternoon left to do something, where as you really needed the whole day as there is so much to do down there. The younger group tot stars meet up at a much earlier time so they have finsihed well before mid mornig so there isa large part of the day left for outings. There is also a sports court, bouncy castle, pedal cars & much more to do on site, as well as an indoor play area (crazy caves) where there are ball pools, slides & climbing nets/ropes etc. There is an onsite laundry which is open untill 10pm, fast food, a reataruant, bar & an amusements which the kids love. There are loads of machines in the amusements where the kids can play & win tokens every time they play, they can then redeem these in the shop for many different gifts. At the restaraunt once a week they hold a sid & lizzie breakfast for the children & families to go to, its great fun, sid & lizzie come in make you laugh & sit with you at the tables. The prices of the food at the restaraunt is good too, were considering going half board next time, which hopefully will be later on in the year again, the food is really nice. You can get discount vouchers for local attractions at the holiday park reception, you can get them for gweek seal life sanctuary, & many other places too. The local attractions in the area are great, there are so many, & the local beaches & cafes are fantastic & well worth a visit too. I really cant rate this park enough for everything, price, accomodation, as well as on site activities. It really is well worth a visit, you will not be dissapointed & you too will want to return there again & again.
On a whim a few weeks ago, I decided to scan the internet for a cheap 3 night break in Cornwall. I came across Parkdean Holidays and opted for Mullion Holiday Park in South Cornwall - near the Lizard, which is the most southerly point of the UK. REASON FOR CHOICE =============== I wanted a location which was cheap, which catered to my 5 year old as well as my 82 year old mother in law - who was down visiting us in Hampshire for a week. I chose Cornwall so we could visit St. Michaels Mount (and take my mother in law there for her 82nd birthday) plus take my 5 year old daughter to visit various pirate coves (and the like), because she's been studying all about pirates at school. Since she has also learnt all about Castles I thought the castle at St. Michaels Mount would also give her a good opportunity to dress up in her 'medieval princess costume' and consolidate her studies (amongst cream tea/icecream/boat rides etc that is!). Mostly we needed somewhere to unwind and relax so that we could spend quality time with my mother in law (who we don't get to see often) BUT it had to be equally good for keeping our 5 year old daughter happy and amused too. Last year we chose Butlins in Skegness but my partner and I absolutely hated it - although our daughter could talk of nothing else and had a great time. We have never really holidayed in the UK before - preferring more exotic long-haul holidays - so this time we thought we'd cross our fingers and give Parkdean Holidays a shot - since I can't say "Butlins" without shuddering and developing a twitch! COST OF HOLIDAY ============= We booked a Cormorant Caravan at Mullion Holiday Park for 3 adults & 1 child for 3 nights (covering 3 April - 6 April). The total cost was £118.21. Check in was advised as 4pm onwards and check out at 10am. If you arrive earlier in the day you can apparently use all the site facilities and they will store your luggage for you until a caravan is available. WHAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE HOLIDAY ================================== 1. Caravan Accommodation The caravan was in very good condition. It included all facilities such as * Steps up to caravan leading to front door; * LIVINGROOM/DINING ROOM - with wall-wall padded chairs spanning the width of the caravan (which could be opened out to reveal a spring loaded double bed), 2 large wall cupboards, a coffee side table, 1 foot stool, padded chairs surrounding dining room table, glass fruit bowl, gas fire, 3 windows. * KITCHEN - with microwave, oven, TV, fridge with small freezer compartment, kettle, toaster, pots/pans, cutlery, plates, cups, mugs, tin opener, knives/ladles etc and kitchen bin, kitchen bucket + welcome pack instructions, window, 2 main power points. * DOUBLE BEDROOM: Bed sheet, 2 duvets, 2 duvet covers, spare blankets, wardrobe, mirror, power points x 2, chest of drawers and two bedside tables with overhead storage above bed, window. * SINGLE BEDROOM: Bed sheets x 2, 2 duvets, 2 duvet covers, wardrobe, wall storage unit, window. * HALLWAY: A 2nd access/exit doorway to caravan, hanging pegs for coats, door to small storage cupboard. * SMALL STORAGE CUPBOARD: Dust pan & brush, large brush. * BATHROOM: A medium sized enclosed shower area, pedestal sink, toilet, glazed window with pull blind, storage rack above toilet to store things, 2 toilet rolls (cheap brand). EXCLUDED: Food/towels/tea towels/toiletries 2. Evening Entertainment (at the Stargate Club and Bar) In our welcome pack we received 4 passes which provided access to the entertainment at night - although we didn't bother carrying these and they were never asked for. Every night from around 6:30-8:30pm there was a show on for the kids - with two life sized characters - a Seagull and a kissing Lizard. They chatted to the kids, got them dancing/playing games, had competitions, gave out prizes with lots of fun music and at times it was quite funny. They also encouraged kids to get mum/dad up to dance. My daughter absolutely loved it. After this they did bingo for half an hour (not my cup of tea) and then had various adult entertainment - which we never stayed around for but I'm sure it would have been fairly interesting as they were great with the kids. 3. General On-Site facilities We didn't really use many site facilities because it was such a short stay and we were out and about - but in addition to the nightly entertainment, Parkdean put various themed things on throughout the day for the kids - with many competitions - and then handed out certificates and prizes during the evening entertainment session e.g. best crazy golf player etc... From a quick glance at their brochure, the structured entertainment started early in the morning for the under 5s, then there was perhaps a crazy golf competition for 5 year olds+ at around 11am - and more things in the afternoon, but I didn't take too much notice as we came off-site each day. I think most things on-site were free but we paid £1.00 for my daughter to have a few goes on a bouncy castle, £1.50 for the crazy golf and I'm sure people had to pay for their bikes (pedallo style). Site facilities include: - Indoor pool open 9am-6:30pm - Outdoor pool (available from 18 May-20 Sept) - headed pool plus paddling pool - Soft play area with ball pool (open from 10am - with specific time set aside between 10am-11am for under 5s only). - Solarium - charge applies - Crazy Golf - charge applies (£1.50) - Scuba Diving - Monday evenings you can learn to scuba dive in 2 hour introductory course - charge applies - Film Screening - Free Wi-Fi - Laundrette - Pool, Darts and Bowlingo (?! Don't ask - I haven't a clue!) 10am-10pm - Amusements centre (2p slot machines, various games machines of the shooting, driving, kicking football variety, one armed bandits etc - covering a large area about the size of a large swimming pool) - Large adventure playground (this was great and my daughter loved it!) - Multi-Sports Court - Stargate club & Bar (open 6:30 - late with soda bar for children) - Kynance Bar, Grill & Carvery (open 11am-11pm; Sunday 12 noon-10:30pm - pub grub, Sky TV, costa coffee and free wi-fi internet) - Big munch takeaway (offering a full menu and fish & chips - times vary through season) - Touring & Camping reception (with small book library aimed mainly at kids) - Smoking terrace - On-site shop which sells food/magazines/toys etc HOLIDAY GRIPES (hint: pretty much 0!) ============================ Surprisingly, we all really enjoyed this holiday. If I had 1 or 2 gripes they would all be SO MINOR that it would not impact my decision about returning here. I shall list the minor gripes for the extra fussy, because perhaps what's fine for me would ruin the holiday for someone else: The caravan was in good condition - although the seating area along one side of the caravan was a little discoloured with use - and the carpet in the living room was also discoloured and marked. The toaster only worked on one side, the shower door didn't close easily without lifting it up as the hinges had dropped slightly - and the single beds were extra slim so for large people it would probably be uncomfortable - the mattress in the double bed was clean but obviously a cheap mattress so it hurt my back a little but it was fine overall. The key thing is the caravan was fine-nice and not pristine-super duper deluxe. The entertainment I couldn't fault with regard to my 5 year old daughter. She literally glowed and was dragging us out of the caravan so she could get there - even us adults enjoyed it to a degree! Unfortunately I didn't stay around for the adult entertainment so I can't comment. It was a shame that we had to pay for the crazy golf (£1.50) and the bouncy castle (£1.00) but this was no different to when we went to Butlins. I had only 1 child to cater for, so the cost for us was peanuts (but I'm mindful these kind of things do add up for parents which is why I've listed it). The two meals that we had at the Kynance Bar were nice and were similar to prices at the Harvester with not too dissimilar a menu - but we mainly took advantage of the self catering. If you are on a tight budget, then food is likely to be the highest expenditure of the holiday so you'd want to limit the number of times you used the on-site restaurant. (Note: One nice aspect is that when the kids eat all their meals, they get a free face mask of their favourite Lizard or Seagull character - which really encouraged my daughter to eat. A proper kids menu is also available where they can select 1 thing from the top row (e.g. hamburger, chicken....), 1 thing from the middle row and 1 thing from the bottom row plus they get a pudding and drink - I think this was around £3.95 or £4.95 (sorry I forget which). You can pre-purchase tickets for food - we didn't do this but the price was £14.95 for adults (covering breakfast and evening meal) and £9.95 for children daily - but we thought this was too expensive and chose to pay ad-hoc for the 2 times we ate on site. THINGS IM GLAD I BOUGHT - OR WISH I'D REMEMBERED ===================================== I'm glad I bought: - my special orthopaedic pillow (it helped me sleep) - washing up liquid and sponge/scourer (why buy more when you get there?) - small electric heater (at night the caravans get quite cold as they don't have a lot of insulation - this gave an extra boost to the gas heater in the livingroom and also allowed us to warm up the bedrooms before we all got undressed for the night so we were nice and cosy) - probably don't need this in the height of the summer though - more likely an extra fan would be good then! - foil/cling film - food/drink from home (saved money and saved on time spent shopping!) - shower mat (they don't provide one) - dressing up things for my daughter (such as medieval princess costume for our trip to a castle, a Spanish flamenca dress for dancing in evening - all designed to enhance the holiday and make it more fun/special for her. - cool bag and ice blocks (for the picnic I made each day) - mobile phone (use as a morning alarm, and satellite navigation) - toilet roll - games and books for evening in caravan to relax instead of using telly - camera I wish I'd remembered: - travel flask for making cups of coffee (I remembered the cool bags for picnics - but totally forgot about a flask...duh!) - sun cream; my partner burnt his bald patch but I did underestimate the sun and should have bought suncream even though it's April. The rest of us just got colour in our cheeks but it's better to be safe than sorry. THINGS TO SEE & DO AWAY FROM MULLION HOLIDAY PARK ========================================= Almost opposite the holiday park is a chocolate factory - I didn't get a chance to go in, but this would be interesting to see! While at Mullion you can pick up various free guides and maps providing discounts to various attractions (plus you can get discounts if you buy the local newspaper on some things). Some of the information I've listed below is borne from my own personal experience - but where I say that I haven't been I've given you a bit more info which I've extracted from my free copy of the Cornwall Guide 09 - which has a website address of www.cata.co.uk. MULLION COVE - This is a small working harbour/cove where there's a few small houses, a gift shop, toilets, basket full of shells for kids to pick out with an honesty box charging 25p per shell, walkway filled with fishermens lobster baskets/nets. It's quite picturesque and the harbour is small with only a handful of boats moored there. There are little steps up to the cliff edge where you get marvellous views of the sea/rocks below and great views of the sea birds nesting high above on the rocks. There is a little sandy cove on the other side of the harbour which can get cut off by the tide - so you have to be careful. The cove is great for a half hour-1 hour visit and is on the road which is almost directly opposite Mullion Holiday Park. FLAMBARDS EXPERIENCE - I think this park would have set us back around £55.00 for the day for 3 adults and 1 child - but it has brilliant write ups and is similar to somewhere like Legoland in terms of number of things to do - ideal for rainy days especially! According to the brochure it has "exciting rides, family shows, live entertainment, glorious gardens, re-creations of a Victorian village and Britiain in the Blitz" unquote. It was around 20-30 minutes away from Mullion. www.flambards.co.uk ST MICHAELS MOUNT - This is about half an hour drive away - parking cost us around £3.00 for the day. There are a few cafe's along the beach front that sell cream teas, bacon butties, sweets, icecreams, cakes, sandwiches and the like. There is also a fabulously large play park for kids and large clean public toilets. Once you reach St. Michaels Mount (at low tide you can walk across - tide information 01736 710265) you can then pay to go up to see the castle and gardens (Castle opens from 29th March - 1st Nov Sunday-Friday 10:30am-5pm AND gardens are open from May to June Monday-Friday 10:30am-5pm and July-October Thurs & Friday only 10:30am-5pm). The boat to St. Michaels Mount cost £1.50 each (each way) and £1.00 for children each way. The views across the bay to Penzance are spectacular however the climb up the steep hill is not for the faint hearted, very ill, disabled or wheelchair bound I'm afraid. The island has a cafe, restaurant and 2 gift shops. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk FUTURE WORLD @ GOONHILLY - We never made it here afterall which was disappointing as we ran out of time but this has an interactive visitors centre with a "variety of fun and interactive play... both indoors and outdoors". This is probably only 20 minutes drive away from Mullion Park and has robots, guided tours and the latest in futuristic transport called "Segway" as seen on Dr. Who and The Gadget Show. www.goonhilly.bt.com NATIONAL SEAL SANCTUARY - I didn't read great reports about the seal sanctuary as many people complained it was expensive and not worth the cost compared to other attractions - but then again they are doing a great job and its the leading marine rescue centre for seals so why not! You will get greater savings if you buy your tickets in advance - tel 0871 423 2110 - Gweek, North Helston, TR12 6UG. Ticket costs are: Adults £11.95 gate price or pre-purchased £6.95. Child (3-14) £9.95 gate or pre-purchased £4.50 Student/Consession £10.95 gate or pre-purchased £5.95, Family (2+2) £36.00 gate or pre-purchaesd £20.00. New for 2009 is quote "Rocky our blind Californian Sea Lion has been joined this year by two younger playmates - a pair of male Patagonia Sea Lions". www.sealsanctuary.co.uk TREVARNO - I never went here but this is closeby and is the National Museum of Gardening with "70 acres of gardens, grounds and woodland walks, treasure trails and adventure play area, railway restoration project, museum". It apparently has a gift shop, plant sales and homemade refreshments. It's located on the B3303 Camborne-Helston road. Admission is £6.50 adults, Seniors £5.75, Disabled £3.25, Children £2.25, under 5s Free. Family ticket £16.00, Toy museum £0.50p www.trevarno.co.uk. POLDARK MINE - This mine is only 2 miles away from Helston and provides guided mine tours and claims to be "the only complete underground tin mine open to the public". They have a beam pumping engine, museum plus activity centre with craft activities, shops, restaurant, picnic area and childrens play area. Opens 10am-5:30pm (last mine tour 4:00pm) and is closed on Saturdays between 8th April-17th July. Open backed and high heeled shoes not permitted for the tour. www.poldark-mine.co.uk LIZARD - Of course a journey to the Lizard wouldn't be complete without actually visiting Lizard point. We half saw it through torrential rain on the day we had to return home - but didn't really get to "see it"...so next time!! :- ( We did pick up a newspaper who provided an overview of all the beaches, beach safety and things to do - they have a website www.visitlizardcornwall.co.uk which may well be useful for you. PRAA SANDS - This was a cove that we discovered about 20 minutes away which was lovely. Many surfers were there and it had a lovely long sandy beach with a few cafes/restaurants and shops and public toilets. Very relaxing and daughter loved it. COVERACK BEACH - Quote from Lizard & Meneage newspaper "Pleasant harbour, wide sand and pebble beach. Popular for bathing, water sports and rock fishing. Swimming possible, dogs permitted, shop/cafe nearby, parking, toilets. KYNANCE COVE - This is supposed to be one of the best coves located about 15-20 minutes away, but we ran out of time to see it. On our last day we followed the winding road through pretty moorland in pelting rain to "look at the cove from the car". We saw a sign saying there was a "toll fee" (a few pounds) for the road and then I think you have to pay for parking on top (but we got there early so didn't pay anything - as no-one was manning the gates). Apparently it's a really picturesque cove with a pleasant sandy beach at low tide, and turquoise water - but we couldn't see it from the car park! Toilets are a 10 minute walk from the beach. They warn that the final steps down to the beach are steep and you can get cut off at high tide. GUNWALLOE COVE - We came across this cove during our travels which is about 10 minutes drive away. My daughter wasn't so keen as it was more fine pebbles than sand - but she did enjoy finding slithers of slate everywhere, especially when she found out she could write on it. There is a ship wreck here (according to a plaque warning people against stealing bits from it during dives etc). We saw a tea house above the cove which claimed to serve things but it was shut so presumably only opens later in the season (its a private house). The cove was very quiet...we only saw 2 people walking past with their dog! The local newspaper advises there is a sandy cove to north of main beach and interesting church amongst dunes, with lifeguard at weekends. KENNACK SANDS BEACH - We never got time to see this beach which is on the easterly side of the Lizard However the local newspaper advises "Blue flag beach, wide sandy beach, one of the most popular on the Lizard. Cliff walks towards Cadgwith or Black Head. Dogs banned on western beach only. Swimming, shop/cafe nearby, toilets and parking." MISC - Obviously there are hundreds of things to see and do but I've just chosen those places closest to the holiday park - a trip to Lands End may also take your fancy as well as visiting the Eden Project (close to St. Austell), The Minack Theatre, Geevor Tin Mine, Paradise Park & JungleBarn, Pendennis Castle, Glendurgan, Trebah, National Maritime Museum, Trelissick, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Trengwainton, Tate St Ives are other places which are also closeby...to name but a few!! MULLION PARK CONTACT DETAILS ============================ Mullion holiday park, Ruan Minor , TR12 7LJ Call: 0871 641 0359 www.parkdean.com HOW TO FIND MULLION HOLIDAY PARK =========================== Travel instructions: From the A30 take the A39 from Fraddon to Truro and continue on the Falmouth road. Take the A394 to Helston then the A3083 for The Lizard. After approximately 7 miles you will find Mullion holiday park on the left opposite the Mullion turning. (TR12 7LJ) HOW I FELT MULLION HOLIDAY PARK COMPARED TO BUTLINS ====================================== The accommodation at Butlins (Skegness) was the most basic available and didn't have any of the self catering facilities available at our Caravan in Mullion Holiday Park. The decor was also very tired and the shower very small - it didn't appear anywhere near as 'bright and clean'. The beds were more uncomfortable and so lumpy that I dreaded sleeping in them each night. On the plus side, the extent of "things to do on-site" at Butlins was more superior to Mullion - this is where Butlins excelled - but then again I think the site is probably 4 times the size. There were park/fair ground type rides, bowling, soft play, play areas, creche facilities, spa - this aspect I couldn't really fault - it was fantastic. My main bug-bear was that food (which was included as I chose a package) had to be eaten between 4pm-6pm (even the grownups!). My stomach wasn't really ready at this time as I normally don't eat until c9pm. The entertainment on site started around 5pm for the kids shows - but by the time we got to the food hall (plastic tables - canteen style) half of the inhabitants at Butlins had already eaten and were queueing outside in the cold, to grab the best seats. After we finished eating at 6pm we then had to stand around for around 1 hour while watching the show, before we could grab someone's seat who was leaving the entertainment hall. Mullion was far more relaxed - where you could eat at a sensible time - with restaurants serving up to 10pm and then you could walk into the entertainment centre and find seats without a problem (bliss in comparison). Mullion therefore gets my complete vote. I will also be putting this information on Trip Advisor.
Mullion holiday is the place to go if you want to take your family on a fantastic holiday, they also offer some great offers too including short breaks. We have stayed there a few times now as we return each year as we always have such a great time, we stayed there twice last year. We stay in the bungalows as we have 2 young boys, 1 that is autistic so it was safer for us to be in a bungalow, we take 2 dogs with us too that love it. The holiday park is a very welocoming place, staff are always very helpful & friendly too. The park offers loads of entertainment for kids & adults too, there are indoor & outdoor swimming pools, the indoor one having a pirate shhip that has jets of water spraying from it. There is crazy golf, tennis courts, loads of ground to run & play on. they also have fields for you to take your own caravan on a certain times in the year. In the warmer weather they have pedal cars & bikes as well as a bouncy castle out. They have indoor amusemnets with slot machines which all the kids love & the night time entertainment is fantastic too. They have sid & lizzie time for the kids where thay can get up & dance with the characters which are a big hit, with the adults too. they have bingo & entertainment for the adults after. there is an indoor playpit with slides etc & also facilities for washing etc. they also have indoor bowling & snooker/pool with flat screen tv on the wall for entertainment too. Sid & lizzie have an event on a wednesday morning where the kids along with their adults can go & have breakfast with them, this is great fun, sid is very funny. there are clubs for the kids to go to during the day, tot stars for the under 5's & starlanders for the older kids. There is fast food restaurants on site that are open in the evening & a resaturant too, you have the options to go full or half board or self catering & use the resaurant when you fancy it, we always use it for sid & lizzies breakfast. The holiday park also offers swimming lessons to children while they are there & they have set times for the pool so that the toddlers get chance to go in while it is quiter. the park also offer discounted tickets to many great local attractions including gweek sealife sanctuary. There are loads of local attractions to visit & beautiful views & beaches which makes this holiday park perfect for any family holiday. Also i mentioned earlier that 1 of my boys is autistic the staff at the park were so fantastic with him, they really helped him join in & put a lot of effort into making him enjoy the holiday too where as normally he would not join in, he loved it, he cant wait to go again, well none of us can. this place is much more that 5 stars, try it you will not be dissapointed.
The five of us packed our car and set off in some trepidation for Mullion in August. This was the first time we'd all gone away together for 2 weeks and the thought of 2 adults and 3 kids in caravan was still taking some getting used to. Well to say it was the best time is an understatement. Not only is Lizard so beatiful, you could stay in a dustbin and have a good time, but Mullion Holiday Park was fantastic! It was safe enough for the kids to feel independent and explore on their own (aged 7, 8 & 9), but we got a break too. The van was clean and much larger than we expected and was really well equipped. The staff were friendly and helpful too and they layout of the whole complex made everything so easy. My son wants to go to Mullion for his birthday present next year he enjoyed it so much. Will definately be going back!
I sent off for a cheap 4 day break in our local paper at the beginning of the year and got selected for Mullion Holiday Park in Cornwall. For £40 I wasn't really expecting it to be much but I was really surprised. Mullion itself is about 3 miles from the Lizard which is the most southerly point in Britain. The caravan park at Mullion is run by WestStar Holidays. The site itself is really good. It boasts a shop, bar, restaurant, takeaway, amusements, bowling, outdoor pool, indoor splash pool with water flume,an indoor soft play area, two outdoor play areas (one for older children and one for younger) and a pitch and putt as well as a dedicated dog walking area (good idea). We stayed in a fairly basic model of caravan but it was most definately adequate. It had a double bedroom and a twin, small bathroom, kitchen and living/dining area. All pots and pans etc were supplied as well as ample storage space, a portable T.V. and (most importantly when you stay in October like we did!) a gas fire. Even though it's out on a limb there's plenty to do down there. Nearby in Helston there is Flambards Theme Park; the Gweek Seal Sanctury, Newquay Zoo and Paradise Park. All of these by the way had discounted admisson if you were staying at Mullion. All in all it is well worth a visit.
West star holidays are great! We have been there twice now and really enjoyed ourselves.There is plenty to do for all the family and the entertainment is brilliant. The holiday homes are of high standard and good value for money.The staff are very friendly and are always happy to help you. For the children there is something to do every day and sid the seagull and lizzie the lizzard are on site to keep the children happy. The park has an indoor and out door swimming pool,bowling alley,amusements,shop,take away,pub that children are welcome,restaurant,club house and mini golf course. Down the road from the park is flambards theme park and the seal sanctury.The lizard is also just up the road and has beautiful views and a light house.There is also lots of cornish shops to visit and beautiful beaches all around. Myself and my family will be going back next year and I cant wait. Its my favourite place to be on holiday.