Great English short breaks

Just over a week ago I came back from a short break at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay Cornwall.

Yes, I can recommend this park for a good base to stay and explore Cornish Pastyland. You do have to put down a small deposit of 35 pounds to ensure the holiday home is left as it was found which is fair enough and you get it back once you’ve left pretty quickly when all is checked over. I received a cheque on Friday this week so it took a week to return my deposit.

It’s quite a drive down to Newquay from the Midlands around 5 hours but it went fairly quickly with one stop and of course, we had fun on the way as the holiday started as soon as we were on the motorway. We had the music playing in the car as we entered Cornwall and Bodmin Moor remote and home of the wild horses, and also The Cornish beast thought to be a Black panther but yet to be caught. It seemed appropriate that Ginuwine Pony was playing as we passed through.

The first thing we wanted to do was grab a nice fish & chips fresh from the seaside as we were all pretty hungry by the time we reached our destination.  The lure of the sea at Fistral Beach was too much to resist and by the time it had mesmerised us and let us go, it was 15 minutes too late for Fish & Chips as the chippy’s down there had closed by 9.00pm. We couldn’t find one single chip shop open which was rather annoying.  You tend to forget living in a City that you can’t get food day & night in a smaller town. But we found a nice Chinese the first night and enjoyed that instead. Then we laid our head to rest and the Gannets and Seagulls woke us up early as predicted they would and always do down by the coast.

As with English weather, the first day was cold but not too bad but it was windy so we headed for the Town of Newquay to have a look around and heading in the direction of the beach. We had a lovely breakfast in the town to start the day and later got the fish n chips we had craved for the night before. The Seagals had a feast on the leftovers and a little black bird standing by didn’t stand a chance of getting a single crumb.

The next morning we got in trouble for feeding them bread. We got told off on site, ‘Do not feed the birds’ we were told but it was fun and it had already been done so that was the end of that. One thing I loved was not cooking for the short break we had and on the third day we went to explore Perranporth. A beautiful day it was.


We had a full English breakfast and a deluxe hot chocolate right by the beach to start the day.



Later we headed for Falmouth a fairly large fishing village.


When in Cornwall you just have to have a Cornish Pasty and after the walk down a steep hill into the town and walking back up it had burnt the pasty off. We chose Warren’s Bakery which is the oldest Cornish Pasty maker in the World and yes they were tasty. I tried one from another bakery but not as good as Warren’s. I had two pasty’s whilst I was in Cornwall for 4 days. Plus I brought some back with me.

We went to Crantock beach but the surfer’s beach was favourite. There is just something about all the white horses coming in and surfers surfing that did it. Plus they have the famous fish restaurant right by the sea in Fistral, Rick Steins.

IMG_0755 Not the cheapest by any means but I had scampi and it was gorgeous and so was the cornish ice-cream to follow.


To be fair no-one wanted to come home as we enjoyed it so much. If the weather had been a little better come the end of the week I’d have stayed a few more days. It started raining just as we left on Friday last week which doesn’t matter much when you’re coming back.

All in all a great short and relaxing break, just what the Doctor ordered and we’re talking about doing it all again real soon. Oh, and a local recommended a trip to Charlestown so that’ll be one to remember for next time. Love the miniature pony centre too on Dartmoor if in neighbouring Devon.

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