Visiting Cornwall This Summer

Great cornish beaches near Lanyon Holiday Park campsite for tents tourers and caravans in Cornwall

Welcome back to Lanyon Holiday Park

We are looking forward to welcoming you back for the start of our summer season here at Lanyon Holiday Park. There are a lot of changes in the county this summer with various restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic but, we wanted to share some of the things we loved most that you can still fill your time with while visiting Cornwall.

Beautiful Beaches

Of course, the beaches here in Cornwall are often the main attraction for visitors and we understand why – they’re beautiful! Below you will find a link to the RNLI webpage about what beaches are currently manned by lifeguards. Remember to always respect the sea and any rules that are put in place to keep you safe. Please also remember to take your rubbish home with you to keep the coast looking beautiful and the marine life healthy.

Check lifeguard patroled beaches here:


 Amazing Food

How we have missed all of the wonderful food Cornwall has to offer. Although some establishments are now starting to open back up with many restrictions on booking, seating and ordering, a safe bet is the humble takeaway. Here are our top picks for food to go that you can get your hands on from independent businesses within walking distance to a good view.   Flour Power PizzaThese guys provide the most wonderful stone-fired pizzas from their colourful pizza van! We usually visit them on a Thursday night outside of the Portreath Arms but please check their website for locations you can pick up pizza from other nights of the week. We like to walk down to the harbour and have ours overlooking the sea.

Sea Smiths Fish & ChipsA lovely little independent located in Porthtowan. These guys keep it pretty simple but the quality is amazing! Take your food down to the beach for the full Cornish fish & chips experience, just watch out for those pesky seagulls.

Great takeaway food near Lanyon Holiday Park campsite for tents tourers and caravans in Cornwall

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Genki This is a new find for us here on the campsite but we love the wonderful breakfast options. Especially the selection of smoothie bowls, loaded waffles and great coffee. They are located in the heart of St Agnes which features many little shops to have a look around pre or post food.


Coastal Walks

Explore more of Cornwall by tackling the South West coast path. You can use this website: to show you the full route as well as points that you can park along the way for shorter walks (we would recommend this as the full path, end to end is 630 miles long!) We like to walk from Portreath to Godrevey and back with a pit stop at Godrevey Beach Cafe for ice cream. 

Coastal walks near Lanyon Holiday Park campsite for tents tourers and caravans in Cornwall

Views along South West coast path


Cornish Seal Sanctuary

If you are looking for a fun-filled day out while being able to support a local charity, then check out the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, located just 9 miles from us here at Lanyon Holiday Park. They do amazing work in supporting our coastal wildlife in Cornwall, rescuing sick and injured seals with the hope of releasing them back into the wild. They rely heavily on the tourism trade to provide funding so with a shorted season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they need all the support they can get from locals and wonderful tourists. Trust us, once you catch a glimpse of one of their many seals frolicking around, you’ll be glad you paid them a visit.



After a day of fun, unwind back at Lanyon Holiday Park with a barbeque, beer and fingers crossed, a stunning sunset.

We look forward to seeing you soon, let us know what you plan on getting up to when you visit Cornwall this summer.

Cycling and Walking in Cornwall – The Great Flat Lode

Cycling and Walking in Cornwall – The Great Flat Lode

The Great Flat Load

Cycling and Walking in Cornwall - The Great Flat Lode

We are lucky at Lanyon Holiday Park to be so close to the Great Flat Lode. just 800 meters from our holiday park is the Wheal Frances entrance to the Great Flat Lode. Here you can walk, cycle and ride a horse.

The Wheal Buller riding stables are only one mile away and offer riding holidays or hourly hire of horses with tuition if required. Children from as young as six years old are led by the instructors onto the Great Flat Lode to enjoy the beautiful Cornish countryside.

This is the heart of ‘Poldark’ country where extensive tin mining took place and there are numerous reminders of this important historical industry with many buildings still standing. There is informative signage to explain the nature of these buildings and what part they had to play in the production of tin and copper.

The Great Flat Lode was a transport roadway that connected the tin mines and provided a path for the transportation of tin through the countryside to the ports at the coast. From here the tin and copper was shipped to other parts of the U.K and exported abroad. The King Edward Mine Museum only one mile away from Lanyon provides great insight into the effect mining had on Cornwall and its inhabitants.

From Lanyon you can see and walk up to the Basset monument that was constructed from money raised by the local workforce in appreciation of Lord Francis Basset who owned the mines and employed many of the men and women in the area. He was appreciated for the good welfare he offered his employees.

If you enjoy touring or camping in a pet friendly environment and want to discover the historic past of Cornwall and would like to visit the famous town of St Ives, Falmouth, Penzance or the surfing beaches of Perranporth then Lanyon would be perfect for you.

Helston Flora Day

Helston Flora Day

Helston Flora Day

Flora day helston 8th May 2019

 What is Flora Day all About

The origins of this famous celebration dance are more than likely pre-Christian and connected to ancient spring festivals that take place all over Europe. Nowadays the festival’s original purpose of ushering in a prosperous harvest expresses itself in a lively, colourful celebration that involves the whole town. A great family day out.

If you are thinking of come to join in the Flora day, Lanyon Park have camping and touring pitches, holiday caravans and lodges to let some are pet friendly just 8 miles from Helston.

A great place to stay, ideally positioned to visit the many charms of the beautiful county of Cornwall.

Flora day is a fun filled day of music and dance with ladies and gentleman dressed in their finery.

Thousands of people gather to watch and take part in the celebrations.

Many of you will remember the rendition of The Floral dance recorded by Terry Wogan in 1978. Well worth a listen.

The Flora Dance melody, played during the celebrations every year by Helston Town Band, is said to date back to a pre-Christian times. Put to words in 1911 by London born composer Katie Moss, the lyrics are allegedly based on a true incident when, whilst visiting Helston Floral Day, Moss was grabbed by a stranger who enticed her to join in the dancing.

If you wish to visit us here at Lanyon holiday park you can book on line or call 01209 313474.

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Bassett Monument – Carn Brea

Bassett Monument – Carn Brea

The monument on Carn Brea Hill

Have you ever thought when travelling on the A30 Cornwall, heading west near Redruth & Camborne, what is that imposing structure on top of the big hill?

Well I can tell you it is a 90 ft high granite obelisk.  The huge column was erected in 1836 in memory of Francis Bassett, Lord De Duntstaville.

The bassets were the most important mining family in the area.  Francis Bassett was the first to be elevated to nobility, mainly due to his efforts to raise an army of miners to defend the port of Plymouth from invading French and Spanish fleets.

Francis did a lot to improve the welfare of the miners he employed and was a patron for many other good causes, a well-respected gentleman.

After his death in 1865 over 20,000 people formed a procession at his funeral.  The monument was paid for by public donations.

Lanyon Holiday Park has some spectacular views to this historic monument, where we live and is about a mile away from our touring and camping park.

It is an interesting place to visit and for children and adults that are mobile a great place to climb on the massive granite boulders with panoramic view to the coast towards St Ives in the distance.

A rough road leads to the Bassett monument from the village of Carnkie.  I have seen all types of vehicles on the car park, including a three wheeled reliant robin and the original mini, just go carefully.

Why not pay a visit when you are in the area.

For more information of other places of interest visit

Carn Brea Castle

Carn Brea Tin Mines