Things To Do Near Perran Sands

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Perran Sands is one of the most beautiful Haven holiday parks, located near the vast, sandy beach at Perranporth on the stunning north Cornwall coast.

There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained on the park – it even has its own surf school.

But if you’re looking for some days out exploring the local area, there’s a wealth of attractions and things to do near Perran Sands. 

In this guide, we’ll explore some of those places, all within a short 10-mile journey from Perran Sands holiday park.


Perranporth Beach
Perranporth Beach Near Perran Sands

Less than a mile away, this fantastic beach with miles of golden sands is a paradise for surfers, diving, sailing, or a picnic and sandcastles.

The beach is sheltered by sand dunes, home to an abundance of wildlife. 

  • Cafes and bars nearby
  • Coastal walks
  • Horse riding on the shore
  • Sand chairs provided by Cornwall mobility
  • Dogs welcome


Family-owned Penare Farm is set on 140 acres of woods and farmland in the heart of the Cornish countryside.

Llama Land is a delightful adventure in the heart of nature, where you can relax and enjoy a gentle walk with the friendly llamas, meet them personally and learn about their quirky characters.

Remember to book in advance!

  • Amazing views
  • Guided llama walks
  • Working farm, animals
  • Farmhouse lunch and Cornish cream teas


Newquay Fishing Trips

Less than 5 miles from Perran Sands, this is a fun, family-friendly ocean adventure, the perfect opportunity to spot the Cornish marine wildlife.

Cornwall has a long fishing and smuggling history, and Chris, the skipper, is a mine of information with 30 years of experience guiding ocean cruises. He’s also passionate about marine ecology and conservation.

On a Wildlife Ocean Cruise, you might see whales, dolphins, giant tuna, basking sharks and perhaps the fin of a blue shark, as well as a multitude of seabirds.  

  • 2-hour adventure trip
  • Secret coves, secluded beaches
  • Family friendly
  • Steady boats
  • 2, 4 and all-day fishing trips-deep sea, private charter, wreck and reef fishing, mackerel fishing, conger fishing
  • Take your catch home
  • Bait and equipment provided


Experience exciting steam train rides through 35 beautiful acres of the Cornish countryside.

A boating lake and lots of fun outdoor adventures make Lappa Valley one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.

There are pedalo swans on the boating lake, crazy golf and a magical musical woodland walk, and the adventure playground with climbing frames, a giant tunnel slide, and much more will keep the children entertained.

This is an affordable, action-packed day out for the family less than 5 miles from Perran Sands. 

  • Secret adventure valley
  • Family games field
  • Crazy golf course
  • Steam train rides
  • Family friendly
  • Boating lake, pedalo swans
  • Adventure playground, trampolines, rocker trains, slides, indoor soft play, climbing frames, pirate ship
  • Pedal cars
  • Fantastic coffee shop and café with decking areas


Fistral Beach Newquay
Fistral Beach, Newquay

The beautiful golden sands and big waves at Fistral beach are a haven for surfers and perfect for family summer days.

You can hire kayaks, beginner boards, boogie boards, or paddle boards, or sit back and watch. 

There is a variety of restaurants and cafes nearby. 

  • Sheltered, safe, sandy beach
  • Swimming
  • Equipment hire
  • Surfing lessons
  • Kayaking, body boarding, range of water sports


For a fun day out in the countryside about 6 miles from Perran Sands, Dairyland has lots of animals to meet and feed in The Barn, the Bug Zone with snakes and reptiles, woodland trails, and a host of activities in a natural environment for the whole family.

Delicious hot and cold food and cream teas are available in the Farmhouse Cafe.

When you buy a one-day ticket, you can come back as often as you like for the next seven days.

  • Museum, mills: learn about making butter and cream
  • Animals: meerkats, goats, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs
  • Woodland lakes trail
  • Scrambled Legs assault course, zip wires, trampolines
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Bull Pen indoor soft play
  • Pedal cart track
  • Pony rides
  • Dog shelter


Cornish Lavender is a delightful, tranquil sanctuary in a beautiful setting just down the road from Perran Sands.

You can learn about the process from flower to essential oil, stroll through Cliff’s Woods, relax in the hammocks or play on the tree swing. 

Discover the ancient sunken road, enjoy the stunning views across the fragrant purple lavender sea and round off your visit with a sumptuous, homemade lavender cream tea.

You’re free to explore the lavender fields in this wonderful sensory experience. 

  • Eco approach, eco toilet
  • Woodland walks
  • Craft sessions, informative talks
  • Delicious cream tea


Less than 5 miles from Perran Sands, there are many animals to see at this small, well-kept zoo set among the sub-tropical gardens.

There are big cats, lemurs, tropical birds, meerkats and monkeys. Penguin-feeding time and fantastic play areas are among the many attractions to enjoy at one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.

Newquay Zoo is also a top conservation charity, so you are supporting research, education, and protection for endangered animals when you visit. 

  • Outdoor adventure play
  • Outdoor seating, under cover picnic areas
  • Oriental Gardens
  • Village Farm
  • Café Lemur near the entrance, Lazy Lion Grill, Meerkat Munchies for ice cream


One of Cornwall’s most iconic and picturesque industrial heritage sites, Wheal Coates Tin Mine is set in a breath-taking location high on the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach.

There are stunning views and various good circular coastal paths along the cliffs and back up through the buildings.  

  • Historic ruins date back to 1870
  • Stunning Cornish clifftop setting, magnificent views, film location
  • Car park is free to National Trust members


Are you ready for a challenge?

About 5 miles from Perran Sands, Elemental UK is a dynamic adventure centre located on the private, sandy beach at Tolcarne.

Elemental UK offers the chance for all abilities to try a fantastic range of water sports and activities with dedicated, experienced instructors.

This is a perfect choice for groups of friends and families with older children.

  • Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Coasteering, raft building and power boating
  • Qualified, experienced instructors
  • State of the art equipment, impeccable safety record
  • Beach location
  • Changing rooms, showers, toilets


Set in a peaceful woodland valley under 6 miles from Perran Sands, the gardens comprise 40 ponds with natural spring sources covering 6 acres of marshland, home to various aquatic plants and wildlife.

This relaxing, beautiful haven has an outdoor play area and a great coffee shop.

  • Wildlife and water lilies
  • Children’s play area
  • Café/restaurant 


Blue Reef Aquarium is situated on Towan Promenade in the centre of Newquay.

There are over 40 displays with close-up encounters with reef sharks, giant octopus, seahorses, piranhas, and an enormous Southern Stingray.

Omiros, the rescued giant turtle, is much loved by people who visit time and again.

There is plenty to see and learn on a fascinating all-weather day out, with the beach on your doorstep.

  • Feeding displays
  • Rock pool workshops
  • Informative talks
  • Coral reef display
  • Café with amazing views


Everyone has fun on this 12-hole adventure golf course which involves a voyage through Cornwall’s piracy and smuggling myths and legends. 

At Pirate’s Quest, navigate your way through the spooky ship’s graveyard, Davy Jones’ Locker and encounters with kings, giants, and the most notorious legendary characters from Cornish tradition.   

Real life pirate guides accompany you on this unique, new indoor attraction near Perran Sands. 

  • Online booking recommended
  • Shipwrecks, giants, pirates, and kings
  • Immersive, interactive, family friendly


Less than 2 miles from Perran Sands, Little Wolf is a relaxed, enjoyable way to explore the secluded coves and beaches on the Cornish coast while learning safely how to paddle.

Qualified, patient, friendly instructors encourage and support beginners and teach rescue skills in an enjoyable, friendly experience, ideal for groups and families with older children. 

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