Enjoy Cornwall in a camper van

Have you ever driven behind or passed coming in the opposite direction a motorhome or campervan and thought – now that’s something I’d like to try?

The good news is that by hiring such a vehicle, it is something you can try with all the simplicity and ease in the world. What’s more, some parts of the British Isles seem especially well suited to this type of break or holiday, so you might want to look especially carefully at camper van hire in Cornwall.

A selection of upcoming events for the 2016 season might help to illustrate the rich seam of things to do and places to visit:

New Year’s Party

  • laying claim to Newquay being the party capital of Cornwall and to illustrate that there is always something to do in the town the New Year starts off with a major party at Whiskers nightclub;
  • if you are going there by camper van, remember that the number of campsites open all the year round may be very limited. It might be a little way away from Newquay itself, but Compton Park, near Launceston, is one that opens the whole year round;


  • come springtime, of course, the Duchy comes into its own for visits by camper van and the Padstow May Day Fair may be one of the best known openers. This first day of the month – and procession of the famous ’obby ‘oss – has been known to attract 30,000 visitors to its narrow streets;

Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally

  • this rally at the end of May also attracts its fair share of enthusiasts and the curious alike. Take a step back in time to see, hear and smell, the machines that revolutionised agriculture in the southwest of England;
  • close to Launceston, but just across the border into neighbouring Devon, Appledore Park is a quiet family friendly campsite offering a high standard of accommodation for your camper van;

Bude Jazz Festival

  • for four whole days at the end of August and into September, your feet will not resist tapping away to the line up of bands – popular and traditional – at the jazz festival in Bude;
  • when the sound of the music finally fades away, you might want to make your way to the Willow Valley Holiday Park just outside the town;

St Ives September Festival

  • if you hanker for the music still ringing in your ears, there are a whole fifteen days of it in and around St Ives in the middle of the month. The September Festival also features a host of other arts and literary events.
  • if you are looking for somewhere safe and comfortable to park your hired camper van, you might want to look up Trevalgan Touring Park, just a mile or two from the centre of St Ives.

Cornwall is likely to be one of those place you want to keep coming back to and hiring a camper van might prove the perfect way of doing so – whatever the time of year, there will be no shortage of events and things to do.

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