5 things to do on the beach in autumn This week is half term and we kicked it off with a long weekends stay at Trevella Park in Crantock, Cornwall. Trevella Park is about five minutes drive from the popular holiday destination of Newquay.  I was visiting Trevella Park in order to write about it and let you lovely readers know about the park. However since we visited during St Jude storm and the weather was very windy and wet I didn’t really get to explore the park properly as we weren’t able to try any of the on site activities. The caravan was lovely, well stocked, clean and comfortable, and I’m hoping to visit again soon to be able to give you a more comprehensive write up about the on site facilities.

trevella park

Having discovered bodyboarding on our summer holidays this year we had planned on spending plenty of time in the sea taking advantage of the fantastic surf at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay.

bodyboarding girl The weather had other ideas. We managed to get a session in on Saturday but then St Jude started to brew on Sunday and the wind whipped around the beaches and the sea began to rage. Since we aren’t massively experienced yet we decided to leave the waves for the more experienced and hardcore surfers. Instead we payed a visit to one of Newquay’s tourist attractions, Buccaneer Bay.

buccaneer bay

Buccaneer Bay is part street theatre, part museum. We met our very own pirate guide, Calico Jack, who took us on a tour of the attraction. We took in smugglers, Cornish legends, and even The Village of the Damned on our journey to becoming pirates and boarding his ship. The tour lasted around 35 minutes and is a fun and unusual way to learn a little local history.

watergate bay



Undeterred by the weather, and wrapped up in our waterproofs, we still managed a couple of windy walks over the weekend. On Sunday we visited Fistral Beach and had a lovely time. Lovely that is until Robo Boy and I got caught in an unexpected wave and I got soaked up to my knees, enduring soggy wellies ,socks and jeans It was funny looking back on it now, but you should have seen my face when Purpledad dared to have a giggle about it at the time!

watergate bay


On Monday we visited Watergate Bay, another lovely local beach. Purpledad and the boys enjoyed running up to the sea and then running away as fast as they could when the water ran in towards them. Wonder Girl and I stood safely on the rocks (I wasn’t making the same mistake twice) and I managed to get some beautiful pictures of the dramatic sea and wet glistening sand.

We then treated ourselves to a lovely lunch at Watergate Bay Hotel’s Living Space. A fish finger sandwich on delicious soft white bread definitely tasted all the better for having been blown about on the beach first.

Finally we fulfilled Super Kid’s one holiday request and went bowling at Hotel California. It was a little grimy and tucked away in the back of the hotel, but bowling is bowling and Super Kid was happy, especially since he won.

We had a lovely break and despite the weather got plenty of time outdoors, which regular readers will know is our favourite way to spend family time. I would say the beach is most definitely not just for summer, there are fun ways to enjoy the sand and sea in autumn, winter and spring too.

*Disclosure: I was given a free stay at Trevella Park for the purposes of this post.