**Parkdean Resorts Black Friday: 1000s of holidays from £69 + up to 30% off 7 night holidays**
This seems like a good moment to look at Parkdean Resort's Cornwall holiday parks. Parkdean is doing a couple of decent Black Friday offers including '1000s of holidays from £69' as well as 'up to 30% off 7 night holidays'.
Black Friday can be an excellent time to book a holiday for 2024. Most people are distracted by the search for a Christmas present for Aunt Maude, so holiday companies offer some good deals. There's also loads of availability so you can usually get your pick of the accommodation.
We've already got a guide to Cornwall that covers all the different holiday park companies, but this one will just focus on the eight Parkdean Resorts.
There isn't an outright winner but here's our summary:
Anyway, here are the full details!
Which Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall gets the best reviews?
Last year, we did a mammoth rundown of every Parkdean Resorts and ranked them from 1st to 66th, based on their review score on TripAdvisor and Google Reviews (there wasn't much on telly that week).
Here's how they rank out of every Parkdean Resorts in the UK:
(The equals sign means that they had the same score as another Parkdean Resorts holiday park).
We also did a quick search to check if any of those scores had changed since we did our original comparison, about 18 months ago.
There had been a couple of changes, so the ranking for Cornwall now looks like this
So, there have been a couple of changes. Crantock Beach has lost half a point on TripAdvisor whilst Lizard Point Holiday Park has gained half a point. Honestly, I wouldn't obsess over this too much. TripAdvisor ratings are only given in halves, so it is quite common for a resort to jump between ratings.
The general conclusion is that there are three Cornish Parkdean Resorts that are leading the way with their review scores: Crantock Beach Holiday Park, Sea Acres Holiday Park and St Minver Holiday Park.
Which Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall has the best facilities?
There is a significant range in the size of Parkdean Resorts around the UK. Some are massive resorts with enough to occupy you for a week or more - others offer accommodation in a nice location but not much else. A small and simple resort isn't necessarily a bad thing - you may be the sort of family that prefers to explore the local area rather than spending all your time onsite.
Parkdean Resorts has a useful system where it labels its larger and busier resorts as 'Action Packed Parks'. There are currently 10 of these in the UK including two in Cornwall - Lizard Point Holiday Park and Newquay Holiday Park.
At these parks, you can expect to find loads to do including a mix of free activities and things you pay extra for.
At Lizard Point, there is an indoor swimming pool, two outdoor swimming pools, an adventure playground, soft play, nature trails, kids' clubs, a sports court, outdoor table tennis and a 'woof park', which is a dog agility course. There are also paid extras such as high ropes, bungee trampolines, battle blaster (a bit like NERF), archery, kayaking, laser tag, Adventure Bugz and mini golf.
Meanwhile, Parkdean Resorts Newquay Holiday Park doesn't have an indoor swimming pool but it has three outdoors pools - one of which has a massive great waterslide. There are also four playgrounds, soft play and paid activities such as minigolf, archery, high ropes, hoverboards, arts and craft and so on.
You can find more details on which activities cost extra here.
There are also some Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall that promote themselves as being 'relaxed'. This generally means that there aren't lots of activities onsite but they are often in good locations.
These 'relaxed' parks include:
Finally, there are three Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall that fall somewhere in the middle. They aren't quite as jam-packed with entertainment as Lizard Point Holiday Park or Newquay Holiday park but they have a bit more to do than Crantock Beach Holiday Park, Sea Acres Holiday Park and St Minver Holiday Park.
These three resorts are Holywell Bay Holiday Park, Looe Bay Holiday Park and White Acres Holiday Park.
Which Parkdean Resorts holiday park in Cornwall is cheapest?
Here's the juicy part!
Next up, we carried out a price comparison for one set of dates for a peak-season 2024 holiday. You may find different results for your holiday, but it's an interesting exercise if nothing else.
We looked for a family for four people in early August 2024. We just looked for the cheapest accommodation available at the time of searching. You might find that prices creep up nearer the time because the lower grades of accommodation get booked up quicker. See our guide to Parkdean Resorts grading of caravans for more advice. (As an aside, we usually advise people to book early if they can rather than hoping for a last minute discount. The best prices are usually available to the early birds).
From cheapest to most expensive
So, there's a difference of £350 between the cheapest - Looe Bay Holiday Park and the most expensive - Newquay Holiday Park. It's interesting to note that Sea Acres and St Minver are two of the cheapest despite getting some of the best reviews (or perhaps the low prices help encourage high review scores!)
Which Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall is easiest to reach by car?
Convenience is a big factor for me. Let's look at driving distance from London. I'm aware that not everyone lives in London, but the difference in travel time is likely to be about the same for most visitors.
So, you will spend more than two and half hours extra in the car for a return journey to Sea Acres Holiday Park or Lizard Point Holiday Park compared to Looe Bay Holiday Park or White Acres Holiday Park.
That's a notable factor for me as one of my children isn't a great car traveller!
Another thing to consider is that Cornwall is a large county. If you want to cover the whole of Cornwall in a week then you are better to stay somewhere around the middle such as Newquay Holiday Park. It's an hour's drive from Lizard Point Holiday Park to Tintagel on the North Cornish coast. You may not fancy two hours in the car after driving all the way to Cornwall!
Which Parkdean Resorts Holiday Park in Cornwall is near to a beach?
Easy access to a beach is another big factor for us. Walking distance is preferable so that a beach trip doesn't require loading everyone and everything into the car. Plus, you don't have to find and pay for parking if it's not far away.
Here's how the Cornish Parkdean Resorts rank, based on how close they are to the nearest beach
(Note that these times will vary a bit depending on where you are on the site and whether you go for the closest beach or a nicer one with more sand!)
So, we have three winners in this category. Sea Acres Holiday Park, Crantock Beach Holiday Park and Holywell Bay Holiday Park are all close enough to walk to the beach without too much complaining from the rest of your family.
Conclusion - pros and cons of each Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall
Let's round up with a summary of each Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall. There isn't a clear winner in every category, so a pros and cons list is in order!
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