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St Austell in school holidays

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St Austell in school holidays

Hi, We've been offered the use of a caravan in the Par Sands caravan park while we have building work done at home between 17 + 24 August. We don't usually take our holidays when the schools are out so are wondering how busy it will be. It will be our first time to Cornwall so we don't want to have it spoiled by fighting through crowds everywhere. PS we will also have a dog with us. Any advice?

Bucks, UK
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1. Re: St Austell in school holidays

Just spent the weekend in Mevagissey and Charlestown - it's reasonably busy compared with lower season but not unbearable by any means - the crowds are absorbed quite well IMHO and car parks in Mev and Charlestown (which was holding its regatta week) still had plenty of room. The biggest crowd will be on the M5/A30.

To me, a week by the beach as opposed to a week making tea whilst surrounded by noise and dust with possibly intermittent power and water supplies whilst the work is carried out on your house, seems a no-brainer.

Devizes, United...
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2. Re: St Austell in school holidays

Hi there

Par Sands is in a really pleasant location, at low tide there's an enormous beach, and it's still a decent size at high tide. It really depends upon how far you want to go, I travel down to Cornwall once or twice a month for 2-3 days work and the traffic can be horrendous in August. It's always better on a sunny day, as many head straight for the beach, but on a wet day, people jump in their cars and go looking for something to do and see, that's when traffic's at its worst.

Many of the bottlenecks have been bypassed now, like the Goss Moor bypass, but even the A30 still has a substantial section of regular carriageway from just west of Mitchell to Chiverton Cross roundabout and I've been stuck in the queue for that regularly, particularly when heading west. There's usually a longish queue westbound into Penzance, and although a bypass was built years ago to channel the Lands End traffic out of the town, it's made little difference in my experience as you have to drive virtually right into the town to access the bypass anyway.

I'd suggest you make reasonably early starts, nothing daft, you're on holiday, but there's lots to see and do in the immediate area around Par and St Austell, Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey, Eden Project, Heligan, Lerryn, Lanhydrock House, Restormel castle, etc, etc.

Birmingham uk
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3. Re: St Austell in school holidays

We have just returned from a week in mevigessey and were really surprised how quiet the roads were when driving round , we went on days out to Looe , Newquay and Fowey and roads were fine . Have fun !

Devizes, United...
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4. Re: St Austell in school holidays

That's good to hear Claire but to get to the places you visited from Mevagissey, you aren't hitting any of the major trunk routes. Glad you enjoyed your holiday...;0)

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5. Re: St Austell in school holidays

Its pretty chaotic at times at the moment in St Austell. Yesterday was a wet day and the main roads in the area were very slow as everyone was driving around. Like GB says, if its good weather people go to the beaches and the roads are much quieter, whereas in poor weather it can be chaos trying to get into the towns and resorts. We call it the silly season at present, and grin and bear it. For instance a journey from Bodmin to ST Austell which normally takes me 20 to 25 mins took 45 last week.

You will be here during Fowey regatta week http://www.foweyroyalregatta.co.uk/index.php which includes the Red Arrows on the Thursday. Lots to see and do there close to where you are staying. If you want to see the Red Arrows, go early into Fowey as it gets packed and if you leave it late you won't get in.

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