Camping Out In Cornwall & Equipment You Need

When I was a kid I loved camping, it all started off as soon as I could walk I loved to make dens. We had a row of trees in my parent’s garden that used to make one end of the camp, then we would use the windbreak (from when we went to the beach) for the other side. The top used to be an old bedsheet we would tie to the trees. Many an hour was spent in our camp! I was a proper outdoorsy child, you could always find me playing with stones and in the mud!


Now I’m older we love to go and explore around Cornwall to see what hidden camping sites and places we can find. We have yet to take baby girl on an adventure but I’m sure we will plan something soon.

St Michael's Mount

Cornwall has lots to offer for the camping outdoorsy kind, in fact, if you are not totally into camping, why not try glamping? it does seem to be the rage at the moment. Jugglingonrollerskates spent some time glamping at YHA Eden Project. As you know The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s top attractions, with lots to do for the whole family.

The Cornish Mum and her family have stayed at Silverspring Hideaway down near Constantine in West Cornwall in one of their glamping pods. It does sound like fun!


If you are like me and prefer the more ‘traditional’ way of camping there are places like Pensagillas Camping & Caravan Park at Pensagillas Park. Here at this campsite, you can use it as your base for various activities in the surrounding area. There is a fantastic cycling track nearby called The Pentewan Valley Cycle Track which takes you along a picturesque valley and river. Within a short distance is Heligan Gardens and the beautiful Mevagissey and of course, The Eden Project is fairly close by as well. Pensagillas offers extensive country walks, a rural farm, woodland areas and they have a splendid 2 and a half-acre fishing lake on the grounds, for keen fishermen.

So if you are thinking about going Cornwall camping, these are some of the facilities you could expect at a campsite:

Electric hook-ups.
Toilet and shower block.
WiFi for your laptop or phone maybe?!
Outdoor washing up area.

Here is a helpful guide to camping which will give you some hints and tips on places to stay (not just in Cornwall) and equipment to remember.

My own camping equipment checklist includes:

  • Tent, pegs/stakes and hammer
  • Ground Cloth
  • Air Mattress
  • Air Pump
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Cooking Utensils and equipment
  • Spare Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Torch, Matches, Small Shovel, Batteries
  • Camera
  • Kindle (I can’t go anywhere without it!)

If you planning to go further away, Clifton College are hosting a Forest Discovery Day which would fit in well with a camping trip. At the Forest Discovery day you can enjoy lots of hands-on activities in their magical woodland. From building dens, mud kitchens and toasting marshmallows.

With the school holidays in full swing, you can always plan a last-minute camping trip away. It can be a fun adventure for the whole family!

Is there anything I have missed off my camping list?

Would you love to come down to Cornwall for camping?

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14 thoughts on “Camping Out In Cornwall & Equipment You Need

  1. Such a useful list I will pass it on to my AC. We forget, sometimes, to make use of the wonderful facilities we have on our doorstep here in Cornwall.

  2. Oh I am so desperate to go to Cornwall, and would love to try camping there- we have all the gear but need to wait until next summer now when the new baby will be bigger! It’s such a beautiful place.

  3. I’ve only been to Cornwall once, and only been camping once. And they was not in the same trip! Thanks for giving me the idea to come camping in Cornwall, we’ve been thinking of returning but hadn’t considered camping!

  4. It’s a beautiful place for camping Claire, hopefully one day you will be able to get down here for a camping break. xx

    1. Thanks Nicole, yes camping is a childhood reminder for me as well! I hope you get to go glamping next Summer! x

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