“We might deny it but there’s a part in all of us that wants to reconnect with nature.”
We are sitting outside a tipi tent, ready to test out the new “Nature Rockz” adventure package for families — a glamping weekend filled with bushcraft and nature-based activities at Haven Holidays’ Perran Sands Resort in Cornwall.
We arrived the day before and our spacious geo-dome tent was already a home from home, with two separate sleeping areas and everything you could need, from a kettle and electric hob to a fridge and even a BBQ area.
A pool, beach, shop, bars and restaurants are just a short walk away in the main hub. Now, with the kids happily playing in the tipi and our bellies full of bacon and eggs, it was already turning out to be the perfect weekend.
GETTING/STAYING THERE: Nature Rockz activities are available at all of Haven’s 36 holiday parks, with a bespoke “How to be a Ranger” activity at Perran Sands on selected dates in September.
Three nights’ self-catering in a Geo-Dome is from £186 per family, based on six sharing arriving on September 21. Includes family entertainment. Book at haven.com or call 0333 202 5250.
First up, we learn how to make a fire, Ray Mears style. Alice hands out flint firesticks and before long both kids and parents alike are confidently setting balls of cotton wool ablaze.
A few bits of dry gorse and sticks on top give us a fire hot enough for toasting marshmallows. Not a bad start for a bunch of amateurs.
Next, a peaceful half-hour is spent making bird-feeders in the sunshine. I never knew how therapeutic it could be threading Cheerios on to a string and dipping peanut butter-smeared toilet rolls in mealworms.
The dunes are calling. Perran Sands Resort sits on one of the UK’s largest dune systems — and Haven owns and maintains 550 acres of it. This amazing ecosystem has been designated a site of special scientific interest for its wildlife and it is easy to see why.
Rare Silver-Studded Blue butterflies skim over the marram grass, peregrine falcons hunt overhead and skylarks hover, singing, over the rolling sands.
On the hillside ahead, a huge cross looms — a marker for those in search of St Piran’s Oratory.
Now a small flooded ruin, it is one of Britain’s earliest places of Christian worship, built for the patron saint of Cornwall.
Legend has it St Piran was tied to a millstone and thrown into a stormy sea… which immediately calmed. He then miraculously floated over the water to land on Perran Sands.
Hot, happy and sandy, we pause for a cream tea at a beautiful spot. Towering dunes sweep down to golden sands and a glittering turquoise sea.
I can’t help but agree with Alice. Nature rocks.
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