Holywell Bay is situated on the north coast of Cornwall, near Newquay. The postcode for Sat Navs is TR8 5PG. (Add in Google map of location.)
The logistics of getting the substantial amount of surf life saving boards, skis, equipment, competitors and spectators down to the beach, through a single (narrow!) country road is the biggest challenge we face and we would really appreciate your support to help things run smoothly.
Dedicated car parking for the SLSGB Championships events will be at Trevornick Holiday Park, about ¾ mile from the beach. From there, transport will be provided to get gear trailers and competitors down to the beach.
National Trust members will be able to park for FREE at Trevornick car park (thanks to Trevornick for their generous support). There will be a small fee (£3) for everyone else and we are hoping to have a mini bus shuttle service to provide transport down to the beach.
There is a National Trust car park at the bottom of the road into Holywell village and we have been asked to ensure that competitors and spectators do not use this car park, so there is space for other visitors. We have been advised that if this is not adhered to, the event will be stopped, so please help us by using the car parking at Trevornick.
More than anything else, this is most important thing we must ask of anyone coming to the event. August is one of the busiest times of the year and although the beach is big enough to accommodate the many visitors to the area, we must make sure there is room for them to park too.
Finally, please be aware that at the bottom of the road, there is a 10 minute walk down the beach footpath across the sand dunes to get to the beach, so please do leave plenty of time to get across and get settled before the events start. The Nippers events are likely to be particularly busy, with a lot of people turning up within a short space of time, so if you have two adults (one to drop off/park and one to get the children across) that may be the least stressful option for all!
Please pitch Club tents in the area dedicated for competitors and spectators – see the map below…
[Map of the beach showing layout / competition area / where to pitch tents.]
Food & drink
There will be catering for the event, available on the beach (more information coming soon) and also provided in the evening for those staying at Trevornick.
There is also a van on the beach which sells hot and cold drinks, pasties, cakes, snacks and ice creams
There are two pubs in Holywell – The Treguth and St Piran’s Inn. In Cubert there is another pub, the Anvil, and also a local convenience store, bakery and fish and chip shop.
The nearest supermarkets are Morrisons, ASDA, Lidl, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and a Tesco Extra in Newquay (be aware they can be very busy at this time of year!).
There are public toilets near the bottom of Holywell Road, opposite the entrance to Pennasville Holidays. There will be portaloos on the beach for event competitors.
About Holywell Bay
Much of Holywell Bay beach and the surrounding headland is National Trust owned and maintained, meaning its natural beauty and marine environment has been preserved and is a truly beautiful place to visit.
One of its most distinctive features are the twin rocks just off the coast. These two huge rocks are known as Gull Rocks or Carter’s Rocks and the sun sets behind them.
The beach gets its name from the ‘holy well’ – a sacred freshwater spring forming limestone cascades in a sea cave at the north end of the beach.
There are breathtaking walks at both ends of the beach: at the north end, the coast path leads around Kelsey Head to the pretty cove of Porth Joke. The walk continues around West Pentire point, which is famous for its wildflowers, past the blowhole, to Crantock beach and comes inland at the Bowgee Inn.
The route to the south follows the rugged coast around Penhale Head and Hoblyn’s Cove to reach Ligger Point where there are panoramic views over Perran Beach and the St Agnes coastline (look out for some amazing birdlife and porpoise breaching in the waters below).
Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1962 and was the first Surf Life Saving club in Cornwall to establish a Nippers group. Today, it has over 200 members and its base on the beach serves as a both a life saving centre and social venue for the club community to get together and enjoy life outdoors.
Our club ethos instills in members a need for determination, courage and teamwork and all the valuable skills required to save lives, but most importantly, to have fun whilst doing so!
We want these Championships to go down in history as the most enjoyable, well organised and environmentally friendly the sport has seen!
We are lucky enough to have as club members Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Againgst Sewerage. As well as educating our children and adult members alike, these two legends are putting their heads and resources together to come up with environmentally friendly plans for the event. This is likely to include refillable water bottles to minimise the amount of single-use plastic bottles and rubbish recycling options, as well as information on our local marine habitat and how to look after it.
Bin bags will be provided for all clubs. Please help us to conserve our beautiful beach by taking home everything you brought and leaving only your footprints in the sand.
We are looking for relevant companies and local businesses to get involved as sponsors of the Championships – this could be to offer services that we need or in the form of advertising and a presence at the event to cover organising costs. The event will be manned solely by volunteers and any surplus proceeds will go towards funding new lifesaving equipment and training for Holywell Bay SLSC. Please get in touch if you’d like more information on getting involved. For further details: http://www.holywellbayslsc.co.uk/nationals-2018/sponsorship/