• Mena Campsite - right in the heart of Cornwall

  • Mena campsite really does almost sit in the centre of Cornwall. As you can see from the below map we are 10 minutes from The Eden Project and Lanhydrock House and Gardens and only half an hour to an hour from many other attractions as you can see. So whether you want to visit where Poldark was filmed, learn to surf or take a water wildlife safari they are all on our doorstep.

    But the greatest thing about all these activities is that you can come back to our quite and peaceful campsite and chill out!

  • Poldark, 2015 - Present

     

    Synopsis: Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

    Starring: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Philip Davis, Kyle Soller  and Tristan Sturrock

    Cornish Film Locations:

    Charlestown

    One of the most popular filming locations in Cornwall  (including The Three Musketeers with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland) with its unique harbour and old ships still moored up, you get a sense of going back in time, especially on a warm evening when the sea mist sweeps in, combined with the creaking noises of ships – you’d think you’re on a film set yourself! There is also shipwreck and heritage site to visit whilst there.  A great location for taking photos of this historic harbour.

    Porthggwarra

    This old fishing cove is at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and sits amongst beautiful wildflowers and birdlife, making this location one of the most beautiful settings in all of Poldark. This area is perfect for swimming and rock pooling, and has some stunning views of the water. You can even bring your dog to this beach to share the enjoyment, except for the period between Easter Day and 30 September.

    St Agnes Head

    This area was used in Poldark to represent the Nampara Valley, which forms part of the Poldark’s family estate. The beautiful landscape here is dotted with old buildings from the area’s mining past , and has a low tide beach and vast stretches of heather that are spectacular to see. This heathland is one of the last remaining sites of a huge tract of heathland that at one time was spread across Cornwall, this is a wonderful sight in summer due to the beautiful colours and patterns formed by the heather.

    Bodmin Moor

    Also used in Poldark as part of the scenes representing the Nampara Valley (as well as St Agnes Head), the location was used mainly as filming Ross Poldark’s exterior cottage and horseback scenes.  Bodmin Moor is great for spotting wildlife, walking and photography.

    Truro

    This is Cornwall’s one and only city and was the inspiration for the Poldark story. There are many great things to do here such as going to the Royal Cornwall Museum, to discover the area’s rich history and tradition, or visiting the Lemon Street Market, which houses Cornwall’s most innovative small businesses.

    Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

    This stunning sandy beach was the setting for one of the most dramatic scenes in the television series. It is a south west facing cove with a stream running through the beach, this makes it ideal for paddling. The beach takes its name from a small church called St Wynwallow on the north side, this also has a small detached tower that protrudes from the solid rock of the headland.

    Luckily, Perran Springs is centrally located to all these filming locations, so you could easily visit them all whilst staying with us.

     

    Doc Martin, 2004 - Present

     

    Synopsis: It was created by Dominic Minghella after the character of Dr Martin Bamford in the 2000 comedy film Saving Grace (see below). The show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, Cornwall.

    Starring: Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice and Joe Absolom

    Cornish Film Locations:

    Port Isaac

    A busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. Fishing and fish-processing were also important and today there are still fishermen working from here although tourism plays an increasingly important role. The village is lovely to walk round and has all the quintessential aspects of a traditional Cornish port.

    Port Gaverne

    Port Gaverne developed in the nineteenth century as a slate, coal, limestone handling port where shipbuilding also took place - the large buildings have all been converted into holiday accommodation. At low tide there is small, sheltered, sandy beach with an abundance of rock pools which is probably the safest beach in North Cornwall for small children. This small cove offers a fabulous beach to enjoy and then when you're hungry there's the lovely restaurant on the other side of the road for lunch.

    Camelot Castle Hotel

    The picturesque Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel was used as the backdrop for Martin’s meeting with the health board series 1.

    Padstow

    Padstow was originally named Petroc-stow, Petroc-stowe, or 'Petrock's Place', after the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc, who landed at Trebetherick around AD500. Padstow is recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) when it was held by Bodmin Monastery. Today you can have Fish and Chips at Rick Stein's!

    The Old Inn, St Breward

    Interior shots of the sudden delivery of Martin and Louisa’s baby was filmed at ‘The Old Inn, St Breward’ in the fourth season finale.

    St Breward and The Old Inn are situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor between Bodmin and Camelford in North Cornwall. The village and moor are steeped in history, most recently being infamous for the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor stories and sightings.

    Bodmin Parkway Station

    The featured railway station of Doc Martin, shown most notably in the episode which introduces Martin’s parents in series 2. Incidentally, when travelling from London by train, this station is the closest to Port Isaac.

    Bodmin Parkway railway station is a station on the Cornish Main Line and serves the nearby town of Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The station is 26.75 miles west of Plymouth, in the civil parish of St Winnow.

    Doyden Castle

    Built in about 1830 as a kind of pleasure house by an infamous and wealthy bon-viveur from Wadebridge called Samuel Symons. Here he would entertain his friends to nights of feasting, drinking and gambling (the ample wine-bins in the cellar survive to this day).

     

    Saving Grace, 2000

     

    Synopsis: After Grace Trevethyn's husband commits suicide, he leaves her in economic ruins, Grace left by herself is now facing loosing her house because all the money her husband owed. Together with her gardener she uses her plant-cultivation ability to grow marijuana.

    Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes.

    Cornish Film Locations:

    A busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. Fishing and fish-processing were also important and today there are still fishermen working from here although tourism plays an increasingly important role. The village is lovely to walk round and has all the quintessential aspects of a traditional Cornish port.

    Boscastle

    A picturesque harbour sitting on the South West Coastal Path. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust.

    Trebarwith Strand

    A coastal settlement and section of coastline located on the north coast of Cornwall, England, 2 12 miles south of Tintagel.

     

    About Time, 2013

     

    Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

    Starring: Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson.

    Cornish Film Locations:

    Vault Beach, Gorran Haven

    Sitting in a valley, well off the beaten track, Gorran Haven is an unspoilt coastal village at the heart of which is a cluster of fishermen’s cottages, nestling around a secluded cove which remains much the same as in years gone by. Sheltered from the prevailing west winds by Dodman Point swimmers can enjoy two sandy beaches offering some of the safest bathing in Cornwall.

    St Michael Penkevil church, Tregothnan Estate, Truro

    St Michael Penkevil lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). was used as the main location for the 2005 feature film Keeping Mum which starred Rowan Atkinson, Patrick Swayze, Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith.

    Portloe

    A gorgeous little village  with lovely Cornish Granite Cottages. It is definitely a place that you feel as the sunsets that the local smugglers come out to bring in French brandy - you can almost see the English Redcoats!!

    Porthpean

    A safe, sandy, sheltered beach popular with families. The cliffs to the east are used by nesting birds, and there are lots of rock pools to the west. Safe for swimming, windsurfing and sailing. The beach is cleaned daily during the summer season.

    Charlestown

    One of the most popular filming locations in Cornwall  (including The Three Musketeers with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland) with its unique harbour and old ships still moored up, you get a sense of going back in time, especially on a warm evening when the sea mist sweeps in, combined with the creaking noises of ships – you’d think you’re on a film set yourself! There is also shipwreck and heritage site to visit whilst there.  

     

    For a fantastic list of all series, dramas and films shot in Cornwall have a look here:

    http://www.visiting-cornwall.co.uk/tv_locations.html