Sometimes is it difficult to find enough time for a whole week away, so a short break is perfect! If you fancy a relaxed or action-packed three or four day break then Porthleven is the perfect place. Here are our top picks of things to do and see.
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Porthleven’s sandy beach is popular for bucket and spade adventures and in the winter is a beachcombers paradise. Dogs are welcome between October and April and at the far side towards to Loe Bar the rest of the year.
With Penrose National Trust (nationaltrust.org.uk/penrose) on our doorstep and the South West Coast Path running through the village, there is plenty to do outdoors. The Penrose estate has miles of tarred and gravel tracks for walkers and cyclists. It is an easy cycle to and from Helston with the Penrose Café on the Porthleven side and the Lakeside Cafe on the Helston side. There is plenty of woodlands for the children to explore en-route.
Dan Joel’s Surf School is a favourite for beach lovers. Dan is an ex-pro surfer who runs his school at Poldhu Beach, just 20 minutes away. Suitable for little ones as well as the grownups. (07974 941575, danjoelsurf.com).
For foodies, Porthleven is a gem! There are too many wonderful eateries to explore them all in a weekend.
Mussel Shoal is a lively open air cafe on the harbour head. Enjoy alfresco moules and fries and other lovely eats. Open April to October. musselshoal.com
Rick Stein’s now has a well established restaurant overlooking the harbour for lovely lunches and evening meals (01326 565636, rickstein.com).
Equally as enticing are The Square, Porthleven (01326 573911, thesquareatporthleven.co.uk) and Kota Kai which is a fabulous family restaurant serving Asian fusion dishes and plenty of choice for the little ones, plus a games room (01326 727707, www.kotakai.co.uk), perfect for Sunday lunch. Seadrift Café is great for seafood lovers, serving up the freshest fish dishes with local ingredients (01326 558733, seadriftporthleven.co.uk).
If it is a relaxed café you are after, Nauti-but-Ice dprovides lovely lunches, cakes and ice-creams.
Apart from the activities already mentioned, families can enjoy many local attractions within a short distance of Porthleven. Take a walk at low tide, over the causeway to St Michael’s Mount (stmichaelsmount.co.uk) Spend the day exploring the gardens and the castle at this fascinating National Trust property.
If your children love the thrill of a roller coaster or want to sit in the cockpit of Concord, you can nip up the road to Flambards, a traditional theme park with the added attraction of an enormous Victorian village to explore (01326 573404, flambards.co.uk).
Local craft and creatives
Porthleven’s Harbour Market is open from April – October, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and has an array of beautifully craft local goods such as ceramics, photography, candles, clothing and homeware.
The Salt Cellar Workshops (01326 565707, saltcellarworkshops.co.uk) house many small, independent craftspeople and is worth a scout around. Don’t miss Porthleven’s galleries around the village. Take a look at Four Crows and the Customs House Gallery (01326 569365, customshouse.co.uk/gallery). The Lifeboat House has weekly exhibitions from well known local artists and wonderful views across the harbour!