Attractions in The Area of Porthleven, Cornwall...
The famous Cliffside open air theatre at the Minack is a mere 30 minutes drive. The Tate Gallery is only 20 minutes away and Land’s End Theme Park is just 20 miles away. For the younger visitor Flambards Theme Park (see below) and Poldark Mine are just four miles away.
Discover the Sanctuary's vital seal rescue work, with more than 40 abandoned pups cared for by the dedicated team of experts in our fully-equipped hospital and spacious outdoor rehabilitation pools.
The progress of these pups is closely monitored right through from rescue to their release back into the wild.
Marvel at the antics and agility of our resident otters. Our pair of Asian Short Clawed Otters are ideally suited to life in the public gaze, perfect ambassadors for the conservation cause of otters in the wild, including our dwindling native species the European otter.
Facilities within the seal sanctuary are continually being upgraded, the redevelopment of the Sea Lion pools gave Carus the Patagonian Sea Lion, a larger more enriched environment. Rocky, a Californian Sea Lion, was born in captivity at a facility in Brighton. Now blind, he leads a contented life with Pepper, a female Californian Sea Lion who came over from Cape Cod Aquarium, in the USA.
General Information: Car Park, Shop, Café, Children's play area, Nature Trail, Fascinating feeding demonstrations throughout the day.
The Flambards Experience has intrigued, entertained and thrilled twelve million visitors since 1976. With huge undercover areas, internationally acclaimed, award winning exhibitions, exciting rides, family shows, live entertainment and glorious gardens.
Flambards remains - the Best Day of the Week, whatever the weather.
Top attraction is the internationally acclaimed Victorian Village, a life-size re-creation of a lamp-lit village with more than 50 shops, traders and homes, all equipped with thousands of genuine artefacts. Britain in the Blitz is a life-size re-creation of a World War II blitzed street which has never been equalled. Wander through Memory Lane with Galleries devoted to Wartime in Cornwall, early aviation pioneers, wedding fashions and other intriguing exhibitions.
The best thrill rides in Cornwall allows visitors to dare the fantastic EXTREME FORCE, challenge the mighty THUNDERBOLT, ride the HORNET - the rollercoaster with a sting in the tail, splash down the LOG FLUME and sail through the air on the BALLOON. Or, for a small extra charge RACE rides test your driving skills on the Flambards Formula Circuit.
The younger visitors will love The Clowns Orchestra and Hi-Hat Hector in the Tots Playzone; close by, visit the timeless Gus Honeybun and explore his burrow.
The secret of Flambards appeal is its huge variety; there is just so much to do and see and so many places where the whole family can enjoy themselves together. With live entertainment and award winning gardens, super family rides and exhibitions par-excellence, plus a wide choice of picnic areas, catering and gift shops, every visitor can be confident of a superb value for money day. With a host of Special Events planned throughout the Main summer season, Flambards can confidently claim to be The Best Day of the Week.
Trebah is a uniquely beautiful, 26 acre Cornish ravine garden - the wild and magical result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation.
A steeply wooded ravine descends 200 feet down to a private beach on the historic Helford River. A stream cascades over waterfalls and meanders through ponds of giant Koi carp and exotic water plants before winding through two acres of blue and white hydrangeas and spilling onto the beach.
Trebah was first planted in the 1840's by Charles Fox, a Quaker landowner and inspired gardener. The rarest and most exotic trees and plants were imported from all over the world to create this lovely garden, and Fox ensured that every last sapling was painstakingly placed for maximum effect - although he knew he'd never see the garden in its mature splendour.
This is a garden that children adore. They marvel at Gunnera Passage, a tunnel of giant rhubarb 16 feet high, and race around the bamboozle. Trebah is full of play areas and trails for children of all ages, and with swimming and picnics on Yankee Beach, it makes a perfect setting for a family day out.
General Information: Coffee shop, Gift shop, Plant sales, Special events - please telephone, Guided tours - please telephone, Dogs welcome on lead, Free car and coach park.