One of the places we visited on our recent trip to Cornwall was Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary. It was our first visit and somewhere we chose to go to after picking up a leaflet in our holiday accommodation.
Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary is about 15 minutes from Looe, well signposted with plenty of parking. First appearances were that Porfell was quite dated and a bit run down – This view didn’t really change throughout our visit. This didn’t effect our time at Porfell but if the enclosures, benches and other additions had a lick of paint it would definitely improve Porfell and give it a wider appeal.
There’s one main route around Porfell and it’s easily walkable and pushchair friendly. Little Man slept for most of our visit but LP ran around looking at everything! There were peacocks and wallabies wandering around which was lovely to see, I’m a fan of animals being left to roam where possible.
One of Porfell’s attractions was a Maasai Village which I think had seen better days. As we went on a very quiet day, where we may have even been the only visitors, the Maasai Village looked little more than mud huts in the rain. There was an educational video playing in one hut and traditional music playing in another but apart from that there was nothing much for the children to get excited about. The huts were at the end of a wander through
a few trees woods and then we literally had to turn around and walk back again.
The Children’s Farm at Porfell had quite a variety of animals – Chickens, Pigs, Rabbits, Chinchillas, Goats, Horses… Animal and bird feed is sold at the start for 50p a bag and there are plenty of places for your hands to be washed. Some of the animals did look quite elderly but LP didn’t mind and loved looking at animals – Most of which are ones she’s familiar with – Aside from chinchillas!
Dotted around Porfell were a couple of Meerkat enclosures which kept us adults amused for a short while. Other than that, the animals at Porfell aren’t the most exciting or exoctic – A couple of Zebras, Lemurs, an Emu… Overall Porfell is compact and a little run down. I’m glad we’ve been so we can tick it off the list of attractions to visit but we probably wouldn’t visit again.
Would I recommend going to Porfell? It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours considering we didn’t have to pay for the children but it definitely needs updating. Any children over the age of three wouldn’t be very excited at Porfell but it was fine for a young family – Hubby and I got more entertainment from seeing LP enjoying herself than from anything on show at Porfell. If you don’t have young children then give it a miss.
Adult ticket prices are £9.50, children are £6.50 and under 3’s are free. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £29.
Disclosure: We were not asked to write this post, we visited whilst in Cornwall and I decided to write about it.