A visit to Old MacDonald’s Farm Park

Two alpacas, one brown, one white in a field of buttercups

It’s always busy at Bosinver during Whitsun week and I usually do a juggling act entertaining my grandchildren too. They love helping and playing on the farm but sometimes they need some undivided attention and to this end we had an overnight adventure in my campervan, staying in the lovely campsite alongside Old MacDonald’s Farm, near Porthcothan.

The park is open to day visitors  from 10am to 5pm from Easter to October and is a hidden treasure for younger children. Despite having most of the facilities at home, my two (Jasmine, aged 4 and Sam, aged 7) just couldn’t have been happier.

Everything is well laid out, beautifully clean and easy to navigate with pushchairs and toddlers. Dogs on leads are welcome too. Animal feeding and pony rides take place four times a day and a delightful miniature train pulls happy, squealing children around the park on the hour every hour.

The animal pens are around the perimeter with all the activities in the middle so the children can pop over and chat to an alpaca or stroke a sheep or goat whenever they feel like it. Owners Rob and Michelle are super friendly and welcoming and the place is a real credit to all their hard work.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics but there is an on-site cafe serving home made food and scrummy breakfasts until 11am, ideal for ravenous campers!

We were lucky to have a warm sunny day for our visit but should it turn wet on yours, there is an indoor games room with free farm-themed activities.

Sam fell in love with a big orange pedal go kart which he zoomed around on for hours in between games of crazy golf and Jasmine found a little friend to bounce on the trampolines with. Bliss for Nanny Pat, who was able to supervise from the picnic tables with a cup of coffee…

We will definitely be going back, for longer next time. Porthcothan and its beautiful beach are only half a mile away and we didn’t have time to visit, so note to self, pack the wetsuits and body boards!

Getting there & useful information

Old MacDonald’s Farm is easy to find. It’s located between Padstow and Newquay at Porthcothan Bay – follow the B3276 coast road. Postcode for Satnavs: PL28 8LT. From Bosinver it’s approximately 45 minutes’ drive. You could easily combine a visit to Old MacDonald’s Farm with Porthcothan beach or a trip to Padstow.

For more information about activities and facilities, go to https://www.oldmacdonalds.co.uk

Great days out from Bosinver

Bosinver is ideally located for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are both only a short drive. There are also several lovely family friendly beaches close by. Over the years, we’ve tried and tested a range of days out in Cornwall, including visits to popular tourist attractions and off-the-beaten-track activities.

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