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The local area guide to living in Porthleven

Porthleven is a tiny fishing port near the town of Helston in Southern Cornwall. This picturesque seaside settlement is the perfect place to relocate to if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. A relatively quiet place during the colder months of the year, Porthleven's population swells during the summer, as tourists flock to the beautiful beaches that this popular surf destination has become known for. This influx of people brings a new lease of life to the town each year, and it is hard not to get caught up in the festivities that the summer inevitably brings.

Information about the local residents

The town of Porthleven falls within the electoral constituency of Porthleven and Helston South. As of the 2011 Census, just over 4,000 people were registered as being full-time residents in the Porthleven and Helston South area. At around 20%, a relatively high proportion of Porthleven's population is retired. However, when you take the laid back nature of the town into account, it should hardly come as a surprise that Porthleven is a popular retirement destination.

While there is a strong community of retirees in Porthleven, they by no means make up the bulk of the town's population. The average resident age is 44, and most people living in Porthleven are between the ages of 30 and 59. The 2011 Census showed that just under 1,800 households were registered in the Porthleven and Helston South electorate and that the majority of these households resided in detached, semi-detached or terraced homes.

Nearby Schools

Options are rather limited when it comes to schooling in Porthleven. Unfortunately, parents will only have one primary level school to choose from: Porthleven School. While Porthleven School may be the only school in the immediate area, parents need not worry. This small school - which has around 265 children currently enrolled - received an Ofsted rating of 'Good' when it was last inspected.

For parents who have teenagers, the nearest secondary school to Porthleven is in the neighbouring town of Helston. Helston Community College is a 10-minute drive from the centre of Porthleven, and currently has 1,562 students on its books. Like Porthleven School, Helston Community College received an Ofsted rating of 'Good' when it was last reviewed, with 60% of its students achieving five A*-C GCSE grades - higher than the national average of 50%.

Getting Around

Due to the small size of Porthleven, there are no bus services available to transport residents around the town centre area itself. That being said, public transport isn't completely absent from Porthleven, as there are a number of regular bus services available to take commuters to the neighbouring towns and settlements around Porthleven, such as Helston and Penzance.

Because of the limited nature of the public transport services available, it would be worthwhile purchasing a car if you are considering moving to Porthleven - even if it does only take 20 minutes to walk from one end of the town to the other.

Unfortunately, Porthleven does not have its own train station. Those looking to head to London by train (which takes around about 5hrs 30mins) will have to head to nearby Penzance Station, which is roughly nine miles away as the crow flies.

Local Shops

Porthleven has become a real foodie destination, and the numerous restaurants and eateries that are dotted all over this small harbour town quickly make this apparent. Favourite local restaurants include the SeaDrift Kitchen Café, and Rick Stein's. Another restaurant that will quickly become a favourite among newcomers to Porthleven is Amélies, which featured on the BBC series Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial. The brilliant annual Porthleven Food and Music Festival also sees more than 10,000 revellers flock to the small town for three days of partying.

New residents will quickly find that the Porthleven Harbour Market is a great place to search out and find local trinkets and treasures. Vendors at this outdoor market, which runs from Easter through to October, sell everything from art to jewellery, to clothes, food and more.

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