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10 Reasons to Visit Looe in May and June

Friday, May 9th, 2014

1. Best time to visit Cornwall

One of 10 reasons to visit LooeWe’ve selected 10 Reasons to visit Looe in May and June as they’re among the best months to visit Cornwall and Looe is the perfect touring base. Come ahead of the crowds. See hedgerows full of wild garlic and campions. If you’re quick, be dazzled by carpets of bluebells. Visit historic houses when their gardens are bursting into colour. It’s also a key festival time when Looe celebrates its connection with the sea, offering the chance to savour the wonderful fish and seafood landed on Looe Quay.

2. Save £100 on your hotel accommodation

2. Head for Cornwall in the next few weeks, and save up to £100. Use our great value free night special offer on 4 and 7 night holidays in May and June to take a spring break or early summer holiday in Cornwall.

  • Check availabilityMay 4 nights from £126 pp
  • June 7 nights from £258 pp

3. Amazing Bluebell Walks

Looe Valley Dog WalkBluebells everywhere! They’re spectacular in the Looe Valley, especially between Sandplace and Duloe. You can follow a Looe Valley Walk (see blog) or join the Friends of Kilminorth on a Wood Watch Bluebell Walk on 11th May. Meet 10.30 at the Millpool entrance to Kilminorth Woods.

4. Beat the crowds

Enjoy it all ahead of the crowds – Just by avoiding the school holidays, you can escape to deserted beaches at Whitsand Bay, enjoy a leisurely lunch in some great seafood restaurants. Relax and listen to the birdsong. No queues. No stress.

5. Gardens are at their best

Polraen country house garden LooeAs May progresses to early summer, the gardens at Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Anthony and Mt Edgcumbe become a profusion of colour. Azaleas and rhodedendrons tower over exotic herbaceous borders.

6. Bodmin Moor fame

With its newly acquired popularity following the recent TV drama of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, why not come and see the REAL thing in Cornwall? There’s a Guided Walk on Bodmin Moor 14 May. (Meet at Hurlers Car Park 10 am.) Guaranteed to provide a sense of solitude and amazement, this is the country for those seeking views and wild walks and a sense of history and folklore.

7. Entertainment on the Looe Valley Line

Looe Valley Line train CornwallOn 16 May, for the cost of your train ticket, be entertained between Liskeard and Looe on the scenic Looe Valley Line, by stories, poetry and music while you travel through beautiful scenery. A novel twist to your journey!

8. Festivals in and around Looe

Millendreath Festival May 25

Enjoy folk music? Remember Fairport Convention? May 25th promises a full day of fantastic music, food, fun in the sun, by the sea. Acts include Fairport Convention, 3 Daft Monkeys, Pete Williams (founder member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners), Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Phat Bollard, C Force, Shamrock, The Wreckers and more.

Festival by the Sea – June 7/8

Photo Courtesy of Looe Festival of ood and DrinkA highlight of this 2 day festival is sampling food from local restaurants ‘Grazing on the Quay’ and the mad hilariously funny Looe Raft Race – see highlights of a previous year.

 Looe Food Festival – June 28/9

If you enjoy your food, you can’t miss the Looe Food Festival – a 2 day event. Leading Cornish food and drink suppliers take centre stage, purveying superb produce, from chutneys to cheeses, confectionery to locally landed fish and seafood, speciality beers and mouth-watering meats, from the traditional to the unique.

9. First Great Western Promotion

Top quality guest accommodation in chocolate box historic houseAfter a chaotic start to the year on the railways, First Great Western is highlighting  easy access to Cornwall with  the resumed service through Dawlish on the Paddington Penzance line. In collaboration with FGW, Polraen has extended it’s free night offer to the end of June. So you can come all the way to Polraen Country House at Sandplace and Looe by train. And explore Cornwall using cheap day returns to St Ives, Truro, Plymouth, Falmouth or Penzance.

10. Reminder – Save £100 – the best reason

Book your room at Polraen online nowOur free nights offer at Polraen Country House means you can save up to £100 if you book a 4 or 7 night holiday while we still have availability. Check availability and book online now.

Need more inspiration? Then take 2 minutes to see me in another Visit Cornwall video on the treasures of South Cornwall.

 

Daphne du Maurier Festival 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Fowey

The Daphne du Maurier Festival in Fowey begins on Thursday 13th May and runs until Sat 22nd May. For me, it heralds the start of our amazing season of festivals in South East Cornwall

Accommodation in Fowey can frequently get booked up well in advance so if you are still looking for a room, consider us at Polraen Country House (more details below) but back to the festival. … a celebration of Art and Literature now in its 10th year, the Dumaurier Festival is a most entertaining and eclectic programme of music, comedy, art, drama, recitals, sculpture,  etc etc, both free and by ticket. A myriad of events are held in festival marquees, village halls, libraries and colleges in and around Fowey and the festival manages to combine local traditions and communities alongside the famous names.  This year’s line up includes  names as diverse as Pam Ayres, Julian Lloyd Webber and The Stranglers! Tickets are now available through an online box office.

If you’re having any difficulty finding accommodaton in Fowey,  it’s easy driving distance (about 20-25 minutes) to the festival from our location at Sandplace in the Looe Valley. From Looe, you can  drive to the village of Polruan on the east side of the Fowey River, park up and catch the passenger ferry across. If you prefer to take the car across the river and park in Fowey, you can use the Bodinnick Car Ferry. Either way, you’ll more than halve the round trip journey compared to going on the A38.  Check availability to see what rooms we have left during the DuMaurier Festival.

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