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10 Reasons to Visit Looe in May and June

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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 at the Looe Lugger Regatta. Come and savour the wonderful fish and seafood landed on Looe Quay.

3. Amazing Bluebell Walks

Looe Valley Dog WalkBluebells everywhere! They’re spectacular in the Looe Valley, especially between Sandplace and Duloe. Follow a Looe Valley Walk (see blog) or join Friends of Kilminorth Woods on 10 May on their annual Bluebell Walk – starts 10.30 am.

4. Beat the crowds to Cornwall

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. Cornwall 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. Recently visited Caerhays Castle – magnificent!

6. Visit Poldark Film sets

Loved the new Poldark TV drama?  Come and see the REAL thing in Cornwall! Visit the filming locations.  A walk on Bodmin Moor is 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. While the familiar Poldark backdrop of the Georgian port of Charlestown harks back to the times of wreckers, smugglers and merchants, when tin and copper were loaded on to tall ships.

7. Rockpool Rambles in Looe

Join expert volunteers from the Looe Marine Conservation Group to discover where to look, how to find and identify some of the wonderful and beautiful creatures and seaweeds that inhabit Looe’s amazing rockpools. May 30th 9.30 to 11 am on Hannafore Beach. A free event suitable for all ages. There’s no need to book.

8. Lugger Regatta 19-21st June and the Festival by the Sea

Photo Courtesy of Looe Festival of ood and DrinkCelebrate Looe’s connections with the sea. Against the backdrop of the famous Looe Lugger festival, we celebrate the sustainable fisheries of Looe and its wonderful marine life with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Looe Marine Conservation Group. Find out how crabs and lobsters are caught, have a go at mackerel line fishing and learn about the wealth of environmentally friendly seafood available in Cornwall. Live crabs on show, crabbing competition etc.

9. Looe Food & Drink Festival 27 and 28 June

An array of Cornish food and drink to tempt your tastebuds – an annual festival held in the Millpool.

10. Come by train and get 30% off

Top quality guest accommodation in chocolate box historic houseCome to Polraen Country House by train with First Great Western and get Polraen’s 30% discount offer shaving £78 off a week’s holiday in Looe. 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.

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Daphne du Maurier Festival 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010


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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