Things to do by the sea in Cornwall


One of the joys of staying in the Looe area is the variety of Things to Do in Looe by the sea, on the sea and in the sea. With so many vantage points around the harbour and overlooking the river and Looe Bay, you can enjoy your time as a bystander just as much as a participant. 

Laze in the sun on either East Looe Beach or Hannafore – one perfect for bathing, the other, one of Cornwall’s best beaches for rockpools. Gaze out to jewelled sea views of Looe Bay. You can cross from east to west Looe on the ferry or watch families crabbing by the quayside. On the water, you can take boat trips around Looe Bay, book a fishing trip or hire a kayak. Beyond the seashore, snorkelling brings you to a magical world of sea grass and kelp forests. You may even get to have an underwater encounter with one of Looe’s seals. Read our blogs for more detail.

Fishing boat passing Looe's Banjo Pier
By the sea near Polraen Country House
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If you’re looking for things to do on holiday with children, then Looe offers lots of educational opportunities for kids whilst having fun at the seaside. The Looe Marine Conservation Group (of which we are founding members) organises an amazing programme of free events. Many take place when families are on holiday such as rockpool rambles.  Take the chance to join experienced local volunteers to go rockpooling on one of the best rocky shores for this activity in Cornwall.

Children love the experience of finding their first fish or crab, spotting a shrimp darting in the shallows or discovering a starfish. Kids can learn so much about these incredible creatures at the seaside without viewing it as an educational activity. Arts and craft workshops with a marine theme are hosted at the Old Sardine Factory Heritage Centre and the favourite pastime of all, crabbing by the quayside, provides hours of almost free entertainment.


Sadly, any one coming on holiday to Cornwall is likely to notice the impact of marine pollution while at the seaside. It may be seeing the tiny bits of micro-plastic amongst the grains of sand on Cornish beaches, or plastic water bottles and debris washed up in sheltered coves.

Awareness of issues threatening the health of our oceans has increased dramatically following TV coverage by Sir David Attenborough and other notable wildlife commentators. But you can do something about it while you’re here!

Take part in a 2 minute beach clean. There is a 2-minute beach clean board and litter picks at Hannafore opposite the Island View Café. We’d like to encourage all our guests to help the fight against marine pollution by taking not only their own rubbish home but spending just two minutes picking up someone else’s.

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