Things To Do In Looe
Looe is a happy place where memories are made
There are so many things to do in Looe. The family-friendly Cornish holiday town and fishing port of Looe offers something special to people of all ages. It’s why visitors return here year after year, a tradition that often spans from one generation to the next. Our family was no exception.
When staying at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley, you’re just a 3-minute drive from Looe and its maritime attractions. You also have the choice to use the bus or Looe Valley Line train for the most scenic 2-mile ride into town beside the Looe River. The views are spectacular, changing with the tide and the last train from Looe now leaves after 9.30pm so you can eat in town in the evening and still get back by train.
So many things to do in Looe
As a Cornish fishing port with a long-standing seaside tradition, there are many things to do in Looe to put on your ‘must see’ list. We name a few here but read our blog 1o Things to Do in Looe for Wonderful Holiday Memories to plan your time in detail.
Looe offers plenty of activities beside and on the water. You can experience the family-friendly seaside nature of East Looe with its shops, cafes, and buzzing beach scene. When you want to relax and recharge, then West Looe offers places to sit and watch the world go by.
Visit for a day or for a week, and the variety of things to do and places to see always seems to leave both the first time and repeat visitor with a strong desire to return.
Highlights: Things to Do
- Explore the quaint streets of East and West Looe – a town of two halves, separated by a beautiful estuary and fishing harbour.
- Laze in the sun on one of Looe’s two beaches, East Looe is safe, sandy and family friendly; West Looe is perfect for rockpooling.
- Stroll on the flat at Hannafore, West Looe and enjoy a cream tea gazing out to Looe Bay and Looe Island.
- Browse in unique shops and try a variety of great restaurants run by friendly locals, many serving locally caught fish and seafood.
- Walk from Looe to Polperro on the South West Coast Path or amble beside the Looe River on gentle walks in ancient woodland.
- Stay active with a range of outdoor pursuits from deep-sea fishing to kayaking, boat trips around Looe Bay to catch mackerel and spot the seals.
- Relax and enjoy the simple things in life – the pleasure of eating a Cornish pasty, catching crabs on the quay-side or watching the fishing fleet return to the harbour to unload their catch.
Looe Across the Seasons
Depending on when you visit, Looe can reveal a different personality and charm according to the season.
Spring in Looe
After the frivolities of the New Year, the town wakes up again from its short winter snooze ready to welcome visitors again. The hedgerows of the Looe Valley dance with daffodils and wild garlic while birdsong heralds the arrival of spring. One of Cornwall’s most photographed bluebell woods is just up the road from Polraen between Sandplace and Duloe.
Summer in Looe
Visitors to the town swell in number while the traditions of Cornish life continue. There are so many things to do in Looe by the Sea. Gig racing, championship sailing, deep-sea fishing trips and carnivals celebrate Looe’s fishing and maritime heritage. Family fun revolves around East Looe Beach. Regardless of how busy the town may feel at hotspots like the beach, the high street and quayside, you can always find quiet places to walk or sit, especially in West Looe.
Autumn in Looe
By September, a more restful ambiance returns to Looe. Aside from the party atmosphere during Looe’s annual music festival, you can sense that summer is giving way to autumn shades of gold. A trip on the Looe Valley Line train is a must to gaze on ancient woodlands reflected in the Looe river and it’s a perfect time to walk on the South West Coast Path.
Winter in Looe
Highlights in the run up to Christmas include Santa fun runs and torchlight processions while Looe knows how to party at its now-famous New Year’s Eve fancy dress and fireworks celebrations.