1. Looe Lugger Regatta
2. Looe Raft Race and Festival of the Sea
The Raft Race is an annual event, normally held in June as part of Looe’s Festival of the Sea. Clad in fancy dress, participants launch their home-made rafts from East Looe Beach to round the Banjo Pier and paddle to Looe Bridge and back. Funds are raised for the RNLI and children now throw jelly not balloons at the rafts. Jelly was introduced by Looe Marine Conservation Group as a more environmentally friendly alternative to displace the previous tradition of throwing water balloons.
Either side of the Raft Race, the Festival of the Sea is an educational day of fun-filled family activities and entertainment. The activities highlight Looe’s respect for the sea and its marine life and the livelihood it provides to Looe’s fishing community. In 2021, the Raft Race has been delayed to October.
3. Looe Carnival
4. Walk to Looe Island
5. Looe Island Swim
6. Looe Live
Looe has gained fame for its music festival, now called Looe Live. Usually during the third week of September, the whole of Looe town is taken over by a three-day festival of music and the arts. You will find this unique gathering a friendly affair – though be warned – it does take over the whole town. Tickets are sold online and accommodation needs to be booked well in advance. Main stage acts introduced by the BBC are on the beach and seafront, with pop up performances at more than 100 venues. This community led festival also features a variety of workshops. 17-19 September are provisional dates for 2021.