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Looe Cornwall !

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ilovethecold · 03/05/2021 12:40

I am going to Cornwall next month with my family we are going to Looe.

I have 2 boys both under 3, can anyone recommend on things we could do.

Thank you 😊

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Sillybillymillyvanilly · 03/05/2021 12:55

Watch out for the seagulls when you are eating!

sundaylunday · 03/05/2021 13:14

Love Looe. Beautiful place.

We went on one of the many glass bottom boat trips from the harbour wall. Was quite cheap £10 each I think. Took you out and around Looe island and we saw loads of seals.

keiratwiceknightly · 03/05/2021 13:17

Woolly monkey sanctuary.

PresentingPercy · 04/05/2021 21:27

You might like Talland Beach. Have a look a Poloerro and Fowey. There is a small fishing museum in Poloerro and The Sardine Factory might be of interest in Looe as well as the Old Gaol for any rainy days.

Hannafore beach is good for rock pooling. Go when the tide recedes so check this out. Try walking along the South West Coast path if your older dc will hold your hand and won’t run off. I think there are some fenced sections.

There are some great sandy beaches nervy and DC will love the monkey sanctuary. Traffic will probably be awful but have a lovely time.

PresentingPercy · 04/05/2021 21:28

Beaches nearby....

NicolaDunsire · 04/05/2021 21:31


ilovethecold · 04/05/2021 22:32

Thank you I have listed on my notes ! So excited to get away for the week with my boys

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ilovethecold · 04/05/2021 22:35

@PresentingPercy my partner said this , we are from Southampton so hopefully not a long journey for us

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OrangeSamphire · 04/05/2021 22:40

Hi OP, I live just outside Looe and would recommend the following:

  • Monkey Sanctuary
  • glass bottom boat trip (you can fish too)
  • crabbing on banjo pier - but please be very mindful of taking care of the crabs and returning them to the water. See so many baking in the sun or being kicked about in buckets, it’s awful
  • walk in Seaton Country Park and along Seaton beach, followed by ice cream at the beach cafe
  • take the little train down the Looe Valley Line. It’s beautiful
  • walk and incredible food at Siblyback Lake
  • zip wire over the water at Adrenalin Quarry
  • moorland walk up at Minions to the ancient stones at the Cheesewring
  • get in the sea! Seaton beach is lifeguarded from June
  • explore the Rame Peninsula. Stunning beaches. Incredible food at Canteen, Maker
  • get the foot ferry from mount edgcumbe to Royal William Yard for more incredible food. And SUP/swimming in Firestone Bay
  • Cornish Maize Maze near Callington

And so, so much more!
MoreHairyThanScary · 04/05/2021 22:49

Torpoint Ferry to Plymouth and the National marine aquarium.

PresentingPercy · 05/05/2021 08:29

Can 3 year olds do a zip wire? Parents maybe?

We always check traffic and plan journey around when traffic is less - if possible.

OrangeSamphire · 05/05/2021 09:03

Oh I don’t know actually about the zip wire age limit. Maybe scrap that one. It’s pretty intense.

Traffic will not be a problem unless you are visiting July/August. It’s really fine the rest of the time here.

OrangeSamphire · 05/05/2021 09:04

The Eden Project is wonderful for little ones though. They will love it. It’s 30 minutes from Looe.

Nanasueathome · 05/05/2021 09:06


Watch out for the seagulls when you are eating!

I’ve just seen this thread
Was also going to mention the seagulls
My sister lives in Plymouth and they visit looe often
She says the seagulls always catch people out
They never take a picnic, always eat indoors(pre covid)
CornishGem1975 · 05/05/2021 09:12


Watch out for the seagulls when you are eating!

Little robbing bastards! I've seen them draw blood in St Ives.
OrangeSamphire · 05/05/2021 09:22

Unfortunately the seagulls have learned that they get fed by day trippers and holidaymakers who don’t understand gull behaviour (maybe they think it’s like feeding the ducks at the pond?!)

So in certain places where crowds gather - the east quay in Looe, the harbour front in St Ives, the seagulls will swoop and dive for food.

So yeah, don’t sit on the harbour wall with an ice cream or a bag of chips!

longtompot · 05/05/2021 09:41

I have heard if you sit with your back to a wall they can't swoop at you. Not tried it myself, but apparently it does work.

OrangeSamphire · 05/05/2021 09:51

My advice? Take your pasty and go and sit up by the mill pool, or take your picnic for a lovely walk in Kilminorth woods. Much quieter than the quay, no gulls, and the little ones will love exploring the woods and the play park by the mill pool.

LJB689908 · 05/05/2021 09:58

Following this with interest as we're going to Looe in two weeks with our 2.5 year old :)

CornishGem1975 · 05/05/2021 10:17


I have heard if you sit with your back to a wall they can't swoop at you. Not tried it myself, but apparently it does work.

Yeah they do like to sneak up on you, so if you have your back to a wall they can't do a stealth attack and swoop in.
Faranth · 05/05/2021 10:25


I have heard if you sit with your back to a wall they can't swoop at you. Not tried it myself, but apparently it does work.

They're absolute bastards, I live in Cornwall and am pretty savvy about gulls but I got mobbed by them in St Ives. They had all the filling out of my sandwich and left me with 2 bits of bread! I had a face full of wings and claws and beak, if I'd been a small child I could have been really hurt.

We sat on the beach with our back to the wall (should have waited to get the sandwich out, was just checking which was which!) and watched as they hovered above and behind people eating and swooped down when they saw an opportunity. You don't see them coming till they're on your shoulder / in your face. If they can't get behind you then you can see them coming and try evasive action!
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