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16th July 2015 | Park News, Regional News, UK Holidays

10 Things I <3 about Looe

Being part of Parkdean’s marketing team I’m often asked to hop around the UK visiting parks, and for a fine few days this July I was invited to pop down to the charming coastal town of Looe to oversee a photo shoot.

It was my first visit, having previously only seen photos of the beach I knew it would be pretty, but had no idea I’d be so blown away by the beauty of this laid back olde-worlde little slice of Cornish paradise.I returned refreshed, and with a will to share with the world what a wonderful place Looe really is.

And so here they are from me to you, my 10 favourite things about Looe…

1. It’s all about that Beachbeach

Fine, golden, quality sand and plenty of space to make base for the day! East Looe Beach is a perfect location for sandcastle building, beach games or swimming as the sand gently shelves providing easy access, perfect for little ones wanting a paddle. Or simply sit back, relax and soak up sublime views of the lush hillside, iconic pier or colourful fishing boats as they pass. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

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2.Clearer than clear water

Clear turquoise water drifts in from the bay and through the centre of town; a sight I felt wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean! Plus, with South West Water’s ongoing campaign to maintain water standards, you can be sure you’re stepping into some of the country’s best quality bathing water.

 

 

3. Crazy about Crabbingcrab

For the young and old alike, crabbing off the harbour wall is a favoured pastime. Sunny evenings see the quayside filled with enthusiasts eagerly dangling their lines into Looe’s clear waters, and my visit was no exception. Fancy having a go? Check out An Essential Guide to Crabbing and join the locals, all you’ll need is a bit of bacon and a fishing line!

 

 

 

4. Rocking Rockpooling

Are you ready to visit a hidden world? Clear shallow waters and a sheltered reef mean that Looe offers some of the best rock pooling in Cornwall. Enjoy discovering diverse microhabitats of crabs, anemones, sponges, sea squirts and molluscs of all kinds from East Looe beach all the way along to Hannafore point. Check out our Rockpooling in Looe video for more handy hints and tips!

5. Shop ‘til you dropfood

Amidst the narrow cobbled streets you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of arts, crafts, produce and nic nac shops. Whether you’re admiring local artwork and pottery, tucking into spongey iced cakes or hearty Cornish pasties from the many delicatessens, or seeking that perfect holiday keepsake, you could spend a whole day discovering the hidden gems of this vibrant town – I just wish I’d had more time to explore!

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6.Shiver me historic timbers!

With the imposing Guildhall in the centre of town dating back to around 1500 and an exciting track record of smugglers and pirates in days of yore, history boffins and adventure lovers have come to the right place! Learn more about Looe’s rich and dangerous past in the Looe Museum.

 

 

7. Sensational Seafoodseafood

If you love fish, Looe is renowned for selling the finest and freshest fish in the UK. Enjoy local mussels, scallops, squid, monkfish, plaice and brill from the many rustic eateries scattered around town; or simply plump for first-rate fish and chips on the beach like I did – delish! Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy a colourful range of ice cream flavours for dessert too; I even spotted Cornwall’s own Roskilly’s, well worth a scoop!

 

 

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8.There must be something in the atmosphere

Spend some time ambling the quirky cobbled streets of this charming town and you’ll see it’s not your run of the mill brash, cheesy seaside resort. I could have spent all day watching seasoned fishermen taking their time preparing nets, young couples strolling hand in hand peeping in shops and families making their merry way to the beach. The locals were welcoming, the vibe was relaxed and everyone was having a brilliant time, what more could you want?

 

9. Epic Eventsevent

Looe may be the home of the laid back lifestyle, but locals aren’t shy of a party! The sleepy streets come alive with music, colour and performance for huge events including Looe Carnival Week or the Looe Music Festival (I’m planning to return for this one, it looks great!). And with plenty of smaller celebrations from cider festivals to duck races taking place throughout the year, make sure to check out what’s on during your stay!

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10.Looe Bay Holiday Park

Of course I couldn’t forget to mention our fabulous family holiday park. Located less than five minutes’ drive from the heart of Looe, after a long day’s exploring it’s great to get back to a base so quickly.

 

 

So those are the wonders of Looe as I saw them, it was an absolute blast and I’ll certainly be visiting again soon. Put it this way, if you’ve never been, perhaps you should 😉

Written by: Susan Woods, Digital Marketing Executive 

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