Local Attractions

Things to do in Cornwall...

From beaches and gardens, to aquariums and castles, you’ll find it all within easy reach of our holiday park.

The historic twin towns of East and West Looe provide all you could ask of a holiday in Cornwall. The brilliant Cornwall weather, safe beaches, a wide choice of restaurants, excellent walking routes, fishing trips, diving, and much more!

Cornish Cuisine at its finest including the famous ‘Cornish Pasty’…

Did you know? Over 120 million Cornish Pasties are made each year!

Looe has one of the largest fishing fleets on the Cornish coast, which means that the fish you eat in the many good restaurants is as fresh as you can get! Away from the restaurants, hungry mouths can enjoy fish and chips whilst sat on the quayside, or sample a tasty and traditional Cornish pasty from one of several local bakers. Of course, no holiday beside the sea would be complete without an ice cream and in Looe, we have award winning ice creams in a multitude of flavours to suit both young and old alike.

A long history as a port and fishing village means Looe has plenty of pubs in which to spend enjoyable evenings soaking up the atmosphere. A quiet pint in a slate floored, low beamed bar or an up-tempo night with live entertainment, it is your choice.

Sun, Sea and Sand… The finest Cornwall Beaches

Did you know?  Cornwall’s magical coastline is home to over 400 beaches!

During the day East Looe beach offers safe swimming, sun bathing or perfect sand for budding castle builders. With all the facilities of the town just behind the beach it makes for an easy relaxing day out with no need to carry tons of supplies miles along paths. Just beyond the main beach and also at West Looe, the golden sand gives way to rocks and rock pools. Here, a whole new world is awaiting those who like exploring, with the individual pools changing with every tide. Bright red and green sea anemones wave their many arms in the current whilst tiny shrimps dart for cover under rocks at the slightest movement…

The more intrepid explorer can take to the water with mask and snorkel and join the fish as they swim around the rocks, or perhaps go even further and spend some time diving on the wrecks that lie scattered along the coast. Among these is HMS Scylla, an ex-naval frigate, purposely sunk in 2004 to become a haven for divers in safe waters just off the coast!

On the water, many of the boatmen offer trips around the bay or up the river. Whilst it may not be common, there is always the chance of seeing a seal or a dolphin playing among the waves and if you take a trip on a glass bottom boat, who knows what you might see? Just off the coast lies Looe Island, for many years owned by two sisters, it is now, after their deaths, in the hands of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Operating as a nature reserve, it is possible to take a boat out to the island for a look around during the main season. Other boats offer fishing trips, be it just to catch a few mackerel, or to go in hunt of a mighty shark! However if you don’t fancy setting off to sea, children and adults alike find nothing more entertaining than sitting on the quayside and dangling a line over the edge to catch crabs. All harmless fun as long as you put the crabs back at the end of the day of course!

For more leisurely water pursuits, Looe has a thriving sailing club. Budding Olympians race in the bay twice a week during the summer, which is always an exciting spectacle. The red sails of the Redwing sailing dinghy, specially designed for Looe bay in the 1930’s, still brighten a summers evening as they speed across the water.

The Quaint Fishing Village of Polperro in Cornwall

Did you know?  Poplerro is famous for being previously a historic smugglers haunt…

In Polperro it is easy to step back in time in what is a largely unspoiled fishing village. Pretty cottages cling to steep hillsides around a small harbour, beloved by artists over the years.

The coast either side of the harbour provides some wonderful walking, if somewhat steep in places! Talland, between Polperro and Looe has a sandy beach with a couple of cafes open in the season. In the other direction, Lansallos is a secluded cove only accessible on foot, just the sort of place smugglers would have landed in times past.

Its infamous history as a smugglers haunt is told in the Harbourside Museum, whilst the model village has delighted visitors for many years.

Like its neighbour Looe, Polperro offers plenty of places to eat and relax and has a good selection of hotels and B&Bs. Dotted around the village are several galleries selling work by local artists, many of whom are involved in the arts and music festival in June each year, which includes the crowning of the mock mayor and parades through the narrow streets.

Oaklands Park is close to other lovely seaside towns such as St. Austell Bay, Charlestown (fans of Poldark may be particularly interested in visiting here, as this is where the series is filmed!) and the of course, the world famous Eden Project. Oaklands Park is also only 30 minutes from Plymouth, so if a visit to the city is what you’re after, it is only a short and easy car journey away. This makes Oaklands Park the perfect base for exploring all the many exciting places in Cornwall and Devon!

Royal Cornwall Show

Did you know?  The Cornwall show is regularly attended by Prince Charles & Camilla!

A big attraction in Cornwall is also the Royal Cornwall Show, there’s lots to see and do, from live music, to delicious farming food, a flower show and a blacksmiths’ competition, it’s now very popular amongst the young farming population. The main attraction is the entertainment ring, one of the finest open air arenas in the country as well as having a modern grandstand to match. There’s a non-stop programme full of colourful and exciting events over the three days of the show. The events include the Bolddog Lings FMX Motorcycle Display Team, The Eagle & Vulture Show, The RAF Falcons, Fergie Filles, Devon & Cornwall Police Dogs Display Team, Band of HM Royal Marines, The Grand Parade of Cattle, Sheep & Goats, The Parade of Prize Winning Horses and Show Jumping. The event is known for it’s large turnout with goers travelling from allover the UK just to attend the show! It’s definitely not something to miss, for more information click here.

Guide to Cornwall

From the Lizard Peninsula, Tintagel Castle, The Eden Project and Southwest Coast Path, there’s so much to do in Cornwall, you’ll never be stuck for fun activities, events and excursions, for more information, check out our Guide to Cornwall.

Visit Cornwall!

Whether you come for the culture and history or just to enjoy the beach and the sea, Looe has plenty of choice for you and your family. So what are you waiting for, contact our team today!

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Call us to find out more about the Cornish attractions

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and inspiring areas of the UK, which is why we make sure we provide the best possible service by helping you create your perfect holiday. While staying with us at Oaklands Park you are in a central location to be able to enjoy the greatness that Cornwall has to offer. Give us a call for more information on the area, the attractions and how you can see the sights and relax at the same time. We have many more of the top Cornish attractions nearby!