Looe

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East Looe and West Looe originated as separate towns. They were what is called "planted boroughs" and first mention of them is in 1201.

The town towns were joined by an estuary bridge, the earliest in Cornwall, by 1411. The Illustrated Journeys of Celia Fiennes 1685 - c.1712 ,ed. Christopher Morris, London, 1982 records that she recorded the bridge as having 14 arches in 1698. The bridge was replaced in 1853 by a new one about a hundred yards further upstream.

The Guildhall is believed to have been built about 1500 and one house is dated 1555 and another 1632. The Golden Guinea restaurant is one of many ancient houses still in use today and whose interiors, in some cases, give more clues to their age than do the later exteriors which have disguised them.

Upcoming Events

Lugger Regatta - Friday 05 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019

Looe Rugger Regatta

This will be the 16th regatta and will mark 30 years of the current LOOE LUGGER REGATTA. So we hope you can all make it.

This bi-annual regatta in the busy seaside town of Looe is a celebration of the area’s fishing heritage. Traditional Luggers, two masted sailing boats once common along the coasts of England and France, head to the historical port for the regatta. Boats will arrive in Looe during the week leading up to the event depending on weather conditions.f

What happens?

During the regatta, the Luggers, some of which sail across the channel from France, compete in six races spread over the two days of competition. Around fifty boats, many of which were built more than a hundred years ago and lovingly restored by their owners, unfurl their sails in the harbour creating a magnificent spectacle.

How can you take part?

The seaside town of Looe is still very much a working fishing port, level streets snake their way out to the beach where the town’s banjo-shaped pier provides a great viewing point as the boats head in and out of the harbour. The town provides a mix of shops and eateries, many of which are located in buildings dating from the 16th and17th centuries.  Across the river in West Looe you can get a grandstand view from the long stretch of seafront above Hannafore Beach overlooking Looe Island. To wind down after a day of racing there is entertainment on the Saturday evening in Looe fish market.

Did you know?

Cornish luggers were the principal vessel of the Cornish fishing industry during its heyday. They were also used as privateer ships and for smuggling back the in 18th and 19th centuries when their speed and manoeuvrability became invaluable in outrunning revenue ships.

The wind it bloweth....

The weather is a fickle mistress and plays a large part in the weekends activities. Too much or too little and the programme for the weekend tends to get changed around a bit, but even if the boats don't leave the harbour, there will be something to see. Contact Looe Tourist Information Centre on 01503 262072 for up to date information.

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Looe Lugger Regatta
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Carnival Week - Sunday 28 July 2019 to Saturday 03 August 2019

Looe Carnival Week

What’s it all about?

Looe Carnival is the highlight of the Looe Lions' calendar with a week of events that appeal to everyone. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun

What happens?

As is traditional in Cornwall, almost every town and village in Cornwall has a carnival and Looe is no exception with a weeklong program of events when locals and visitors alike get caught up in the celebrations.

How can you take part?

Every day there is something happening in the town. Join in the traditional Floral dance through the town, listen to some alfresco Cornish singing by a local choir on the seafront and watch the carnival parade with colourful floats, pipe bands, majorettes and brass bands. There are also some great activities especially for children. They can take part in the under 13 Mini Fun Run that starts from the fish quay and snakes through the local wood, there’s the Children’s Sand Modelling Competition on East Looe Beach and kids will love the traditional Punch and Judy shows.

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Venues throughout Looe
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Walking Festival - Friday 13 September 2019 to Sunday 15 September 2019

South East Cornwall Walking Festival

Long running Cornish walking festival with award winning guides.

The South East Cornwall Walking Festival is taking a year off in 2019, but there will be walks and events happening in Liskeard over this weekend. The Duloe Beer and Cider Festival will also be going ahead, please support!

01503 273060

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Looe Live - Friday 20 September 2019 to Sunday 22 September 2019

Looe Live!

After the cancellation of the Looe Music Festival in 2018, the people of Looe rallied round and at the last minute put on 'Looe Saves the Day' a smaller but just as enjoyable weekend of music.

This year with additional stages, more local acts and street entertainers performing throughout the town, and a new community zone, there will be even more on offer for local people and visitors to enjoy.

The festival may have a new name and a new logo, but organisers promise that Looe Live! 2019 will provide the same fantastic mix of acts and the same incredible community spirit as the original festival had.

Headliners announced so far are Cornwall's very own Fisherman's Friends and The Shires who became the first UK act ever to win a prestigious Country Music Award in the US

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