Hardy souls, many still recovering from the previous evenings festivities gather on the beach for The New Year swim. At 11 o'clock hundreds, many in fancy dress, race to the waves for this annual event. Last year £1500 was raised in aid of Looe RNLI and we are pleased to say that a pair of Schooner Points guests took part and contributed a considerable amount to the total raised.
The atmosphere builds throughout the day and the inns prepare by removing the furniture in readiness for the evenings festivities. The first of two firework displays is held early in the evening, with the children in mind. The streets begin to fill with costume clad revellers, shop bought or home made, it doesn't matter the taking part is more important. The crowd centres around the junction of Fore Street, Higher Market Street and Buller Street, usually entertained by the "wheelie bin" disco. Just before midnight the crowd moves towards the promenade ready for the count down and the main firework display to welcome in The New Year.
One of Cornwalls most iconic and individual festivals, held every September in Looe. This years Looe Live takes place on the 25th.26th. & 27th. of September. An extravaganza of music, comedy and arts. The line up is is still being confirmed.
All tastes catered for and will see local talent rubbing shoulders with more established national and international artists in all manner of venues across the town, including the beach. The town is transformed into one big party with a variety of food stalls, street performers and there's even likely to be an ad hock fancy dress theme.
The town maintains its eco awareness throughout the festival with "Looe Live" plastic beakers readily available, why not take one home as a souvenir. An army of local volunteers ensures the safe, smooth running of the event, including an incredible clean up operation.
Come sample the friendly Cornish atmosphere of Looe Live 2020 and stay with us at Schooner Point Guest House, Looe's top rated TripAdvisor guest house.
A traditional English summer fete, making for a fabulous day out. Browse gift stalls or try getting creative at one of the many craft workshops. There is live music and childrens entertainment.
5000 sponsored yellow plastic ducks are tipped off of Looe Bridge and race down river. Ticket holders of the first 5 ducks home win cash prizes. All proceeds go to Looe Lions Support.
The Carnival King & Queen are chosen and a traditional floral dance is performed at West Looe Square. Other events include a fun run, childrens sandcastle competion, fancy dress three legged race and both steel and brass bands. The Polperro Fishermans Choir perform at Looe RNLI Station and the week culminates in The Grand Carnival Procession, starting from West Looe across to East Looe beach and back along the quayside. Many charities benefit from the weeks events.
This year see's Polperro Festival celebrates its 25th. anniversary and is linked to the ancient tradition of celebrating the coming of summer. The week long, free festival, includes the lighting of The Solstice Bonfire, comedy night and culminates in the mock Mayor elections. The winner is wheeled through the town, taking a drink in every inn before being dunked in the sea. The Green is host to the stage where bands perform throughout the week, the inns also book their own acts.
While there, try some of the wonderful local seafood available from the restaurants and inns. A warm Cornish welcome is gauranteed just a short car or bus ride from Looe and Schooner Point Guest House.
One of Looe RNLI's biggest fund raisers and truly a highlight of the summer. In keeping with our seafaring tradition entrants construct "ocean going" rafts in all manner of guises, for the adults or childrens races. The contestants have to "paddle" the gauntlet of the crowds amassed on the peir and quaysides who are armed ready with seaweed jelly, made especially to protect the environment from plastic. No water ballons allowed here. Make a donation and fill your bucket.
From the beach, around the end of the pier to the bridge and back to The RNLI Station, many don't make it and are rescued along the way. Stay with us at Schooner Point Guest House and enjoy the day.