Things to do in Fowey & Cornwall


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If you like sailing, shopping, eating, drinking, fishing, crabbing, walking, medieval and Tudor cottages, narrow steep winding streets, then you will love Fowey. When you come down the hill into Fowey and see the first glimpse of the church tower, the turret that belongs to a 15th century fortified manor house and then of course that beautiful river, it is just like stepping back in time.

Iron age man lived here. It was already a port when the Romans got here. Drake sailed from Fowey. Charles 1st was shot and Queen Victoria welcomed. Kenneth Grahame got his inspiration for Wind in the Willows, all in Fowey.

The town also has strong connections to Dame Daphne Du Maurier who spent most of her life in the area. A festival that celebrates Words and Music is held each May.

Fowey Regatta week in August is a must as you can take part in the family events on the river, like raft building and sailing. Then there are competitive sailing events that you can watch while having a cream tea in one of the many hotels or tearooms by the river. The street carnival can’t be missed with all the traders and residents dressing up, lots of music concerts from classical to rock, and then of course the World famous Red Arrows display and much much more.

The town beach at Readymoney cove is great for the kids to swim and paddle as it is clear of the many sailing boats using the river.

The Fowey Estuary has to be one of the most attractive and unspoilt parts of the South coast. The peaceful Fowey River is surrounded by many miles of National Trust countryside, with many walks around the Estuary and its quiet water, green woodlands and masses of wildlife, which can be enjoyed all year round. In fact more and more people enjoy Fowey out of season to experience the more rugged side of Cornwall. The sight of the sea and the river when the winter gales are raging can be quite spectacular.



Roguish piracy has always been the unspoken code of conduct here at Sam’s and the twelfth century merchants’ house that comprises the original (mother) restaurant echoes the sentiments of those who were and are now found inside.


Fresh seafood is landed by Fowey’s fishermen; bangers and mash are sourced from farms on Fowey Hall's doorstep. If you're looking for fine dining or a quality family meal, you must visit one of Fowey's famous landmark buildings.


Fine dining in the heart of Fowey. Offers a great selection of local produce, perfectly cooked and served in a gorgeous restaurant.


Lovingly sourced, authentic Italian ingredients, from Bufala Burrata mozzarella from Campania, salamis, hams and cheeses from Bologna to our aperitivi, spritzes, wines and unmissable home-made tiramisu.


Pintxo brings a taste of Spain to South West. With a laid back feel, outside tables and no reservations necessary, it’s the perfect place to spend time with friends, sampling the best sherries, wines and food we could find from our favourite parts of Spain.


Appleton's is a Restaurant and Bar by Andy and Lyndsey Appleton in Fowey, Cornwall. The restaurant was first established in 2016 within an operational vineyard and winery on the way to Padstow, Cornwall. However it closed in this location at the end of October 2019 and relocated to an exciting new venue here in the heart of Fowey! Make sure you head down there to taste their delicious food.



The Eden Project is a stunning structure built along the side of a deep pit. The three biomes are areas designed to represent three climates found around the world - A must visit!


Located about a mile outside the town of St Austell is Charlestown, an amazingly pristine, unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh.


Make the most of the warmer, longer days by getting out and about at Lanhydrock. Here are some of our favourite walks and things to see, including some rather rare and wonderful wildlife you might spot. Sit amongst the flowers in the beautiful formal garden and herbaceous border, or enjoy some shade on a wander along the woodland walks.


Camel Creek Adventure Park is a vibrant and welcoming visitor destination year-round, uniquely interpreting the legends of the area and famous for delivering great adventures and days out for the whole family. The Park is an all-weathers’ attraction and open all year round, with annual activities reflecting the seasons.


The South West Coast Path was originally created by coastguards, patrolling the south west peninsula looking out for smugglers. They literally had to check in every inlet so their cliff top walk was well used and gives us the amazing Path we use today. The Path has also been used by fishermen looking for shoals of fish and checking the sea conditions.


In 2006 Cornwall Tourist Board awarded Bob an award for outstanding services to tourism in Cornwall, and the vineyard won Gold for Cornish Distinctiveness three times. Camel Valley has already won numerous awards in the International Wine Challenge, International Wine and Spirit Competition and Decanter World Wine Awards. 2008 wine success was crowned with a Cornwall Tourism Gold Medal for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year'.


200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance. Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.


Lappa Valley offers one of the best days out in Cornwall with family-friendly fun for all generations. Enjoy a ride on one of their wonderful steam engines, journeying from the ticket office and station through beautiful Cornish woodland into the fun park for some family fun.


Hidden in a sheltered wooded valley in Bodmin, Cornwall, Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club is one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in the South West. Over the years the course has been beautifully shaped into the landscape, producing a course that offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities.

Tall Ship Day Sails in Fowey


Join Bessie Ellen and her crew from Fowey in Cornwall for a day of fun on the water. Sailing at 10am from Fowey, you’ll adventure along the Cornish coast to Charlestown or Mevagissy, learn the ropes of traditional sailing and anchor in an idyllic location for a pasty lunch – and perhaps a swim off the boat!


Fowey sweet shop has been around since the 1950’s and continues to provide traditional sweets as well as more modern one’s and even a large range (over 30 flavours) of fudge! This divine shop also has a good range of goodies to take home for little presents... or even a treat for yourself. This may be a little shop, but the welcome and treats will make your day. Do head onto their website to find out more.



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