Things to do in Fowey on Holiday


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 (please remember to register with Fowey Harbour if bring your own Kayaks, Canoes or SUPS…STAY SAFE!). 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.