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A child goes boating in Fowey, Cornwall

Things to do in Fowey

Fowey (rhymes with joy) is an idyllic destination for child friendly holidays by the sea.

Go rock-pooling, watch fishing boats go by, browse gift boutiques, galleries and artisan shops, and stop at cafés serving Cornish cream teas.

If you fancy messing about on the river, there are plenty of family-friendly activities from kayaking and canoeing to sailing and swimming. Keep your feet on dry land with a stroll along the Esplanade, stop for a pint of local ale in a traditional riverside pub, or wander down to Readymoney Cove where you’ll find St Catherine's Castle, built in 1536 by Henry VIII.

View of a beach near Fowey, from Fowey Hall Hotel

Hop across the river on the Bodinnick or Polruan ferry to strike out along the famous Hall Walk, taking in stunning estuary views on a circular four-mile route via Pont Creek. Being immersed in Du Maurier country, not only can you explore the scenery immortalised in novels such as Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, but – if you visit during May – you can join in a literary celebration at the Fowey Festival of Words and Music. The Fowey Regatta, held in August, is also a perfect excuse to visit, with a carnival procession, displays, and sailing races to watch. For foodies, June’s Fowey Mussel Festival is another local event growing in popularity.

Fowey Hall Hotel seen behind a row of cottages in Fowey, Cornwall

If you have the time and inclination to venture further afield, this is an ideal spot from which to explore many of Cornwall’s attractions. Take the car ferry to Bodinnick and discover the beaches around Looe and Talland Bay, take a 20-minute drive to the iconic biomes of the Eden Project, or explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Our friendly staff are always on hand to give you an insider’s guide to the local area, or if you’re super-organised, view our list of local activities and attractions to start planning.

Boats on the water in Fowey, Cornwall

Local Attractions

Situated in the east of Cornwall, the hotel is perfectly placed for exploring local attractions. With plenty on our doorstep, you’re spoilt for choice!

Families in the gardens at Fowey Hall Hotel

Events Calendar

We have an array of local events happening on our doorstep but we also offer some unique in-house events.