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What to consider when planning your first family holiday in Looe

Whether you’re shepherding a small tribe around or travelling for the first time with your new born, holidays in Looe are perfect for families taking some quality time in Cornwall.

Situated on the beautiful east coast and boasting child-friendly holiday parks in Cornwall, Looe has plenty to entertain little ones and parents alike. Find out what to do and where to go on your next family trip to Looe and the surrounding area.

Activities for everyone

Nothing beats a lazy day on Looe’s stunning beach but for those looking for something more active post-sunbathing session, you could head a little further to Mount Wise Swimming Pool in Plymouth. The pools are free to enter and there is a main pool for confident swimmers, a toddler’s paddling pool and a fun area complete with fountains and whirlpool for older kids.

If your child loves to explore, then an energetic coastal walk is just the thing for would-be adventurers. Lucky holidaymakers might even spot one of the wild grey seals that frequent Looe’s shores. In fact, the area is one of the easiest places to see these friendly creatures in the whole UK and there are guides to seal spotting around Looe. Your little monkey can also meet a kindred spirit at Cornwall’s Monkey Sanctuary situated in a pretty wooded area overlooking Looe Bay.

Once you’ve tired them out with a long walk around Looe, the town itself has many attractions and activities so you can find even more things to do to keep everyone amused.

Get around town

Making your way around Looe only requires your feet. Visitors can find the beaches, places to eat and convenience shops just a short walk away from their accommodation

Looe also has fantastic transport links, encouraging families to visit some of the county’s most popular attractions nearby Looe. If you’re planning a day out the local bus service offers cheap tickets for youngsters and takes holidaymakers directly to most of the county’s best venues.

National Express coaches pass through Plymouth for those looking to nip into the city for a spot of retail therapy, and the scenic Valley Line from Looe to Liskeard connects visitors to many of the area’s top beauty spots. With so many options for getting around Looe and the surrounding area, families may want to leave the people carrier at home.

Quality accommodation

Looe is fortunate to have multiple holiday caravan sites and camping areas, offering families comfort in their own space with the added bonus of access to modern facilities. Conveniently located just a short walk away from the beach and town, this isn’t the camping you remember from your childhood. Today’s sites offer restaurants, swimming pools and even special Kids Clubs to keep everyone entertained throughout your stay.

Family feasts

Looe boasts several affordable eating options for groups, catering to children and offering a comfortable dining experience for everyone.

You can’t go far wrong with Dave’s Diner, one of the oldest businesses in the historical town and a favourite fish and chip takeaway in Looe. Have them on the harbour as they were intended to be enjoyed. Alternatively, sample the region’s best exports, from Cornish pasties and ice cream to real ale, and don’t miss the opportunity to track down the best cream teas in Cornwall.

Most restaurants and cafes are accommodating of smaller appetites and offer children’s menus so adults and kids can enjoy their meal out on holiday.

Conveniently located, with all the daily mod-cons and plenty of things to see and do, Looe makes the perfect escape for families looking for a stress-free, fun-filled holiday in Cornwall.

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