Best date nights in Looe
Inspiring countless artists and writers, there are fewer landscapes more romantic than those in the rugged coastal region of Cornwall. With all this beauty in abundance, it’s easy to see why the county makes a perfect destination for a couple’s retreat, but once you’ve booked your couple’s holiday in Looe, how do you treat your loved one to a special experience in Cornwall?
Follow our guide to the best activities and dining options for that hot date just a short distance from your holiday park in Cornwall.
Dining for two
If you’re looking to wine and dine your partner, the options are endless in a county known for its hearty produce and talented chefs.
Daytime diners can explore the lay of the land whilst tucking into a scenic picnic. Close to Tencreek Holiday Park, Bodigga Cliff is particularly spectacular and with a dedicated picnic spot, visitors can take advantage of the views watching boats as they sail by in Looe and Polperro’s waters. Forming part of the coastline belonging to the National Trust, this little gem is just one of many of the most romantic picnic spots in Cornwall for holidaymakers to choose from.
If getting dolled up and heading out on the town is more your thing, Looe has several cosy restaurants catering to all tastes a short distance from your accommodation. The Old Sail Loft, for example, stands out in the town as being one of the oldest buildings in Looe. This heritage follows through in the classic menu on offer, with fresh local fish from the quay featuring alongside tender steaks and bistro favourites. Overlooking the harbour, Looe’s longest serving eatery is a must for couples looking for a romantic dining spot.
Spicing things up, the Ocean and Earth Thai Restaurant delicately balances herbs and spices from the Far East in its authentic cooking. Established in Looe seven years ago, owner Nigel has served several couples celebrating over the years. He explains: “We have a lot of couples coming to our restaurant on dates, some have come on first dates and some to celebrate an engagement or getting a house or expecting a baby. Our restaurant has lots of atmosphere, it has a really good vibe, we think so and so do a lot of our customers.”
Spending the day together trying something new or enjoying some alone time, can be a bonding experience for couples. Fortunately, Cornwall is in no short supply of things to see and do with that special someone.
Traditionalists can enjoy the simple beauty in a timeless movie date in Looe. Cinema by the Sea, a local community cinema, runs films from the Community Hall in Looe Children’s Centre. From popular current titles to live screenings of opera and theatre productions, film buffs can check out what’s on and head down to the Cine by the Sea.
Tuning out the world and relaxing with a pampering day at the spa can help couples gain some quality time together, away from the stress of everyday life. Sourcing natural clay and minerals from the local area, The Clearing Spa offers a range of treatments and massage sessions in a romantic setting outside of St Austell.
Those who travel down to the South West fall in love with its stunning landscapes. Show your soulmate why with a trip to the Camel Valley Vineyard up on wild Bodmin Moor.
The winery has been producing world-class wines since 1989 and a tasting session at Camel Valley will prove why this vineyard in beautiful Cornwall is award-winning. As they explain: “One of the most useful things that helps us decide how the wines will ultimately taste are the opinions of Camel Valley drinkers. This is a very exciting time of year for us at Camel Valley – and for all those making wines in the northern hemisphere – and we hope you will enjoy being part of this crucial stage in the process.”
Visitors can take a tour of the estate and stock up on supplies in the onsite shop. Alternatively, enjoy a glass of vino and the stunning views on the terrace.
Spread the love
Go on a date and make a difference at the same time! Regional charity Children’s Hospice South West is launching its Garden Trail fundraiser again this spring after the activity proved so successful in 2015.
The Garden Trail, inspired by the hospice’s own sensory gardens and outdoor play areas for young people, includes a diverse range of gardens in the South West allowing visitors to explore different corners of Cornwall and get involved in this charitable day out. This year, two heritage sites in South East Cornwall will feature in the trail. Boconnoc House and Port Eliot will both open their gardens up to the trail in May, with partakers contributing a small fee to stroll arm in arm and enjoy the flora and fauna of some of Cornwall’s best loved botanical spots.
It’s all for a good cause and Children’s Hospice South West’s Caroline explains how raising funds through fun events like this can touch lives in the community: “Children’s Hospice South West provides a home from home environment with care and support for children with life limiting illnesses, their parents and siblings. CHSW’s aim is to help make the most of short and precious lives and it is donations from events happening in the community which are so vital to help the charity in continuing their work with local children and families.”
Keeping the kids amused
No need to worry about occupying the children. Parents staying at Tencreek Holiday Park can enjoy some special time together reassured that their little ones are well looked after at Deano’s Kids Club. Welcoming youngsters of all ages, the team at Tencreek host fun and games from 10.30 am to keep them busy whilst you take advantage of the opportunity to step out alone together.