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Rainy day activities in and around Fowey

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We know England isn’t exactly renowned for its hot, sunny days, but here in Cornwall there’s a multitude of things to do when the weather isn’t so great. Here are some great spots nearby to keep you busy, that don’t rely on sunshine and warm weather to enjoy yourself.

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Spring walks in Fowey

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We chat to Kieron from Brocante

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We have been working with Kieron Cockley on the recent refurbishment of the hotel. Kieron and his partner own the interiors shop Brocante in Fowey, and they have a second shop in nearby Mevagissey. Kieron takes some time out of his day to chat to us about his approach to refreshing the rooms at The Old Quay House.

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Our pick: top festive events in Cornwall


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Things to do in and around Fowey this winter

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Winter can be a great time to visit Cornwall and there are some lovely things going on in the run up to Christmas. Here are just a few suggestions.

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Late Summer Events

The Old Quay House Fowey estuary

We have had great weather so far this summer, even if Hurricane Bertha was a minor blip, and there are still plenty of events to enjoy before the summer holidays end and autumn arrives.

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Active Fowey

Fowey not only lures the romantics to meander along it’s winding streets, but the active and adventurous are also drawn to our sparkling river and steep hikes.

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Our pick of Cornwall’s best Spring gardens

One of the many things we love about Cornwall is its unique climate. Benefitting from the warmth of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has become famous for its diverse Spring gardens. We have chosen some of our favourite Cornish gardens, all within a short drive of the Old Quay House.

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A Great Day Out in Fowey

In the Middle Ages, the port of Fowey was home to warships and galleons, but today it’s better known for its excellent cuisine, warm welcome and beautiful views. From Easter onwards the town buzzes with thousands of visitors keen to soak up the atmosphere and recharge their batteries – but how to get the most out of your time here?

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Gardens in Cornwall

Wondering which gardens to visit on your day trips around Cornwall? Cornwall is home to many of Britain’s most beautiful gardens and several are just a short drive from our luxury hotel in Fowey, making it a great place to base yourself for a few days.

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Active Fowey

Fowey not only lures the romantics to meander along it’s winding streets, but the active and adventurous are also drawn to our sparkling river and steep hikes.

If you’re not sure where to begin your active getaway in the great Cornish outdoors, we’ve put together a list of our favourite pursuits, both on and off shore.

Kayaking the River Fowey

There’s no better way to explore the estuary’s hidden tributaries and pontoons than on a kayak. Just three miles up-river from Fowey is the charming and often overlooked village of Golant (famed for being the inspiration behind The Wind in the Willows). Here, you can join Encounter Cornwall on a three hour trip around the estuary’s hidden creeks and backwaters, or a leisurely paddle down river back to Fowey. If you’re experienced, kayak and canoe hire is available from £15 for four hours. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for Sawmill Studios hidden in its own tidal creek (and maybe a celeb or two loading their guitars into the building!)

Image courtesy of Encounter Cornwall

Go coasteering

If you head half an hour north west, you’ll find yourself at Cornwall’s very own Adrenline Quarry. Home to the self proclaimed “UK’s Maddest Zipwire” and a swing the flies you 160 feet over a cliff, this is one adrenaline junkie’s paradise not to be missed. Their coasteering sessions are fun and challenging but without the hassle of waiting for the right tides and weather. Prices start at £30 for fresh water coasteering – advanced booking essential!

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 Mountain biking at Lanhydrock

Whether you’ve got the family in tow or want to hit the hard trails, the new cycle trackss at Lanhydrock have something for everyone. Graded from green to red – just like in a ski resort – there are trails for the beginner to the enthusiast. Lanhydrock also has a bike rental service, so there’s no need to drag your bikes all the way down to Cornwall with you! When you’ve worn out those tyres (and family), be sure to stop in the Park Cafe for a slice of cake and cup of tea.

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Stroll along the Hall Walk

The Hall Walk, starting on the other side of the river in Bodinnick and ending in Polruan is a true stunner of a trek. Armed with your trusty walking boots and a camera, start your afternoon by boarding the Bodinnick Ferry and lazily chugging across the water. The walk begins with a hop onto dry land (maybe a cheeky drink in the pub) and a walk up a steep hill past quaint houses and a thatched church. Follow the signs for the coast path and enjoy stunning views of the goings on of the estuary. Be prepared for a steep incline when you make it to Polruan – the coast path suffered a landslide and the route now leads you up into the village before dropping back down to the harbour.

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Take it easy

If you’ve spent your days in Cornwall using up all your energy cycling, hiking and kayaking, take some time out to sit back and relax. If you fancy a quiet day floating on the river and want to let someone else do all the hard work, book an afternoon with Fowey River Cruises or on the Fowey Picnic Boat. Take a quick spin around the estuary, spend the day visiting other ports along the coast or simply watch the world go by whilst tasting the local seafood.  Does it get much better than that?

Fowey Cruise

Q Restaurant at The Old Quay House Fowey

Relaxed waterfront restaurant … Fowey River oysters, local scallops, West Country meat and Cornish cheeses … hungry yet?

‘Q’ restaurant at The Old Quay House offers excellent dining in a relaxed, unstuffy setting.

Forget unsmiling waiters, small portions and whispered conversations, dining here is all about fun and enjoyment – quality local produce features heavily on the menu of our Mediterranean-influenced dishes, prepared using classic techniques.

Our wine list, hand-picked by Britain’s youngest Master of Wine, is pretty good too …The bright restaurant leads out onto a spacious terrace where on a sunny day you can enjoy afternoon tea (the Cornish way of course, jam first!), a pre-dinner glass of fizz, or a long, lazy lunch. It’s a great spot to watch life on the estuary unfold, from boats of all shapes and sizes to the local wildlife which includes resident swans and the occasional dolphin.

Opening times:

Lunch: 12.30pm to 2.30pm (Easter to September) telephone the restaurant to confirm opening times all other times of the year.
Dinner: 7pm to 9pm daily.

Tel: 01726 833302

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Useful Links

Fowey Photo Gallery – ‘Like’ us on facebook

Fowey Tourist Information Centre
01726 833616

Taxi services
A&J Taxis                 01726 814892
Yeo’s Taxis              01726 814095
White River Cars   01726 76244
Coastal Cars            01726 832372

Fowey to St Austell Timetable

River Cruise
Join us for an exclusive meander around the beautiful River Fowey aboard
“SUNBEAM” a 1930’s 20 foot classic wooden motor launch
For more information contact Brian or Gill on 078910 49536

Self Drive Boat Hire (Fowey boatyard)
Contact Graham  – 01726 832194

Yacht hire
48ft gentlemans classic yacht ‘La Caniche’ is available to charter for up to 14 people. Moored in Fowey. Half day – £250
Tel: 07718291667

First Great Western
The nearest train station to Fowey is Par (4 miles). We recommend pre-booking a taxi if arriving by train.

Fowey Maritime Centre
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The Eden Project
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
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The Minack Theatre
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Hall for Cornwall
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National Maritime Museum Cornwall
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Karen Brown’s Travel
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Sailing courses and lessons
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South West Coast Path
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