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Take in tranquil views and catch a glimpse of local sea life while you float across the estuary, as you create your next adventure over Fowey waters. Steeped in history with visiting privateers, sailing ships, and even pirate ships, Fowey is a great place to set out on the water alongside breathtaking views.

Take a look at our top five boat trips around Fowey.

Fowey River Boat Hire

Operating for over 40 years, Fowey River Boat Hire is an excellent service which allows you to navigate and explore all the best river retreats that Fowey has to offer. Perfect for beginners, you’ll be taught all you need to know before taking your own voyage to your next adventure, whether it’s in a classic wooden rowing boat or something with a little more flare, such as a fibreglass motor boat.

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You can also take a relaxing ferry trip across to neighbouring villages Bodinnick, Polruan, and bustling Mevagissey straight from Fowey harbour. Set off in the morning and enjoy a stroll through the winding streets of these ancient fishing villages, perhaps with time to spare for a Cornish ice cream. All three ferry services operate across Fowey harbour, running between seven in the morning and eleven at night.

Find out more here.

Fowey Maritime Centre

If you want to take adventure into your own hands, Fowey Maritime Centre offers a range of powerboat, motor cruiser or shore-based courses to dip into. Suitable for beginners or more experienced seafarers, the centre is a wonderful choice whether you want an indulgent explore, or a chartered boat course. Not only do they offer some of the best boating routes from Fowey, but they also give visitors the opportunity to go snorkelling and shark diving.

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Pettifox Sea Charters

Pettifox Sea Charters offers a more classical feel to the boat trip you might be looking for. The stunning Pettifox, a wooden boat with huge white sails that echoes back to an earlier era, is perfect for those seeking an authentic sailing experience. With selected trips to Polperro, Looe, Mevagissey and Polkerris, sail in style as you enjoy a relaxing break above the waves.

Find out more about Pettifox Sea Charters here.

Fowey Boat Hire

Not to be confused with Fowey River Boat Hire, this service is ideal for visitors hoping for freedom to explore the stunning Fowey estuary and surrounding areas. Available up to a whole week of seafaring fun, you will be shown the ropes when it comes to navigating your own boat and the river and provided with safety equipment before you set off.

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Royal Fowey Yacht Club

If you’re an experienced yachtsman, Royal Fowey Yacht Club offers visiting members of yacht clubs across the globe a chance to visit their clubhouse. Sitting right by the water, the club is the perfect place to sit and relax after you’ve been out on the water and the ultimate go-to for their weekly sailing events programme, including all the sailing details for Fowey Regatta Week.

To find out more, click here.

The Old Quay House is located right on Fowey harbour, with spacious rooms and wonderful estuary views. If you’re interested in staying with us in Fowey, please call us on 01726 833302.

Our Garden Packages include two nights accommodation with breakfast each morning, dinner on one evening and transport to & from The Eden Project  & The Lost Garden of Heligan.

Prices start from £410 per room, based on two guests sharing, for two nights.

Call (0)17 268-33302  or EMAIL US TO FIND OUT MORE

The best of both worlds, this short break offers a real Cornish experience: 2 nights by the beach on the idyllic and very peaceful Roseland Peninsula, and 2 nights in the gorgeous waterside village of Fowey with its boutique shops and stunning harbour views.

The South Coast Stay includes bed & Breakfast for two nights at both The Rosevine & The Old Quay House Hotel an arrival glass of bubbly and up to 15% off lunch or dinner in both acclaimed restaurants.

Valid all year round.
Not valid for children or pets.

From £583.50 for two adults.

Subject to availability.


Every August, the usually tranquil streets of Fowey come alive for the regatta and carnival week.

This year the spectacle will take place from 18th to 24th August, and we’ve selected a few of the things you shouldn’t miss:

The carnival procession

On the Wednesday, the carnival procession will wind its way through the town, with a weird and wonderful display of costumes. You’ll also spot a lot of the town’s traders getting involved, decorating their shops and cafes, and dressing up in some truly amazing outfits.
This year the procession sets off at 7:15pm from Squires Field.

The giant pasty ceremony

Yes, you did read that correctly. The iconic giant pasty arrives by ferry from Polruan, and parades through the streets – a real hit with the younger ones.

Live music

Music is a big part of the regatta, with live performances every day. Highlights this year include Cornwall’s premier Beatles tribute act ‘Not The Beatles’ (Friday night), ska and 2-tone favourites ‘The Irregulars’ (Friday night), Queen tribute band ‘The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys’ (Thursday night), and Celtic-folk-punk act ‘Black Friday’ (Tuesday night).

Cornwall Live journalist and music aficionado Lee Trewhela curates a host of emerging talent too – and he really knows his stuff.


Of course, the racing is at the heart of everything. The regatta is one of the UK’s best known sailing events, with a full programme of races, including the famous Troys – a class of sailing boat build only in Fowey.

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Each year Cornwall hosts a huge collection of fantastic events, with a wide range of cultural experiences available to all. Plenty of these events are based close to Fowey just waiting to be discovered.

With music, food and theatre drawing visitors from all over the country these are events that should not be missed. We have selected a few of our favourites from the Cornish calendar. If you’re attending an event and need somewhere to stay, call us on 01726 833302 and book a room. Read more

We received fantastic press coverage from some great publications during 2018.

Have a read below of our coverage highlights and if you would like to stay with us in 2019 then please give us a call on 01726 833302 or book here. Read more