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.

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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.

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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.

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

Only a short ferry journey from Fowey and easily accessible by foot, car and bike, the ancient fishing village of Polruan is a must-visit during your stay in Fowey. Perched on the other side of the estuary with Pont Creek to the north, the Fowey River to the west and the English Channel to the south, the village is a picturesque destination with some fantastic views from all angles. Read on to discover what to do over the river…

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With beautiful countryside one side and stunning coastline the other, Fowey is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the two landscapes. We’ve rounded up our favourite ways of staying active and improving fitness, with an emphasis on having fun and making a well-deserved cream tea taste even better.

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As summer draws to a close and the days begin to shorten, the best time of the year is yet to come in Cornwall. Lots of locals will argue that September is the best month to spend in the county, with quieter roads to navigate, emptier beaches to explore and a jam-packed calendar of events to enjoy. With an array of great festivals, performances and excursions, read on to see which events this September that you may want to add to your schedule during your stay.

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There are some fantastic events happening in Cornwall this year, with a rich offering of cultural experiences just waiting to be discovered, and plenty of them are conveniently located very close to Fowey. We have rounded up our favourite summer occasions that must not be missed, with music, theatre, food and more drawing visitors from far and wide. If you’re attending an event and need somewhere to stay, call us on 01726 833302 and book a room.

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If you want to immerse yourself in a little Cornish culture on your next holiday in Fowey, then May is the perfect time. Whether through literature, art, food and drink or gardens, there’s no better opportunity than at some of the events listed here: Read more

There is nothing quite like a good old Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit. With lots of local produce, crafts and drinks suppliers in Cornwall, there is plenty on offer all over the county. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite markets and fairs in or around Fowey for you to enjoy over the Christmas break.

1. Macmillan Christmas Fair, Eden Project, 17 November

Hosted in the sparkling Eden Project Kitchen, the Macmillan Christmas Fair will be kicking off the festive season in the biomes. Tickets will be available in the Eden Visitors Centre on the day from 10am at a price of £10, not including lunch. The fair will feature an abundance of stalls with plenty of gifts and home accessories, clothing and jewellery, and the finest produce in the county. Eden’s ice rink has now reappeared and will be available to enjoy until the 19 February.

2. The Cornish Winter Fair, Wadebridge, 19 November

For a slightly different take on a classic Christmas festival, head over to Wadebridge for their annual Cornish Winter Fair. The free event is hosted by the Royal Cornwall Events Centre and over the weekend families can experience Cornish farm life and learn about local agriculture. There are opportunities to milk a (mock) cow and groom a pony, as well as plenty of Cornish food and drink producers on hand to help you with any Christmas shopping and selling gifts from around the county.

3. Padstow Christmas Festival, 1 – 4 December

Cornwall’s largest food festival is going into its ninth year and is set to be better than ever with famous chefs visiting from all over the country to demo in the seaside town. Padstow will be hosting a traditional Christmas market throughout the weekend, as well as a a Santa fun run, lantern parade and impressive fireworks display. With big names like Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw and Fern Britton making their way to Padstow this year, as well as our sister hotel’s head chef Tim Pile, from the Rosevine, it’s definitely not a weekend to be missed. Entrance is free and donations to local charities welcome. Find out how to make Tom’s chilli beef and flat bread crisps here, which he will demonstrating at the festival on Sunday 4 at 12.45pm.

5. Fowey Christmas Festival, 9 – 11 December

The second weekend of December is when Fowey becomes host to festive entertainment, food and drink and lots of stalls with unique Christmas gifts. The various festive activities can be found throughout the town and in Fowey Sports Hub, with a bus running between the two. From 5 ’til 8.30 on Friday 9 December there will be festive entertainment, including Santa himself sailing into town, along with a lantern parade.



6. The Lost Gardens Christmas fair, Heligan, 10 – 11 December

For an extra magical Christmas fair, soak up the festive atmosphere at the Lost Gardens of Heligan on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 December, between 10am and 4pm for their annual fair. Heligan’s ethos for supporting and showcasing local businesses is strongly felt at their Christmas Festival, with over 70 stalls offering food, drink, crafts, jewellery and more. Plenty of mulled wine will be available for tired shoppers and you can even order your Christmas turkey for the big day. Entry for local pass holders is £1 and £2 for everyone else, including entrance to their gardens.

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The Cornish coast is home to some of the finest golf courses in the UK. Whilst usually teamed with a beautiful backdrop of the coast, the county has become home to a wide range of golfing destinations. These are some of our favourites, get your clubs at the ready… Read more

With the summer months coming to a close and the manic tourist season slowly dying down, it is an ideal time for visitors to explore their surrounding area. Whilst in Fowey, there is plenty of galleries to wander around and cultural heritage points to find. Whatever the weather you will discover something interesting to do and of course, the views are breath taking from various locations around the village. Read more