what to do
boat trips
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What to Do

To check out events, click here to see our "What's on in Polperro" page.

Polperro’s tidal harbour is the heart of the village. From here the working boats offload their catch at the fish quay and the 'tripper' boats run along the coast, to Looe or Fowey and back. They are also available to hire for fishing trips.

Adjacent to the harbour is the Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing. The museum houses a remarkable collection of exhibits and 19th century photographs as well as many items of memorabilia dating from the 18th century when both smuggling and fishing thrived in Polperro. An hour in the museum vividly brings to life the people and the story of this Cornish fishing village's extraordinary past.

Many Artists and photographers visit Polperro, capturing its unique atmosphere. Polperro Arts Foundation diplays the work of local artists and craftspeople. The Ebenezer Gallery displays the work of the East Cornwall Society of Artists. At Gina’s Studio on the harbour front, Gina Farrell offers art classes at the reasonable price, 2hrs for £20, phone 01503 272958 to find out more and book before you come.

19th century photographers loved Polperro, many copies of their photos have been found and exhibited in the museum and shop galleries around the village. Modern photographers can't resist Polperro's charms and the photographic artistry of resident professional Tall Paul can be seen and purchased in local shops. Local photographer, Lisa Woollett, specialises in photographs of the sea, which can be seen and purchased at the Arts Foundation. Also thanks to Alex Maddox, regular visiting photograher for lovepolperro home page slide show photos.

There’s a tidal beach and rock pools for the kids to enjoy and explore and crabbing on the quay is a popular past time for families. Fishing from the harbour wall or rock outcrops can while away the hours too.

Polperro has even been miniaturised and, coupled with some local legends and a model railway, can be found at  Model Village and Land of Legend at the forge in the centre of the village. 

For those seeking some retail therapy, there are a selection of shops to browse. The Post Office, General Store, paper shop and bakery provide the survival necessities, while a wide selection of independent shops offer antiques, bric-a-brac, pictures & photographs, traditional sweets, crafts, boutique apparel, and souvenirs.

Other pastimes in the village include Zumba fitness classes, pub quizzes, weekly bingo, live music (see What’s On page) and a gym in the village hall.

In June, the ever popular Polperro Festival pulls in the crowds with the annual duck race, dunking of the 'Mayor' and the crowning of the Carnival Queen; plus the fancy-dress procession, daily events on Big Green and a lively night-time atmosphere.

The firework display on Peak Rock on the Saturday nearest to 5th November, and the New Years Eve fancy dress pub crawl are popular events not to be missed.

For church goers, there is only the Methodist Church in Fore Street in the village. For Anglican worshippers, the Parish Church of St Tallinus is around 2.5 miles away, a lovely walk along the cliff path, just above Talland Bay.



Model Village

Boat trip around the bay

Fishing trips

Cliff Walks

Art Galleries

Live Music