Review: Old Sardine Factory – Looe, Cornwall
The Old Sardine Factory – Looe is a new heritage centre in the heart of Looe. on the west side of the river you can walk over the bridge and along the harbour.
Or you can pay 50p and take the river taxi across. The Old Sardine Factory – Looe has something for everyone. There is a free museum, a cafe and a variety of sports available to book including climbing, paddle boarding and canoes.
The Old Sardine Factory Cafe
We started our visit with a much needed coffee and snack. We all enjoyed a hot beverage and being a group of 6 we were able to try a selection of the cakes. My favourite were the coffee and walnut cake and the carrot cake – YUMMY!!
This has been set up as a fully interactive experience.
There are lots of things for the children to interact with. Bilbo and Harrison enjoyed playing with the silver pilchards, having their photo taken in the photo booth and re-arranging the seats.
For older children there is a lot to learn too, you can find out about the types of fish you can catch, the history, the heritage and geology of the areas.
Our favourite experience was the RNLI virtual reality experience.
Not for the faint hearted or for any one who gets serious motion sickness. We all had a turn including Grandma and Grandad.
The experience starts with you running down the harbour getting ready for a rescue. Then you jump on the boat and head out with the rescue team. Really nicely done, don’t forget to hold on if you need to steady yourself and make sure you move around to take full advantage of the immersive experience happening all around you.
If your’e looking for some sports activities the Old Sardine Factory – Looe has you covered too. You can book a session on the brand new climbing wall. Or you can hire paddle boats and canoes.
The Old Sardine Factory – Looe Facts:
The Old Sardine Factory – Looe is open 10am – 5pm (Summer 1st April to 30th September and Winter 1st October to 30th March) . They have a website and facebook page if you’d like to learn more or make a booking for their sports equipment.
And well behaved dogs are allowed at the discretion of the Heritage Centre & Café
As the boys get older we will definitely be back to enjoy the sports facilities and have a go on the climbing wall.
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