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Welcome to Polperro
Narrow, winding streets and alleys, cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour -
Polperro is everyone's idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village -
visit and you may want to stay - for ever
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The Claremont Hotel, Polperro - click on this image to visit the Claremont Hotel's website or telephone 01503 272 241

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Failte Cottage, Polperro
3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6
Centre of Polperro - garden & patio
Contemporary style - well equipped
Wi-fi broadband included in price
more on our website - click here
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So, you thought your move was difficult?
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Moving house in Polperro - the full story
Size really does matter in Polperro!
Narrow road signResidents and businesses in Polperro, fed up with their properties being damaged by vans and large vehicles trying to navigate the narrow lanes have issued some friendly advice to delivery vehicle drivers. Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Councillor for West Looe and Lansallos has sent supplies of a new flyer to supermarket companies and delivery firms to give to their drivers and it urges them to use the special off-loading area by the bus stop in the village centre and not to attempt to reach their delivery address in their van or lorry. Copies of the new flyer will also be available to residents to give to delivery drivers - click here to see the flyer. More on this story
www.polperro.org - news - 9 May 2012
Visit our jammed page to see and learn how you can't just trust your satnav when it comes to narrow streets
 
View from East Cliff Cottage, Polperro - click this image to go to our accommodation listingsThis is the view you'll wake up to if you rent East Cliff Cottage for your holiday - see this and all our other great places to stay - click here
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Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing
The museum vividly brings to life the story of this Cornish fishing village's extraordinary history of smuggling and fishing and many of the colourful characters involved in each of these
Photo of Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing - click on this image to go to the museum's page
2013 Opening Times: Open every day from Easter until end of October from 10:30am until 4:30pm (opens/closes 30 mins earlier/later in high season)
Admission charges:
Adults & children over 12 years £2, children 5-12 years 50p, children under 5 years - free
More on our Museum page - click here
Local history:
Recollections of a Victorian childhood
Read the charming recollections of Muriel Jerram who grew up in Victorian and Edwardian times in Talland and Polperro. This is a 25 page PDF document with illustrations. Thanks to her great niece Frances Impey who has kindly allowed us to make the recollections available online - click here for a free download.
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www.polperro.org - 1 June 2012
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The Porthpyra Singers are a mixed choir which practises on Monday evenings at Polperro Primary School. Fancy joining? Would you like to attend one of their concerts or have them sing at the charitable fund-raising event you are organising?
Visit their website for more details
Polperro Arts Foundation logoPolperro Arts Foundation is the gallery and studio for the local artists and craftspeople of Polperro and the surrounding area. The studio-gallery is a beautiful large space overlooking Polperro's historic harbour and the fish quay. Founded ten years ago it is continuing Polperro's long association with the arts and crafts and has existed as a studio-gallery for nearly 50 yrs. It has a broad membership of artists, photographers and craftspeople supported by many friends and sponsors including the Lottery Fund.
Visit their website - click here
Polperro Environmental Group logoPolperro Environmental Group (PEG) is a collective and creative group moving towards a low-energy, resilient and self-sustaining community using local skills, knowledge, wisdom and alternative technologies. The group supports the Transition Movement in the UK and is working towards becoming a Transition Village in the future.
Visit the PEG website
Do you have family connections with Polperro?
You might have! Check out your family name on the Polperro Family History Society's pages - click here
Car Parking in Polperro
Coming soon: our new page all about car parking and car parking charges in Polperro: Can you park in the village? How much does it cost to park? Tips on how to get the best value. And what has been the experience of other visitors to Polperro?
PLAY SAFE

Get yourself a copy of the excellent RNLI leaflet Your Guide to Beach Safety if you are going swimming, surfing, or even just paddling, playing, rock-pooling or walking on the beach. You can get a copy at Polperro Post Office, or from RNLI lifeboat stations, telephone 0800 328 0600 or visit the RNLI website
Click on this image to find out more about Polperro Heritage Press's  Cornish titles Penryn House Hotel - click on this image to visit our website
Sun's out, blue sky, no storm - no Flood Warning
   After weeks of storms and rain so far this year, Cornwall is at last basking in sunshine today. The Environment Agency has withdrawn its Flood Alerts and Warnings and the weather outlook is a return to more typical winter weather in the week or so ahead.
    Polperro is fortunate to have a modern harbour gate to close off its harbour to storm surges and the village also benefits from a flood relief system which diverts excess river flow from the River Pol away from the village and through the cliffs out to sea, so it is not as vulnerable to storm surges and flooding these days as it used to be and as many other places on the Cornish coast still are, such as its larger neighbour, Looe. However, the village has certainly not not escaped storm damage, with fishermen's sheds at the harbour destroyed and some house roofs damaged.
    For visitors keen to see the grandeur of the sea in safety and then enjoy exploring our picturesque village and its great shops, pubs and restaurants the message is clear and simple - come to Polperro, we're still here and open for business!
The lastest flood position can be seen on the Environment Agency's website - click here

www.polperro.org - news - 11:38, 16 February 2014
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Well - what a storm! What a night!
The South Cornwall coast experienced one of its worst storms for very many years last night - one local resident said, "The storm raging outside is without doubt the very worst I've ever known down here in 29 years. It is very scary. All the windows are shaking and rattling, the house is creaking & stuff outside flying about all over the place banging & clattering..."
Did the authorities not see it coming? There was no Flood Warning in place until 10:30 at night but then it was the very highest category - Severe Flood - which means there is a real risk to life. And the weather forecasters were for a couple of days forecasting strong winds but not as bad as happened over the weekend.
www.polperro.org - news - 12:20, 5 February 2014
Warnings about risk to life of "wave-watching"
Various authorities have warned about the dangers of "wave-watching" during periods of high winds and rough seas - it is easy for people to be overwhelmed by unexpected waves which may contain rocks and stones so there is a real risk to life. Already this winter there have been fatalities to photographers and others drawn to experiencing the awesome power of the sea a little too closely - so take care!
Landslips cause Coastal Path Closures
   There are reports that due to a fissure opening up, the south west coast path just west of Talland has been closed. In December a section of the path to the east of Talland was closed due to a risk of a land slip. There are simple diversions in both cases. A diversion of a short section of the coastal path due to a landslip between Polperro and Lansallos was last week extended until 2016 by Cornwall Council.
www.polperro.org - news - Tuesday 4 February 2014.
See our "Floods" page for more on past floods etc - click here
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The essence of Polperro
   Simon Lawrence is a photographer with an exceptional eye both for the details most of us overlook and the wide views that capture the essence of a place and are simply stunning. Like most visitors Simon, having discovered this delightful village, took photos of it - but what photos! So enamoured of the village and its surrounding area was Simon that he has returned several times since and has widened his portfolio of exceptional photos of our Cornish gem.
   Here are just four of his many photos of the village - click on them to get larger versions. You can see many more on his website - click here. And if you fancy some of his pictures on your wall, Simon will sell you high quality prints of your favourite photos.
Bob Tarr, webmaster - www.polperro.org - 8 May 2013
Photo by Simon Lawrence Photo by Simon Lawrence - copyright
Walking through history with Tony Robinson
Tony RobinsonIn the late 18th century there was a sure-fire way to earn a living along the Cornish coast: smuggling. The tiny secretive harbours, beaches and secluded coves were ideal for the infamous illicit imports: brandy for the parson, tobacco for the clerk... It's also great walking country, as Tony discovers in his four-day trek along the stunning coastline between Plymouth and Falmouth. And the facts are extraordinary. Half of the brandy drunk in the country in the 1780s had been smuggled in illicitly through Cornwall. The smuggling business was so huge that it threatened the national economy.
    In a recent episode of his Channel 4 television series "Walking through History" Tony discovered why so many people were involved in the trade, and why everyone else turned a blind eye. Along his route, visiting such beauty spots as Lantic Bay and Polperro, he encountered all sorts of reminders of the trade. He met descendants of the smugglers, handled weapons used in battles with the revenue men, and inspected secret account books kept by the smugglers' banker. He also heard how the government gradually turned the screws on the criminals, making their lives almost impossible, and how, in a surprising twist, the Cornish themselves decided that maybe their activities were slightly immoral!

This programme is still available on 4oD - click here
www.polperro.org - Visit our page on smuggling
Polperro Knitfrocks feature on BBC TV's "Coast"
   Ruth Goodman, one of TV's most popular "living historians", who came to fame through "The Victorian Farm" and other programmes, was featured on a recent edition of the major BBC television documentary series Coast .
   Ruth came to Polperro to learn about "Polperro Knitfrocks" - jerseys worn by fishermen and knitted by the women (and the men) of the village. Ruth learned from Mary Wright, the author of the definitive book on Knitfrocks how the village became a hand knitting "factory" as a result of the expertise of the knitters and the popularity of the woollen knitfrocks or jerseys which had become the standard uniform of fishermen.
   More information and photos on our knitfrocks page - and a link to Polperro Heritage Press which publishes Mary Wright's book and can be purchased online.
www.polperro.org - news - 20 April 2013
Polperro Pounds
   Forget about the Euro, Dollar and Pound Sterling - what the world needs now is the Polperro Pound! And it's no good saying it's untried and doomed to failure because history shows it's all been done before. Polperro Heritage Museum has brought the Polperro pound home - see and read about it on our new Polperro Pounds page.
What's to do at (and from) Polperro?
1. Explore Polperro - narrow winding streets & lanes with great views of the picturesque harbour and village at every turn - bring lots of spare film or memory cards. 2. Browse the eclectic mixture of quirky and fascinating shops. 3. Enjoy the selection of great pubs, cafes and restaurants. 4. Visit Polperro's unique Heritage museum of fishing and smuggling and learn about Polperro's colourful past*. 5. And, when you've done all that, there are wonderful coastal walks on the South West Coastal Path - east to Talland Bay and Looe, west to Lansallos, Lantic Bay and Polruan. 6. There are boat trips and 7. shark fishing. 8. Cornwall's biggest tourist attraction -The Eden Project - is an easy 30 mins drive (open all year). 9. Three National Trust houses are within easy reach - Lanhydrock, Antony House and Cotehele (Cotehele is open in December for viewings of its famous Christmas Garlands). 10. There are superb Cornish gardens to visit including Headland at nearby Polruan. 11. Visit Looe - Polperro's bigger neighbour and 11. Take a boat trip to Looe Island. 12. Polruan & Fowey - take the Bodinnick car ferry or Polruan foot ferry and enjoy this historic town and its beautiful river estuary.
13. Liskeard - a bustling market town with some notable victorian architecture and an interesting museum - 14. go there by train on the Looe Valley line from Looe for the best views. There's 101 things to do at and from Polperro - we've not enough space on this page to list the remaining 87 - but we're working on a new page that will!
*The Polperro Heritage Museum is open daily (including Sundays) between 11am and 5pm from March until October.
 
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