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Padstow Holidays

Situated on the North Cornish coast this working fishing harbour town boasts sandy beaches along the River Camel.

Dining Out

Self catering in Padstow offers so much choice as there are many restaurants to choose from including Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Rick Stein's Cafe, Stein's Fish and Chips, Rojano's in the Square and The Cornish Arms in St, Merryn.

Things to do in Padstow

Boat and Fishing Trips

Situated on the banks of the River Camel, Padstow is only 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, making it the perfect place for exploring both river and ocean

Ferry

The Black Tor ferry runs a daily service between Padstow and Rock. The trip lasts about 5 minutes and it's a great way to see Padstow and the estuary.

Cruises

The Jubilee Queen runs one hour cruises from Padstow Harbour throughout the main season and Padstow Sealife Safaris runs 1 and 2 hour trips around the local coastline.

Walking

To the north of the town and accessible by the coast path is a super stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. 

The walk from Padstow to St Georges Cove takes about 10 minutes with views across the estuary. Harbour Cove is just further along the coast. The walk out to the headland to Stepper Point provides the most stunning views of the estuary including Daymer Bay, Rock and up the estuary to the old Iron Bridge which is part of the Camel Trail.

Obby Oss Day

This traditional Cornish event starts on May eve and celebrations last all day on 1st May with singing dancing colourful outfits and lots of flowers.

The Camel Trail

This stretch of cycle path follows a dis-used railway line between Padstow and Bodmin, passing through Wadebridge. With stunning views along the way through the Cornish countryside, passing the Camel Valley Vineyard and Bodmin Steam Railway. For the more adventurous you can stray off the path to discover local villages, or venture past Bodmin on to Bodmin Moor. 

Filming Locations

Cornwall has been a popular location for filming for many years and Padstow and its neighbours are no exception.

Doc Martin

The BBC TV series Doc Martin is filmed in the village of Port Isaac. If you are familiar with the story you will recognise the village immediately and you may even recognise some of the locals, many who have been extras in Doc Martin.  Port Isaac is also the home of the folk group The Fisherman's Friends so you may be treated to some Sea Shanty singing when they play locally in the summer.

Rick Stein

Padstow's most famous resident, Rick Stein has filmed many programmes in the area.

Rosamunde Pilcher

Prideaux Place in Padstow has been used as a locating for the TV dramatisation of some of Rosamunde Pilcher's books including Coming Home, along with several other German television shows. Prideaux Place has also been used in filming for Twelfth Night and ITV's Wycliffe.

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Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival

For the first time the Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will be taking place in November, featuring Wishbone Ash, Focus and Thorbjorn Risager.

9th, 10th, 11th November 2018

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Healey's Cornish Christmas Markets

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm are hosting the only Christmas market in Cornwall which is set on a working farm. Choose a freshly cut Christmas tree, browse festive gifts and go on a cyder making tour or a tractor ride. There will also be roast dinners and carol singing on the Sundays between these dates. 

23rd November - 16th December 2018

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Santa by Steam

Join Santa and his elves aboard his magical steam train as you journey through the Cornish countryside. Awaiting Santa on the platform, you'll be entertained with carols performed by Liskeard band. On the hour long journey, children will get to meet and greet Santa, recieve a present and have their photograph taken. The grown-ups aren't forgotten either - you'll recieve a mince pie and seasonal drink!

1st Dec - 24th Dec 2018

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Padstow Christmas Festival

Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s 10th annual Padstow Christmas Festival. For your chance to see chef demonstartions, head to the festival stage or to the Sharp's Chefs' Theatre - the demonstartions are all free to attend!

Why not make the most of your visit to Padstow and pop into the Chrsitmas market where you will find an array of food goodies and handmade gifts to purchase. There will also be a selection of live music to enjoy, and you can take the children to meet Santa in his grotto!

6th Dec - 9th Dec 2018

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Rogue Theatre Winter Wood

Created by Cornwall’s award winning highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in Magic.

Pass through the Woodland Gate and follow the twisting path. Let the faeries and woodland spirits lead the way with stories and songs. Follow the wandering path and meet Old Man Winter who will weave a tale and reveal the path to your fantastical destination, an enchanted celebration, and a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.

8th Dec - 30th Dec 2018

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Boscastle Walking Week

Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, everyone is welcome to join the organised walks for a small fee of £3-£5.  You'll be guided on some of the most beautiful walks along the Cornish coastline, amid woods and streams and on rambles to secluded waterfalls. Celebrate the history of this stunning scenery as you learn about the famous author Thomas Hardy, who spent a year living in the area. 

March 2019

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Bolster Festival

Bolster festival in St Agnes celebrates the demise of the legend of Bolster the giant. The community re-enact the life and downful of the giant as they parade through the streets and down to the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach. 

5th May 2019

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Padstow 'Obby Oss' Festival

A colourful tradition that takes place on the first day in May in the quaint harbour town of Padstow. The locals decorate the town with flags, flowers, greenery and a flagpole. The crowds are greeted by the swirling and dancing 'osses' who parade through the town, followed by the 'Teazer' who dances along behind. 

Expect lots of dancing, singing and performance.

1st May 2019

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Eden Sessions

A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Previous performers include Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini, Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, The XX and Eddie Izzard to name but a few. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.

June & July 2019

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Royal Cornwall Show

This three-day event is the highlight of Cornwall's agricultural year, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's rural lifestyle. The event is packed with activities, competitions, food and craft demonstrations and stalls, displays, music, and, or course, lots of animals!

6th-8th June 2019

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Rock Oyster Festival

Live music, performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.

July 2019

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Tropical Pressure Festival

Head to Mount Pleasant Eco Park to join in with the park's annual festival celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the caribbean. Enjoy live music, dance and food throughout the weekend. 

July 2019 

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Lusty Glaze Sundowner Sessions

Every year Lusty Glaze beach hosts their Sundowner Sessions - an opportunity to watch your favourite artsits perform live in the stunning setting of the natural ampitheatre provided by the cliffs at Lusty Glaze. 

Date TBC July 2018

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Bude Carnival

Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition!

August 2019

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Newquay Boardmasters Festival

Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this years 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay.

TBC August 2019

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Bude Lifeboat Week

Bude Lifeboat Week includes a range of activities  and events, including quizzes, a children’s disco, live music, a craft fair and, on Lifeboat Day (28th) and search and rescue demonstration, a beach treasure hunt, rowing races, canoe polo, a pasty competition and more!

August 2019

 
 

Bude Jazz Festival

Top UK and international jazz, blues, swing and boogie bands make up the Bude Jazz festival, with over 120 events including street parades, late night jam sessions and a dance marquee.

August 2019

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World Bellyboard Championships

The World Bellyboard Championships is open to all ages and abilites and takes place at Chapel Porth, St Agnes. The only rules?... No wetsuits or surfboards allowed!

September 2019 

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Newquay Fish Festival

A three-day celebration of all things seafoodie! Barbecued fish on the beach; cooking demos from the best of the best; fish merchants selling the freshest seafood imaginable - ready for you to take back to your holiday home and cook up using your newly-learned skills!

September 2019

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Mining & Pasty Festival, Redruth

Celebrating the Cornish pasty and Cornwall's mining heritage, Redruth brings you a cultural three day event. Try your hand at pasty making, join the pilgrimage, and finish off with a concert to remember. Fun for all the family. 

September 2019

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