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Wadebridge

 

Wadebridge Holidays

Perched on the edge of the River Camel estuary, this pretty market town in North Cornwall is great for walking, cycling and foodie holidays, and perfect for discovering beautiful beaches and trying out some watersports.

Things to do in Wadebridge

The Camel Trail

Connecting Wadebridge, Padstow and Bodmin, this scenic cycling trail has been created on the old railway line. The whole trail is 18 miles long and it's all traffic-free and quite level. Hire bikes in Wadebridge and cycle 5.5 miles alongside the estuary to Padstow, or 5.75 miles through countryside and woodland to Bodmin. From Bodmin, you can then cycle just over 6 miles to Wenfordbridge.

Walking

Wadebridge is home to Saints Way, a 16 mile cross country walking route, forged in ancient times by Celtic saints between Padstow and Fowey. The walk takes you past pretty creeks and villages, and through the ancient town of Lostwithiel. Bodmin Moor is also nearby which is fantastic for walking and there are numerous coastal paths near Wadebridge to discover as well.

Boat trips & watersports

The River Camel estuary is a playground for activities on the water, with boat trips running between Padstow and Rock, speedboat tours and watersport lessons and hire. You could have a go at stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, water-skiing or banana boating.

The Regal Cinema

The Regal cinema in Wadebridge first opened in 1931 and has a retro vibe. It's the perfect place to chill out with some popcorn and a movie when you've had a bit too much sun.

Shopping

Wander the streets of Wadebridge and you'll be spoilt for choice with independent shops, boutiques and galleries, as well as numerous cafes and pubs where you can refuel. Head into nearby Padstow for a plethora of art galleries and seaside gift shops.

The Royal Cornwall Show

Taking place every June, the Royal Cornwall Show is the biggest agricultural show in Cornwall. The showground comes to life with horse jumping, judging of cattle and other animals, live music, crafts, falconry, trade and food stalls, a fairground and much more.

Dining out in and around Wadebridge

Warne's Bar and Restaurant

Located in the heart of Wadebridge, this family-friendly restaurant has some mouth-watering menu choices including burgers, steaks and seafood dishes, with a separate gluten free menu too.

The Stepping Stone

Serving a selection of modern British cuisine, made from local Cornish produce, this hidden gem is not to be missed. Enjoy a relaxing dining experience and choose from a fantastic selection of delicious dishes.

The Tiny Thai

Situated in a riverside location, this authentic Thai restaurant serves food that is packed full of flavour. Expect a a welcoming and informal setting with a street food feel.

Route 39

If you fancy something a bit different on your holiday, why not check out this American style diner, serving fantastic pancakes, milkshakes, burgers, grills and other dishes you would expect to find in the states.

Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery

No trip to Cornwall would be complete without sampling a Cornish pasty. Malcolm Barnecutt's are arguably the best pasty-makers in this part of Cornwall, and sell a delicious range of sandwiches and cakes too.

Further afield, there's Rick Stein's, Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 and Rojano's Italian restaurant in Padstow, as well as a fabulous range of seafood restaurants in Rock and Port Isaac

 
 

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.

8th - 10th November 2019

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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. 

16th November - 22nd December 2019

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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!

30th November - 24th December 2019

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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!

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2019

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Santa's Grotto & Elf Emporium

Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make Reindeer food and have a festive day out at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude. At the elf emporium, new for 2018, children can write letters to the North Pole and take part in other fun activities. Online booking essential. 

7th - 23rd December 2019 (selected dates)

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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.

7th Dec - 30th Dec 2019

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Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Board the Santa Express  bound for Santa's magical grotto. On selected dates between the 8th and 24th December, children and their families can take a ride on the Santa Train to his grotto where they can receive a gift from Santa. There will also be children's entertainment, balloon making, Christmas card colouring and mince pies and mulled wine for the adults!

14th - 24th December 2019 (selected dates)

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St Pirans Day Celebrations

Gool Perran Lowen - Happy St Piran's Day in Cornish! 

St Piran's Day, celebrated on March 5th, is the national day of Cornwall, named after one of Cornwall's patron saints. According to legend, St Piran, a 5th century Irish Abbot, was thrown into the sea in Ireland tied to a mill stone; somehow he washed up on the Cornish coast still alive. He made Cornwall his new home and became the patron saint of tin-miners after rediscovering tin smelting. 

Today, Cornwall still celebrates his heritage. On the closest Sunday to St Piran's day, Perranorth hosts one of the largest St Piran's celebrations. Held at the dunes on Perranporth, a play is performed to re-enact St Piran's life. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to dress in black, white and gold, the colours of Cornwall. 

Other celebrations will be held in various locations across Cornwall.

5th March 2020

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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. 

30th March - 5th April 2020

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St Endellion Easter Festival

St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days. 

13th - 21st April 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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Rock Oyster Festival

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

TBC July 2020

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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. 

12th - 14th July 2020

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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 2020

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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.

7th - 11th August 2020

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Bude Carnival

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

17th August 2020

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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!

24th - 26th August 2020

 
 

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.

27th - 30th August 2020

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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. 

7th - 8th September 2020

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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!

13th - 15th September 2020

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