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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A food and music festival on the banks of the Camel Estuary featuring live music, performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.
30th July - 1st August 2021
Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this year's 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay. Enjoy music performed by Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie XX, The Kooks and more!
11th - 15th August 2021
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.
31st August - 3rd September 2021
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!
10th - 12th September 2021
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.
3rd October 2021
For the first time the Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will be taking place across three days in November, featuring Wishbone Ash, Focus and Thorbjorn Risager.
5th - 7th November 2021
Join Santa and his elves aboard his magical steam train as you journey through the Cornish countryside. On the hour long journey, children will get to meet and greet Santa, recieve a present and have their photograph taken.
TBC December 2021
Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s 10th annual Padstow Christmas Festival. Enjoy chef demonstrations, live music, food and craft stalls, and meet Santa in his grotto.
2nd - 5th December 2021
On selected dates between the 4th and 24th December, board the Santa Express to Santa's grotto where children will recieve a gift from Father Christmas. There will also be children's entertainment, mince pies, and mulled wine for the adults!
4th - 24th December 2021
Created by Cornwall’s award winning Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic. Let the faeries lead the way with stories and songs to Old Man Winter, who will weave a tale and reveal the path to a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.
Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, 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.
St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days. Musicians visit from all over the world to perform at this special concert.
9th - 17th April 2022
This colourful tradition that takes place in the harbour town of Padstow. 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.
1st May 2022
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.
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!
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.
15th - 17th July 2022
First held in 1920, Bude Carnival is an annual event where money rasied is donated to local charities and orgaisations. Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition!
13th August 2022
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.