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Out & About in Padstow and the Cornwall Region

Whatever the time of year, there is so much to do and so many places to explore in Padstow and throughout Cornwall. As well as a working fishing port, Padstow is a vibrant and busy small seaside town with a picturesque harbour and many interesting shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.


Boat trips leave from the harbour and the ferry takes you over the River Camel to the beautiful sailing resort of Rock. A short walk north out of the town and accessible from the coast path is a stunning stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove, known locally as Tregirls, and Hawkers Cove. From Padstow, you can hire a bike for the day and cycle along the Camel Trail to Wadebridge or Bodmin. There are many events and celebrations taking place in Padstow throughout the year. For example come in May and see the famous Padstow 'Obby Oss' May Day celebrations when the town is decked with flags and flowers. The Padstow Christmas Festival is four days of festive fun in early December, where the best food and drink from over 100 Cornish suppliers and many world class chefs are on show.


All year round Padstow is simply heaven for food lovers. Rick Stein's renowned Seafood Restaurant is positioned on the quayside in Padstow.

Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 is one of the highest rated restaurants in Padstow with a Michelin Star to his name. He also owns Rojano's in the square, next door to Cobble House.  

Just over the Camel Estuary in Rock, and accessible by Water Taxi from Padstow, is Nathan Outlaw's double Michelin Star restaurant at the St Enodoc Hotel.

Just up the coast is The Scarlet at Mawgan Porth, headed up by Michelin award winning chef Ben Tunnicliffe and at Watergate Bay is Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant. There are numerous other restaurants and excellent pubs in Padstow and the surrounding area.


Padstow is situated in North Cornwall and one of the area's main attractions is the stunning coastal scenery and abundance of beautiful sandy beaches. There are many attractions within easy driving distance of Padstow for a day out, including the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Michaels Mount, Tintagel Castle and Llanhydrock. Along the coast there are many seaside towns and fishing villages worth visiting – Port Isaac - home of Doc Martin, St Ives and the Tate Gallery, Charlestown, Fowey and St Mawes – to name just a few. 


For more information on things to do and places to visit click on one of the links below.

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