A local's guide to the Padstow Christmas FestivalPosted by Perfect Stays on Updated on
Mulled wine, winter flavours and festive cheer in Cornwall
For a long weekend filled with festive feasting, unique crafts and sparkling fireworks, head to Padstow’s twelfth annual Christmas Festival. Held between the 5th and 8th December, the popular harbour town is due to be bursting with activities and experiences sure to get you in the Christmas mood. A magical place to be this winter, indulge in a quiet Cornish getaway before the busy festive season begins.
Warm your taste buds
Embrace the festive feeling by sampling a collection of winter food and drink. With locally sourced produce and chef demonstrations, head to the marquee for culinary heaven. Celebrity chefs often include Tom Parker Bowles, Atul Kochhar and Phil Vickery, amongst many others, and join local foodie heroes such as Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw in supporting the annual event.
Look forward to artisan patisserie, chocolates, meats and cheeses, not to mention the award-winning supply of craft beers, ciders, gins, rum and vodka also on offer – the perfect accompaniment to a harbourside moment of calm as the sun sets into the horizon.
Fill stockings with unique Cornish gifts
Padstow’s Christmas Festival is renowned for showcasing a myriad of enticing gifts from artisan companies and manufacturers. From fresh skincare and robust tableware to vibrant artwork and bespoke jewellery, add a personal touch to your gift choices this year with the unique range of products that await.
Watch the north coast sparkle
Position yourself in the prime spectator spot for the enchanting firework display. Soak up the crackling show as the perfect way to start your weekend, often preceded by a glowing lantern parade and Christmas carolling.
Join Team Santa
Dig out your Santa suits, because Cornwall Hospice Care’s Santa Fun Run and Cycle returns each year, promising to be a merry experience brimming with fun, energy and laughter. Treat yourself to a well-deserved mince pie upon completion with a mulled wine in hand to celebrate the money raised for Cornwall Hospice Care. Choose between a scenic cycle along the Camel Trail or a run through the streets of picturesque Padstow.
If Padstow's Christmas Fesival has got you in the spirit, find more magical Christmas experiences in Cornwall and Devon here.