A local’s guide to the Padstow Christmas Festival
Mulled wine, winter flavours and festive cheer in Cornwall this December
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 with delicious local produce
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 include Tom Parker Bowles, Atul Kochhar and Phil Vickery, amongst many others, and will be joining local foodie heroes Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw in supporting the annual event. View the timetable here to ensure you don’t miss your favourite chef.
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
On Friday 6th December, position yourself in the prime spectator spot for the enchanting firework display at 8:30pm. Soak up the crackling show as the perfect way to start your weekend, preceded by a glowing lantern parade at 6pm and Christmas carolling at local wine merchant BinTwo at 7pm.
Join Team Santa
Dig out your Santa suits, because Cornwall Hospice Care’s Santa Fun Run and Cycle returns on Saturday 7th December, 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 at 11:30am or a run through the streets of picturesque Padstow, setting off at a slightly later 1pm.
Retreat to a cosy hideaway nearby
Located in the heart of Harlyn Bay, Lizard, Longships and Wolf Rock are the perfect base for your festive escape, filled with warm light and roaring wood burners. With availability during the Padstow Christmas Festival, these gorgeous hideaways are only a ten minute drive away from the magic.
To secure your festive escape or browse more of our beach houses for the perfect Christmas break, click here or call 01208 895570.