Scenically located at the mouth of the River Camel, only 9 miles from The Park’s lodgings and cottages, Padstow is a working fishing port, yachting centre and holiday destination known internationally for its gastronomic delights.
Foodie highlights include Rick Stein’s and Paul Ainsworth’s restaurants, and Chough Bakery (don’t miss their fabulous pasties) – you can even buy local pasta from Padstow Farmshop, made from locally grown durum wheat.
A major foodie event is the town’s Christmas Festival, a gastronomic jamboree which celebrates Cornwall’s wonderful food and drink businesses.
Padstow is also home to the ‘Obby ‘Oss May Day Festival, when tens of thousands of revellers descend on the town to celebrate May Day and follow the ‘Obby Oss’s (men in stylised horse outfits) as they swirl their way around the town, prodded by their “teaser” companions.
Another not-to-be-missed holiday event in this fun-loving town is Mummers’ Day, when you can enjoy midwinter revelry on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
If you’re a keen cyclist or walker, don’t miss the fabulously picturesque Camel Trail, which follows the route of an old railway line alongside the River Camel. If you’re more of a sea rover, how about heading out into the blue yonder on a holiday boat trip?
There’s lots of history to enjoy too, from Prideaux Plane to St Petroc’s Church, which is named after Petroc, a Welsh saint who the town is named after (Padstow means Petroc’s place).
And if you want to continue your explorations northwards, head over to Rock on the Black Tor Ferry, a resort popular with film stars and even royalty.