Counting down to Christmas – and Padstow’s Christmas Festival.
Updated: Dec 31, 2020
It’s 12 years since Padstow’s first Christmas festival and the food heroes Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s Christmas festival.
The highly-acclaimed culinary trio are longstanding champions of the event, they will be joined by a Who’s Who of more than 60 chefs from across the country for four days of festive celebration – Padstow style and an opportunity not to be missed!
This is just the pre-Christmas fun way to spend a day. There is a real excitement throughout Cornwall and the media as the festival approaches. This year the festival runs from the 5th to 8th December.
It is sometimes struggle to find the right gifts for my family and friends each year, but here you can tick boxes on your buying gift lists, and buy presents that have the Cornish touch that are just that bit different from the M&S standard.
You can collect recipe ideas for the festive season of entertaining ahead, there are always seem so many meals to plan for. It is a great chance to get new ideas, some might become your traditional favourites!
Each year the 1st December comes, and my shoulders go up with the thought of all that is required ahead, even though I love this time of year as it is one of the few times that everyone in the western world stops and gets off the merry-go-round of life. A note of praise and thanks here to all those people working in essential services who cover the period when the rest of us are enjoying downtime.
To have an opportunity to de-stress, enjoy a change of scene, appreciate the variety of Padstow, and see the coast at its dramatic and majestic best seems just the thing to do!
Padstow is 50 minutes and 46 miles from Primrose Cottage. Depending on your chosen itinerary for the day, we suggest calling in to The Eliot Arms at Tregadillett (just a minute off the A30) on your way back for supper; alternatively come home and enjoy the peace here.
Relax after the excitement of the day and settle in with a glass of wine and sample the delights from the food stalls.
Sounds like a good day out – right?!
The festival has grown since the early days, now with two enormous marquees on the quayside and demonstrations by chefs from across the country.
It has become the go-to event for some of the country’s most talented and celebrated chefs
To give you some inspiration, a selection of the very best chefs in the country will be taking to the stage to show you how to cook dishes to delight your friends and family.
Demos are all free to attend and a unique opportunity for some of the country’s best chefs to share their recipes and cooking tips.
There is a timetable on the Padstow Festival website so you can plan ahead www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk
Padstow is a one-stop shop for all your festive purchases. Head to the Christmas marquee and indulge in the huge array of locally produced food and drink, crafts and artwork, it’s a celebration of the great things the West Country has to offer.
Don’t forget to see the town itself and enjoy its diverse collection of shops and galleries. Padstow is decorated with Christmas lights, and there’s lots of lovely pubs and restaurants to enjoy.
This is the place you’d really want to be on a weekend in December, and you can get in the festive mood enjoying the various singers and entertainers who will be performing around the town. The harbour seems to come alive and is a perfect venue for the four-day Christmas party.
You will have opportunity to see Arts and Crafts Producers and find that special Christmas gift, or even treat yourself!
Some of the country’s best chefs have demonstrated their culinary skills and shared their kitchen tips at the Padstow Christmas Festival, and a collection of their recipes can be found in the Padstow Festival Cookbook, which can be bought at the Christmas market.
From Paul Ainsworth – “When people ask me what the festival’s like and whether it’s worth a visit, my advice is always the same: just do it. The festival never disappoints. It’s a magical winter wonderland and, for me, feels like the official start to Christmas.”
Parking will be available in the town council car park at the end of the quay, as well as the Lawn car park on Hill Street. Cornwall Council’s Link Road car park, by the fire station, will also be open.
Padstow to Rock Ferry operates continuously throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Tel 07773 081574 (during operational hours only). www.padstow-harbour.co.uk/phc_ferry.html
Rock-Padstow Water Taxi operates an evening service on the Camel Estuary between 7pm-midnight. Tel 01208 862815 (9am-5pm) / 07778 105297 (during operating hours). www.rock-watertaxi.co.uk
The Park & Ride car park will be open during the festival.
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