The things you simply have to do on a Padstow holiday

Posted by Simon L on 30th May 2018

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When planning your holidays in Cornwall, the charming fishing port of Padstow will often be one of the locations that crops up. The town is a foodie haven, with restaurants owned by celebrity chefs sitting side-by-side with fantastic independent eateries, while its natural beauty is a draw for anyone – expect rugged coastline, quiet coves and fabulous walks or bike rides along either the Camel Cycle Trail or South West Coast Path.

If that wasn't quite enough to tempt you into a visit this year, we've compiled a list of five wonderful activities and attractions that we think would make your Padstow holiday perfect…

Rick Stein

rick stein cookery school padstow

The popular celebrity chef has restaurants, shops, and plenty of accommodation in the town. There's also the wonderful Rick Stein's Cookery School, where wannabe chefs can learn a multitude of skills, including how to create beautiful French cuisine or how to prepare the best fish dishes. There are even children's courses and demonstrations from the man himself, and courses take place either over an evening, half a day, one day, two days or four days – allowing you to pick and choose which courses suit you best. We'd certainly recommend a meal at one of his fantastic restaurants, too – take your pick between The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc's Bistro, Rick Stein's Café, Stein's Fish & Chips or the Fisheries & Seafood Bar, while you can later enjoy a drink in Ruby's Bar.

This summer you can enjoy an exclusive break in the heart of lovely Padstow, with two nights B&B accommodation in a luxury coastal room, designed by Jill Stein, and a three-course dinner with coffee at their wonderful The Seafood Restaurant. There's even a £50 gift card included in the package which you'll be able to use at any of Rick Stein's restaurants or shops. Prices start at £432 for two. Click here for more information or call the Rick Stein reservations team on 01841 532700.

National Lobster Hatchery

Exactly what it says on the tin. Set up to help protect the dwindling lobster populations around the Cornish coast and to help preserve marine biodiversity, lobsters are raised from eggs through the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle before being released back into the wild. The National Lobster Hatcher is a fascinating place where you can learn about and see the creatures, and, if you're brave enough, you can even put your hand in an eel cave!

Padstow to Rock Ferry

padstow rock ferry

Whether you're staying in the coastal fishing village of Rock or across the Camel Estuary in Padstow, this lovely foot ferry allows travellers the chance to flit between the two locations in no time at all. We'd certainly recommend a trip over to Rock, where the beach of Polzeath is just around the corner and more lovely eateries, shops and delis await. The 10-minute boat journey crosses the estuary, costing just £4 for an adult return journey, or £2 for children. If you're a young family, prams and pushchairs are no problem, but wheelchairs are slightly more difficult to manage.

Padstow Brewing Company

Padstow Brewing Company | Padstow

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One of the top things to do in the town, the Padstow Brewing Company's tours are very popular, but it's the Brewday Experiences we want to shout about. The full-day activity goes through an entire brew, allowing those taking part to get as hands-on as much as they desire. Refreshments, a pasty lunch and plenty of chance to taste some delicious beer are included, as is a special going home bag – a presentation pack and T-shirt worth £26. Just as an FYI, you must be 18 or over to take part.

Prideaux Place

Prideaux Place

The beautiful Elizabethan manor house Prideaux Place overlooks the pretty Padstow harbour, offering up a house and gardens that will take you hours to explore. The house, which has been lived in by the same family since its completion in 1592, is an eclectic mixture of different periods and pieces and is home to England's oldest cast iron canon, found in the armoury. The gardens are equally exquisite, with grottos, walled gardens and an 80-tree lime avenue leading down towards the historic Deer Park. The herd of fallow deer at Prideaux Place is thought to be one of the oldest park herds in the country, and legend has it that if the deer die out, then so does the Prideaux family.

Have we tempted you to visit the beautiful harbour town this year? Good! Now go ahead and find your perfect Padstow accommodation today.


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