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Things to do

Looking for something to do while you are visiting?  Below are a few ideas to help you.  Don't forget to check out what is happening while you are visiting using our event search.

Click here for a full list of attractions and activities in our area

Attractions

Key attractions in Padstow include the National Lobster Hatchery, The Camel Trail and Prideaux Place.

Beach.

We have a different beach for every day of the week.  Beaches are a fun place to be whatever the weather. Check out the link above to our beaches guide.

Boat Trips

There are a variety of boat trips available from Padstow Harbour.  With the exception of the Jubilee Queen and speed boats all need to be booked in advance. There are 4 mackerel fishing boats operating from Padstow.  You can book them from Padstow Angling Centre.

Crabbing

Crabbing is a very cheap and very entertaining way to spend the afternoon, regardless of your age.  Crab lines and bait can be bought from many of the shops around the harbour including Padstow Angling Centre.  The inner harbour is the best place to catch them.  Drop a baited line into the water and wait for the baby crabs to bite.  Put them in a bucket of sea water then put them back into the harbour when you're done.  The crabs bite readily, they seem to realise its an easy way to a free meal! N.B. Padstow is a working harbour and you are not advised to crab from any of the slipways or steps that have boats working from them e.g. the ferry slip.

Churches

We are proud of the churches in our area.  Padstow's is the second largest in Cornwall and has recently been resotred.  St Enodoc, once buried in the sand, is unique and has stunning views across the estuary.  All run fund raising events thoughout the year.

Cycling

Eighteen miles of the disused Padstow to Waterloo railway line have been turned into a cycle track and walkway.  Known as The Camel Trail, after the River Camel that it follows, the Trail is very popular with visitors, walkers and bird watchers alike.  You can buy cycle maps for the Camel Trail and other Cornwall Trails from Padstow TIC.

Fishing

Padstow is great for sea angling both from the cliffs and from boats. You need to get a fishing permit from either Padstow Angling Centre or Padstow Harbour office before you can fish.  Although it is a free permit, it is a requirement.

Fun Parks

The nearest fun park to Padstow is Cornwall's Crealy which is between Padstow, Wadebridge and Newquay.  Children's TV characters regularly visit during school holidays.  Check our events page for details.

Gardens

Cornwall is lucky to have a mild climate and as such the garden's in Cornwall are quite unique.  As well as having some great gardens in our area, there are plenty more less than an hour's drive  Cornwall's premier garden is the Eden Project which is 20 miles from Padstow. A visit to this, one of Cornwall’s and the UK’s premier horticultural attractions is a must and discounted advance tickets can be purchased from Padstow Tourist Information Centre.

Golf

There are several outstanding coastal links and parkland courses in the surrounding area. You can also try your hand at Green's Crazy Golf with its great view of the Harbour.

Historic Houses

There are some lovely historic houses in our area.  Some are privately owned and some are National Trust.  The nearest ones are Lanhydrock and Trerice.

Horse Riding

There are a couple of farms providing horse riding in the Padstow area.There are also riding stables in the Newquay and Lostwithiel areas.

Karting

Karting is a great fun activity for all the family and a great way to entertain bored teenagers!

Spa

Treat yourself to a pampering with one of our local spas.

Tennis Courts and Play Area

The town tennis courts and children’s play area are at The Lawns Car Park, Padstow.  Pay for the courts in the adjacent Padstow Social Club.

Walking

The area is great for walking and what variety! The SW Coast Path passes right alongside as it wends its way through Padstow on its journey northwards towards Hartland Point and west to Land’s End and beyond. This truly spectacular national footpath attracts walkers from all over the country whether out for an afternoon stroll or just passing through as they attempt the complete (or part) 360 miles route. And if the Coast Path is not what you are looking for there are several other walks in and around the town. The Padstow Circular Walk is a fine example. Starting at the harbour, the 7 miles (10km) walk takes in a huge variety of interesting scenery from the estuary sands to the exposed headland and the rolling green fields that are such a prominent feature of the area.  You can walk the coastal path on both sides as well as the Camel Trail and the Saint's Way which, as the name suggests, is an ancient route connecting Padstow with the port of Fowey on the South Coast.

The ‘Padstow Circular Walk’ Guide and Saint's Way Guide are on sale at Padstow Tourist Information Centre together with Ordnance Survey maps and a good selection of books about local walks and footpaths. 

Waterborne Activites

The Camel Estuary has excellent water sports facilities - sailing, surfing, water-skiing, kayaking, wind & kite surfing, paddle boarding, coasteering, wake boarding and banana boating are all available locally. Please note that you need to talk to the Harbour Master in Padstow before launching your own vessel anywhere on the Camel Estuary.  Jet Skiing is prohibited on the estuary.

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