Delicious food, beautiful wildlife and endless activities; here are our ten reasons to visit Padstow this summer.
If you can’t help but imagine yourself in Cornwall this summer, we don’t blame you. This beautiful county is home to some of the most stunning coastline, countryside and natural landmarks in the country.
If you can’t choose where to start first and would like to combine all 3, then turn your attention to Padstow.
Fancy spotting some seabirds, seals and dolphins? How about whales and basking sharks too? Emma Kate, Jubilee Queen and Padstow Sealife Safari are just some of the companies that will take you for a boat trip directly from Padstow harbour. With a range of options available, from private boat hire for you and your friends to day trips along the coast, this is a fantastic way to discover Padstow’s wildlife. Most companies will offer around 2 hours on the water and you won’t fail to be enchanted.
A gorgeous Elizabethan manor house, Prideaux Place is the ancestral home of the Prideaux family. Spanning many generations over 400 years, the grade I listed country house is now open for guided tours. Leap through time and take in the family’s history; the rooms of the property are adorned with an eclectic mix of artworks and antiques, personal photographs and ornaments, each with its own fascinating story to tell.
One of the best reasons to visit Padstow this summer has to be the food. Home to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Café, Fish and Chips and Fisheries and Seafood Bar, visitors to the area are already spoiled for choice. Add Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Prawn on the Lawn and a multitude of outstanding little cafes and restaurants with an emphasis on fresh, local produce to the mix and you’ll need the whole summer to truly satisfy your culinary curiosity.
As well as exquisite local food, Padstow also offers lots of places to enjoy a delicious local drink, or two. Trevibben Mill, a working vineyard and winery, is found just a stone’s throw from Padstow and offers guided tours and tasting of its award-winning wines. Local Padstow Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery that sells award-winning beers. Sample their beers and choose your favourite. As well as alcoholic drinks, there are lots of pubs and cafes serving hot and cold drinks for you to enjoy whilst soaking in the sights and the sun.
If you’re looking to make the most of the coast and try out some water sports, Padstow is a great place for you to be. Wavehunters, based in Padstow, offer surf days, sup hire and boat trips. Harlyn Surf School, Camel Ski School, and Era Adventures Day Tours are all nearby offering a mix of water-based guided activities too. Whether you are a confident water-baby or a total novice, you are sure to find an adventure you’ll love.
Padstow’s beauty is undeniable, and its photogenicity is a reason to visit all by itself. Stroll along the harbour and snap pictures of the harbour-front and bobbing boats, or meander through Padstow’s quaint backstreets and capture this picture-postcard town.
If you enjoy walking and cycling, the Camel Trail is another reason to visit Padstow this summer. Beginning in Padstow, the Camel Trail stretches 18 miles to Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge along a disused railway line. Virtually flat the whole way, the trail is a great way to spend the day, showcasing stunning North Cornwall scenery at whatever pace you choose. To reward your progress, keep an eye out for Treats on Trikes as you go.
A pioneering marine conservation charity based in Padstow, the National Lobster Hatchery shares its research to educate people of all ages in a fun, accessible way. Raising awareness of the vital role lobsters play in our fragile eco-system, the hatchery plays a crucial part in observing and releasing young lobsters into the wild. Head over to the National Lobster Hatchery to find out all about their work and meet some of their residents. There is a great visitor centre, shop and you can even adopt your own lobster, too.
If you are looking for a day of fun for the whole family, or perhaps you and your friends want to celebrate a special occasion in style, Retallack Aqua Park provides lots of laughter, activity and frequent dunking. Cornwall’s biggest total wipe-out aqua park, this is the place to go if you want to let off steam and smile from ear to ear. A giant trampoline, catapult, water wheel and blast-bag are but some of the things to look forward to.
Last but by no means least, the incredible and achingly-beautiful array of beaches is another reason to visit Padstow this summer. Secluded cove or wide open beach, year-round dog-friendly or family-friendly with life guards, Padstow offers plenty of choice for beach-lovers. Pack your cossie and your towel, slap on the sun cream and get ready to spend a day flitting between crystal seas and soft sand. Summer in Padstow brings beaches to life and shouldn’t be missed.