Cornwall’s most famous fishing village will overflow with festive cheer and foodie excitement from December 5-8 thanks to the annual Padstow Christmas Festival.
Returning for its 13th year, the seasonal extravaganza is a long weekend of seasonal shopping, pro chef demos, parades and more
Not sure what to expect? Let us guide you through this festive feast for the senses …
Things to see
An A-list line-up of pro chefs is set to wow crowds from two cookery theatres across the weekend as they prepare some of their favourite recipes. The who’s-who schedule includes Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and Rick Stein, plus other TV favourites such as Great British Menu’s Nigel Haworth and Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt. Arrive early to bag a seat and glean tips on everything from seafood to Indian cookery while you watch the chefs create a huge range of dishes.
Friday evening is a chance to see the children’s lantern parade, one of the festival highlights. In this stunning visual spectacle, local school children light up the town and its harbourside walkways with handmade festive lanterns which are made using shaped and decorated willow branches.
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On Saturday afternoon, Sharp’s Brewery will host Cornwall’s first ever Silent Bistro. The quirky event takes curious festival-goers on a unique sensory experience in a voyage of taste, texture and sound. Headphones will play specially selected music which will be paired with beers and bites by beer sommelier Ed Hughes and chefs Zack Hawke and Callum Hirst.
Taste and explore
At the heart of the festival is a busy Christmas market of more than 100 stalls, brimming with seasonal goodies. Navigate your way through the maze of stalls, stopping for nibbles of locally produced cakes, cheese, preserves, charcuterie, gins and spirits along the way. Once you’ve filled your canvas shopper with more pressies than you can haul home, refuel with lunch at one of the enticing street food pop-ups.
Entry to the festival is free and doors open from 12pm on Thursday December 5.