Things to do in Padstow

Now that Spring is round the corner it is time to look forward to some fun events coming up in and around Padstow. Rick Stein’s pub, The Cornish Arms, St Merryn is hosting a Beer and Mussel Festival 16th-18th March 2018. With over 30 different beers and ciders on offer, plus live entertainment and face painting for the little ones.

Camel Creek Adventure Park in Wadebridge has two exciting weeks of fun planned over Easter from 30th March. Join in the Golden egg hunt, see Peppa Pig on 3rd April and Titan the Robot on the 10th April and much, much more fun!

Prideaux Place re-opens on Easter Sunday, 1st April the house and grounds are absolutely stunning, we joined a fascinating guided tour of the house, followed by a delicious cream tea on the terrace which overlooks the deer park. Put it at the top of your must do things in Padstow, you won’t be disappointed!

RNLI Easter egg rolling in Duke Street, Padstow on Easter Sunday 1st April 12noon -1.20pm sounds like fun! Bring your own hard boiled egg and join in!

Padstow May Day 1st May is an event not to miss, a celebration of music, dance, pagan rituals and of course the rivalry between the two ‘Osses, one the old ‘Oss and the other the Blue Ribbon ‘Oss. Be prepared for lots of music and merriment!

Little Egret, a stunning holiday property, sleeping 8, with uninterrupted views over The Camel Estuary has availability on Saturday 21st April for one week, and from Saturday 28th April for one week due to a cancellation. If you are interested please go to the website for bookings – -phone 01841 533962


Places to Eat

New Rick Stein Children’s menu

A welcome change from the usual childrens menus in other pubs and restaurants where all they are offered is sausages or chicken nuggets with chips! This new menu offers moules mariniere for a starter or soup, followed by a choice of chargrilled chicken breast in a brioche bun or sticky pork with steamed rice, fish taco in a tortilla wrap or pasta with a homemade tomato and vegetable sauce. For pud there is a choice of jelly and ice cream, vanilla ice cream in a chocolate waffle cone or a chocolate brownie with a hot fudge sauce and clotted cream, yum yum! Reasonably priced at £7.50 for 2 courses or £9.95 for 3 courses. We will definitely be trying this with our grandchildren who are foodies!



Things to do in Padstow this summer 2017. Visit the Eden Project and travel into space, take a solar System safari, discover freaky plants that are out of this world, meet space experts and encounter stranded aliens….. Showtime singalong with the Padstow Kernow Players at The Little Theatre, Barry’s Lane, Padstow. Performance dates Wednesdays 2/9/16th August and Saturday 26th August at 7.30pm. Garden Party at Prideaux Place, Saturday 5th August 12noon BBQ, Cream teas, games, bouncy castle, classic vehicles, live music and much more! Jubilee Queen evening cruises, 9th August evening cruise with music by Joy Machine with a pasty supper, board at 5.30pm. 22nd August evening cruise with music by Black Friday to include a pasty supper, board at 5pm!

Places to eat

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn is number one in The Sunday Times Pub guide today. Rick Stein’s perfect country pub, serving delicious food,  is just minutes away from Padstow, you can stay at Little Egret, a delightful property which sleeps 8 in Padstow overlooking the Camel … Continue reading

A Padstow Christmas

We spent a magical Christmas in Padstow I cannot think of anywhere nicer to be during the festive season

The Padstow Christmas Lights are always fun, we all love Nessie it is Padstow’s answer to The Loch Ness Monster all lit up in Padstow Harbour! Rick Stein also loves the lights and talks about them on his TV dcoumentary about Padstow.

Nessie in Padstow Harbour

More Christmas lights in Padstow Harbour!

Padstow Christmas Lights

  The view overlooking The Camel Estuary over to Rock and Porthilly on a walk in Padstow up past Prideaux Place and the deer park and down through the fields towards Padstow Memorial,  a beautiful day!

Walking by The Camel Estuary in Padstow

Boxing Day lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay, Newquay, a truly wonderful dining experience and the views are breathtaking!

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant Watergate Bay

View from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay

The food at Fifteen was amazing!

Gourmet food at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant Watergate Bay

Gourmet dining near Padstow

After all the scrummy gourmet food at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay we went for a walk on the beach at Watergate Bay and then back home to Padstow.

Hardy winter rowers on The Camel Estuary in Padstow. 

rowing on The Camel Estuary in Padstow

A walk around Padstow Harbour out of season is a joy, no crowds just blissful walking and observing Padstow at work.  Dredging of the estuary takes place all year round, my gradsons are obsessed with diggers and I quite like them too! The famous legend of the Padstow mermaid, immortalised by ballads and poems and writings by Sir John Betjeman, is a tale of the Padstow mermaid who created the Padstow Doom Bar, a treacherous sandbank where ships ran aground.  Read my previous blogs on The Doom Bar and the Padstow Mermaid to find out more!

Here are photos of Padstow at work!

Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Hope you have enjoyed this little winter’s tale in Padstow, please look out for more of my blogs! Wishing you all a Happy New Year in cornish = Bledhen Nowyth Da! And if you would like to book Little Egret in Porthilly View for your holiday please click on the booking icon!  









Eating out in Padstow

Padstow has so many restaurants and cafe’s to suit all tastes,  I have written on previous blogs about restaurants where we as a family have enjoyed a good dining experience.  My favourite little cafe is Cherry Trees which is right on Padstow Harbour, in my opinion they do the best latte in Padstow and I love their scrambled eggs on toast!


Apart from delicious breakfasts and lunches Cherry Trees has an amazing mouthwatering selection of cakes! My family loves cakes and on a previous blog I wrote about a saffron cake which I bought from The Chough Bakery on Padstow Harbour, I tried to replicate this saffron cake at home but as Craig Revel Horwood would say it was a disaster darling! My sad attempt is pictured below I blame the recipe (of course) it was a James Martin recipe from Good Food magazine but only said half a teaspoon of yeast -no wonder it sunk in the middle! Don’t hang up your apron yet Mary Berry!


Another favourite of ours is the little cafe above the harbour called Green’s cafe, we like to play a round of crazy golf which is next door to Green’s cafe and then have one of their delicous cakes and a cup of tea whilst enjoying panoramic views of Padstow and the Camel estuary, you can see all the boats coming in and out of Padstow Harbour!


If anyone reading this has a foolproof recipe for Saffron cake I would love to hear from you! Perhaps we should have a who can bake the best saffron cake competition in Padstow?




A walk to Padstow War Memorial

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War in 1914, a war where thousands of men lost their lives.  With the moving tribute of a sea of red poppies displayed at the Tower of London, each one of the 888,246 poppies representing a life lost in battle, I thought it fitting to remember  in this blog, those from Padstow who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, and here is a photo of their names on the War Memorial in Padstow.



The Memorial needs cleaning is this a job for the Council?

The War Memorial in Padstow is iconic it is situated on a hilltop overlooking Padstow town, with fabulous views over the Camel Estuary over to Rock, Polzeath and Porthilly.  Take a walk up there and drink in the stunning views, sit awhile in quiet reflection.


The view from the Memorial.



Padstow shops

Rick Stein opened Stein’s Fisheries in 2012 in Padstow. We have  bought and enjoyed wonderful fresh sea bass from there. Stein’s Fisheries  has an amazing array of fresh fish, shellfish,prepared seafood dishes, lobsters, crabs, fishcakes, seafood salads and fish soups.

Lovely Lobster!


Awesome Octopus!


A walk around Padstow Harbour and town is a joy especially out of season sans crowds! I like pottering around the cobbled streets and looking at the quirky shops!


The shell shop where I bought starfish to decorate the reception for my daughter’s Cornish wedding is right on the harbour!


Whistelfish Galleries is situated on Padstow Harbour, all the pictures at my self catering accommodation, Little Egret in Padstow, which sleeps 8, came from Whistlefish Galleries, I waited until they had one of their offers for buy one get one half price!






Walking around Padstow

Padstow is fantastic for walking all year round there is always something new to see and marvel at it is a little piece of paradise!

I love this digger parked on the edge of the Camel Estuary in Padstow right at the beginning of the Camel Trail, it was there for ages unattended, my grandson loved it and wanted to get up into the cab!


A walk through Padstow up past the War Memorial and beyond towards Stepper Point and Hawker’s Cove is an amazing scenic feast, look back over Padstow and Rock and the stunning Camel Estuary, these beautiful wild flowers were such a pretty sight!


 Boats, boats everywhere in Padstow and Rock!


This is the fabulous view of boats on the Camel Estuary from my 4 star Gold holiday rental accommodation, Little Egret!


Mad fools going nowhere on paddleboards! Again viewed from Little Egret balcony!


Porthilly View road sign now in Cornish! I wonder what Little Egret is in Cornish?