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What to do in a Week in Padstow, Cornwall

So you’ve booked a week’s holiday in Padstow. You could spend the whole week on the beach or just relax in the comfort of your holiday home. But with so many exciting things to see and do in this part of Cornwall, it seems a shame not to get out, explore and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Here are some ideas on what to do and where to go during a week’s holiday in Padstow, Cornwall.

Day 1: Once you’ve checked into your holiday home, take a stroll around Padstow to get your bearings for your week away. Head for the harbour and soak up the atmosphere on the quayside or stretch your legs with a stroll down to Hawkers Cove. To save you having to cook on your first night, pop into Bin Two for a glass of bubbly and enjoy some seafood tapas at Prawn on the Lawn.


Day 2: Beach day! Spend the day at one or more of the excellent local beaches, such as Harlyn Bay, Trevone Beach and Treyarnon Bay, or try your hand at some watersports. There’s plenty to choose including surfing and paddle boarding, kayaking and coasteering, or just relax and watch others taking part. After the day on the beach, head on home to a fresh delivery of lobster and crabs from North Cornish Catch.

Beaches Near Padstow Trevone Bay

Day 3: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before hiring bikes from Padstow Cycle Hire and take a ride along the Camel trail, either to Wadebridge or Bodmin. After a long day in the saddle, have a relaxing evening by taking the ferry across to Rock for early dinner at the Rock Inn or The Mariners and then take the water taxi back to Padstow at the end of the day.


Day 4: Treat yourselves to croissants and pastries from Rick Stein’s Deli and then embark on a day out exploring a different part of Cornwall. Top of the list should be one of the stunning gardens in the area such as the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan or Lanhydrock. Then return to Padstow for a relaxing evening around the harbour with a fish and chips takeaway, followed by a drink in one of the local pubs.

Lost Gardens Heligan in Cornwall

Day 5: If you’re not too full from the night before, go for a yummy fry-up at Cherry Trees Coffee House followed by a long walk along the South West Coastal Path. Follow the coastline from Padstow harbour, past Tregirls beach and Hawkers Cove and around Stepper Point to Trevone. Stop for lunch in the beachside café before heading further down the coast to Harlyn. Alternatively, if golf is your thing, head to Trevose Golf and Country Club for a game on this fantastic course overlooking the sea. After all this activity, treat yourself to a pizza or pasta at Rojanos in the Square.

Rojanos restaurant in Padstow

Day 6: Breakfast with the locals at Bens Crib Box Café, then pop across the road to see the baby lobsters at the National Lobster Hatchery. Here you can support this worthy charity by adopting a lobster or picking up a copy of the cute children’s book Claude Gets His Claws. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Camel Valley Vineyards to taste the famous Camel Valley sparkling wines and pick up a couple of bottles to share in the comfort of your holiday home in the evening.


Day 7: Take a leisurely morning stroll up to the Monument on the headland above Padstow and enjoy the views over the water, then return to the harbour for a speedboat ride along the estuary. Then treat yourself to a pamper afternoon at the Cowshed Spa in Trebetherick. Make your last night extra special with a delicious dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant Paul Ainsworth at Number 6.


Day 8: It’s time to say goodbye to Padstow and make your way home, But before you do there’s time for a bit of last-minute shopping. Buy a souvenir, T-shirt or piece of artwork to remind you of your time in Cornwall. And pick up some Cornish pasties and ingredients for a cream tea from the Chough Bakery so you can relive the smells and tastes of your holiday when you get home.

We hope you enjoyed your week away in Cornwall. We look forward to seeing you in Padstow again next year!

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