Treskiddy is ideally located within easy walking distance of Padstow's numerous amenities.
The grounds of Prideaux Place are directly opposite Treskiddy, an historic Elizabethan house set within it's own deer park offering afternoon tea in an idylic setting and music evenings throughout the summer. A couple of minutes easy level stroll from the house along St Saviour's Lane leads to panoramic elevated views of the Camel Estuary and across to Rock. From here you can access the sandy beaches of St Georges Cove, Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. The surrounding area of Padstow is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty with lovely cliff and country walks plus a choice of several superb sandy beaches.
Getting across to Rock and back the Ferry runs to and fro about every 20 minutes from the Ferry Steps on the North Quay in Padstow but is tide dependant. For more information, check the information board at The Ferry Steps. Charges: Adults £4.00 return, Children £2.00 return, Bicycle £4.00
With a picturesque traditional Cornish harbour surrounded by quaint shops, excellent restaurants and lovely golden sand beaches, its easy to see why Padstow is the ideal holiday location for couples, friends and families.
World class restaurants include Rick Stein's Seafood restaurant, Paul Ainsworth Michelin Star restaurant at Number 6, Nathan Outlaw's restaurant at Rock and Port Isaac, and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen in Watergate Bay (15 minutes drive), among many other restaurants and cafes in Padstow too numerous to mention here, you really are spoilt for choice...foodie heaven!
The surrounding scenery is of outstanding natural beauty, with so many activities to choose from:
- Stunning walks along the South West coastal path which runs through Padstow.
- Cycling along the Camel Trail with spectacular scenery.
- Dramatic headland and beautiful sandy beaches to be enjoyed all year round.
- Golf. Championship golf course at Trevose and the award winning course at St.Enodoc in Rock.
- Excellent water sports on the Camel Estuary, surfing, sailing and kite surfing. Lessons can be enjoyed at Rock, Watergate Bay and Newquay. A ferry boat leaves from Padstow to Rock and back throughout the day.
- Deep sea fishing, (trips leave from Padstow harbour) and shore fishing can be enjoyed in Constantine Bay.
- Horse riding is also available at Trenance Riding Stables Newquay 01637 872699
- Crazy golf, a good old fashioned family fun game at Greens Cafe with elevated views and delicious home-made food set just above the harbour.
- Or maybe you might just prefer to spend a lazy day on the beach building sand castles and enjoying a locally baked real Cornish Pasty from the award winning Chough bakery or Rick Steins patisserie.
May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar.
The festival takes place annually on the 1st of May in Padstow (unless the 1st falls on a Sunday in which case the celebrations take place on the Monday - May 2nd.)
The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer. It is speculated to be the oldest of May Day traditions in the country.
Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning two "osses"(men dressed like black caped animals with masks, representing two stallions, one red and one blue) emerge from their stables.
The “osses”, swirling and dancing, proceed through Padstow's streets taunted by a Teazer who leads the dance with theatrical movements. The accompanying retinue are dressed all in white, their costumes decorated with ribbons and sprays of cowslips and bluebells. As the procession moves around the harbour and town, dancers perform a traditional gyrating dance to the sound of musicians and drummers. Last, but not least, are the followers, young and old who join the procession every year singing the traditional May Song.
The climax of the festival is the dance of the ‘Obby ‘Oss around the Maypole, and is preceded by the dance of the “Wee ‘Oss”, a smaller ‘Oss operated by children. It's a fun day for all, a colourful spectacle with sights and sounds you will always remember.
Padstow Christmas Festival
Padstow Christmas festival (held during the first week of December) promises an array of seasonal treats including Christmas lights and decorations, Santa’s grotto, fireworks, seasonal food, festive demonstrations, and late night shopping, visitors will be spoilt for choice.A traditional Christmas market will be situated in a large marquee on the quay side, where stalls will be laden with Cornish goodies and gifts. Visitors can also explore Padstow’s boutique retailers for artisan jewellery, crafts, fashion and home wares. With entertainment and live music to keep the kids entertained, Padstow’s Christmas Festival offers a great way to make the most of a winter’s day.
Food and drink stands will be celebrating all things Cornish; expect tastings, seasonal food, mulled wine and live cookery demonstrations from world class chefs including Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. Sample the best of Cornwall’s produce from the town’s local suppliers or enjoy a meal in one of Padstow’s renowned restaurants, cafés and pubs – many of whom will be running special seasonal offers throughout the weekend.
With scenic estuary views, carols around the Christmas tree and live music, visitors can soak up the merry atmosphere whilst escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. The celebration will culminate with a special Christmas service and carols at the historic St Petroc’s church at 6pm on Sunday evening.
Padstow truly has something for everyone, we ♥ it and hope you will too!
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