10 reasons to come camping in Padstow!
There are so many fantastic reasons to come camping in Padstow that we struggled to contain our list to just 10! From its fantastic location on Cornwall’s north coast to its many shops, bars and award-winning restaurants!
Padstow’s popularity has been help in no small part by being the home town of celebrity chef Rick Stein, featuring in many of his TV shows over the years. But this beautiful harbour town has so much more to offer! And camping in Padstow is a great way of discovering everything that this magical place has to offer!
Here’s our top 10 reasons to bring your tent and come camping in Padstow this year…
1. At the top of our list has to be the breathtaking coastline of the Padstow area and the Camel Estuary. There are seven golden, sandy beaches within 5 minutes of Padstow, including Trevone, Constantine, Porthcothan, Harbour Cove, Mother Ivey’s Bay and Harlyn Bay (which is just a stone’s throw from our holiday park). For family, it is just an exceptional place for a holiday, with long stretches of beach for fun and games or exercising the dog!
2. Padstow is a food lover’s paradise! If you have a passion for eating the freshest local produce, cooked by some of the finest chefs in the business, then Padstow is the place for you!
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant is up there with the best, as is Paul Ainsworth At Number 6. If you love your seafood then look no further than these two top restaurants! But, Padstow also boasts many other great eateries, from pubs serving up traditional favourites to cool wine bars and Pizzerias! There really is something for everyone…
3. It may be close to the coast but the countryside around Padstow is also well worth exploring. North Cornwall is an enchanting region, steeped in myth, history and legend – and none more so than Bodmin Moor. This rugged landscape is only a short distance from Padstow and is well worth exploring. Here you can climb the moorland peaks of Roughtor and Brown Willy or explore the magical Cheesewring or ancient Hurlers stone circles…
4. If you love the great outdoors then what could be better than a holiday camping in Padstow? Sleeping under the stars, getting back to nature… what could be better? Well, how about adding a little slice of adventure to your holiday? Padstow is a great place to learn a new skill or try something new! From surfing and kayaking to horse trekking and coasteering!
5. Cornwall is blessed with a wide range of family attractions, many of which are perfect when the weather doesn’t behave! Padstow is located close to many of the most popular, including Camel Creek Adventure Park, Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium, St Eval Go Kart circuit and the National Lobster Hatchery – all of which are well worth a trip to see. For a full list of Cornwall’s visitor attractions, check out Visit Cornwall’s page here.
6. One way to immerse yourself in Padstow life during your stay is to sample some of the many great local events that take place throughout the year (and we don’t just mean in the peak summer months!). Padstow is a busy little place, with so much to see and do! One of the most popular events is Padstow May Day, or Obby Oss, as it is known locally. This May Day festival is believed to date back to Pagan times and attracts tens of thousands of people to the town. There’s also the annual Christmas Festival, the Seafood and Beer Festival, the Vintage Rally & Country Fair and the nearby Royal Cornwall Show to name but a few!
7. Anyone choosing to holiday in Padstow simply has to walk, ride or cycle the Camel Trail during their stay. Running through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.
8. Padstow is a town with a rich heritage and colourful history. Its position, at the mouth of Camel Estuary, made it strategically important for trade and fishing – and it is still plays a major role in the Cornish fishing industry today. Visit Padstow Museum during your stay and learn more about the town’s history.
9. Are you fan of Poldark (both the remake and the original)? The Padstow area, including the Camel Estuary, was the backdrop for many scenes of the remake, starring Aidan Turner. Follow the Poldark trail for yourself and visit all those beautiful film locations, including Porthcothan, which was for many of the scenes featuring Ross Poldark on horseback.
10. Last but by no means least, our final reason to come camping in Padstow is to stay at Harlyn Sands Holiday Park! Offering outstanding value for money and great on-site facilities, our holiday park is the perfect place for your big camping trip, where you can see and do all the fantastic things mentioned above!