Annual events in Padstow

Annual events in Padstow

Annual events in Padstow

Date Posted: 7 Mar 2023

Looking to plan ahead and fill your diary with Padstow events? Grab your pen and make a note of these upcoming events in Padstow, they're some of the best in Cornwall and you won’t want to miss out.

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St Piran’s Day

When? Sunday 5 March

Named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, yes you guessed it…Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners, St Piran’s Day is the national day of Cornwall held on 5 March every year. St Piran’s Day in Padstow celebrates all things Cornish every day, whether that’s tucking in to a traditional Cornish pasty (we recommend The Chough Bakery) or filling the lungs with a stomp along one to one of Padstow’s beaches.

Nearby, Camel Creek Adventure Park  is offering a St Piran’s Day special Cornish Weekend 2023 discount for all pre-booked tickets on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March, costing just £5.

Obby Oss ©shutterstock_Scorsby

Obby Oss

When? Monday 1 May 2023

One of the biggest annual events in Padstow has to be Obby Oss. A May Day celebration quite unlike any other, the Padstow Obby Oss is an ancient festival steeped in mystery, with a parade focusing around two Obby Osses (otherwise known as hobby horses) – the Old Oss and the Blue Ribbon Oss. Each and every 1 May, the ‘Old Oss’ and ‘Blue Ribbon Oss’ are let loose from their stables to roam around the streets of Padstow. A tradition that has taken place for centuries it attracts tens of thousands of people every year.

Royal Cornwall Show

When? Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 June 2023

This annual event near Padstow is a Cornwall favourite. A three-day event taking place at The Royal Cornwall Showground, which is less than 7 miles from Padstow, is the premier annual event of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association. A show which has taken place for over 200 years we it showcases the best in Cornish agriculture, supporting industry to continue thriving and improving. Visitors will get chance to enjoy Cornwall’s food and farming scene at its best.

Rock Oyster Festival

When? Friday 27 – Thursday 30 July 2023

OK… strictly speaking this event isn’t in Padstow but a hop, skip and a jump across the Camel Estuary (or the Black Tor Ferry crossing will do it), to nearby Rock Oyster Festival.

An annual event, hosted by Jack Stein and friends, expect fabulous food, sweet music, and an activity programme packed to the rafters at Dinham House near Rock.

In a unique setting against the estuary, the Oyster Stage will see all the musical action with acts including Groove Armada and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. You’ll also find Cornwall’s Michelin-starred chefs, alfresco dining, and cooking demonstrations all weekend, festival goers can try mouth-watering tasters and signature dishes at the Chef Tipis, served by some of Cornwall’s best restaurants and chefs.

Padstow Rally

Padstow Vintage Rally and Country Fair

When? Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 2023

An annual event in Padstow is the Padstow Vintage Rally and Country Fair; from tractors, cars, stationary engines, steam engines and bikes, there’s plenty to appreciate at this three day event.

With entertainment planned for all three days, on the Friday and Saturday night visitors can enjoy the beer tent offering local real ales from across the region, and there will be food and drink stalls dotted about to refuel.


When? Summer 2023, date TBC

Roll up, roll up… returning for a second year is Cornwall Air Ambulance’s blue light family festival, Helifest, taking place near Padstow at Trevethan Farm. ​​​​​​​The event promises a day of music and festival fun to celebrate the hard work of Cornwall’s vital blue light services. ​​​​​​​​

The Lobster Lollop

When? Saturday 18 November 2023

Fancy getting involved in something active in Padstow? The annual Lobster Lollop is
a no pressure trail run in support of registered charity the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow. Choose from 2.5K, 5K, 10K and 10 mile distances and run out and back along the famous Camel Trail, which starts and finishes in Padstow.

There are no cut off times and every runner receives a medal, plus show your medal on race weekend to gain free access to The Lobster Hatchery.

Camel Trail path
Fireworks at Padstow Christmas Festival ©James Ram

Fireworks at Padstow Christmas Festival ©James Ram

The Christmas market at Padstow Christmas Festival ©James Ram

The Christmas market at Padstow Christmas Festival ©James Ram

Padstow Christmas Festival

When? Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 December 2023

Padstow at Christmas is a special place, and the build-up is rather wonderful too with Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival. Showcasing the wonders of Padstow, the festival is one of the UK’s largest. It brings together celebrity chefs some of Michelin starred fame, local food producers and craftspeople to celebrate Christmas. There’s no better way to embrace the festive season, than this four-day Christmas extravaganza.

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