5 reasons to go to Padstow Christmas Festival 2023

Padstow Christmas Festival 2023

Padstow Christmas Festival 2023 | Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th December

We’re excited for the return of the Christmas Festival in Padstow in December. A lovely long weekend of food-loving fun and festivities around the town. A chance to see your favourite chefs in action, make a start (or even finish) your Christmas shopping and enjoy plenty of fab local food and drink. Here are our top five favourite things about the Padstow Christmas Festival…

1. Get inspired by chef demos

Enjoy four days of inspiring demos delivered by our very own Rick, Jack, Charlie, Pete Murt, Nick Evans, Aarran Lightholder and Ashley Gains – days and timings below (please note there are subject to change). As well as unmissable appearances from the likes of Paul Ainsworth, Matthew Fort, Matt Tebbutt, Richard Bertinet and Valentine Warner. For a full list of the chef demos taking place click here – please note all timings might vary.

Thursday 5th

Jack and Pete Murt: 2pm
Aarran Lightholder: 2pm

Friday 6th

Rick and Charlie: 10am
Rick and Mark Hix: 2pm

Saturday 7th

Rick and Matthew Fort: 11am
Rick’s Chef’s Forum: 12noon
Book signing with Rick at Stein’s Deli: 2 – 3pm
Nick Evans: 2.15pm

Sunday 8th

Ashley Gains: 11am
Jack and Alistair Petrie: 1pm

2. Explore the Christmas market

Discover some of the south west’s best food, drink, art and homeware in the Christmas market. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas stocking filler or a special bottle of something, choose from the great selection on show. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for food street food stand, serving tacos from Rick’s Road to Mexico travels.

3. Watch fireworks on the harbour

With the sound of crackles, sizzles and bangs from launching fireworks, a stunning display will light up the dark night sky of Padstow. Taking place on Friday 8th December at 8.30pm, the display will set off from the north outer harbour beyond the ferry steps and can be viewed from anywhere on the north or south quay.

Lantern parade

Wrapped in your cosy hat and woolly scarf, watch the always fab lantern helpers parade through Padstow on Friday 8th December at 6pm. With the added carol singers and live music, this festive spectacle is rather special.

5. Oysters and Champagne outside The Seafood Restaurant

Celebrations like the Christmas festival call for the best of the best. We’ll be on hand to serve Veuve Clicquot, freshly shucked Dorset Oysters and jamon at our bar in front of The Seafood Restaurant. Raise a glass to the start of the festive season before you mooch around town.