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Padstow Christmas Festival 2017

Padstow Christmas Festival returns to the picturesque fishing port of Padstow from December 7th – 10th. Now in its tenth year, the free-to-attend festival is one of the largest in the country, attracting tens of thousands of people. Padstow comes alive with celebrity chefs and plays host to more than 100 food, drink and craft producers from across the county.

From left: Jack Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Hugo Woolley, Rick Stein, Brian Turner, John Walton, Paul Dodd. The chefs appeared at the 2015 Padstow Christmas Festival.

Highly-acclaimed culinary trio Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be joined by a number of top chefs including Angela Hartnett, Michael Caines, Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Jack Stein, Sat Bains and Tom Kerridge. The two chef stages will feature more than 50 cookery demonstration, food forums, themed workshops and chef ‘Q&As’.

'Ask the Chef' food forum in the Sharp's Chefs Theatre at Padstow Christmas Festival 2016. Chefs from left to right: Nigel Haworth, José Pizarro, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Mitch Tonks, Rick Stein and Brian Turner.

The popular Christmas market will house an eclectic array of crafts, gifts and artwork, and a tempting selection of locally-produced food ranging from artisan breads and cakes, chocolate, meats, cheeses and preserves. Award-winning craft gin producer Tarquin’s is a festival favourite, along with the Sharp’s Brewery Secret Bar.

Padstow's traditional Christmas market located on the harbourside.

Padstow's traditional Christmas market located on the harbourside.

The four-day event also features live music, a lantern parade, Santa’s grotto and a fancy dress Santa and reindeer fun run, raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care – something for everyone, whatever their age.

Santa and reindeer race at the Padstow Christmas Festival, raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care.

Gather around the harbour as Padstow Christmas Festival goes out with a bang with a spectacular firework display over the water.

The annual fireworks display over the harbour at the Padstow Christmas Festival.

Padstow Christmas Festival is a fantastic way to start the festive season. All of our self-catering beach houses are within easy reach of the festival. Choose from cosy Cornish cottages to large, luxury beach-chic properties.

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