Getting To The Festival

How to get to Padstow

By Rail

The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway which is 24 miles away. Plymouth Citybus runs a regular service (11A buses) from Bodmin Parkway station to Padstow.

Tel: 0345 7000 125

By Car

If travelling southbound on the M5, turn onto the A30, around three miles west of Exeter. There are several options from the A30: the most direct route is to leave the A30 at Bodmin, slipping onto the A389. Head through Bodmin and follow signs for the A389 to Wadebridge and Padstow.  Just after the village of Whitecross, turn right through Little Petherick and St Issey (A389). This section of road is narrow in places and is not recommended for wide vehicles. To avoid this narrow road, stay on the A39 rather than turning off after Whitecross,  and stay on that road until reaching Winnard’s Perch roundabout. Turn right towards Padstow. Alternatively stay on the A30 until the Indian Queens turning then follow the directions to Padstow (A39).

Car Parking
Please Note: The main South Quay Harbour Car Park will not be in operation throughout the festival please use the park and ride buses into the town. The Padstow Town Council car park will be open.

Parking is free in the car park on the link road after 6pm. Full information about car parking in Padstow other than the Harbour car park is available on There is access to the town for dropping off passengers.

By Bus

Padstow is served by Service 75 (bus numbers 319/320/321 which goes to Bodmin Parkway station via Wadebridge and the 556 which follows the coast road to Newquay via Newquay Airport. The nearest National Express bus stop is in Wadebridge. You can catch the 555 bus to Padstow from there.

National Express
Tel: 08705 808080

By Ferry

The nearest ferry port is at Plymouth which is approximately 50 miles away. The ferry service is provided by Brittany Ferries. There is a bus, train and air service from Plymouth to the destinations above.

Padstow to Rock Ferry
The ferry runs a continual service backwards and forwards from 8am in the morning until early evening. Where possible the ferry runs from the Ferry Steps and flies a white flag on the North Quay while here. When the flag is not flying the ferry goes from the lower beach. Please check the blue board by the ferry steps for exact times.

By Water Taxi

The Rock Water Taxi will be running a service specially for the Padstow Christmas festival 2nd-3rd December from 18.00 until 23.00.

By Air

The nearest airport is Newquay which is about 12 miles away. Air South West, SkyBus and FlyBe operate services from many British and European cities. You can get the 556 bus from the airport.

Newquay Airport
Tel: 01637 860600

Tel: 08457 105555

Taxis telephone Numbers

Ocean Taxis Tel: 07980 001323
Atlantic Cabs Tel: 07544 544450
Padstow Taxi Services Tel: 01841 534866 or 07854 373198
Padstow Cabs Tel: 01841 532384

Where to Stay

There is a full list of accommodation on Padstow Tourist Information Centre’s website. Click here for a list of B&Bs, guest houses and hotels showing availability for the festival. Padstow Tourist Information Centre operates an accommodation booking system and you can also book many properties online.