How to get to Padstow
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway which is 24 miles away. Plymouth Citybus runs a regular service (number 11) from Bodmin Parkway station to Padstow, via Wadebridge.
Tel: 0345 7000 125
From the M5 south, turn onto the A30 just after Exeter. There are several options from the A30: the most direct route us to come off at Bodmin (onto the A389) and follow directions through Bodmin and Wadebridge to 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 not recommended for wide vehicles.
To avoid this narrow road, stay on the A39 until you reach the Winnard’s Perch roundabout (rather than turning off after Whitecross) and turn right towards Padstow.
Alternatively, stay on the A30 until you reach the exit for Indian Queens, and follow the directions to Padstow (A39).
Parking will be available in the town council car park at the end of the quay, as well as the Lawn car park on Hill Street. Cornwall Council’s Link Road car park, by the fire station, will also be open.
The Main Road Car Park will also be open during the festival. It is roughly a 10 minute walk to the harbour, or a local bus service is available. Once parked, please use the number 11 bus, which leaves from the bus stop opposite Tesco. Full timetable here.
Alternatively, the Rock to Padstow ferry will be running until 5pm each day, with the water taxi taking over from 5:30pm until 11pm each day.
Find out more by visiting http://padstowlive.com/parking/.
Why not consider lift sharing and share the cost of travel and parking?
Disabled parking bays can be found in the council car park and there is the option for blue badge holders to drop off near the main marquee.
Please note: The Padstow Harbour Commissioners’ car park on the quayside will be closed during the festival.
Buses services to and from Padstow are provided by several different franchises.
The Padstow area (south of the River Camel) is served by the following buses:
Go Cornwall number 11 – Plymouth/Saltash/Liskeard/Bodmin to Padstow via Wadebridge.
Go Cornwall number 56 – Newquay to Padstow via Newquay Cornwall Airport.
North of the river is also served by the Go Cornwall number 95 – Bude to Wadebridge via Boscastle, Tintagel and Camelford – and the Go Cornwall number 96 – Bodmin to Wadebridge via St Minver, Rock, Polzeath, Port Isaac, St Tudy and St Mabyn.
First Bus also runs services around Padstow.
The nearest ferry port is in Plymouth, which is 54 miles away. The ferry service is provided by Brittany Ferries. There’s a bus and rail service from Plymouth, and car hire is available at the ferry port.
Padstow to Rock Ferry operates continuously throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Tel 07773 081574 (during operational hours only). http://www.padstow-harbour.co.uk/phc_ferry.html
Rock-Padstow Water Taxi operates an evening service on the Camel Estuary between 7pm-midnight. Tel 01208 862815 (9am-5pm) / 07778 105297 (during operating hours). http://www.rock-watertaxi.co.uk/
All services are subject to weather and tides.
The nearest airport is at Newquay, around 12 miles away. SkyBus and Flybe operate services from many British and European cities. You can catch the A5 Atlantic Coaster from the airport. Car hire is also available.
Tel: 01637 860600
Tel: 08457 105555
Ocean Taxis Tel: 07980 001323
Atlantic Cabs Tel: 07544 544450
Padstow Cabs Tel: 01841 532384 / 07814 342 398
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.