Things to do in Padstow North Cornwall

10 Top Things to Do in Rock and Padstow

Noticeably famous for the ferry that joins them together, Rock and Padstow are two little seaside towns in north Cornwall. The Rock Inn is a family-run local restaurant right in the middle of all the fun and action. With so many things to do and see, such as the Camel Trail, Rock Beach and amazing watersport facilities, there is always something fun to fill your time with. If you have any ideas that we’ve missed, make sure to tell us.


  1. Ride the Camel Trail

One of the most popular cycle routes in the country, the Camel Trail is an 18-mile-long family favourite. Built along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge, and Padstow, the path is virtually level and mostly traffic free. It’s great ease of access and level terrain makes it perfect for cyclists and ramblers of all ages and abilities. The path is also dog friendly, making it a great family day out. You can hire bikes and accessories in Padstow with Padstow Cycle Hire. You can also print off a cycle route map here.


  1. Take a stroll along Rock Beach

Discover one of Cornwall’s best loved beaches, Rock beach. Beautiful sandy dunes cover the mile-long coastline, which can stretch all the way to Daymer bay at low tide. Rock beach also boasts beautiful, almost clear blue waters. The beautiful village of Rock has also been known as ‘Chelsea-on-sea’ due to its popularity amongst wealthy city types, celebrities and the odd royal. It is best to get in early as there is only one car park at Rock beach. Car park prices can be found here.


  1. Explore at the National Lobster Hatchery

The amazingly popular National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, is a marine conservation, research and education charity. Opened in August 2000, it is home to the European Lobster and has exhibitions following them from pregnancy, birth, to release in the wild.  It’s a great attraction for all the family, especially young curious minds. The centre has great disability access and facilities, including a lift and WC. Well behaved dogs are also welcome inside. Prices start from £1.83 with under 5’s go free. Full admission information can be found on their website.

  1. Seek Out in the Padstow Sealife Safari

Padstow Sealife Safaris are a local family business that have years of experience working at sea. They believe in observing the beautiful, sensitive wildlife without disturbing them in their natural habitat. An average tour can expect to see a number of different sights such as beautiful coastal views, the common dolphin, basking sharks, grey seals, puffins, and many more. There are four different services available: two-hour Sealife Safari Boat Trip, one-hour Seals Cave Experience, one-hour Coastal Power Boat Tour, and Skippered boat hire. All experiences have their own unique delights, leaving you with great memories. Pricing information can be found on their website.

  1. Take in some culture at Porthilly Gallery.

Gallery and studio to local artist Jethro Jackson, Porthilly Gallery celebrates the stunning paintings of the Cornish north coast. The beautiful space is found tucked away in a quiet lane in Rock. As well as showcasing Jackson’s latest works, Porthilly Gallery exhibits the work of Paul Jackson, Tim Andrews, Jack Doherty, and Hamish Mackie. Parking is available. More information about Jethro Jackson can be found on the gallery website.


  1. Celebrate ‘Obby ‘Oss Festival

The celebrations start May Day eve on April 30th when locals gather outside the Golden Lion Inn to sing the “Night Song.” The next day the town Is beautifully dressed, ready for the festival to truly begin. Two opposing ‘Obby ‘Osses (hobby horses) are paraded through the town whilst the locals referred to as “Mayers” sing “Morning Song”. The parade comes to halt at the Maypole in the evening after a day of celebration, before returning to their stables. The town becomes very busy this time of year and parking in the old town is closed to traffic. Park and Ride facilities are available. For more information see Visit Cornwall’s What’s On guide.


  1. Sink a Hole-in-one at St Enodoc Golf Club

Enodoc Golf Club is ranked the #1 golf club in Cornwall and #11 in England. Steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful scenery, Enodoc Golf Club holds two separate courses; Church course and Holywell course. Church course is the more advanced course for seasoned players. Enodoc’s Church course was the proud host of the 2014 Women’s Amateur Championships. Enodoc’s Holywell course is more suitable for the beginner to intermediate golfer. Enodoc Golf Club also comes complete with a practice ground, two putting greens, and an excellent clubhouse. The club does have a dress code it’s members need to adhere to. For more information and booking visit their website.

  1. Tickle Your Taste Buds at Padstow Brewing Co.

Padstow is proud to have its own name brand brewery. The Padstow Brewery Co. was established in 2013 and is home of the only head Brewster (female brewer) in Cornwall. Since it’s humble beginnings, the selection has quickly grown to boast a fine choice of beers, ales, IPA’s, and cider. The Padstow Brewery Co. shop offers great experiences. Brewery tours include a guided tour, tasting, beer gift pack, and 10% discount on purchases. There are also brewery experience days that include a full days’ brewing process, which you can be as hands on as you like, tea, coffee and pasty lunch, ample beer tastings and free t-shirt. Brewery experiences are on selected days only. For more information and to book online, visit their website.

  1. Catch a Whopper with Rock Fishing trips

Fancy your chances at reeling in the catch of day? Join Rodney and Jason on board the Optimus Prime Lochin 33. The father and son team have been running a successful charter boat business for over 10 years. Optimus Prime boasts a 275-horsepower ford sabre, with top speeds of 14 knots. There is also a private flush toiler on board.  With numerous affordable packages available, there will definitely be something for you. To book or find out more information, visit their website.


  1. Try Something New with Camel Ski School

A real highlight of any Cornish break. Camel Ski School offers fun for all the family. It’s a perfect experience for groups such as Hen and Stag parties, birthday parties etc. The staff are fully trained and have years of experience behind them. Enjoy an adrenaline filled day with activities from water-skiing to paddle boarding. Inflatable rides and charter boats are also available. For more information and package prices, visit their website.

If after all that excitement you’d like to find somewhere relaxed with amazingly fresh food, make a reservation for our incredibly popular evening service from 6pm. Call 01208 863498 to make a booking or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.