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8 Crafty Things to Do in Padstow

8 Crafty Things to Do in Padstow

Padstow is well known for its great food, walks, and amazing scenery and the area lends itself to some spectacular photography and painting, too. The stunning natural light coupled with the gorgeous sea views has led to the area being known for its arts and crafts!

A lot of guests who stay in Padstow with us love the arts and crafts you can find in the area and are often asking us for our recommendations, so we thought it was high time we collated them into one guide.

Here are our top eight arts and crafts activities to do in Padstow – enjoy!


Kate Whis Photography

As many of the artists in the area will tell you, we’re blessed with great light in Padstow like many of the coastal areas down here in the South West. One of the great benefits of that is some wonderful light for photography.

If you’re really into taking great shots, or learning how to, then you’ll love what Kate Whis has in her offering. Kate knows Padstow and the local area like the back of her hand, and she takes budding and seasoned photographers out to the best spots and shows them how to get that stunning shot in the can!

Find out more here.  


Susie Ray Workshops

On your walks around the area you will come across treats for your mind, your eyes, and of course your stomach. One of the things you can do is look for some interesting trinkets and castaways on the beach.

Beachcombing is a great way to collect some really amazing textures and items that you can’t find in towns or cities and Susie Ray will show you how to turn those finds into great pieces of art. In her natural light studio near Porthcothan, Cornwall, Susie will help you escape the modern world with ‘fish rubbing’, painting and craft workshops!

Find out more here.  


Padstow Art

Rainy day? Well don’t let that stop you enjoying some art! Padstow Art is run by Angie Snelling and Mike Bailey and they have loads of original paintings and artwork from north Cornwall in their online gallery. You can of course head down to see them in person at their gallery in Padstow and enjoy some Cornish art by local artists from in and around the area.

Find out more here


Stable Art Bodmin

Fancy getting some painting in while you’re down here? Need some help and some supplies to do that? Stable Art in Bodmin has just the answers you’re looking for with art supplies and art classes, together with a coffee shop in the countryside.

Stable Art is just outside of Bodmin and you’ll find yourself at the perfect hideaway for some drawing, painting, and art and craft sessions or just a great place to pick up some supplies and have a coffee and cake while you’re there.

Find out more here.  


Mellingey Mill

Willow making is an ancient and very traditional craft practised across the world. Using materials like reeds, willow, pine straw or even animal hair, willow making can create anything from arches to baskets and more. At Mellingey Mill, just outside of St Issey, you’ll find willow workshops as well as some really interesting demonstrations.

Why not head out and learn the art of willow making in woodland surroundings with the very talented Emma Scott.

Find out more here.   


Wendy Parky

Wendy has been in Cornwall since 1990 and her love of art has kept her here painting and capturing the breathtaking scenery. Using mostly watercolour, Wendy (a keen dog lover and fan of seascapes) has been creating stunning pieces for nearly 30 years! Join Wendy for demonstrations, workshops and private lessons in her studio, which you’ll find between Wadebridge and Rock.

Find out more here.   


Padstow Art Group

Looking for an art group to join in with while you’re in Padstow? Then head over to the Padstow Art Group who have regular sessions on Tuesday evenings with professional Tutor Wendy Parkyn. They also arrange sessions with other artists too so check their website for updates before you travel down.

You’ll find information on local artists with exhibition information and even artwork for sale, all on their site.

Find out more here.  


Julia Prior Art

Julia is an artist who loves acrylics, oils, and mixed media. Julia says she “mainly paints seascapes and tries to capture the light, energy, and beauty of the stunning Cornish Coastline” and you’ll find much of her work in her studio during one of her frequent exhibitions.

Julia is described as a local seascape artist and you’ll find more information about upcoming exhibitions in Padstow throughout the year and also pieces for sale on her website.

Find out more here


Thou art welcome!

Padstow and the surrounding area has some wonderful arts and crafts events, workshops, and exhibitions to experience and if you’re into capturing the amazing area or watching and learning how to do it then you’ll be spoilt for choice.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Padstow then head over to our properties page now and check for availability. We’d love to meet you.  


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