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Padstow Legend has it that St Petroc possibly one of the most important of the Cornish Saints arrived from Ireland around 520 AD and built a monastery on the hill above the harbour. the name #Padstow is believed to have derived from his title. Sir Walter Raleigh, that great favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, lived in Padstow for a time when he was Warden of Cornwall and his Court House on Riverside was the administrative centre for the collection of taxes and dues. The house still stands by the harbour to this day.

#Padstow is best known for its "'Obby 'Oss" festival. Although its origins are unclear, it most likely stems from an ancient fertility rite perhaps a Celtic festival in origin. The festival starts at midnight on May Eve, when townspeople gather outside the Golden Lion Inn to sing the "Night Song." By morning, the town has been dressed with greenery and flowers placed around the maypole.

The excitement begins with the appearance of one of the 'Obby 'Osses. Male dancers cavort through the town dressed as one of two 'Obby 'Osses. Perhaps of equal appeal to the present day visitor to Padstow, is the culinary offerings of Rick Steine, the TV chef – you can’t miss his restaurants and fish and chip outlet.

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