Last weekend’s Padstow Christmas Festival has been hailed as a huge success.

“It’s hard to put into words how thankful I am to everyone who has contributed to the Padstow Christmas Festival this year – it has been truly exceptional,” said festival founder and organiser, Tina Evans.

“From local school children creating their lanterns for Friday night’s parade, our revered celebrity and local chefs who all donated their time for free, and the army of volunteers who we owe so much, to our market traders, our incredible sponsors, local businesses and of course, every visitor who came along, thank you! We simply couldn’t put on such an incredible event without you all.”

The four-day event attracted thousands to the town from December 7-10 and saw a host of well-known faces cook for the crowds, including Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Valentine Warner, Michael Caines MBE, Emily Scott, Matt Tebbutt, Jose Pizzaro and Richard Bertinet.

Chris McClurg, Jude Kereama, Rick Toogood and Ross Geach were among local culinary royalty, with one of the UK’s best-loved presenters Fern Britton compering for her niece Rose Dann on the Sharp’s Festival Kitchen Stage.

Ed Hughes, beer sommelier at headline sponsor Sharp’s Brewery, added: “Yet again, Padstow was awash with the very best of what Cornwall has to offer, and what Tina Evans and her group of volunteers have created here is magic.

“The chef line-up is world-class, the Christmas market is an exceptional showcase and the festival is an absolute celebration of community; that’s the loveliest thing about it. Everyone at Sharp’s Brewery is so proud to be involved with Padstow Christmas Festival.”