Free parking day in six towns this Saturday to support festive trading

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council continues to offer one day’s free parking in paid-for car parks across Cornwall during the festive season.

Residents will be able to park for free locally on one day selected by their City, Town or Parish Council to support trading in town centres. This Saturday 16 December shoppers can take advantage of free parking all day in Falmouth, Bude, Helston, Penzance, Wadebridge and Torpoint.

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Free parking has already taken place this festive season in 61 car parks across Cornwall and in Truro the two Park and Ride sites were also free. With many car parks full the initiative has helped boost trade in Fowey, Bodmin, Callington, Mevagissey, Penryn, Port Isaac, Redruth, Truro, Looe, St Austell, St Ives, Hayle, Launceston, Camborne, Liskeard, Padstow, Newquay and Polzeath.

Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Geoff Brown said: “We’ve offered a day’s free parking in previous years – which is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period. We’ve already had some great feedback from business owners, traders and the public following the free parking days so far - and had around 12% more passengers on Truro’s Park and Ride compared to the same weekend last year. We have some fantastic shops and restaurants across Cornwall and I encourage people to enjoy them.”

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall’s towns are great places to visit during the festive season and we’re proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. You don’t get that experience shopping online.”

Cornwall Council wrote to the City, Town and Parish Councils to offer the initiative. Following requests from the City and Town and Parish Councils, 95 Cornwall Council run car parks which usually charge for parking will be free for one day.

Many Town and Parish Councils selected Saturday 2 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday. Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

Last minute shoppers can take advantage of free parking in Saltash on 22 December. People can enjoy the coast without having to pay for parking at two car parks after Christmas as Widmouth Bay has selected 26 December and Cawsand has selected 1 January for their free parking day.

All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at the charging points on the day when parking is free.

Town / Parish

Date of free parking

Car parks


Saturday 16 December

Church Street, Grove Place, The Dell, The Moor, Town Quarry, Well Lane


Saturday 16 December

Crooklets, Post Office, Summerleaze, The Crescent, The Wharf


Saturday 16 December

Castle Green, Cattlemarket, Trengrouse Way, Trengrouse Way Extension, Tyacke Road


Saturday 16 December

Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Long Rock, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown


Saturday 16 December

Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane



Saturday 16 December

Anthony Road, Tamar Street


Friday 22 December

Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road


Tuesday 26 December

Widemouth Bay


Monday 1 January 2018


Please note:

  • St Austell Town Council is providing free parking in their own Priory Car Park, St Austell, after 4pm on 12 and 19 December.
  • Camborne Town Council are providing free parking on 16 December and 23 December.
  • Liskeard Town Council are providing free parking on 16 December and 23 December.

On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

Posted 12 December 2017