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Free parking days during festive season

Residents are being encouraged to enjoy the festive season in their local town as Cornwall Council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across Cornwall.

People will be able to park for free locally on a day selected by their city, town or parish council to support Christmas events, shop locally and enjoy local cafes and restaurants.

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Cornwall Council contacted city, town and parish councils to offer the initiative which will result in over 90 Cornwall Council run car parks, which usually charge for parking, being free for one day. Some town and parish councils are offering additional free parking days.

Many towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already have planned.  Others have selected Saturday 07 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past seven years.

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

If the car park is one of the ‘pay on exit’ car parks, you should take a ticket from the entrance barrier as usual.  On departure please insert your ticket into the machine by the exit barrier. If you have only parked on the free parking day, the barrier will open to allow you to exit. If you have stayed for longer than the free parking day, any additional parking fee will need to be paid for before you drive up to the exit barrier.

Town/ ParishDate of free parkingCar parks
Bodmin 30 November 2019

Berrycombe Road, Dennison Road,

Fore St - Long & Short Stay, Victoria Square

Bude 21 December 2019

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

Callington 07 December 2019 New Road North, New Road South

29 November 2019

(Camborne Town Council is providing additional free parking on 30 November, 07, 14 and 21 December)
Rosewarne, Rosewarne Extension

01 January 2020


07 December 2019

Caffa Mill, Main (Christmas Market on Albert Quay car park)

07 December 2019

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

30 November 2019 (Hayle Town Council is providing additional free parking on 07, 14 and 21 December)

Commercial Road, Foundry Square

13 December 2019

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

30 November 2019

Castle Street, Cattle Market Long Stay, Cattle Market Short Stay, Pannier Market, Walk House

30 November 2019 (Liskeard Town Council is providing additional free parking on 07, 14 and 21 December)

Cattlemarket, Lower Sungirt, Rapsons, Upper Sungirt, Westbourne

07 December 2019

Riverbank, Millpool, Kilminorth Woods

26 December 2019

Long Rock, Marazion Station
Mevagissey  07 December 2019   Church Street, River Street
Newquay  30 November 2019  Fore Street, Mount Wise, St Georges Road, The Manor
Padstow 30 November 2019  Link Road
Penryn 30 November 2019 Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen
Penzance 30 November 2019 Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown
Polzeath 07 December 2019 Polzeath Beach
Port Isaac 06 December 2019 New Road
Redruth 07 December 2019 Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut, New Cut Extension, West End 
Saltash 21 December 2019 Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road
St. Ives  30 November 2019 Porthmeor, Sloop, Barnoon Long Stay, Park Avenue, Smeatons Pier, Trenwith, Station, Island
Tintagel 30 November 2019  Tintagel Visitors Centre
Torpoint 21 December 2019 Anthony Road, Tamar Street

30 November 2019

(The Park and Ride will also be free all day on 30 November 2019)

Park and Ride will run until 10pm and will be free from 4pm on 04, 11 and 18 December 2019
Carrick House, Edward Street, Fairmantle Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, Viaduct 

14 December 2019

Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane

26 December 2019

Widemouth Bay
St Austell 

St Austell Town Council is offering free parking after 4pm in their Priory Car Park on 26 November, 03, 10 and 17 December 2019 



On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.


Story posted 25 November 2019