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Support your local shops and businesses and park for free in the run up to Christmas

As towns and high streets reopen fully from December 2, the Council is working with city, town and parish councils to encourage residents to support local businesses in their local town with free parking on selected days in Cornwall Council operated car parks across the Duchy. 

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

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Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “This year more than ever it’s important that we all support our local shops and businesses in a safe and considerate manner.  If you take advantage of the free parking offer in a town near you, please make sure you adhere to all the social distancing measures in place.”   

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. We also gave city, town and parish councils the opportunity to offer additional free parking days in one or more of the Cornwall Council car parks in their area and some local councils are doing so. 

Some towns have chosen Saturday, December 5 as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past eight years.  Others have chosen a date just after Christmas to encourage people to visit and take advantage of the sales. 

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 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 at a pay station before you return to your vehicle. 

When and where will free parking days take place?

Town/ Parish Date of free parkingCar parks
Bodmin  12 December 2020 

Berrycombe Road

Dennison Road 

Fore St - Long & Short Stay

Victoria Square 

Boscastle   01 January 2021 


Bude  19 December 2020 


Post Office


The Crescent

The Wharf 

Callington  05 December 2020

New Road North

New Road South 


05 December 2020 

(Camborne Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12,19 and 23 December 2020) 


Rosewarne Extension 


01 January 2021 


Fowey  05 December 2020 

Caffa Mill


Albert Quay  


19 December 2020 

(Falmouth Town Council is providing additional free parking on 05, 12 and 26 December 2020) 

Church Street

Grove Place

The Dell

The Moor

Town Quarry

Well Lane 


05 December 2020 

(Hayle Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12 and 19 December 2020) 

Commercial Road

Foundry Square 

Helston  19 December 2020 

Castle Green

Trengrouse Way

Trengrouse Way Extension

Tyacke Road 

Launceston  05 December 2020 

Castle Street

Cattle Market Long Stay

Cattle Market Short Stay

Pannier Market

Walk House 

Liskeard   05 December 2020 (Liskeard Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12 and 19 December 2020) 


Lower Sungirt


Upper Sungirt


Looe  12 December 2020 



Kilminorth Woods 

Marazion  26 December 2020 

Long Rock

Marazion Station 

Mevagissey  19 December 2020

Church Street

River Street

Newquay   19 December 2020 

Fore Street

Mount Wise

St Georges Road

The Manor 

Penryn  14 December 2020 

Commercial Road

Exchequer Quay


Penzance  19 December 2020 

Causeway Head

Clarence Street




St Anthonys

St Erbyns


Polzeath  05 December 2020  Polzeath Beach 
Port Isaac  19 December 2020  New Road 
Porthleven   05 December 2020 Kittos Field

19 December 2020 

(Redruth Town Council is providing additional free parking on 05 and 12 December 2020) 

Flowerpot Chapel

New Cut

New Cut Extension

West End  

Saltash  19 December 2020 

Alexandra Square

Bellevue West

Bellevue East

Culver Road 

St Austell  

19 December 2020  

St Austell Town Council is offering free parking in their Priory Car Park on this date 

Clifden Road


St Ives   19 December 2020 



Barnoon Long Stay

Park Avenue

Smeatons Pier




Torpoint  19 December 2020 

Anthony Road

Tamar Street 


05 December 2020  

(The Park and Ride will also be free all day on 05 December)  

Carrick House

Edward Street


Garras Wharf



Old Bridge Street

Pydar Street


Wadebridge  19 December 2020 

Goldsworthy Way

Piggy Lane 

Widemouth  26 December 2020  Widemouth Bay 

On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.