Every year Padstowians return from all over the world to participate in their annual celebrations. With the event falling on a public holiday this year it seemed too good an opportunity for me to tick this event off My Bucket List.
As with any long weekend the weather forecast was rubbish! However, with clear blue skies and full sun promised by the afternoon we decided that we would try and catch some of the afternoon celebrations.
Having struggled in the past to park in Padstow we also took the option to tick a second item off My Bucket List and decided to cycle the 6 miles along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge. This ended up working really well and added to the whole day out.
After arriving into Padstow around 2.30pm we set off to try and find one of the ossess – this is no easy task. As the route isn’t published it is a matter of either watching them enter or leave their stables, asking someone dressed in white whether they actually have any idea where they are or stumble across them by accident.
The parades are not just limited to the harbour area and although slow can travel to the far edges of the town so it took us quite a while to locate the Blue Oss which had headed up to Prideaux Place. The processions are accompanied by drums and accordions and led by “Teasers”. The tune is catchy and was in my head for the rest of the day.
In the evening the two ossess come together around the May Pole. By this time we had already left but I can imagine this must be one of the highlights of the day and something we could try to see in the future.
As the weather had been miserable around the middle of the day the crowds were smaller than they would have been had it been dry and this meant that it wasn’t horrendously busy so it was easy to find a spot to watch.
Apart from the processions there was a reasonably sized fairground and of course the normal wide range of food offerings throughout the town. There isn’t however any of the normal event markets or much else. It does seem like a wasted opportunity but the celebrations bring in big enough crowds without the organisers needing to put on anything else.
I certainly would recommend that everyone visits Obby Oss once in their life and if the weather gods are good next year we might just go again.