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Free parking for Christmas shoppers across Cornwall

Free parking for Christmas shoppers across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 30th November 2019.

Good news for people planning their Christmas shopping in Cornwall - as free parking days during the festive season have been revealed.

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

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. 

Scroll down to see when and where you can park for free

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 7th 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.

garras wharf car park truro

How does the scheme work?

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.

On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

harbour car park

When and where can you park for free?

Town/ Parish

Date of free parking

Car parks


30 November 2019

Berrycombe Road, Dennison Road, Fore St - Long & Short Stay, Victoria Square


21 December 2019

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


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


07 December 2019

Church Street, River Street


30 November 2019

Fore Street, Mount Wise, St Georges Road, The Manor


30 November 2019

Link Road


30 November 2019

Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen


30 November 2019

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


07 December 2019

Polzeath Beach

Port Isaac

06 December 2019

New Road


07 December 2019

Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut, New Cut Extension, West End



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



30 November 2019

Tintagel Visitors Centre


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 

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