Free parking days during festive season

Thursday 29th November 2018 08:57 GMT

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across the Duchy.

People 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.

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

Many town and parish councils have selected Saturday 1 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past six years.

Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

Shoppers visiting Truro on Saturday 1 December can use the two park and ride sites for free as well as nine Cornwall Council run car parks around the city.

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.

Town, date of free parking and car park:


Town/ Parish

Date of free parking

Car parks


30 November 2018

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


01 January 2019



22 December 2018

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


01 December 2018

New Road North, New Road South



01 December 2018 (in addition the Town Council/BID is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018)

Rosewarne, Rosewarne Extension


01 January 2019



01 December 2018

Caffa Mill, Main, Albert Quay


08 December 2018

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



01 December (in addition the Town Council is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018)

Commercial Road, Foundry Square


15 December 2018

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


21 December 2018

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


01 December (in addition the Town Council is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018)

Cattlemarket, Lower Sungirt, Rapsons, Upper Sungirt, Westbourne


08 December2018

Riverbank, Millpool, Kilminorth Woods


26 December 2018

Long Rock, Marazion Station


01 December 2018

Church Street, River Street


01 December 2018

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


08 December 2018

Link Road


01 December 2018

Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen


01 December 2018

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


08 and 26 December 2018

Polzeath Beach

Port Isaac

01 December 2018

New Road


15 December 2018

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



22 December 2018

Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road

St. Ives

01 December 2018

Porthmeor, Sloop, Barnoon Long Stay, Park Avenue, Smeatons Pier, Trenwith, Station, Island



01 December 2018

Tintagel Visitors Centre


22 December 2018

Anthony Road, Tamar Street


01 December 2018

Edward Street, Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, Viaduct, Carrick House, Fairmantle Street


15 December 2018

Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane


26 December 2018

Widemouth Bay





Held a free parking day on 17 November 2018  


St Austell

Held a free parking day on 17 November 2018

St Austell Town Council is offering free parking after 4pm in the Priory Car Park on 27 November, 04, 11, & 18 December 2018





On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “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.”

Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “This is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period. We have some fantastic shops, cafes and restaurants across Cornwall and we want to encourage people to take the time to enjoy them.”

Ann Vandermeulen, Development Manager for FSB Cornwall said: “This is a great initiative by Cornwall Council and it will be welcomed by both the business community and shoppers alike. Footfall is vital and free parking will certainly play a part in the publics decision of where to shop. Getting people out from behind their electronic screens and getting together to enjoy some seasonal goodwill in their local town has also got to help with wellbeing and loneliness too. By being tempted to be part of their community and shop locally people can rediscover the human spirit, customer service and originality offered by our independent traders and perhaps even be encouraged to support them all year round. Remember a small business is for life, not just for Christmas.”

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