New Years in Cornwall

Bring in the New Year with a bracing dip or don fancy dress and head into town. Here are some of our favourite ways to bring in 2020 in Cornwall. Not yet booked your accommodation? Here are our remaining properties.

Dress up for a street party, St Ives

This idyllic Cornish fishing village hosts one of the UK’s most famous New Year’s Eve parties, which sees crowds come from far and wide to hit the streets in fancy dress. Spectacular costumes and vibrant parades floods onto the beach and harbour, where food stands serve up festive treats. Listen for the chime of the bells at midnight, when fireworks fizz and pop over the ocean, bringing in another year in style.

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Watch fireworks over Newquay Harbour, Newquay

Another seaside town that hosts an almighty New Year’s Eve party, the highlight of New Year’s Eve in Newquay is the spectacular fireworks display over the harbour and ocean at midnight. Make your way through streets packed with party goers in fancy dress, squeeze into local taverns or book a table at a sea-view restaurant, and make your way down to the harbour for the countdown to the incoming year.


New Year's Eve Crowd In at Watchful Mary, Watergate Bay

Think hot spiced ciders, black fire espresso martinis and Laurent Perrier champagne cocktails, shaken, strained and stirred. Don't miss the New Year's Eve Crowd In with live music from 7pm, cosy blankets on the decking and  small plates and platters that keep the conversation flowing. Reserve your table - tickets £10.

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Have a New Year's day sea swim, Bude

Blast away the cobwebs and embrace the New Year with an invigorating dip in the ocean. The craze of shedding your wetsuit and leaping into the icy waves has become a New Year’s Day tradition across Cornwall. Join in the skin-prickling experience at Crooklet’s Beach in Bude, where there’s qualified lifeguard cover, and the promise of mulled wine, hot chocolate and sausage rolls to warm you up afterwards.

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Dine by the sea, The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Fancy food, fine wine and dancing into the early hours? Book a table at The Beach Hut and dine on a specially prepared three-course menu beside the waves at Watergate Bay. Eat and drink to the sounds of a live acoustic set, then hit the dance floor as a DJ spins tunes into the New Year.

See the full menu and buy tickets.

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Enjoy a beach walk, Mawgan Porth

A New Year’s break in Cornwall isn’t all about revelry. Welcome in 2020 at a more relaxing pace, with a stroll along the beach or the South West Coast Path, enjoying the eye-popping scenery as the sea breeze brings a glow to your cheeks. Walk the 2-miles from Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth, hugging the cliff-tops and keeping your eyes peeled for seabirds and seals at the pristine Beacon Cove along the way.

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Credit King Surf Surf School

Fun and fireworks in a fishing town, Looe

If you’re staying in the ‘forgotten corner’ of Southeast Cornwall, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun of the street parties. Looe is renowned for its New Year’s Eve party, where thousands of revellers swarm into this seaside town in fancy dress. If you’ve got young children head down to the seafront promenade for the 6pm fireworks. Or, enjoy the parties, processions and pub life until the second fireworks display lights the skies over Banjo Pier at the traditional hour of midnight.

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