Book a short break of four nights or more in selected New Year retreats.

Star-dusted skies and sparkling champagne, nights spent watching fireworks or snuggling by fireplaces. In Cornwall at New Year, everything seems to shimmer, from sequin-cladded street parties to sparklers reflected in harbourside water.

Find your sparkle this New Year in a coastal retreat. Whether you’d prefer a cute and cosy bolthole for two, or a large family home for lavish dinners and games nights, browse our pick of New Year retreats by the coast.


This festive season, make the most of shorter daylight hours by the coast by creating snug ‘klys’ feelings – the Cornish version of Danish word ‘hygge’.

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Dine at your favourite restaurant on New Years Eve and feast on award-winning seafood, sip on delicious cocktails and gaze out at the moonlit swell. Cornwall is abundant in restaurants serving gourmet meals, taster menus and freshly caught seafood on New Years Eve, inviting you to see the new year in with a full stomach. Some of our favourites include Lewinnick Lodge near Fistral, The Old Success Inn at Sennen and Emily Scott Food at Watergate Bay.


If partying the night away isn’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to make the most of New Years from the comfort of your self-catering retreat. Why not enjoy the fine dining experience from home, with one of Cornwall’s selection of home dining boxes, such as the Rick Stein’s box? The box features fresh produce, already pre prepared for a delicious dinner- all you have to do is heat it up and tuck in. For for the full five star experience, why not hire a private chef to cater for your evening in? Read our top recommendations here.


If you find yourself itching to party, many Cornish towns host lively celebrations in the town squares and beaches, alongside events in local venues. Fancy dress is the traditional attire in some towns including Newquay and St Ives; whilst not compulsory you may feel out of place in your normal, day-to-day wear. Join hundreds of people on the harbour front and beach to watch the dramatic firework display as the clock strikes twelve.


We’re are hardy folk here, so braving the ice cold ocean on New Year’s day has become quite a tradition across many Cornish towns. Join the swimmers at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, or Newquay Harbour and dive in. A New Year’s day dip is quite possibly the most invigorating way to start your year, so give it a try.


Even if it’s blowing a gale outside, getting togged up and out into the open is one of the best ways to spend a winter’s day in Cornwall. This is the time of year when the ocean is at its most powerful and you will spot scenes that would never occur in mid-summer. The breaking of the Cribbar (an enormous wave in Newquay), the surge of water through a cliff’s blowhole, the sight of lightning out on the horizon, or even a sunrise, which are always more striking in the winter months.



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