New Year in Cornwall

The Cornish certainly know how to throw a good party, and New Years Eve is no exception. Start the year the way you mean for it to carry on with laughter and celebration - toasting champagne with friends and family in a Cornish cottage, or dancing the night away with local communities.

Waking up in Cornwall the next morning provides the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, beginning the year by taking a refreshing walk on one of the many beaches, or hiking on Bodmin Moor.

If you’re thinking of celebrating the new year in Cornwall but not sure where to go to join in the fun, see our top three destinations that are sure to start the year off with a bang.

St Ives

St Ives has a national reputation for being one of the best places to see in the new year. Most people wear fancy dress, and the harbour is a main meeting place with the party spilling onto the beach when the tide is out. At midnight the town and beaches are lit up with a spectacular firework display. 


New Year’s Eve in Looe is one big party. Its streets are lined with crowds in fancy dress and two firework displays are set-off from the town’s Banjo Pier, one for families with younger children at 6pm, and a traditional celebration at midnight.

The Times newspaper once said it to be one of the top four places in the UK to celebrate.


It’s an unwritten rule that revellers visiting Newquay will be wearing some amazing, outrageous and bizarre costumes. With so many bars and pubs in the town, it’s a great choice if you are looking for a bar crawl. Head to Newquay Harbour at midnight for the town’s amazing fireworks display.