Top 5 Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall

Top 5 Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall

If you are looking to welcome in the New Year in Cornwall and cannot quite decide where to go, we have picked our top five places for the perfect start to 2020.

Known for its warm sandy beaches and summery seaside towns, Cornwall is not always at the forefront of everybody’s mind when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, little by little this is changing, and rightly so.

With a melange of quaint villages, vibrant towns and a glorious coastline, Cornwall plays host to plenty of fantastic party locations. Whether you are looking for a low-key evening in surrounded by stunning Cornish scenery in one of our luxury Padstow cottages, that perfect corner in a cosy pub, or a fun-filled, no holds barred night out, there is something for everyone this year.

To help you pick your perfect location, we have put together our top 5 places to spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall.


A fun, up-and-coming town catering for all generations, Falmouth offers everything from university students’ bars and clubs to fishermen’s favourite pubs and haunts. Playfully combining a strong artistic influence with Cornwall’s nautical heritage, the town is full of character. One of Cornwall’s most populated towns, Falmouth is big enough to offer lots of variety and small enough to still have that friendly, laid-back feel; the kind of place where you can pop in and out of different bars and pubs all night and are still bound to bump into someone you know.

If you are celebrating New Year’s Eve in Falmouth this year, the beautiful firework display at Pendennis Castle is a must. Although the castle itself will be out of bounds to the public, the fireworks will be visible from many locations around the town. For something a little different, take the family to watch Miracle Theatre’s magical Treasure Island this New Year’s Eve at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion. Offering a unique interpretation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling tale, viewers of all ages will be treated to a barrel of fun.


A small coastal town in south east Cornwall, Looe truly comes alive on New Year’s Eve. With an unspoken rule to don fancy dress and funny costumes, crowds of people gather together in shared merriment, glittered up to the eye balls and ready to welcome in the New Year with style.

With two firework displays – one at Banjo Pier at 6pm and another at midnight on East Looe seafront, the evening is carefully set up so that both families with children and more party-committed grown-ups can all get involved.

Remember, the crazier the outfit the better for this one.


Located on Cornwall’s north coast, Newquay really needs no introduction when it comes to a good night out and New Year’s Eve is the cherry on the cake. With music and performances throughout the afternoon in Newquay’s Central Square, a firework display from the harbour at midnight, and pubs and clubs continuing the party throughout the night, your celebrations can start early and finish late.

If you would like to head over to Newquay this New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2020, a favourite tradition is to wear fancy dress and costumes, head through the town and end up in Newquay’s Central Square for a collective rendition of Auld Lang Syne.


A New Year’s Eve in the beautiful coastal town of Padstow offers the perfect night out for everyone. With the picturesque harbour bustling with pubs, bars and eateries, you can head out for a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants like Paul Ainsworth at No.6 or Rojano’s in the Square, or dive into one of the local pubs for a drink or two. Rick Stein also has superb eateries, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

Once you have had your fill, venture back out and soak up the atmosphere as lights bounce off the harbour water and locals and visitors alike gather to welcome in the year ahead. The final piece de resistance of your New Year’s Eve in Padstow, don’t forget to watch the fireworks lighting up the harbour at midnight.

St Ives

Rated the number one place to spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day by Country Living magazine, St Ives is another great choice for those looking to celebrate the arrival of 2020. Festivities begin around 8pm and if the tide is low, celebrations spill out onto the beach too. Roads close along the front so New Year’s Eve-rs can enjoy their night street party-style in the fresh sea air. Again, fancy dress is a must, and the night is filled with a great family-friendly atmosphere so all the gang can enjoy the best start to a wonderful year ahead.

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