Whether you prefer a pub-crawl, fancy dress party, fireworks on the beach or a spot of fine dining and dancing – you’ll find something and somewhere to suit your celebratory mood.
Reputedly one of the country’s biggest fancy dress gatherings, St Ives is a massive street-meets-beach party and fireworks extravaganza by the sea like nothing and nowhere else.
Having continually grown in popularity and investment, the pyrotechnics have doubled in size over the past few years, giving the country’s big cities a real run for their money when it comes to sheer spectacle, making it one of Cornwall’s hottest New Year propositions. Check out this clip from our St Ives harbour webcam taken on New Year's Eve last year!
Looe is another destination that’s garnering wide repute as a top New Year’s shindig, staging two separate fireworks displays (one at 6pm and one at midnight) and so making it an especially family-friendly choice as the carnival feel starts early and spreads throughout the entire twin town.
For anyone fancying the north Cornish coast, Newquay is a definite mecca for anyone wanting an unforgettable good time. With a number of venues hosting their own parties - from dining and in-house entertainment to themed events, there’s a variety of options to pick from. Fancy dress is the evening’s attire code of choice, while fireworks at the harbour draw the crowds from far and wide as the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne resonate throughout the seaside town.
Penzance is another popular party place for those wanting to don their finery or fancy dress. The streets are awash with revellers spilling out from pubs and restaurants, while everything from open-house parties and supper clubs to themed club nights promise a memorable nod to the New Year.
For fireworks served with a side of stunning scenery, Falmouth’s fabulous display at Pendennis Castle is certainly one of Cornwall’s most anticipated. Hit the streets to join the masses for a fancy dress fiesta, or book somewhere special for a more private meal or event, such as Gylly Beach Café.
Truro is another top choice, with fireworks set off over the city from the hill above Truro School – making Lemon Quay something of a party epicentre vantage point, which also presents food and a fun fair.
Perranporth always delivers when it comes to bone fide beach parties courtesy of The Watering Hole’s unique on-the-sand position and fantastic entertainment schedule.
Similarly, other oceanic villages and towns from Bude to St Agnes and Porthleven present their own unique party atmosphere and array of venues dedicated to celebrating the New Year with individual character and panache, so wherever you choose to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 – Cornwall’s eclectic merrymaking scene will certainly steal the show.
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