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Holidays in North Cornwall

Those considering a holiday on the north coast of Cornwall will soon come to realise the area offers something different to the south coast. The dramatic coastline, combined with untouched countryside, offers a rich and varied holiday destination. 

There’s so much to discover on the north coast, including vast open beaches, quaint harbours, popular towns and plenty of countryside to explore. Guests looking for a family holiday can spend their days relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches, including the Blue Flag beaches Polzeath, Great Western (Newquay), Widemouth Bay and Crooklets. With surfing hotspots dotted along the north coast, surfers will enjoy visiting the area too.

Guests seeking a busier and more vibrant atmosphere will be drawn to Newquay, with a buzzing town, plenty of independent shops, restaurants and attractions, as well as several fantastic beaches. 

Top tip

Visit the north coast of Cornwall for the best surf in the UK!

Surfing

North Cornwall is renowned for its vibrant surf scene. Porthtowan and Portreath both offer excellent surfing, and each year in September, St Agnes hosts the World bellyboarding championsips at Chapel Porth beach; a great day out for the whole family. 

Newquay’s Fistral Beach is a Mecca for surfing and bodyboarding, and its consistent surfing conditions make it a popular surf spot with visitors and locals alike. Each year, the Boardmaster’s surf competition takes place at Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, where live music and surfing comes together for a festival like no other. 

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Food and drink

For those looking for a taste of Cornwall, there's a wealth of restaurants, cafés and bars to discover along the north coast.

Padstow is a food lover’s delight, with Rick Stein’s and Paul Ainsworth’s restaurants offering local produce and freshly-caught seafood. Whilst Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant is just up the coast in the famous harbour village of Port Isaac. 

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Events

Rogue Theatre Winter Wood

Created by Cornwall’s award winning Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic. Let the faeries lead the way with stories and songs to Old Man Winter, who will weave a tale and reveal the path to a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.

TBC 2024

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Boscastle Walking Week

Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, you'll be guided on some of the most beautiful walks along the Cornish coastline, amid woods and streams and on rambles to secluded waterfalls.

15th May 2024

Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

On selected dates during December, board the Santa Express to Santa's grotto where children will recieve a gift from Father Christmas. There will also be children's entertainment, mince pies, and mulled wine for the adults!

TBC 2024

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Santa's Grotto & Elf Emporium

Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make Reindeer food and have a festive day out at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude. At the elf emporium, children can write letters to the North Pole and take part in other fun activities. Online booking essential. 

TBC 2024

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Bude Jazz Festival

Top UK and international jazz, blues, swing and boogie bands make up the Bude Jazz festival, with over 120 events including street parades, late night jam sessions and a dance marquee.

30th August - 2nd September 2024

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Rock Oyster Festival

A food and music festival on the banks of the Camel Estuary featuring live music from Nile Rodgers with Chic, Groove Armada and Sophie Ellis Bexter, plus performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.

25th - 28th July 2024

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Padstow 'Obby Oss' Festival

This colourful tradition that takes place in the harbour town of Padstow. Locals decorate the town with flags, flowers, greenery and a flagpole. The crowds are greeted by the swirling and dancing 'osses' who parade through the town, followed by the 'Teazer' who dances along behind. 

1st May 2024

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Boardmasters Festival

Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this year's 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay. Enjoy music performed by Liam Gallagher, Florence and The Machine, Lorde and more!

7th - 11th August 2024

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Bude Carnival

First held in 1920, Bude Carnival is an annual event where money raised is donated to local charities and organisations. Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition! 

17th August 2024

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St Endellion Summer Festival

St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days. Musicians visit from all over the world to perform at this special concert.

30th - 9th August 2024

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Bolster Festival

Bolster festival in St Agnes celebrates the demise of the legend of Bolster the giant. The community re-enact the life and downfall of the giant as they parade through the streets and down to the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach. 

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Royal Cornwall Show

This three-day event is the highlight of Cornwall's agricultural year, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's rural lifestyle. The event is packed with activities, competitions, food and craft demonstrations and stalls, displays, music, and, or course, lots of animals!

6th, 7th and 8th June 2024

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Lusty Glaze Sundowner Sessions

Every year Lusty Glaze beach hosts their Sundowner Sessions - an opportunity to watch your favourite artsits perform live in the stunning setting of the natural ampitheatre provided by the cliffs at Lusty Glaze. 

TBC 2024

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Tropical Pressure Festival

Head to Mount Pleasant Eco Park to join in with the park's annual festival celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the caribbean. Enjoy live music, dance and food throughout the weekend. 

12th - 14th July 2023

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Getting to North Cornwall

With its own airport, Newquay is easily accessed both from abroad and within the UK. It's also simple to get to by car. From Newquay airport, the rest of Cornwall is within close reach, and you won’t be far from wherever you choose to stay. If you fancy a trip to the Isles of Scilly whilst holidaying in Cornwall, daily flights to and from Newquay Airport are available. 

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