As there are so many top New Year's events in Cornwall, it be can difficult to decide where to go to ring in the New Year. There are so many great events and things to do this time of year across the county, meaning you'll never be twiddling your thumbs wondering what to do!
Here are a few of our top picks for places to go in Cornwall for New Year's Eve.
The New Year's Eve celebrations that take place in St Ives mean that the town is considered to be one of the top locations to see in the New Year. The streets are closed for traffic around the harbour front, which is traditionally heaving with people, and if the tide goes out then everyone spills on to the beach for a unique beach party. Fancy dress and party atmosphere play a large part of the festivities and after the countdown, the bells ring and the fireworks commence, providing a dramatic display over the beaches and town of St. Ives. The festivities begin at around 8pm and last long into the night offering a fantastic family-friendly event!
Like St Ives, Newquay also has a thriving party atmosphere as the New Year approaches, and fancy dress is also essential for really getting into the festivities. The main focal point here is the 30-minute firework display that starts at midnight. This is no small show, with the dazzling lights coming from the harbour and visible from all around the area. So however you like to take in the New Year; making the most of the pubs and clubs, wandering along the beach as a family or tucked up at home with a hot chocolate, the fireworks cannot be missed.
In keeping with Cornwall's carnival atmosphere, the people of Looe also love a party at New Year. Fancy dress is considered a must – prepare to look very out of place if wearing normal clothes – and the party spreads through the whole town. It's not only the revellers who dress up - the town's buildings and even the boats on the harbour are adorned with cheery lights to help brighten up the occasion. Unlike other events in Cornwall, Looe has two firework displays, one at 6pm and one at midnight. This really gets the party started, but this also allows families to be more involved as little children can take in the firework show earlier rather than waiting around to midnight.
Whichever event in Cornwall you choose to visit, have a great time and remember to celebrate responsibly. Reading this a day late? Check out our top things to do on New Year's Day! Even if you're reading this in December, it's not too late to get away for New Year - take a look at our range of cottages, and start your New Year with a bang with a break in Cornwall!