Fancy dress and fireworks on New Years eve

New Year’s Eve in Cornwall and Devon 

St Ives, West Cornwall 

Forget London or Edinburgh and join thousands of revellers for fancy dress and fireworks in this coastal favourite. The roads close at 6pm and the harbour front comes to life with bands, food stalls and a real party atmosphere. If you are taking children then head in for early evening to admire the amazing costumes on show. At midnight everyone congregates for the firework display over the harbour.

Tip: If you want to eat in one of the towns many restaurants be sure to book well ahead!

Newquay, North Cornwall 

Head to Central Square throughout the afternoon with musical performances to get you in the festive spirit! Residents and visitors from far and wide congregate in the central square for the midnight countdown and customary rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The celebrations continue long after the last firework has died away. Again fancy dress is the theme of the day so get creative.

Tip: Get your spot at Central Square for the countdown or head to the harbour front for a good view of the midnight fireworks.

Bideford, North Devon 

Festivities start from about 6pm on the Quay, where there’s a selection of live bands, street entertainers and guests from local Heart FM Radio!! Again party goers traditionally wear costumes and a number of landlords are offer either prizes or discounts to reward fancy dress efforts. As the clock strikes midnight, line up with the locals and enjoy a spectacular firework display followed by a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

There is also an old tradition to see who can run the length of the 13th Century Long Bridge, fondly known to locals as the Old Bridge, before the last chime of midnight rings out from St Mary’s Church.

Insider tip: Expect the unexpected with plenty of surprises and treats in store!!

Looe, South Cornwall

Looe has become one of the most popular places in the whole country to spend New Year – or so they claim! The small Cornish town hosts a free party and like its other Cornish contemporaries, welcomes in the New Year in fancy dress.

Insider Tip: With a firework display at six for children and another at midnight it is a great option for families.

Dartmouth, South Devon 

New Year in Dartmouth has a real carnival atmosphere. Thousands of revellers, nearly all in fancy dress, crowd the narrow streets and embankment area waiting expectantly for the Church bells to sound at midnight before partying into the early hours. Expect people to begin congregating in the streets from about 8pm.


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