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Boardmasters Festival

Posted by Holly Brookes on
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An unforgettable weekend above the waves

Taking place in Watergate Bay near Newquay, the Boardmasters Festival spans over five days, welcoming festivalgoers from across the nation. Boasting a plethora of artists from multiple genres as well as a variety of bars, stalls and amusement rides, its clifftop location makes for an unforgettable long weekend in Cornwall at what is arguably one of the most stunning live music locations.


When and where


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This year, Boardmasters Festival will be taking place between the 7th and 11th of August and is set above the cliffs of Watergate Bay between Newquay and Mawgan Porth. This one-of-a-kind site can easily be reached via the B3276 and the A389 or for those landing at Newquay Airport, take the Atlantic Coaster bus service straight to the site.

The line-up

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With a host of acts performing across seven stages, this year's line-up promises an unforgettable weekend. Settle down with a crisp cold cider at The View for an afternoon of upcoming artists before crossing over to the Main Stage for an evening of back-to-back performances from musical icons. From the indie sounds of Newcastle native Sam Fender to award-winning hits from grime artist Stormzy, there’s no better place to soak up the magic of Cornwall’s north coast and the voices dominating the music industry than Watergate Bay.

Things to see and do 

For those staying throughout the weekend, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained whether you're partaking in the celebrations with friends or enjoying the slow life with your little ones in tow. If you need a little R&R, head to the Zen Den for a yoga session or catch the shuttle bus to Fistral Beach for front-row seats to the festival's surfing competitions. Alternatively, set off to sample tasty treats from the onsite food vendors before taking a seat near the cliff edge to admire the waves below. From Middle Eastern classics including falafel and mezze boards to burritos smothered in your favourite toppings, you'll have plenty of opportunities to test them all out.

With a shuttle bus service running from the festival site into Newquay town centre, there is so much to explore on your doorstep. If you fancy a change of scenery, head to The Boathouse for tapas beside the harbour or pop into The Bottle for a glass of wine in the sun. 

Secure your tickets 

Weekend, camping and day tickets are available to purchase via this link.

Stunning homes away from the crowds

Our luxury holiday homes in Mawgan Porth are an idyllic base for those whose children or loved ones are attending Boardmasters Festival this year. Located just a five-minute drive from the festival site, stay close to the celebrations without having to compromise on comfort and luxury.

Located above golden sands, reside in our striking retreat Red Cove where stunning sea views, can be found at every corner. Sleeping up to 12 guests and boasting a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, take full advantage of the on-site spa facilities as you while away the hours. Alternatively, soothe the soul at the joy-inducing The Hideout for a stay guaranteed to please the whole family. With an underground games room, indoor slide and hot tub, little ones will adore this sea-view haven.

With other prevalent North Cornwall holiday destinations located nearby, see our luxury holiday homes in Crantock and Porth as well as Mawgan Porth. 

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Left: The Hideout | Right: Red Cove

Image credits: Boardmasters via Instagram | All other images are our own. 


Posted by Holly Brookes

A lover of all things interior design, food and events, Holly is never short of ideas for a day out in the South West. When she’s not looking for the perfect oat flat white, Holly can be found exploring new corners of the coast.

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