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The best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall and Devon

Posted by Perfect Stays on Nov 07, 2018

How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?

If you’re a little stuck for ideas, take a look at our top recommendations for New Year’s Eve in Cornwall and Devon this year. Alternatively, gather your friends and family together and plan your own celebrations in a luxury holiday home-from-home. With many of our properties just moments away from the fun, view our New Year availability here.

Welcome the New Year in Newquay

Immerse yourself in the vibrant character of Newquay’s town centre, as festive music and fancy dress fill the streets and flood local bars, pubs and clubs. As you would expect, fireworks are also due to light up the town. Released from Newquay Harbour, gather with loved ones for the countdown as the clock nears midnight.

If you’re looking for the wow factor, The Atlantic Hotel are hosting their annual Black Tie Ball. Dig out your finest eveningwear for a spectacularly classy night and opt between a three or five course menu. Located in the prime position to watch Newquay Harbour’s fireworks, this fantastic themed evening is sure to bring in the new year in the most extravagant way.

For a touch of sophistication, try a pre-organised night at one of the stunning venues just outside of Newquay that offer delicious menus, live music and unique experiences. Perched on the edge of Watergate Bay, The Beach Hut is the perfect way for beach-lovers to welcome 2020. A live acoustic set and three course menu starts the night on the right foot, followed by a live DJ until the early hours of the new year. Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa are also hosting a memorable event, filled with sharing platters, festive extras and a DJ and Sax live music set.

See the streets of St Ives light up


As the road closures take place from 6pm onwards, St Ives becomes home to a wonderful range of fancy dress costumes, where thousands of locals and visitors alike show off their most impressive outfits, filling the streets with character, colour and creativity. Gather on the harbour front and let your senses soak up the freshly cooked festive treats on offer at the many food stalls or enjoy a tipple at one of the local pubs. As midnight nears, find the perfect spectator spot and watch the fireworks light up the harbour.

Tregenna Castle offer three course meals for £35 per person between 5-8pm, allowing plenty of time for you to step outside and rejoice in the nightlife and fireworks later on in the evening. Make sure you select your most impressive attire for this event, as there will be a prize for the best dressed. For something a bit more casual, The Hub and The Seafood Café will satisfy your palette with a range of hearty burgers and fresh shellfish, while Porthminster Café is perfectly positioned for laid back celebrations on the edge of the beach.

Set in the heart of St Ives with a garden gate leading onto Fore Street, Salubrious House is brand new to our portfolio. Available for a New Year stay, start 2020 in style amongst beautiful interiors and expansive sea views. Sleeping up to nine guests, watch the fireworks from the first floor terrace with a glass of Cornish fizz in hand.

Join the party in Looe


The seaside harbour town of Looe is renowned for coming alive on New Year’s Eve with a street party that flows throughout. Like St Ives and Newquay, many guests will arrive in their best fancy dress costume, with the boats and buildings also adorned in festive decorations for the occasion. As the old year ends and a new one begins, Looe hosts two separate firework displays – catering for the younger viewers at 6pm, with another at midnight for those ready to celebrate all night.

If you’re looking for something more, The Hannafore Point Hotel will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve party. Complete with champagne in the ballroom, a Gala buffet and plenty of entertainment, it promises to deliver a night to remember.

Countdown to midnight in Mousehole


For those hoping for a quieter affair, the enchanting village of Mousehole promises to deliver a calm and charming New Year’s Eve. Renowned for the Christmas Lights, the intimate fishing port transforms into a festive vision each December, with approximately 7,000 bulbs, floating displays and a 160ft wide Christmas message lit up for all to see. With plenty of cosy nooks in various pubs, hunker down by the open log fire as you feast on hearty platters and the obligatory glass of celebratory fizz, counting down to 2020 in a tranquil setting.

For sociable dinners, 2 Fore Street offers a delicious sample menu, featuring refreshing local seafood, high-quality organic meats and crisp vegetables to please all palettes. Boasting a relaxed yet luxury atmosphere, this venue is perfect for welcoming the new year with friends and family.

Get all dressed up in Dartmouth


Meander through bustling streets and immerse yourself in Dartmouth’s energetic carnival atmosphere. The running theme of fancy dress continues, filling the town with excitement and energy as the night pans out. Soak up the live music on the bandstand before watching the firework display reflect onto the river from the embankment.

Seize the opportunity to discover Coleton Fishacre in a new light with a trip to the house and garden, as the grounds sparkle with a festive glow. With an opulent 1920’s party in full swing, you can try on elaborate party outfits in the handling room and listen to music in the saloon, ensuring a unique atmosphere. The event, Coleton Aglow, runs from 29th November until New Year’s Eve and offers the perfect opportunity to dress up and welcome 2020 in style.

Join Bideford’s 2019 celebrations

Heralded as one of the top ten New Year events in the country, the small town of Bideford attracts many visitors and locals to their December festivities. Heaps of entertainment awaits, ranging from funfair rides and street entertainers to fancy dress and live music, so there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy. As 2020 edges closer and closer, gather on the quay to watch the spectacular firework display and partake in the traditional Auld Lang Syne singalong. If you fancy a challenge, an old tradition in Bideford sees people dashing the length of the 13th Century Long Bridge before the last chime from St Mary’s Church at midnight.

For something more intimate, The Royal Hotel’s grand Gala Dinner welcomes visitors to join the celebrations, with plenty of drinks, dancing and food to indulge on as the night goes by. Promising a memorable and stylish night, this event is sure to bring the glitz and glamour of a fabulous New Year’s Eve.

Host New Year’s Eve in your own special way

Enjoy the sparkling firework display from a luxurious hot tub, cosy up by the fire with a glass of champagne or gather on the terrace under a blanket of stars as you overlook harbour, ocean and countryside.

From quaint evenings to vibrant street parties and black tie balls, Cornwall and Devon are sure to have an experience for you. View our available New Year holiday homes here.

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