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

Posted by Perfect Stays on Oct 08, 2021

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 choose between a three or five course menu. Located in a prime position to watch Newquay Harbour’s fireworks, this 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 place for beach-lovers to welcome 2022. 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 Great Gatsby celebration, filled with sharing platters, cocktails and a five-piece jazz band.

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.

The Harbour Hotel offers three course meals for £70 per person between 6:30pm and 1am, 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.

Join the party in Falmouth


The seaside harbour town of Falmouth 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. Soak up the live music throughout the town before watching the firework display reflect onto the river from the embankment.

If you’re looking for something more, The Greenbank Hotel will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve party. Complete with champagne on arrival, a glamourous gala dinner and plenty of entertainment, it promises to deliver a night to remember.

Count down 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 2022 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 Devon

See in the New Year in style, with a sublime evening at the Angel in Dartmouth. Settle in and enjoy their six-course tasting menu designed by Head Chef Elly Wentworth. Expect beautifully prepared seafood, paired with delicate wines, and rounded off with a selection of sweet treats. Before the clock strikes midnight, don your coats and head out onto Dartmouth’s picturesque embankment to watch as the town gathers to welcome in the New Year.  

Alternatively, enjoy an evening of elegance at Deer Park in Weston. A beautiful country house, Deer Park is a truly spectacular location for a night of celebration – dress up, wander the gardens in candlelight and take to the dancefloor after supper. Come midnight, clink glasses as fireworks light up the night sky before retreating inside for coffee and chocolates in the lounge.

Join Bideford’s 2022 celebrations


Heralded as one of the top 10 New Year events in the country, the small town of Bideford attracts many visitors and locals to their December festivities. As 2022 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 enjoy 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.

For something a little different

Think whimsical decadence, masquerade and secret gin bars, The Great Estate is hosting an event like no other at the magical Truro Cathedral. Dress up to the nines and wander down the cobbled streets of Truro where a red carpet will lead you into the beautifully decorated hall – with champagne and canapes on arrival, enjoy the festivities long into the night. As the clock ticks over midnight, the cathedral’s bells will ring, and you’ll hear as the town erupts into celebration.

Or for those who love live music, head to The Watering Hole in Perranporth for a night of dancing and merriment. To celebrate the arrival of the New Year, the Motown Pirates will transport you back in time with their fantastic 60s, 70s and 80s set. A much-loved spot amongst locals, this beachside bar is renowned for putting on a good night of live music and entertainment. Expect the celebrations to continue long after midnight and walk back across the sand as the new day rolls around.

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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