The best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall and Devon
How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?
If you’re a little stuck for ideas, take a look at the best places in Cornwall and Devon to bring in 2019. Alternatively, gather your friends and family together and plan your own New Year’s Eve celebrations in a luxury holiday home-from-home. View the small selection of our spectacular properties with New Year availability here.
See in the New Year in Newquay
Reminisce about the year gone by as the sun starts to set over the sea and enjoy the festive music filling the streets from the musical performances taking place in Central Square. Wander into the heart of Newquay in your best fancy dress, as the local bars, pubs, and clubs bustle with everyone from Bugs Bunny to Bugsy Malone and celebrations carry on long into the night. Fireworks are a huge part of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world and Newquay is no exception, with its firework display erupting from the harbour as the clock strikes 12.
If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated and pre-organised, there are several places in Newquay where you can bring in the New Year in style.
The Beach Hut in Watergate Bay couldn’t be any closer to the beach. Celebrate the New Year with a fantastic festive menu, plus a few festive extras, and dance the night away to a live acoustic set and a DJ that will be playing until the early hours.
Join the party at the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. Start early with a festive drink in the Bay Bar before heading to the Dune Restaurant to enjoy grand sharing platters and spectacular seasonal dishes, with the perfect mix of live music and DJ sets to help you welcome 2019.
Atlantic Hotel provides the ideal spot to watch the fireworks illuminate Newquay Harbour. Dress up in your finest James Bond-esque attire for Atlantic Hotel’s Ball. This fantastic themed evening includes casino tables and a full, live entertainment program. Enjoy a 5-course meal in their Chandelier Dining Room for £85 per person, or a 3-course meal in the Silks Bistro and Champagne Bar for £75 per person.
Celebrate in St Ives
After the roads close at 6pm, the streets will be filled with a whole manner of fancy dress, from your favourite children’s book characters to classic pop stars from the 80s, for what’s known as the biggest fancy dress party in Cornwall. Gather on the harbour front where the celebrations begin, and be tempted by the smell of freshly cooked festive treats from one of the many food stalls. Enjoy the echo of live music that fills the streets and come together as midnight strikes to watch the fireworks light up the harbour.
Tregenna Castle offers party-goers the chance to indulge in a pre-party 2 or 3-course meal before heading out to the centre of St Ives to revel in the celebrations, or stay for the whole evening to enjoy a delicious menu and fantastic all night entertainment. However long you decide to stay, it’s set to be an evening full of festivity.
If you prefer something more casual, Porthminster Café is offering their normal à la carte menu, which ranges in price from £35 to £80 per person. Perfectly positioned on the beach, with the harbour on its left, this is a truly great place to enjoy the end of 2018.
Join the party in Looe
The quaint seaside harbour town of Looe comes alive on the eve of a New Year with a party that flows through the whole town. Not unlike St Ives and Newquay, you’ll find the majority of people dressed in their finest fancy dress outfits, with the boats and buildings also being decorated. Looe takes a firework display and doubles it, kicking off the New Year’s celebrations at 6pm with a set of fireworks that are perfect for younger families and those not wanting to stay out all evening. Begin the year with a bang at 12am with Looe’s firework finale.
Meanwhile, The Hannafore Point Hotel is throwing a Grand New Year’s Eve Party, complete with a champagne reception in the ballroom, a grand three course buffet and a fun-filled night of entertainment lying ahead.
Watch the clock strike midnight in Mousehole
Prefer a quieter New Year’s Eve in Cornwall? The charming harbour town of Mousehole promises a traditional Christmas atmosphere with cosy nooks in local pubs, open log fires and freshly prepared morsels to accompany that obligatory glass of champagne. Now celebrating its 55th year, the Mousehole Christmas Lights are a well-known tradition and illuminate the intimate harbour village, attracting over 30,000 people during the festive period. The impressive exhibition uses roughly 7,000 bulbs and includes floating displays and a 160ft wide Christmas message in lights. As well as the harbour lights, a modest firework display will light up Mousehole to celebrate the New Year.
Quieter than the bigger towns’ New Year’s festivities in Cornwall, but no less festive, The Old Coast Guard is hosting a St Trinians themed evening of celebrations with supper from 6:30pm, a drink on arrival and a local band for £39.50 per person.
Get all dressed up in Dartmouth
Bustling streets and a real carnival atmosphere are what you’ll find in Dartmouth. Fancy dress is a theme in the streets here too, and the pubs will be filled with excited party-goers throughout the day. Enjoy the live music on the bandstand and watch the fireworks light up the sky over the river from the embankment.
Discover Coleton Fishacre in a whole new light with a visit to the house and garden for an opulent 1920s party in Dartmouth. Try on elaborate party outfits in the handling room, listen to music in the saloon and soak up the party atmosphere as the surrounding house and trees bathe in festive lights. The twinkling New Year’s event, titled Coleton Aglow, runs from 30th November 2018 up until the big night itself, and is the perfect excuse to get all dressed up to welcome the new year.
Due to a rare cancellation, the magical Phoenix House in Dartmouth has unprecedented last minute availability for a New Year’s holiday this year. With a magnificent wood burning stove, bubbling hot tub and underfloor heating throughout, there’s no better place to watch the firework displays sparkle over Dartmouth. A one-of-a-kind opportunity for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in South Devon, discover the stunning Phoenix House.
Join Bideford’s 2019 celebrations
Heralded as one of the top ten New Year events in the country, the small town of Bideford attracts flocks of visitors each December to see in the New Year with a bang. With a range of activities on offer for both adults and children and of course, plenty of fancy dress to be seen throughout the night, it’s a great night for all in Devon. Live bands and street entertainers will be creating a great family friendly atmosphere on the quay from the early evening, and when 2019 arrives, crowds will gather together to watch the spectacular firework display and end the night with a 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.
Alternatively, The Royal Hotel‘s grand Gala Dinner welcomes visitors to a truly stylish event to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. With drinks on arrival, a great local menu and dancing expected to go on long into the night, the gala promises all the glitz and glamour of a fabulous New Year’s Eve.
Host New Year’s Eve in your own special way
Watch the fireworks light up the harbour from the comfort of your very own bubbling hot tub, surround yourself in seclusion with an intimate night by the fire or bring in the New Year with all of your nearest and dearest under a sky full of stars, overlooking the ocean. View our available New Year holiday homes here.