Cornwall is perhaps best known as a destination for surfers and families in the summer season who come to make the most of the magnificent coastline and beaches. However, with the recent growth of the self-catering holiday accommodation industry and the subsequent abundance of cottages in Cornwall available to rent from companies such as Blue Chip Vacations, the county has also grown as a winter destination too. So how does it fair on New Year’s Eve?
One of Cornwall’s premier party towns, it is unsurprising that this coastal town in the north is a hot contender for New Year’s Eve celebrations. In terms of New Year’s traditions, the town is probably best known for fancy dress – with every venue and most revellers endorsing outrageous clothing and costumes. Clubs such as Berties and Sailors are popular with those who want to dance the night away. For those who want to stay in luxury for the New Year, why not splash out on a Newquay holiday apartment offering superb accommodation and stunning sea views.
Cornwall’s capital, Truro, has an excellently festive feel about it all through the Christmas period due to its Georgian architecture and illuminations. When it gets to new years most of the town descends upon the Lemon Quay piazza for its fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight. The city also offers a great diversity of clubs and bar to return to when it gets too cold outside.
Despite its far-west location, the popularity of New Year’s at St Ives seems to grow year on year. The town still retains its community and laid back feel – and is known for being free from schedule with spontaneous bonfires and fireworks occurring on the beach some years, and visitors preferring to stick to the pubs and bars other years. Fireworks and fancy dress are traditional – while it is advised that people get to the town early if they don’t want to be stuck in traffic.
The UK’s Sunday Times has recent declared the small south coastal town of Looe as one of the top four places in Britain to see in the New Year. Like Truro and St Ives, the town is well known for its small alleyways and streets, but also benefits from its close location (around 20 miles) from Plymouth and the Devon border. Again, fancy dress is the order of play – with visitors and locals gathering on the promenades and beach to watch the fireworks launched from the country’s original banjo-shaped pier.