Celebrate New Year’s in Cornwall 2024

October 05th, 2023

The end of the year is the perfect time to kick back and relax on a low-key staycation. And there’s nowhere better to venture for a tranquil break than Cornwall.

With peaceful winter walks along the coast and lots of local delicacies to enjoy, a stay at a luxury holiday village in Cornwall is ideal for ringing in the New Year. Find out how you could make this New Year’s celebrations extra special.

Why Stay in Cornwall for New Year’s Eve?

There’s a lot to love about Cornwall at any time of year, but it can be a particularly desirable spot in that post-Christmas season when you want to chill out and spend time with friends and family.

1. Fewer People

If you’re after a quieter New Year’s Eve celebration this year, Cornwall is the place for you.

The peak holiday season for Cornwall tends to be June to August when the weather is hotter and school is out. This makes those months extremely busy to visit, but it tends to be a little quieter during the rest of the year.

If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of regular life, a Cornish holiday is ideal.

2. Fantastic Restaurants

No matter where you choose to stay in Cornwall, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food. From award-winning pub-grub to seafood restaurants serving only locally caught fish, there is something to tempt the whole family.

Plus, as winter is the off-season for Cornwall, you shouldn’t find any issues with booking a table at your favourite local restaurant!

Food and drink at a restaurant

3. Christmas Day Dip

Wherever you go on holiday, it’s always good to immerse yourself in the local culture. For Cornwall during the festive period, that means joining in with the Christmas Day Dip.

This is a tradition across the South West where brave locals take a dip into the freezing Atlantic waters, followed by toasty fires and a nice Christmas dinner. If you’ve got other traditions for the big day itself, why not make this one a new New Year’s custom? There are plenty of beaches to visit!

4. Surfing in Cornwall

While surfing might seem like a summer sport, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, lots of surfers dedicate their winter months to tackling the great westerly swells that bring some of Cornwall’s surf spots to life.

However, if you’re new to surfing, winter may not be the best time to hit the water. Lifeguards are few and far between during these months, and this is when waves can be at the most perilous, so it’s best left to the experts.

For those who have been waiting all year for some great waves without having to wade through large groups of newbie surfers, then a surfing staycation in Cornwall this winter could be just the trip you’ve been waiting for!

5. Fireworks Displays

While London has the eyes of the nation on New Year’s Eve for its stunning fireworks display, it’s not the only option. If you want to see some sparks flying in real life, then Cornwall could be the place for you.

From St. Ives to Newquay all the way to Looe, there is certainly no shortage of fireworks displays taking place in Cornwall every year.

Fireworks against a night sky

6. Local Events

Everyone has their own way of celebrating the start of a new year. This means that no matter where you choose to go, there’s bound to be something exciting happening locally that you can get involved in!

Where to Go in Cornwall for New Year’s Eve

The towns and villages of Cornwall come alive during various New Year’s celebrations, with fireworks displays and festivities to help you party the night away.

And come the next morning, what better way to greet the new year than with a woodland stroll or a refreshing walk on one of the nearby beaches?


The gorgeous seaside town of Falmouth is set glittering on New Year’s Eve, with an unbeatable ambience and fireworks display. Everyone gets dressed up for New Year’s in Falmouth, including the buildings and boats.

You’ll find restaurants and hotels on every corner hosting an unforgettable night, where food is locally sourced and the drinks keep flowing.

St. Ives

St. Ives closes its streets to traffic on New Year’s Eve to prepare for the influx of celebrators. Hosted on the beach (depending on the tide), the celebrations here certainly have plenty of Cornish flair. Fireworks will light up the sky over the harbour and the beach for an impressive display.

Some consider the St. Ives New Year’s celebrations to be among the best in the UK!

Red and gold fireworks in the sky


Get dressed up and head to the cathedral for a masquerade ball, or settle in for one of the two fireworks displays happening in the evening. Truro is a stunning backdrop for a night of eating, drinking and looking forward to another year.


Newquay is another exciting hotspot for your New Year’s celebrations, attracting people from all over the country with a carnival-like atmosphere. The main attraction is the 30-minute firework display at midnight, but there is something for everyone here, whether you want to enjoy the various pubs and clubs or up with your family and enjoy the festivities on the beach.

Staying at The Valley in Cornwall for New Year’s

Located just 10 minutes from Truro, The Valley is in a great central location, making the ideal base for your Christmas and New Year’s adventures. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, it won’t be far from our luxury Cornish cottages!

Spending Christmas in Cornwall at The Valley

We want to ensure everyone can enjoy the festive season in ultimate comfort with a New Year’s break in Cornwall. Here you’ll find accommodation suitable for all the family, including dog-friendly cottages and options with a private hot tub.

Book your next holiday today to discover how magical Cornwall can be in winter.

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