7 Reasons to Stay in Cornwall for New Year’s

December 10th, 2021

Staycations are not just for the summer! With winter walks along the coastline and keeping warm by the fire, Cornwall is a wonderful place to spend those last few days of 2021.

If you’re not convinced, then take a look at our list of reasons why you should spend your New Year celebrations in Cornwall this year.

1. Fewer People

Waves on sand at a beach

There are some truly spectacular ways to usher in the New Year across the UK, but if you’re looking for a quieter option, then Cornwall might just be the place for you!

The 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 luckily it frees up the rest of the year to be a little quieter.

So, if you’re looking for a more remote and relaxed New Year’s holiday, then perhaps a trip down south is in store.

2. Fantastic Restaurants

Food and drink on a table

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!

3. Christmas Day Dip

People swimming in the sea wearing Santa hats

No matter where you go on holiday, it’s always a great idea to engulf yourself in the local culture. For Cornwall, that means joining in the Christmas Day Dip. This is a tradition across the South West whereby the locals take a dip into the freezing Atlantic waters followed by toasty fires and a nice Christmas dinner.

4. Dog-Friendly Holidays

A black dog with a red scarf

Holidays are for family, and that means everyone should be involved – especially your four-legged friends. By choosing to stay in Cornwall for the New Year, you can bring your furry friends along for the ride since plenty of holiday lets, pubs, and even some hotels allow dogs on site.

If you want to learn more about dog-friendly places in Cornwall, then check out our blog below.

5. Surfing in Cornwall

A surfer on the waves

Ride this year out in style!

While surfing might seem like a summer sport, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, a lot 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 the winter 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. So, grab your winter wetsuit and get going!

6. Fireworks Displays

Fireworks over water

Head on down to Cornwall if you’re looking to start your New Year off with a bang!

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 this year.

7. Local Events

A group of friends with wine glasses

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!

Here are some of the New Year’s events happening near us at The Valley this New Year’s Eve.


New Year’s Eve in Newquay is a vibrant and fabulous affair. With festive music and locals in fancy dress flooding the streets, pubs and clubs, it’s easy to be swept away with it all! The night is then finished up with fireworks set off from the harbour that light up the whole town.

St. Ives

Every New Year’s Eve, the town of St. Ives closes off its roads to allow celebrators to show up in all their grandeur. With more fancy dress and fireworks, St. Ives is a perfect place to celebrate the New Year. You can also book a fancy meal at one of the fantastic restaurants and celebrate in style.


Everyone is dressed up for New Year’s in Falmouth, including the buildings and boats. The street party in Falmouth is the perfect way to end your year, with even more fancy dress and live music beneath the fireworks.

If you’re looking for something with a little more sparkle, why not take a look at the annual New Year’s Eve Party hosted at the Greenbank Hotel, complete with champagne and a gala dinner.

No matter where you choose to spend the night, make your New Year’s magical by spending it in Cornwall this year. If you’re looking for a perfect place to lay your head after a night on the town, why not browse our range of luxury Cornish cottages.