Surf, Sun, Music and Fun: Summer events in Newquay 2015

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Finally it’s summer time and, just as the song promises, the living is easy if you find yourself in Cornwall this July and August. There are so many things to do in and near Newquay this summer, it’s tricky to know where to start. From surfers to music fans, young children to festival veterans, 2015 looks like being a brilliant year, with some of the best festivals in Cornwall and something for everyone to look forward to.

The weather in Newquay tends to be fine and warm, while the calendar of festivals in Cornwall really kicks into gear. Foodies, youngsters and surfers are all particularly well catered for as we dance, paddle and chew our way into the busiest and best time of the year for holidays in Cornwall.

Newquay Carnival (4th-11th July 2015): Locals and visitors alike love this week long celebration of Newquay. There are many great things to see and try, with workshops, parades and stalls. It is an especially entertaining week of family activities in Cornwall too, with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, huge inflatables and even a mascot race to enjoy. Do also check listings for live music, parades and more. Whether you decide to get stuck in or just spectate, it promises to be a lively seven days: 

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Boardmasters Festival (5th-9th August 2015, Fistral Beach/Newquay): If you are someone who loves surfing, skating, great music or any combination of these, the Boardmasters is an essential Cornish festival to attend! Various events take place, both ticketed and free, from great gigs to surf competitions and all action displays. Check the official site for more info and to check availability with remaining tickets:

As a side note, you don’t have to be an expert surfer to catch some serious waves and fun in Newquay this summer. There are stacks of excellent, friendly surf schools in Newquay to cater for all ages and abilities. The Visit Newquay site has a useful guide to the best of these:

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Newquay Lifeboat Day (9th Aug 10:00- 18:00): An entertaining day out for a great cause, this is your chance to see the heroic skills of the lifeboat crews first hand. Exciting demonstrations will capture the attention of all ages, while live music, stalls and refreshments all add up to a busy day of fun and discovery. Further details:

St. Mawgan’s Wrestling Tournament (18th July 14:00- 18:00): What could be more fun than cheering –or jeering- at a selection of the strongest and hairiest men in Cornwall as they grapple their way to glory? Forget your lycra clad WWF superstars, this contest is about real and unscripted wrestling, which has a long history in Cornwall. Add a barbeque, refreshments and a raffle and it becomes an even more enjoyable event. Further details here:

Trerice Tudor Banquet (July 31st, Trerice House): Forget modern cuisine for an evening and head for Trerice House for an evening of (very) old school merriment! Expect hearty, satisfying dishes and authentic period details galore. Of all the 2015 food events in Cornwall, this is one with a genuine difference! You’ll need to book in advance at £30 per head, while we would also strongly recommend you get into the spirit of the event by dressing in suitably Tudor attire. Full details of this National Trust event here:

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Your perfect base for a summer of great events in Cornwall

With cosy rooms and great service, our Newquay hotel offers ideal family accommodation for your summer holiday in Cornwall. You couldn’t be better placed for a brilliant holiday- close to all the action, but with all the space and relaxation you want. See our rooms section for further details.   



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