If there’s one thing better than enjoying a break in Newquay, it’s catching a brillliant event while you’re here! No matter whether you’re looking for music, the arts or culinary delights, you’re in for a treat this year too. Here’s our quick guide to what’s on in Newquay and North Cornwall this summer and beyond for 2017. Don't forget, many of these events also offer one day or family discount tickets for those with kids or just looking to make a quick visit.
Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze, Newquay (Various dates, July to Sept)
Celebrations are in order for Lusty Glaze this year. Not only do their music nights under the stars continue to draw the crowds, the beach itself was voted as Britain’s finest in a national top 50 lineup from The Sunday Times. As for the acts on show this summer and autumn, some tickets just sell themselves! Indie pop giants Razorlight arrive on 20th July for another big show. Not that it’s all rock and pop, because August welcomes the delightful “Symphony by the Sea” introducing classical music to the beach. Click here for full listings.
Port Eliot Festival (27th – 30th July 2017, St Germans)
With creativity and hands-on fun galore, this Cornish festival is gaining a cult following (Image: Port Eliot Festival Facebook)
Ok, so this event is a little further from Newquay. But it has such a great mix of food, fun and culture that we couldn’t help but recommend its charms. If an intriguing lineup of musical, comedic and literary talent were not enough, there are stacks of hands-on experiences for all ages. Try your hand at star gazing or gin tasting; swap your clothes or play frisbee golf; meet the experts and learn anything from wildlife tracking to yoga moves! In short, Port Eliot Festival is an event with a participatory vibe like no other. Be quick for tickets though, because they don't tend to hang about for long! http://porteliotfestival.com
Boardmasters Festival (9th-13th August 2017)
The daddy of Cornish music and surfing events rides into town on an even bigger wave this year with yet another blockbusting lineup of acts. The Flaming Lips, Jamiroquai and Stormzy are all among the top billed artists on the way. Just as important are the surfing contests, however, not to mention the fabulous food and notorious after parties to finish each night in style. And since it’s just up the road from Newquay, you needn’t rough it this year, with glamping or a hotel bed both much kinder options for aching limbs! See http://www.boardmasters.co.uk for full details, including directions, lineup of artists and current ticket options for 2017.
Cornwall Folk Festival (Newquay 24th- 28th August)
Many events come and go in the calendar each year, but this great West Country folk festival just keeps rolling. A huge lineup of talent returns this August, from household names to emerging talents. Dosca bring Celtic rhythms from Scotland, while folk hero Dougie Maclean headlines the Saturday night. Other acts to look out for include West Country award winners Phil Henry and Hannah Martin and energetic young Cornish alt-folk act The Woods. A must for any folk music fan! For ticket details and the 2017 line up of artists, see http://www.cornwallfolkfestival.com
Newquay Fish Fest (8th-10th September 2017)
As the label on this fishy tin suggests, this is an almighty feast of Cornish seafood and cooking demonstrations. Indeed, whether you want to raise your culinary game, or simply have a hankering for fresh crab or mussels, there is a huge amount to learn, taste and try for yourself. Add live entertainment and a lovely selection of wines, ales and ciders and you have the recipe for a deliciously indulgent weekend. http://www.newquayfishfestival.co.uk
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival (Penhallow 8th to 10th September)
Think potent scrumpy and finger lickin’ food; add foot stomping bands and a pig race (yes, really) and you realise that cider is not the only reason this is a great festival. In fact this could just be the most fun you can legally have in one weekend! Scouting for Girls and The Wurzels lead the musical lineup this time. Cornish festivals don’t come much friendlier, or with a more life-affirming choice of ciders! See the official site for tickets, lineup and directions: http://cornwallciderfestival.co.uk/