Whether you’re searching for a Newquay music festival, you want to try some local fare at a food pop-up, or simply fill your time in this surfing mecca with some cultural events, while Cornwall may be known as a somewhat sleepy county, Newquay events take place all year round, from music events, festivals and Cornish celebrations.
Here are five top events in Newquay for 2023.
Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May, 11am-11pm
Cornwall Street Food Festival returns with a four-day May Bank Holiday bonanza! Taking place on the picturesque Barrowfields Cliffs in Newquay, Cornwall Street Food Festival is a great way to spend the weekend in Cornwall, with vendors cooking up a storm from 11am – 11pm daily. Tickets are free (upgrades are available), but you’ll need to book them beforehand.
Cyclamen in front of the house at Trerice, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
27-29 May 2023
National Trust’s Trerice is celebrating 450 years since the rebuilding of the property, which was finished in 1573. From 10:30-4:30, the Elizabethan manor house near Newquay will be hosting family fun and games across the whole weekend, including hobbyhorse jousting and Tudor games, alongside some live performances.
29 July 2023
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea, so it’s a charity close to many Cornish hearts. The RNLI will be hosting its annual Newquay Lifeboat Day on 29 July 2023, where crowds descend on the harbour for a fun-filled day, to help raise funds and awareness.
Kicking off at 10:30am, the event itself is free but is designed to help raise money and see what amazing work the RNLI Volunteers and other rescue services do within Newquay. Visitors will see dramatic rescue demonstrations, enjoy live music, and there will be plenty of stalls and refreshments at Newquay’s historic harbour.
Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
9-13 August 2023
Boardmasters festival returns to Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach for five days of frolicking fun and epic surfing under the Cornish sun. Not to mention the unbeatable coastal backdrop, this festival has ten carefully curated stages, with performers stretching from local acoustic artists to international headliners.
And this year’s headliners are not to be sniffed at with Lorde on the Friday, Liam Gallagher on the Saturday and Florence + The Machine closing on the Sunday night. You’ll also be treated to culinary delights galore, with plenty of local fare to keep you going.
Day tickets from £99.50, see website for more details.
22-24 September 2023
This year will be the tenth Newquay Beer Festival. A charity-led event to fundraise for good causes in and around Newquay and the county, its raised over £80,000 so far. This year it hopes to reach the £100k mark and there’s plenty to look forward to. Enjoy sampling over 100 different beers and ciders from across Cornwall, plus for non-beer drinkers the Gin Bar will be back, with some lovely Cornish tipples. Every year there’s a superb line-up of musicians, bands and entertainment for you to enjoy through the day.
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